My knitting has also been off for the past few months. Possibly because we were so stressed out by all the paper mazes we needed to run to get ready for our move to Israel. Another contributing factor has been having at least one sick child at home (usually 2, sometimes 3) for the past 3 months. And my kids almost never get sick! No need to say that they have generously shared whatever bug they had with me and I have been sick too.
So my knitting suffered. It is not that I did not knit. I knit at any possible moment. And for two very memorable (not in a good way) days I knit in the bathroom. It is just that what I end up with does not come out the way I want it to.
It is ether off in size – a vest intended for a baby (and yes I actually measured and checked my gage – at least in the beginning) ends up big enough for my 9 year old. The felted booties end up so misshapen that they will not fit anyone ever.
I have finally decided that for right now I will stick to simple things – like hats for my Mom and Dad. They just want plain vanilla, no fancy touches hats. And that is what I am making. Unexpectedly I am enjoying it too. I finished a stripy hat for my Mom on Friday and now half way through my Fathers simple knit cap. He wants it extra plan, otherwise he considers it un-manly.
I have never tried knitting an afghan. I crocheted one full sized about 8 years ago with a small hook and never wanted to try another. Now I think this is what I am going to do. I want an afghan just for me – the one I made before was done for DH. I have found a lot of old discontinued alpaca blend yarn when I started packing (about 30 skeins!) in warm colors and I think I will just make a huge garter stitch “thing” that will keep me warm.
I think this is the knitting equivalent of mashed potatoes – my ultimate comfort food. Something I can eat no matter how tired, or sick, or stressed out I am.
It is comforting and just can not go wrong. I am definitely in need of some comfort.