I’m calling the Heather Sweater halfway done. Whilst the back and front should be the main parts of a sweater, I always find the sleeves involve more work than I give them credit for, then there’s the sewing up and the neckband, so, yes, this feels like the halfway point. I still can’t believe how fiddly I found the neckline shaping, though. I haven’t cast on yet for the first sleeve; maybe tonight? I’m committing the cardinal sin of waiting to feel inspired to knit instead of having a regular time when I sit down and work a few rows. I know that waiting for inspiration isn’t the way to get anything done and I’m not even sure exactly what type of inspiration I’m waiting for.
I have made one step towards getting my knitting back onto a more productive keel. I spent some time on Monday doing my favourite thing around the house – rearranging furniture. For someone who believes that most furniture just has to stay in the place you first put it because that’s the only sensible place for it, I move my furniture around a lot. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I move certain items of furniture around a lot and that is because I haven’t sufficiently determined their best place and purpose. Sometimes, however, I have exactly the right piece of furniture serving exactly the right purpose, but I change it for no good reason, and thus it was a while ago with my knitting cabinet. This is an old piece of furniture from my grandparents’ house and I have long held that it’s the ideal item to hold a small stash of wool because the upper area has a glass door which means I can see all the lovely colours.
So why, I have to ask myself, did I move all the wool out and hide it in a chest of drawers? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, though, I have reinstated the wools to their proper home and they look so nice, glowing in the late afternoon sunshine.
The other inspiring thing I really want to do is find a good audio podcast on the knitting theme. Going back a few years there were several I would listen to, but then video podcasting took off and on the odd occasions I do try to track down some audio podcasts, I can’t quite find any to suit me. Mind you, a lot of the video podcasts don’t suit me either; or sometimes I watch them for a while but then little idiosyncracies which I think I can put up with begin to aggravate me.
A couple of my favourite video knitting podcasts are Anna Knitter Podcast and Knitting The Stash. Anna is a delightful German lady with a lovely dog called Benni and until recently was a teacher of religious education, whilst Melissa of Knitting The Stash is an American who lectures on speculative and science fiction (and has two dogs). Anna’s podcast is very laid-back whilst Melissa’s is usually full of information and often features a segment on some historical aspect of knitting. I think if I could find a couple of audio podcasts that suited me well, I could hunker down for the next month (UK lockdown II) and work my way through the back-catalogue whilst completing the Heather Sweater. That’s a plan, isn’t it?
I hope you’re all well and safe and doing what you need to do to keep safe and well and happy.