I’m seeing circles everywhere at the moment.

My cassette collection hasn’t grown since before Christmas, but I’ve enjoyed listening to the cassettes I’d picked up. The spinning of sprockets, the steady spooling of the tape from one side to the other, and that most circular of all experiences: rediscovering old favourites, have kept me charmed.

The long haul round and round the body of the garment I’m knitting has been less charming, but I’ve diligently worked at least 5 rounds each day (I think I might have skipped one day) and I am pretty much at the point where I can split for the armholes and start working back and forth. That will be a partial improvement as stocking stitch worked flat consists of a knit row followed by a purl row, but knit in the round is just knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, knit until the lamps go out. I’ll still be using the circular needle to keep the stitch size the same as the rest of the body, so it’s not a complete return to my favourite construction method, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I’m confident this garment will be nice when it is complete and that has kept my dislike of circular knits very much in the background. I wonder whether I should experiment with different types of circular needle to find out if I like a particular type better than the others, but then again I don’t really want to make many patterns knit in the round, so it doesn’t seem worth investing time and money in experimenting. There are other things I can waste my time and money on!

On top of this, my furniture seems to have rotated almost completely around my flat over the past year.

For example, the desk has been in the living room beside the settee, in my bedroom used as a dressing-table (perhaps my favourite use), back in the living room on the wall opposite the window, and most recently back beside the settee to ensure a position which would minimise the impact of the sun shining into my lovely south-facing room. Over that time, it has also gained the one thing I desperately didn’t want – a separate monitor to link to my laptop.

These more recent circumambulations have come as a result of working from home, a scenario I tried very hard to avoid but have fallen into anyway. It isn’t as bad as I anticipated, and my job adjusts to it very easily, yet the merging of my personal space and my work space will never sit easily with me. I still go into the office one or two days a week, but it’s unlikely that I will go back to being full-time in the office so this set-up is going to have to stay for the foreseeable future.

My hope for the coming week is for a few more straight lines. Knitting back and forth, writing in my lovely lined notebooks, sitting at a desk which stays put, starting and finishing things rather than picking them up and putting them down and coming back to them later. That sounds like bliss to me. Although, if I keep going in circles maybe at some point I’ll just spin off on a new trajectory.

7 thoughts on “Circularity

    1. The school desk was used by my daughter when she was young and was one my dad had refurbished when it had ended its life in school, so it is one of my sentimental pieces and I’d feel very sad if I didn’t have a place for it any more. I’m probably a little less sentimentally attached to Neil Sedaka!

  1. There is something comforting in the circular. While reading your post, I was reminded of the circularity (is that a word?) of jumping rope. Isn’t that odd? I liked knowing that if I am patient enough, the rope will come around again and again until I am ready to jump in.

    1. Oh, I love your analogy with the jumping rope! Interesting aside, here in the UK we call it a skipping rope. And you’re right, just like the rope, all things come around again and you can jump in when you’re ready. Circularity is definitely a word, though I was shocked to see my dictionary says you can also use the word “circularness” in its place – I don’t think I would ever use circularness, it seems such a clunky word to me.

    2. I am with you on that, Pam. Circularness just doesn’t flow. I like skipping rope better. Anything ‘skipping’ related makes me happy. If anyone saw me do it, they would call it ‘tripping rope’!

  2. i love knitting in the round, mostly because i despise to sew the parts together. I once managed to do a nice mattress stitch, but i hated every minute doing it. The yarn looks very nice too. I nearly finished my lace shawl today, so i hope to have it blocked this weekend.
    I think we had similar school desks in Germany, when i was in first grade, makes me a bit sentimental.

    1. I’m definintely in the minority preferring to knit flat, but unfortunately that doesn’t make me like circular knitting any better! Mind you, it’s fine for socks. I don’t bother with mattress stitch. I actually like visible seams and I love the structure they give to a piece. When I buy garments I’m fond of tailored items. I’m being very good about putting eveything away at the end of the day so my desk stays clear.

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