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.