Knitting is a slippery slope. I know that other knitters agree with me. The first time you pick up needles and yarn you don’t really realize just how much trouble you’ve actually gotten yourself into. You’re so busy just trying to figure out how to cast on without bursting into tears or pitching the whole thing across the room that you’re not able to comprehend what’s really going to happen to you and your life if you actually become a knitter.
First there’s the loss of space due to stash acquisitions. I keep trying to control the stash and clearly that keeps not working. Then you start thinking about what else you want to knit, so you start acquiring books and patterns. By this time maybe you’ve already found Ravelry and then you have an online, non-physical-space-sucking way to acquire more patterns. Somewhere along they way I hope you’ve discovered a LYS and met some other knitters and have started to develop a community around you. And for some people this would be enough and they will happily spend their entire knitting career doing just these things and that’s awesome. It’s a wonderful and happy place to be.
Unfortunately, that is not the path my knitting life has taken. I teach, and I spin, and I do work for Knitty, and I’ve started blogging (that last one was really a shock), and now I want to design. Sigh. (I think this means that my indoctrination into the knitting world is complete, short of moving to the country and becoming an alpaca/sheep farmer.)
So here it is, the yarn that is going to be my first real design.
It’s going to be a baby cardi and when it’s done and ready I’ll put it up here. It could take a while as this is the first thing bigger than a dishcloth that I have tried to transfer from my brain to paper. (Anyone have some tips on ways to make that easier?)
If someone had told me way back in 2004 that picking up needles would lead to this level of involvement in my life at any point, I would have told them they were crazy. I mean really “It’s only knitting, it’s not a lifestyle”. I may have said that once a long time ago, before I even started knitting. So now I’m eating my words, ’cause it is a lifestyle. A soft, cushy, colourful lifestyle that has saturated my life. That being said, I still haven’t worked out how to knit while on the treadmill. I am forever disappointed by that.