Best Knit Plans (and Yarn Along)

Last night, I had a plan.  The entire evening stretched out before me, and I had a plan for my knitting.   I made a cup of tea and sat down with Sweetie to enjoy some television.  I should have known my knitting would have its own plans.

After knitting through the documentary Ghetto Ballet, I proudly gazed upon the toe of my sock to see the progress I had made.  Something seemed odd; the toe was wider than the foot of the sock.  I counted my stitches.  Then I looked at my needles.  Drat.

I had been knitting the socks magic loop style, but switched to a double points for the toe decreases.  It’s just a little more user-friendly for me at that point.  Trouble is, I grabbed the wrong size of needles.  By a lot.

This is where I threw a knitter’s tantrum.  Didn’t my knitting get the memo that Christmas is less than two weeks away and that every moment I can spend knitting is precious?  Forward motion is the only acceptable option at this point, and ripping out an hour’s worth of knitting hurt my crafty heart deeply.  But I did it.  And then I had cake and abstained from knitting for the rest of the evening, going to bed early to read instead.

I finished Little Bee over the weekend, and decided that the whole thing was an enjoyable and worthwhile read, even if (or especially because) it is emotionally and socially challenging.  It’s one of those books that makes you want to do something about all the terrible in the world, and that can be a good thing.  I’m not one to make grand statements or gestures, though.  Instead, I try to make my part of the world a better place in small ways.  Kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity in your daily life can go a long way to change the world.

Now I’m trying to decide between the above two books: The Outlander and Shoot the Moon.  Both are here thanks to Paperback Swap, which occasionally and automatically sends me a book when another member posts something from my wish list.  I have a large stack of to-be-read books as a result, so when it’s time to choose a new book I’m well prepared.  It’s almost like having a yarn stash…  Anyone read either of these books?

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6 thoughts on “Best Knit Plans (and Yarn Along)

  1. I have knitting tantrums too, but they are not always little I’m sorry to say! I hope your sock turns out wonderfully when your ready to tackle that project again!

  2. I can completely relate to knitting disasters….my husband wonders why I even put myself through it sometimes, but I tell him it just comes with the territory… 🙂
    I’ve been looking through your blog a little bit and it’s wonderful! Did you make the cardboard reindeer?

  3. Oh I’ve had my fair share of knitting tantrums myself *grin*. By the third time I had unravelled my last hat I made I was about ready to use my knitting needles as darts for a dart board LOL. Hope your socks go much smoother now and they really do look so cheery in the color you are using 🙂

  4. I had a knitting tantrum last night thanks to my inability to do math. Thank goodness I realized my mistake before I started ripping.

    I hope the rest of your holiday knitting is easy going from here on out, but cake is always an acceptable fix if it’s not.

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