It’s official. I have become exasperated by winter and am eagerly awaiting spring and the prospect of delivering newspapers without a snowsuit. I’m sure I am not alone in this, but being cooped up in the house is driving me mad!
Thankfully, there have been two very nice things that have kept me sane these past few dreary days. The first is that my three year old has decided he would rather watch Top Gear than Blue’s Clues. I am seriously over the moon about this new development – as much as I love
despise most greatly watching a blue dog orchestrate improbable treasure hunts with repetitive mind-numbing songs – I really need an hour a day of adult speak. Mama’s out there, you know what I mean!
The second mood booster is that I started Stefanie Japel’s Knit Lab on Craftsy. I absolutely love it! Her instructions are very clear, easy to follow and have accomplished what several books have failed to do – teach me to knit. You know – something that isn’t a square poncho with a horrible fringe. Not that there is anything wrong with ponchos … except the fact that they’re ponchos.
I can now cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease – I even managed to put together a bit of lacework! I’ve always had trouble holding knitting needles and casting on, so the fact that I could do these things pretty much effortlessly in less than an hour made me incredibly happy.
My success with Stefanie’s course does comes with a bit of a downfall though. In the few days since finishing my first knit project, I’ve abandoned my crocheted afgan again (the one I keep saying I’m really, really going to finish before starting anything new) for what seems like, or likely is the 100th time this year. But I can’t help it, I’m just too excited about all the new knitting possibilities and anyways, that bloody blanket is SO tedious. I have made some progress on it however, so I don’t feel too bad.
Anyways, here’s a couple more views of the very pink scarf I managed to knit. It’s made with a keyhole on one end, so you can secure it around your neck, without it slipping off. It also makes a very posh baby scarf!
Have any of you lovely people learned a new craft lately, or signed up for a craftsy course? If so, please tell me about it in the comments!