Knitting for One #7

Happy New Year folks, can’t believe 2012 is over and done with, they say each year gets faster the older you get but I really hope not because by the time I’m 40, a year will be like a month. It was a very fast year for me, too fast at times, one minute you had plenty time to prepare for a member of the families birthday, next minute it was here and I had no present or card, sometimes no cake,which did happen for my youngest daughter in 2012. I was thinking of getting a diary to note down things I should be doing on specific dates, not sure though, do I really want every day mapped out for me or do I add to the fun and leave everything to the last minute? I may end up with some annoyed family members but surely they are used to me by now 🙂

The presents I received under the tree were the best, my Knitpro set enlarged greatly,and I got a beautiful case to store them all in.
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I also received a lovely kit from my mum and dad, a Jamieson & Smith hat and gloves designed by Mary Jane Mucklestone, it has many techniques that I have shied away from in the past but I now have to face my fears and do ‘fingers’.Jamieson_and_Smith_Muckleberry_hat_and_gloves_Mary_Jane_Mucklestone_m
The reason I am so scared of ‘fingers’ is this – when I was at school, primary 4 or 5 I think, the girls all had to knit a pair of gloves and the boys got to make something that boys make, not sure what it was, I just know that they went in one direction and the girls went in the other direction Now bear in mind I only learned to knit about 9 years ago, so when we were all sitting in the group knitting away I was just pretending to knit away and the teacher would take my knitting and fix the mistakes and thrust it back saying “hurry up Carol, these must be finished someday”. With panic setting in and knowing that I couldn’t do it, I waited until the teacher wasn’t looking and I put them into my schoolbag to take them home and my mum very kindly finished my pair of gloves. Knitting did not come to me till I was a lot older, my mum and both my granny’s tried very hard to teach me how to knit but it always ended up with many holes and the wool was so tight onto the needles that it was impossible to knit by about the 4th row. I always blamed the fact that I was left handed but now that I can do it, I’m not so sure that was the reason, it maybe just wasn’t meant to be at that time, maybe I wouldn’t love it so much now if it was something I could always do. So this beautiful gloves will be finished by me and not my mum, I will persevere with them and they will have 4 fingers and a thumb on each glove and I will have a left and a right glove. I can guarantee one thing though, I probably wont be wearing them until at least December.

The house is back to normal now, tree gone and any sign of Christmas is all but a memory, sad really, it’s these days that are the worst to get back to normal life, I think it’s because we make it such a magical, family orientated time, when it’s time to go back to work and school, and routines are the norm again, we all get a little depressed and want the time spent with family and not watching the clock to be the norm. That is why I dream of winning the lottery, its not to have plenty money, it’s to spend time with the people I love without having to worry about getting up for work the next day or trying to figure out when to do the weekly shop and fit in some housework, I guess it isn’t to be as I haven’t won anything yet…. but until then I will take what family time I can get and knit as much as possible, and worry less about dates and times and just hope i don’t offend any one along the way, I’ll just stock up on belated birthday cards now.

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2 thoughts on “Knitting for One #7

    • Knitting isn’t taught here now either, it’s such a shame, I work at the local academy and the kids don’t even get cooking as there isn’t enough teachers. Very sad that children miss out on basic skills.

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