Lobster season is finished today and I (somewhat appropriately) have finished knitting a lobster toy. It’s knit in Knit Picks Simply Cotton in Carnelian Heather. It was a relatively easy knit, though I didn’t quite get the trick to make “bends” in the claws and legs. I think he turned out cute regardless.
Looking back, I know exactly when my obsession with
hoarding stashing yarn began. It started in a local craft store, now closed, when I started knitting again twelve years ago. My sister was pregnant with my first niece, and I decided as a good aunt I should knit her a baby blanket. I went to the store bought a pattern book and some yarn and was hooked, on both knitting and the yarn.
The yarn was Patons Melody, 100% acrylic yarn that is so soft and squishy it is perfect for baby blankets. The fact it’s a boucle yarn did not make it ideal for a first project. Nevertheless, a blanket was produced and as Patons started changing colours in the line (or I saw a sale) I started “stocking up” so I’d have some on hand. After all, there are always babies being born.
Over the years, my tastes for what I wanted to knit changed but I’d dip into my stash and produce a baby blanket from Patons Melody as each niece or nephew arrived. These blankets have been used and abused but still are hanging around. Patons Melody, however, isn’t. The yarn was discontinued a few years ago when I wasn’t paying attention.* So when my newest niece arrived in January I went searching anxiously through my stash and discovered:
Just enough left for one last blanket in little girl appropriate colours.
* I just discovered there are a couple of opportunities on Ravelry to purchase enough for a baby blanket. I thinking of replenishing a bit of the stash. 😉
Today we had the opportunity to tour the island with representatives from the provincial government’s “Buy Local” team. The purpose was to talk about our local fishery for background for future stories for social media. For me it’s always fun to play tour guide for a day, and who could resist a spring day out of the office.
There was a black dog named Charlie
So full of trouble was he
Obedience class week five
We made it alive
Even if on the floor he did pee
I’m sure it’s a common sentiment among knitters: you see a piece of knitwear, look at and think: “I could make that.” I usually then get a grip on myself; remember the realities of my time, skill, and patience; and continue on my way. However, my restraint fell by the wayside when I saw a watermelon hat on one of my niece’s dolls. It was one they had worn when they were babies. I proceeded to “borrow”** it to use as a reference.
** By “borrow” I mean I took when she wasn’t looking.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean.
~~ Dave Barry