Sunday, March 04, 2007

Awww, Nuts!

Three great obstacles for my new hobby, knitting, are as I have come to learn — Huge!

Obstacle A: Kids. Kids are great don't get me wrong. Everyone should have at least one or two or a litter, if you are so inclined but, let's face it, they require a lot of care and attention. Unlike the dog who pretty much has to fend for herself these days (all you Peta people need not worry, that last one was a joke (mostly)). I suppose the most obvious reason is kids and knitting needles don't go together very well. So, each night I wait until they are put to bed before I knit. This does not leave a lot of time to knit making even the smallest project, my new beret, seem like a never ending story.

Obstacle B: Time. As I said before, obstacle A decreases the amount of time I have to devote to knitting. Which also influences time in another way, the time of day that I knit is usually quite late — 9 p.m. is late for me and those of us with obstacle A in our lives!. Obstacle B leads naturally into my next obstacle...

Obstacle C: Fatigue. Knitting late into the night is a problem for two reasons. The first being fatigue the next day. Cannot look after my two lovely little Obstacle A(s) very well on little sleep. The second problem is that Obstacle B — late night knitting — leads to horrible mistakes that are usually not discovered until a few nights (and a little more sleep) later.

So, I have just had to do the gut wrenching job of ripping out, or frogging — a term that must have been coined by some other late-night knitter, my beautiful hat back before my huge mistake was made.

And, while I am quite sure my hat will be knit before long in spite of all my obstacles, my fear is that winter will be long gone. So I vow, snow or no snow, when it is complete I will wear the heck out of my Pink Beret! So, if one day you happen to pass by a tired looking mother with kids walking around in the sweltering heat of a canadian summer wearing of all things, a woolen pink beret, you will understand why!

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