Thursday, December 14, 2006

Challenge Knitting

At my knitting guild luncheon on Saturday, we all received an attendance prize--two balls of novelty yarn. This "prize" came with strings attached, however. We have to make something with the yarn and bring it to the February meeting. That sounds a bit like winning the Nigerian lottery, doesn't it?

My friend Margaret, for whom I had stepped in to knit her charity block contribution, looked like a deer in the headlights at this news. Margaret makes beautiful garter-stitch shawls in boucle mohair on size 15 needles. When she's done, she makes another one.

At first, I smugly thought, "No sweat." But I got variegated ribbon yarn and a fun-fur type yarn.

You know there's going to be some damn ugly hats showing up at the February meeting.

I don't want to knit a hat so ugly that even a homeless woman will say, "Get your damn ugly hat away from me, beyotch!" In fact, I wouldn't mind knitting something I can actually wear or use, and I definitely neither want nor need another scarf or hat, especially not a damn ugly one.

I think I have a plan. It does involve the purchase of additional yarn, natch. That's how winning the Nigerian lottery works. Fortunately it also involves size 15 needles. The end result will not be a scarf and will not be a hat. It will require me to use the 15-piece Bucilla knit-wit kit I bought last week. There may be some tasteful pompoms.

I have a lot on my plate right now and I really don't need this pressure. I can't belive I'm actually contemplating the tasteful use of pompoms. And Margaret is definitely on her own.

Current backlog:
  • 4 10-page research papers
  • 9 5-page proposal papers
  • 15 3-page position papers


  • 12 3-page papers on making a memory quilt
  • 0 houseguests (she's having heart surgery tomorrow, so keep her in your prayers if that's your thing)
  • other stuff I've been avoiding, like a 2-hour workshop and 3-hour dance for the National Park Service on Saturday

1 comment:

Cindy said...

You're making me less sorry that I wasn't able to make the luncheon this year afterall...

I already have more novelty yarn than any newbie (or returning) knitter in her right mind would ever have bought, & have no need of more. It's fun for kids stuff, though.