Saturday, June 17, 2006
I have a serious case of PKS (precioius knits syndrome) and I have to say that the Mason-Dixon Knitting book has helped me tremendously. Below is my first object from the collection, a washrag of course.
I have to admit that I have yet to wash or use it but I plan to do both soon. I was a little surprised how BIG it is. Not that the directions did not list the dimensions, but still, it just seem rather, shall we say, gigantic. I may concoct a smaller version with the obscene amount of Sugar and Creme I now have in my stash.
For now I have but one burning question for all the Mason-Dixonite-moms out there: how to balance childcare with knitting. I find that there are moments when I'm with my little guy (who will be two in a couple months), when I'd like to be knitting too. (And yes, there are times I just rather be knitting.) But he's so curious about the yarn and needles that before I know it he's nearly put his eye out with my addi or has turned my neat ball of cashmere blend into a tangled mess, or both. I find that I am knitting at most two hours a day in those rare times when he's sleeping and I'm not. So what is a mother to do? I fear the worst: that I must face it and give up this hobby because it's become an addiction. Please, tell me it's not so.
Une tricoteuse amerloque
I switched to circular needles when my toddler daughter (now aged 34, yikes) staggered to her feet and pulled the knitting needle right out of the stitches.
I've lost stitches on a few things when Abby has pulled on needles or, more frequently, has pulled something else out of my knitting bag. But she generally leaves it alone after a brief period of being a hellion.
I knit when she is in the tub, when she is happy playing alone, or when she has a friend over and doesn't need as much companionship.
Sometimes when I am looking at all the beautiful handknits being posted I feel sooooo jealous. I would love to take on a big project. One day I will though but until the time when me kids require less of me I will have to remain happy with my stolen knitting moments. Good Luck!
I've even managed to knit with my almost two year old sitting in my lap, but that's not for the faint hearted.
If you want emotional support and more strategies, there are a couple of lists on YahooGroups devoted to knitting with kids underfoot -- Knittingmothers and Knittingparents.