Michigan is about to enter the most serious week of the Coronavirus pandemic. Outside of taking Tess for her daily walk, that means we’re pretty much completely staying in. You may wonder how there can possibly be a Wonderland in this environment. I want to remind you of “Climbing the Stairway to Heaven.”
One of my Stay Home Stay Safe goals is to have the Stash Studio ready for social knitting by the end of April. I got started yesterday after I had completed deep cleaning my bedroom, walk-in closet and jewelry box. Since I have nothing else to do to avoid what it necessary in Stash Studio, I made my first swipe yesterday. Every major job requires before and after pictures, so here we go. I must warn, if you are of the faint of heart, please sit down before viewing. The upside of this is, I am going to make you feel oh so good about the condition of your yarn stash. Ready? Here we go!
HOW DID I EVER LET THIS HAPPEN!!!! This is definitely an example of benign neglect. Yesterday I tackled needles. Now I have a tub of needles waiting to be sorted. Today my task is to get everything in its place from the head of the stairs to the door that goes into the storage room. That would be picture two. One of my knitting buddies I met in Myrtle Beach warned me that it has to get worse before it can get better. Is that really possible? For it to get worse? I am very excited to see what treasures I uncover. As I sort, I will match yarn with patterns to make kits. This really is more about returning order to the Stash Studio and not just throwing things in tubs. Well, I have been knitting. I can’t wait to share what I’ve done.
Jean is a lady who comes into Ann’s By Design. On the last day I worked before the shop closed for Stay Home Stay Safe, Jean came in and asked if I could sew her baby dress together. I said sure and told her it would be done by the next Friday. Little did we know what would intervene. A little while later she called and asked if I could finish the neck and armholes. I said sure. The pattern called a simple pick up and cast-off finish. Jan with time on her hands can come up with many different things. So, I started to experiment. The picot cast-off was perfect. I also took care to use the same color of yarn Jean had used to cast-on. I delivered it to her home. I just needed to give it to her for closure. This is how my double-knitting is coming along.
I’m glad to finally move on to purple from teal. See that place where there’s a knot? I must admit that I cut off yards and yards of teal. Teal wasn’t bringing me joy any more. Also, knots are very easy to hide with double-knit. They just slip between the two sides. I think I've procrastinated enough. It’s time to enter my Wonderland.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.