Monday, January 07, 2008

Mundane Morning In Maine

There is something comforting in "the familiar."  I like knowing what's coming next.  Predictability is my friend.  And I try to extend that little comfort to you.

Nowhere else in the blogosphere can you find more in the way of The Usual.  I keep it constant for ya!  I'm good like that.  Let's take a look at some of the ways in which I endeavor to ensure an endless loop for you all.

*I knit socks.

*I knit one or two row scarves.

*I knit more socks and scarves.

*When I don't knit socks and scarves, I invariable write lengthy dissertations on how the universe conspired against me and why the three thousand things that went horribly awry on the project that was not a scarf or sock were not my fault.  And, if I do say so myself, these are crafted in such a way as to tug the heartstrings mightily.  You might even call them, "stirring."  

*Then I knit a sock.


I do it for you.  You are good folk who deserve a safe place in this crazy world where anyone anywhere can suddenly decide to bang out a lace shawl or some sort of cable-ridden sweater.  Or, heaven forbid....miters!  ::shiver::

But, last night there was a subtle shift in The Norm.  I don't know what came over me.  There was this feeling.  I dunno...I can't explain it.  But, I think it might have been something along the lines of boredom.  I'd just cast off the second Sort Of Purple Sock That Might Match Something I Own, slipped the pair on my hooves and declared them Good.  And then I was at a loss.  What to do?  I'll tell you what I did.


Well...not a whole one.  But almost a whole one.  I finished it up this afternoon whilst riding the exercise bike.  But I knit almost all of it last night.  And I was entranced.  Just entranced, I tellya!  Sure, there were a few issues.  The Noro and I had a little disagreement over just how hard I should be tugging on the yarn to close the gap between the needles.  We were able to reach consensus on this matter, though.  I agreed to stop cranking on it like I was starting a lawn mower and the yarn agreed to stop disintegrating every two minutes.  This seemed fair.  And things hummed along amazingly.  I forgot the time.  I forgot the lame television viewing.  It was all MMM for me.  I had broken the sock/scarf chain.  I was knitting something different.

In fact, I was so enamoured of the whole process that I forgot to eat my second black and white cookie.  This, in turn, led to a shattering of the "you can have black and white cookies on Sunday and you only get two so you'd better ration them accordingly" rule.  This forced me to eat a black and white cookie on a Monday because the only thing worse than not eating a black and white cookie on a Sunday is letting it go bad.  I'm so far out of my rut that I couldn't fall back into it with a good push and a little extra gravity on the side.

I've taken away your safe place.  I couldn't feel worse if I tried.  You come here for the comforting familiarity and now I'm just knitting strange stuff all willy-nilly.  I feel like I should make it up to you somehow.  

I like to think that this is why I messed up the thumb so badly.  Yeah...that's it.  

I did it for you.

SA

17 comments:

trek said...

I want to knit MMM.
Do you realize that I have only one active project on needles right now?
I feel withdrawal symptoms coming on.
Or is that boredom?

mehitabel said...

Awww, Sheepie, you shouldn't have! I mean, you really shouldn't have... but we'll accept the tribute anyway. I want to see a picture of the MMM! After all, now that I know I'm coming East (next week) I might need to knit some mitts to keep my dainty little paws warm!

errs said...

Be careful - mitts are addictive. I know -- I've been there. Just a friendly warning.

Donna Lee said...

Mitts are where it's at. Everyone seems to be knitting them. At first I thought they were just a teenager 'thing' but now I see respectable, predictable women are willy nilly knitting mitts. I feel a little off balance and it's a good thing I am sitting down. After many, many socks and a baby blanket or two, I am knitting a shaw. My first one. The world will never be the same.

Kath said...

I concur, a photo of the MMM is necessary now! I mean, seeing is believing!

After knitting stacks of hats and miles of scarves, I too am becoming sucked into the Fingerless Gloves Phenomenon. (That sounds better than it looks. Fingerless Gloves Fenomenon? Phingerless Gloves Phenomenon? Aha! Fingerless Gloves Frenzy!)

Ahem - pardon my stream of consciousness. Anyway - I'm doing them as a prelude to knitting socks, sort of a warm-up if you see what I mean.

Beth said...

Yea! It's a fun pattern, isn't it? I'd like to see a picture, too.

kmkat said...

Just keep those WNBP coming and nobody gets hurt.

Jacqui said...

how charming! i can't wait to see a pic.

and trek? only one project right now? are you unwell?

punkin said...

Looking forward to a photo of the MMM.

knitseashore said...

I loved reading about your trip to the LYS and all of your new yarn. I definitely want to see a photo of the MMM. Maybe you could make small ones for the BFK, with a matching set for the turtle? (He is too cute).

Rabbitch said...

Thank you for your sacrifices. You are truly a noble sheep.

Cursing Mama said...

You know, eating a b&w cookie on the first "real" Monday following a long holiday break is justified - it's more of a easing back into the routine.

Yarnhog said...

You knit on the exercise bike? Now I am impressed. If I tried that, it would involve a trip to the emergency room. I can't even read on the exercise bike.

Ronni said...

I've become quite enamored of the MMM. I've got at least 2 more pairs in my future.

April said...

Ha! I knew you'd get sucked in eventually No wait, that's not what I meant ...

Bobbi said...

yeah mits! When do we get to see a picture?

Anne said...

this just confirms my secret suspicion that I am a Follower. I have just finished my very first pair of fingerless mitts, blatantly ignoring the pair of socks screaming to be knitted, and look -- EVERYONE ELSE is making them too! Got a picture??