Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Gr-8-est Love Of All

Oh, Octagonal Swirl Cloth! Even after all these years, I am still fascinated by you. The magic? It just never seems to fade. We have something special, you and I.

Each and every time we meet, I remain utterly transfixed by the way you form on the needles. You are a clever one and I look all the smarter for being with you. You aren't in the least snobbish. No. You are a humble sort, always knowing that you are destined for hard work. I find a simple, understated dignity in that.

And the way you adapt? Brilliant. You are cool with dpns or circs. You just work with what's available. Sure, you don't always act predictably during Magic Loop but that's OK. Sometimes a girl likes surprises. Yarnovers don't always have to be where you'd expect them, after all. It still works.

I've learned so much from you. Why the first time I knit you way back when, I didn't even know how to do a M1 increase! I learned just for you. You taught me the value of a loose bind off, too. Without you, I'd still be casting off to the sound of squeaking yarn as it travels ever closer to the breaking point.

Not that it's always been easy. Sometimes the cotton is hard on the hands and we need to take a little break from one another for a while. And remember yesterday? When I was watching that Baking With Julia Marathon and lost count? I think it was when they were making that chocolate ruffles cake...maybe it was the scones? Whatever. We had a bit of a time then, that's for sure. Tinking back three rows was certainly a strain on our relationship and things got kind of tense for a time.

But then it was over and oh how we laughed! This is the stuff of long term relationships. The road sometimes has a few bumps in it, but that's what makes us stronger and wiser in the end, right?

Oh, heck! I'm just gonna say it. I don't care if I'm the first to speak the words. Octagonal Swirl Dishcloth...I love you. There! I said it. I love you!!!




OK. Um. Yeah. This is awkward...


You need some time. I understand. I sort of threw that out there kind of fast. You probably want to sit with this for a bit. That's cool. I get it. You want some space? I can do space. Space is, like, my middle name! You just take all the time you need and don't worry about me. I'm not the clingy, needy type at all. I'm, like, all whatever and stuff. I'll see you when I see you.


Call me...

SA



8 comments:

kmkat said...

But... where are the sleeves?

scienceprincess said...

I like that a lot. I think I'm knitting dishcloths for Christmas this year, and that will have to make the list.

And I hate it when I love patterns more than they love me back.

Take care.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Sheepie.. you make me laugh out loud :) Great dishcloth, but I'm thinkin' you're the one puttin' the most work into the relationship.. hehehe.

mia

crzjane said...

Love the dishcloth (even if it doesn't have sleeves). You find the nicest patterns. Thanks for sharing.

trek said...

I think it may very well be time to schedule that intervention...

Kath said...

Okay, just put down the dollar store cotton yarn and back away slowly.....

Northmoon said...

This pattern may just be inspiration enough to get me to knit a dishcloth!

Julia G said...

Hi Annie!

Just discovered your blog, and thanks to you, my ants have been organically banished by vinegar and lemon juice, my 7th grade son is reading Daniel X instead of complaining about summer reading, and my octagonal dishcloth is swirling. Thanks!