I envy people who have made their hobby their work. I envy people who do what they love. Do I love my job? No, but it satisfies enough to keep me there and plugging away. And the fear of poverty is surely a powerful incentive to get me up and go in the morning.

I’m sitting here on my couch after dinner, with my trusty macbook on my lap, reading knitting blogs. I really would like to update you all on my progress on the Nitzer Ebb sweater and the newly started baby hoodie, but it’s so bloomin’ dark in the evenings that a photo just wouldn’t be any good. And of course I get up in the dark and head to work in the morning in the dark. Any photos this time of year have to be made on the weekends, which is pretty limiting! I envy all those lovely photos of work in progress and finished objects I see on the blogs.

But, to be sure, projects are moving along, despite darkness and cold and limited time. Check back for photos this weekend.

I have to say though that I have a real love/hate relationship with the Nitzer Ebb sweater. I’m not really fond of intarsia knitting. It’s one of my least favorite things to knit. But hey, this is for DB, so I was happy to do it. But I quickly found that I was using up a lot of yarn, more than I thought I would, and got paranoid about having enough. We bought it in New Zealand last year and I doubt I could find more. Now that I’ve sewn the fronts and backs together, and am half way down the first sleeve, I think I might have a little black left over. And you know what? The thing is just too damn short when DB tries it on, so I’m going to have to take the left over yarn and make the sweater longer. How? By taking apart the side seams at the bottom, gently cutting off the ribbing and unraveling it. Then pick up the knit stitches at the bottom and knit the ribbing again, longer this time, until I’m out of yarn. Sheesh. I’ll be glad to see the back of this thing!

And he sure better wear it! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Envy

  1. Emily January 23, 2008 / 05:30

    I’ve been trying to resist taking my projects, new skeins, and camera to work with me to take advantage of lunchtime daylight for blog fodder. Winter photography is hard! I also take enough photos on weekends to make a couple posts’ worth of content during the week.

  2. earlybird January 23, 2008 / 08:21

    I just read a knitting blog this morning (it’s now Wednesday) where she answers the question, “how do you knit faster?”. One pertinent reply:

    ” Don’t read blogs. It gives you a false sense of other people’s speed, and seeing 400 FOs in one day makes one despondent. ”

    Maybe I have to stop reading blogs and start knitting instead!

  3. Louise January 27, 2008 / 19:57

    Congratulations on the house purchase. Haarlem is so beautiful. I was amazed when I visited..even the prison building is magnificent!

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