Not that I need another crafty habit, but I think I might have found one anyway. There was PINK cashmere yarn in the clearance bin at Fred Meyer this weekend. Three skeins of it. I couldn't leave it there. Are you crazy?! PINK CASHMERE !!And then to complete the signal from the Gods there were three pairs of knitting needles at Goodwill later that morning. Why would I walk away from such a direct and compelling message? I bought the stuff and put it in a bag and hid it. Mostly from my husband because I don't think he wants me to take up another "sitting down" craft. But also because I don't think he wants me to take up another "buy lots of little things that pile up" habit.
So yesterday a kind a patient co-worker taught me to cast on while we were sitting in the "great Hall" of our school for parent teacher conferences. She taught me to cast on three or four times. And then she taught me a simple knit stitch. Five or six times. So I cast on 18 stitches and knitted my way through a few rows and then pulled it all out to fix the dropped stitch problem and re-cast on and knitted a few rows and pulled that all out to fix the "you picked up about 7 extra stitches somehow" problem. Then I pulled everything out because of a bigger problem that could not be identified and put my needles and yarn back in the bag.
This morning I called in sick because I had to call Hadley in sick because she got PINK eye. While we sat in the doctors office waiting I bravely pulled the needles and yarn back out of the bag. Hadley told me that I looked like an old lady knitting. But I persisted anyway. I cast on 18 stitches and I proceeded to knit what you see here. In the interest of preserving the knowledge that I have successfully completed at least a few rows of knitting I decided to take a photo and show you. That way there's a record. But now there's laundry, dusting, watering of and caring for plants, mopping and vacuuming floors, scrubbing the bathroom, and caring for a baby with a terrible cold and one year molars, and treating pink eye to do. Plus I'm planning a baby shower for REBECCA (she's in town!!!) on Saturday and LINDSAY and my MOM will be in town too!! So I think I'm going to have to force myself (against my will) to put the knitting back in the bag so someone else doesn't find it and pull it out. Again. Poor PINK yarn.