I feel quite optimistic about 2013. I had a New-Year’s phone conversation with Rachel last night. She is apprehensive – doesn’t much like that “13”.
She has been struck down by the norovirus, too. And yesterday’s comment from The Snood Knitter brings us up to date with her son Joe and his girlfriend Becca (the Snood Knitter being Becca’s mother). So that’s 11 of us out of a party of 17. A bit like the Masque of the Red Death. It seems to move fast, this thing. I hope that means that the six survivors are more or less out of danger.
Archie’s school escaped this year – it’s just that they were making plans to close early if the lurgy struck. It’s about all they could have done. It must be appalling on a cruise ship or in a hospital ward.
As well as writing down things-I-hope-to-knit on January 1st, I also like to note a brief list of “achievables”. For the last few years, “Get a grip” has come top of the list. A grip on ironing, and piles of paper, and clouds of dust, that is. Last year, I noted sagely that that would require a plan. This year, I have formed one.
I also try to note the subjects of my internal monologue on the first day of the year. Yesterday was notably cheerful (the sun shone) and I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I might do with the Japanese shirt yarn, if I abandon the Japanese shirt.
I would feel bad about doing it, after Stella (a professional pattern-writer) took all the trouble to translate it from the Japanese for me, and write it out. But:
1) I’m not getting much of anywhere.
2) I have recently grasped that I don’t wear jackets/cardigans/shirts nearly as much as I wear sweaters and vests, although I keep on knitting them.
3) The yarn is too beautiful to waste.
“Knit One, Knit All” has lots of interesting possibilities, although I wish that model wouldn’t fiddle with her hair. And I am rather taken with this one, on Ravelry. It’s so basic I am surprised I can’t find the idea anywhere else, but so far I have failed. It’s not in Vibeke Lind, where I thought I would find it. And it’s not quite EZ’s Bog Jacket. The free pattern is in German, but is so simple I suspect I will be able to work it out.
First, of course, I must finished Ed’s Gardening Sweater. I am at that absolutely maddening point where every morning I measure yesterday’s progress, and every morning the answer is exactly the same. I have knit 14” of the body. I want 15 ½”. Maybe it’ll move today.