I can't sit still. Vacuuming, dusting, spiffing up (pardon me, coming through). Laundry (soak, fluff, fold). Baking (sift, whisk, mmmm). Gardening (sow, weed, pluck) BUT...talk on the phone (doodle, tinker, pace). Read (flip, flap, fidget). Watch TV (yawn, snack, zzzzz). I don't mean to be cheeky or bad-mannered, I just can't do it. Absolutely, just can't. I am physically and mentally incapable of (leg tingling)sitting (hands twitching)still. Something must be moving at all times. This is nothing new, been going on since I can remember...Barbie sub-let the dream house because we were always on to go, my bike never in it's designated parking spot, ballet, tap dancing lessons, kick ball, hop scotch...all meant to wear me out, but the energizer bunny just keeps going. Fortunately my Mom came up with a solution.
It's not that I need something to do, I'm up to here with chores, appointments, hobbies and the like, but knitting has been there for me through it all, macrame plant hangers, sand candles, tie dyeing, cross stitching, beading, pottery classes, decoupage, and scrap booking. Also, we've upped our elegance quota, from Red Heart acrylic to Top of the Lamb wool, and all the while, row after row it takes just two little stitches strung together to make up all kinds of wonderful. Yep, knitting, who would have thought a quaint, old fashion kinda thing could snag me, have me sitting calmly (click, click) and muttering to myself...just one more row... because of course I will take it to the limit.
And the other up side? sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, leg warmers, yoga socks, angora bears wearing dresses, adorable snowman ornaments...because that darn ball of yarn keeps turning up in the strangest places. No gathering dust these knitting needles of mine, they follow me around day after day, year after year like a nipping puppy, wanting belly rubs, treats and walks. Always there. Tea in the afternoon. Before bed. Instead of bed. Early morning with coffee. Road trips. Vacations. Even plane rides, when I need all the calming I can get, a project is in the works.
So it comes to me, this huge revelation...I don't just love to knit, I need to knit. More sweaters, more warm socks, more mittens, more scarves, more hats, more blankets, more bears, and definitely more snowmen.And who wouldn't want to spend some time curled up in a favorite chair, a cup of hot tea, a puppy or two at your feet wrapped in total and complete blissful silence...knitting.
Least you think I waste away entire days sitting around like an old biddy knitting, let me just say that reading cook books and baking are also high on my list of "things I love to do" and one of my favorite cookbooks is Savory Baking by Mary Cech, I got it at the beginning of this year and have slowly been working my way through it. Mary says "...savory baking is for people who like to cook, but would like to bake without the sweet component, so it's more of a combination of baking and cooking,” makes sense to moi, no?