Sometimes it is all about me…

…well at least a little bit more me than everyone else!  On the Thursday before Easter I had a meeting light day at work, and as someone who rarely stops to eat lunch I had pre-persuaded myself to head into town.  Perhaps partly fuelled by the fact that Lincraft has made a reappearance in the CBD (yay by the way!) and I had a $10 voucher, but I went wild and crazy and did the trifecta by also visiting Cleggs (also on Elizabeth St in the city), followed by Morris & Sons on Collins St – and bought something from every store!

So this does not yet explain what this may have to do with me.  Maybe it has something to do with one particular purchase.  I have never, ever, spent so much on a single ball of yarn in my entire life!  But I am going to knit myself… wait for it… a pair of socks, with some great variegated blue yarn.  I am excited and not worried if it takes me until next winter to finish these socks!  I love to read other blogs and those that I frequent of a knitting ilk have either been long on the sock bandwagon or have hitched a recent ride. Why not me too! This boldness being incited in two ways.  One is that I have recently finished knitting myself a very simple scarf (the intention to do so being a little while ago!).  I suddenly realised that what knitting I have been doing, nothing was for me.  So I have fixed that, and am looking forward to wrapping some bright red around my neck this winter.  The second is, and I should not be so surprised (read here treat myself like an idiot!), that I am actually capable of learning new techniques, as they say learning keeps the Alzheimers at bay!

As you can see I have made great progress on my little’s girl shrug, just the sleeves and sides to sew up.  I am not admonishing myself for taking a little longer to get around to sewing it up than I should have.  While autumn has arrived here and she may only wear it once or twice now, looking at the size I am hopeful that it will make a reappearance next spring/summer.  I have picked up stitches for what I think is either just the second or third time in my entire life.  I should point out I was too lazy to go and buy another ball of yarn when I realised I would not have enough to finish the ribbing, and used some leftover yarn from my stash.  Having already had to go and purchase a third ball compared to the pattern (oh that’s right I have never knitted a tension square – bad me; plus have also now learnt the very tricky task of reading the length of yarn on the label!).  I actually love the two tone/contrast ribbing.  Think it makes the shrug look better than if I had not run out and been too lazy to go get more.  Anyway I digress.  The whole point was to say I can learn new things.  And moreover where would we be without YouTube? Acting like mum, aunt, and grandma replacements and alternates (not the knitting should be solely considered a female domain) in our more dislocated world. For those like me with a reluctance to sew up knitting I can highly recommend this for shoulder seams and this for sleeves.  I was actually excited about doing both of these!   And with a tip about using Judy’s Magic Cast on for the toe up socks – there ain’t no holding me back!