Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Knitting Updates and Queries
Last Friday, my friend Katharine came over for movie night. She's been knitting for a long time, and she said very nice things about my shawl: that the stitches were remarkably consistent and that it didn't look like a beginner's project. That made me feel good, of course!
Saturday at the health club, I ran into Katharine's daughter-in-law, Maura, who just had her second baby and is also in the process of finishing a doctoral dissertation and going on the job market. She is, as one might expect, very tired. But when I mentioned knitting, she perked up and said, "We should have a knitting night at Katharine's!"
Saturday evening, I saw Katharine at a concert and mentioned the kitting night possibility, and she liked the idea. So we'll be having knitting night this Thursday, and regularly thereafter, I hope. Knitting night on Thursday and movie night on Friday: that's a nice way to wind down the week!
Patricia McKillip's lovely Solstice Wood, which won the Mythopoeic Award this year, features a group of women who get together regularly to knit, crochet, sew, and do needlepoint. They call themselves the Fiber Guild, and it turns out that their needlework is magic that helps protect the world against intrusions of dangerous forces from Faerie (although, of course, it turns out to be more nuanced and complicated than that).
Berni mentioned on her blog, I think, that she wants her own Fiber Guild. Now I feel like I'll be part of one. Yay!
I now have about forty inches of Sharon's shawl and four inches of Lee's -- which will become the home project and get more attention when I've finished Sharon's -- and I'm happily planning out enough projects for the next ten years. Wheeee!
Meanwhile, two questions:
1. The tips of my thumbs and index fingers have gotten sore from pushing the points of the needles, a problem that will probably worsen when I get my Christmas circular set, which have sharp points. I have a fuzzy, pink-fur finger puppet I'm using as a thimble on my right thumb, and that's working well -- in addition to being pleasantly eccentric -- but has anyone else had this problem? And if so, what have you done about it? Is it just a matter of developing knitting callouses?
2. When we were at PetSmart last night, I was looking at the ridiculously overpriced catnip toys and thought, "Hey! I could knit little pillows and put catnip in them!" That would be a great use for odd scraps of yarn, and would also make for nice treats for the various cats in my life. However, I know some cats have a tendency to eat yarn, which is very bad for them, and I'm concerned that if a kitty became sufficiently excited by the catnip to shred the toy, disaster might ensue. Does anyone have guidance in this area? Should knitted cat toys not include catnip? Should I make simple little pillows with bells, which would still be fun toys but might be less prone to shredding?
All insights welcome! Thanks!