Friday, May 13, 2005

Too Little Time

How can someone determine if they are obsessed? I watch TV and feel guilty if I am not working on one of my WIPs. I watch intently to see if anyone in a movie or on TV can be seen knitting. Since I am not sleeping well, I automatically decide that it must be because I haven't had time to do much knitting. I keep searching for new patterns that might be fun over the long haul. I'm already thinking about what project I should take when I go on a trip in October. When I'm working and reading about Canadian history I wonder what things women knitted. When I'm working and writing my book on Ireland, I keep looking for that "perfect place" to insert a sidebar about the Aran pattern. And, when I am working and writing my book on antidepressants, I wonder if these people would be better and med free if only they knit.

Nah, I'm not obsessed.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Knitting and Pets

I have six cats--three of them Maine Coons. What does that have to do with knitting? Well, aside from the occasional damp yarn as I am knitting, it opens the possibility of nontraditional types of yarn. Heaven knows they have enough hair. Now at coat-blowing season, I have a mohair carpet--everywhere you look there's mo' hair. I am learning to spin using a drop spindle, so perhaps I should give it a try. Let's see, Herman has red hair, and Lily and Eddie have brown and black hair. That could be interesting. And painful. I can't imagine Herman letting me take his hair willingly. As a matter of fact, he has to be knocked out to get a haircut. Perhaps when he goes to get his summer "do" in a few weeks I should have the vet save the hair! Of course it will take several sessions to get enough to actually make anything.
Hmm. Perhaps I should shave the carpet...