But there's still time for reading freely; there are still a few chocolates to nibble while reading (and beautiful cheeses to spread on savoury crackers); and instead of designing new assignments, I devoted much of today to overcoming the challenge I've had shaping the armholes and readying myself to knit up the yoke of this great dress (mine will be a black-white tweed). I'm so grateful I've got fabulous support at my Local Yarn Store (Mad About Ewe) -- thanks Lynette!
As I struggle with a pattern's momentary complexities, anticipating the pleasure of wearing something I made, I'm smiling to think of Daughter #3 taking one step closer to the rabbithole of a true knitting addiction. Last year she made a scarf in the few minutes she could find between studying for her RMT certification. Then last month she told me she'd like to make socks. Okay, that's a bit of a leap, missy! But a fabulous cowl would be a satisfying step toward that goal -- it's got her confidently moving between knit and purl stitches, and she can now understand circular knitting so that the double-points won't be bewildering. I can't wait to see her wearing the cowl -- I anticipate a big smile of pride accessorizing the garment. . .
And instead of knitting Christmas surprises for her in the future, I can enjoy picking out the yarns and patterns, then sitting back and watching her do the work. Plus a Massage Therapist with a good solid understanding of a knitter's problems? Sounds good to me!