It struck me again yesterday that knitting in this day and age is just the most ridiculous thing to do.
I mean, knitting a sock? Even
assuming you don't have to buy a pattern, if you use hand dyed yarn
you're looking at around $24 for materials, plus $6 minimum for needles,
plus about - okay, let's be conservative and say 30 hours for fingering weight at $6/hour
which is a gross undervaluing of a knitter's time - $180 in labour
costs. Who pays $210 for a pair of socks?
And then there's shawls.
a/ how many shawls does one person need?
b/ how many shapes are actually practical for that one person's lifestyle, personal style, and body shape?
(in case you were wondering: no. we're
not going to complain about hats here. hats are perfectly sensible to
knit and it's necessary for everybody to have 437 of them, especially
When I look at my supplies of handknit everything I
think I must be totally crazypants. The socks, well, fine. They keep
your feet warm and what's mean to show, shows the way it's meant. But I
don't think I've knit a single shawl that I didn't end up just wrapping
snug up around my neck to beat back the cold in the winter. Guess how
much of a lace pattern carefully knit into such a shawl actually shows
when you wrap it snug up around your neck? Not much.
I could stop knitting any minute now and I would not miss out on a
single opportunity to get warm. In fact the only compelling reason to
go on knitting at all is that I have a ridiculously huge amount of yarn
to get through. It's just irresponsible not to knit something with it:
almost as irresponsible as it would be to buy any more yarn, ever.
I mention that the latest Twisted club is over? and I have until
Sunday night to decide whether or not to order any more of the yarn that
came out in it?
This is 'Talisman'. My heart goes pitty pat over these colours.
And hello, Tomcat.
I just saying the other day that nobody knits in black? Well, the
coordinating semisolid to go with Tomcat is shades of black, which is
perfect for me really because I wear a lot of black and it would be
super nice if just one thing I knit could blend in with that. Plus the
orange is a really nice depth. Sort of Halloween-y but suitable for all
year round. Plus if the yarn showed up in July I'd have time to knit
something for Halloween in it.
Or to be more succinct about this entire post,
have less than three days to come up with some sort of project I
absolutely must have some of these colourways for, and then justify the
expense, and then figure out what yarn bases to choose.
justifying expenses is my strength (you may have noticed) but this
time, given all the stash already at hand... I don't know, guys. It's gonna be hard work; you'd better leave me to it and go have a great weekend!