Woolywood Nights, An Artful Dodger & Fame!

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By A.E. Wallace for Yankee Yarns

Sitting in a shop. Summer. The door is wide open. Three ladies talking the stuff of life as needles click-clickity click over  soft ambient music. A breeze swirls through the open door and spreads the coolness of fresh cut grass over the smell of filtered coffee. One of the ladies stops knitting puts down her work and stretches her fingers— rubs her neck— looks around. Idly, she mentions a documentary she saw the night before. It’s about art. It’s about artists. It’s about Yarn Artist!

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By A.E. Wallace for Yankee Yarns

 

Enraptured, they listen to her weave the story out of snippits from the documentary.

The film is called, Yarn! It’s about wool graffiti artists, circus performers and structural designers who use yarn to create visually striking artwork.

All of the ladies stop what they are doing. They want to hear more. See more. One thing lead to another and as quickly as a , a movie night party is in the diary complete with food, a circle of yarn addicts and alcohol. This is like no knitting circle you have ever heard about.

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By A.E. Wallace for Yankee Yarns

Yeah. This isn’t that out-dated preconception of granny knitting. This is art coming to life. This is pure rock n roll, baby. And the beauty of it is that people are starting to click that knitting and crochet are no longer done out of necessity. It is done out of love. It frees you while you work. It is the endeavour that builds and shapes you. It is the skill that keeps you sharp and engaged. You are creating. You are building. You are meditaing. You become one in the moment with every stitch. And somehow, it unites you with others. You become bonded with the recipients of your work. You become knitted to others like you.

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By A.E. Wallace for Yankee Yarns

Speaking about unity and community, Yankee Yarns is featured in the Shop Local section of Crochet Now Magazine.

 

Pom-poms and Circumstance!

Armed with all the riotous of a stash collection, he Yankee Yarners set up a stall at the Farnstock Festival last Saturday, July 22nd. The objective was to make Pompoms with kids, mums and dads who attended the event.  These pom poms were then sewn on to a huge Farnstock sign. We want to thank ALL the participants who came over and visited us at the stall!

 

Cheers!!!

Making News. Making Poppies

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This will be a short post. Basically, we are becoming rather engaged doing the knitting and the crocheting and the fundraising…

Basically, here are the haps. In November, the Mansfield District Council will create an awesome display of knitted and crocheted poppies to for Remembrance Day to honour those who gave their lives serving their country.

They are asking for help from the public in the form of knitting or crocheting poppies and sending them to us at Yankee Yarns or for the public to sponsor a poppy and pay a donation to help raise money for the Royal British Legion. The recommended donation will be £1 per participant.

We are also planning other functions but I cannot give away too much…. YET!

Spoilers!

 

Farnstock, Yarnstock. It’s All Good!

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When the music called… knitting answered.

It’s summertime in Old Blighty. This means it’s all about catching the glorious rays of the sun and releasing your inhibitions as you sway and sing along with a crowd. It’s about enjoying open air concerts with family or sitting outside a tent with friends getting ready to brave another three-hour stand in front of a live band. If the rain comes, it’s about sloshing about in a purple poncho and magical unicorn wellies and making friends with strangers in the queue of the communal commodes. It’s about girls sitting on boys shoulders waving a flag and crowd surfing. It’s about the music festivals! There are over 100 different festivals happening all over the UK. All these festivals feature a myriad of musical musings in a gratuitous amount of genres. The first music festival happened in the 1960s after the triumph of Woodstock in the States, according to Wikipedia.

Imagine my delight to be asked to volunteer at one. Our Fearless Leader Sara asked me if I fancied helping out at an upcoming music festival just 20 minutes away from where we live in Mansfield on the 22nd of July.

“We were there last year, ” she said. “It was so cool!”

Farnstock is an event set up initially as a great way to raise funds for St. Michael’s Primary School in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire. It’s a day out for families to enjoy music, the festival atmosphere, food and drink.

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Courtesy of Farnstock

The Farnstock Twitter is ablaze with hints on all the haps!

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My favourite quote by Justin Hevness in an article in The Nottingham Post in 2014 sums up the general vibe of the event. Hevness said, “(The Festival) came about by a culmination of a mad idea, a fantastic school that needs money-raising for it and a headmaster who knows how to rock!” What’s not to love? Crafty ones that we are, we are on the bill as the Yankee Yarnbombers. We will be there. Come look for us. We will be the ones rocking out, using 12mm needles like drumsticks and throwing psychedelic skeins of light into the crowd…

Most likely, we will be the ones with knitted flowers in our hair and be teaching people how to knit in a tent demurely sipping cider…. and rocking out. (Freeeeeebird!!!!)

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Yarn Of Wonder

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I walked in to see Our Fearless Leader Sara’s happy little face. She was looking at her iPhone and beeming.

“Dude,” she said. “This lady came in earlier this week and she’s just posted us such a nice review!”

“Cool, dude!” I said as I pulled up a chair and took out my current WIP (one of…). “What did she say?”

“She said we were an Aladdin’s Cave!”

I sat there and thought about it. I know the story. Heck, I read the book to my kids and have seen a few versions of Aladddin and the Lamp including the panto in Nottingham with everyone shouting IT’S BEHIND YOUUUUUU! But I had never heard someone describing a shop in this way.

“It’s a saying,” said Resident Designer Jen. “You have never heard it before?”

So I did what any good writer and former journalist would do….

I looked it up.

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The shop is small. It’s no bigger than most people’s front room. It used to be a green grocer. But now it has all the colours of a magic spectrum as well as other treasures.

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It is a place of knowledge, ideas, charity and “phenoenal [knitting skills] in an itty-bitty living space.” The shop has become the regular haunt of an ecclectic mix of people who come together in community. Yankee Yarns welcomes everyone and anyone to come in, browse, chat and become part of the furniture.

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Yankee Yarns supports community events and champions charities and community programmes such as the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.aladdin5

I will say, time really does stand still when you stay at the shop to knit, crochet or just talk. All of a sudden, you look at your time piece and BOOM! Hours have flown! In the words of the Genie of the lamp (the Disney version): “Ten thousand years in the Cave of Wonders oughta chill him out!”

It will. It will chill you out. Come on in.

 

 

I Dream Of Jeanie

 

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Stitch marker found on ETSY

 

Going into the Yankee Yarn shop is a little like going over to my cousin’s house. Our Fearless Leader Sara is from Louisiana and I am from Texas. We are kindred spirits not only bound together by our birth nation or the fact that we boldly set out to make our ex-Pat existence nothing short of awesome sauce. Of course, we have the whole knitting connection and we are both Mums of crazy dual national children. But our easy friendship sparked because we recognised we were both surreptitious rebels.

 

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Resident Experimenter Nori & Resident Designer Jen

In fact, Resident Designer Jen and even our lovely, serene Resident Experimenter Nori have a maverick streak in them. Most of the ladies that come into the shop have a bit of an untamed flair about them, to be fair. The knitting shop is like an outlaw’s hangout and we are all like wild, Wild West gunslingers— only our holsters hold balls of yarn and we are armed with hooks and needles.

 

 

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Stylecraft Pattern

So when Stylecraft came out with an exciting, new yarn “that captures the spirit and heritage of the denim” that is, incidentally, the trend this season, it made all of our eyes big with wonder. Jeanie Denim Look is inspired by the timeless and classic hues of denim. It is available in 100g balls in four shades: Dixie, Memphis, Delta, and (to my heart’s joy) Texas. The colours go from the retro 70s indigos to lighter blues like the stonewashed fashions of the 80s. Imagine the pieces you can make! Whatever your denim style — country western, rocker, chic, student-look—it is all up to you!

 

It is aran weight yarn, but its cotton acrylic blend means you can throw it in the wash and tumble dry without ruining the garment. It is soft. One of our customers said it was like working with chenille. Another said it was like working with velvet.

“Fuzzy feel good to the touch,” said Yolie Hume. “I am working on a cable sweater and it just feels so lush!”

“On circulars, it doesn’t snag,” said Becca MacDougal. “It does not split either. “ The yarn keeps its integrity even after you have to pull it all back and start over.

“I wish I could blink like I Dream Of Jeanie and have a sweater,” Said Our Fearless Leader Sara.

We have the patterns in the shop and will be getting more. I am thinking of challenging Our Resident Designer Jen to whip up a western style cardigan to go with my sundress, cowboy boots and Stetson. Watch this space.

Following the Flock

One lovely June day last summer, I went for a ramble. What Can I say? I lost my way. I found myself in the most romantic of settings— A lovely little B&B in Locharbriggs, Scotland. To be honest, I did have an agenda. 

I went to commune with nature and fell into the company of some very friendly Valais Blacknose Sheep at Whitehall Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.  They were adorable and I felt like I was going to pull a Wylie Coyote and pick one up and run off with it!!! Not that I could have done! They were bigger than I imagined them to be and had minds of their own! One of them took to leaning on me and most of them nibbled my sundress. It was the funniest thing I have ever experienced. I truly did feel like Little Miss BoPeep!

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Nibbling on Bo Peep…

Aside from the obvious which was going to Whitehall Farm near Duncow and becoming pals with the dreamiest little sheep, there was a fair bit of longing for simpler joys. There was also a fair bit of port, snowballs (basically sponge cake sandwich with jam covered in coconut… a MUST when up in Scotland), good food and hot weather up in sunny Dumfries & Galloway.

The flock I met was of Valais Blacknose Sheep variety. I bought a bag of wool. I believe it’s about 200g. So now I need to learn to spin it. The sheep themselves were just the friendliest sheep I have ever known. It was as if they knew I was there just to see them. They did not disappoint. They came up to me, leant on me, nibbled and my dress and genuinely just made me happy just to be surrounded by them. The wool itself is not very soft, though. I am not sure what I will make from it when I finally wash and spin it. I may just make a little sheep toy. I do have a pattern I can use!

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Unfortunately, I did not go on the hunt for wool shops like I usually do on excursions like this. This is mainly due to me answering my more shocking desires of cake. Nevermind. Next time I will stick to business. Maybe…wp-1465825771026.jpegI got quite a bit of knitting done and finished the kitty cat hat I was working on. The fact that I finished it ON THE MOTORWAY was a bit shocking… The M6 was closed down for hours. There was not much for it. I was alone, the engine was off and I had no one to talk to. I related all this to the ladies at Yankee Yarns. They came up with an even better idea that would not involve the motorway!!!

Our Fearless Leader, Sara, organised a road trip to visit the sheep at Hooligan Yarns! This was over the May 1st Bank Holiday Monday. Resident Designer Jenny got up close and personal with the animals and is now coming up with interesting ideas inspired by the flock! Stay tuned! She will, most likely, be posting them soon!

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May The Wool Be With You

Yesterday was May the 4th. Star Wars Day! It is a quiet little celebration for a special brand of people. I am happy to say I am aligned to this particular group. You see, one fine summer day, an 11-year-old, frizzy-haired girl entered the cinema to watch Star Wars with her cousins and emerged a full-fledged Jedi Nerd. I am that nerd. I had my mother wrap my ponytails into Princess Leia-esque twirls on the side of my head. I ran around making vvvvoom-vvvvoom noises with my makeshift light sabre that I fashioned out of the cardboard roll from the toilet paper. I rolled up light blue construction paper, stuck it into the cardboard roll and taped it into a point. Little did I know that film was my gateway into nerd-dom for the rest of my life.

From there, I quickly fell down the rabbit-hole into Dungeons and Dragons, video games, Star Trek re-runs, new Star Trek movies, Doctor Who, Firefly, painting Warhammer miniatures… and then crochet and knitting. It was only a matter of time until all of these things came together like the BIG BANG to create my multiverse of passions.

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I am not the only nerd/geek/goober out there knitting and crocheting things inspired by my hobbies and proclivities.

Our Fearless Leader, Sara and Our Resident Designer, Jenny, are past masters at it! Sara made a Minecraft Creeper hat for her son and Jenny crocheted the Yoda (featured top photo). She all of a sudden pulled out of her bag of wizardry when we were talking in the shop last week about May The Fourth. We are all geeks at Yankee Yarns!

But I noticed something recently. At some point, being a nerd/geek/goober became fashionable! TRUE FACT! Once upon a time, I actually hid my geek hoping to be seen as one of the popular kids in school. I desperately lived in fear of being ridiculed for playing D&D with a bunch of guys in my mother’s front room. Now, characters like those in The Big Bang Theory have opened up the eyes of the masses to how cool it is to hang out with a bunch of egg-heads, wearing t-shirts with DC or Marvel comic book heroes on them and spinning yarns about the troubles we’ve been having with tribbles. It is also now considered cooler than ice planet Hoth to be an absolute legend with math!

Not a day goes by in my world that I don’t thank the old gods and new for my interests and creativity. Also, I am thankful for so many who are even more talented than I am who share their ideas!

I came across Knitting for nerds on Twitter who post a plethora of awesome projects and have given me such inspiration to create my own things.

I started off small. I made Star Trek potholders. Gradually, I became more and more ambitious. My most recent effort was a baby hoodie for my daughter’s friend. Years ago, she introduced me to the Mighty Boosh Show. She was and is a huge fan. Last year, she told us She she was having a baby so I magicked this baby hoodie up for her:

Incidentally, I introduced her to D&D and agreed to be the Dungeon Master for her, my daughter and all their friends. Crazy days!

17-03-31-05-50-56-110_decoBeing a Dungeon Master means I have a lot of spare grid paper lying about. With a bit of tracing paper, you can knock up all sorts of stuff, plot it on the grid paper and make knitting charts of all sorts of things. You can make Christmas jumpers with Daleks, Space Invaders or PacMan! But if this sounds daunting, I found a handy little site called Stitchboard where you can just upload a black and white “.jpg” of the artwork you want to use and BOOM! Personal geek stuff to make for your personal pleasure! I will caution, though. These cool logos are trademarked. If you are making them for yourself or to give as a gift, that is cool. But I think it would be bad juju to try to sell these off commercially. I did the Assasin’s Creed baby hoodie for a fellow geek when he found out he was going to be a Dad! He was over the moon!

If you want to knit your own design, go for it! There are tonnes of resources out there like The Knitting SiteStitch Fiddle, Annie Bee Knits, and the rest! Everything I have done is because I stand on the shoulders of giants! Getting the knowledge is the biggest part of the battle. Being creative is all yours!

At some point I will be making a hoodie for myself! But which design? WHICH DESIGN?!

Perhaps the real challenge is finding the time to make them all especially when you have a full-time job and other commitments.

Sometimes, I use the downtime at a con or whilst playing a tabletop game. The Malifaux bag I knitted was completed when I was “Hit Points” deep in a Pathfinder role-playing game. The bag was made for a guy who showed me how to paint the Malifaux miniatures.

So when you do find the time, it is like MAGIC! (See the picture below) You nerds might see what I just did there….. if you do, post a comment and I will tell you something about this particular skein of wool…

Obviously, if I need help to make something, I always go to Ravelry first. Remember, shoulders of giants!!!!

 

But for now, I am happy planning my future projects in between preparing for my next D&D campaign:

It will be another Dice Bag which I will be knitting for myself during the campaign I will be running. Yes… I am the Dungeon Master…

But getting back to the whole you can be a nerd, a hobbyist, a writer, a knitter and an armchair physicist, check out this cool article! For me, it’s the most exciting article I think I have read in a long time. It was written for scientists called Move Over String Theory, It’s Yarn’s Turn, by Stuart Fox on Science Line. This is the part where I “squee!” and most people look at me even more blankly as they did when I started talking to them about knitting… or Dungeons and Dragons.

I hope the 4th was with you yesterday… but beware all you Jedi. Today is Revenge of the 5th.

Rookie Mistakes

The Dream: You found a nice pattern online for free and you print it out.  You look in your Knitting Notebook and see you already have the correct needle size and you know you have plenty of markers.  The pattern calls for 10 balls of Crystal Palace Nubbles – Icestorm Yarn. You notice this yarn has been discontinued. You ring up the local yarn store and the lovely lady thinks she has some in a basket in her cellar. She will ring you back as soon as she counts it. Ten minutes later you are on your way to the yarn store to collect the 10 balls. It’s discounted and you save 66%! You have a cup of coffee with the owner of the yarn store and begin knitting the piece right there and then.  You spend the next two weeks knitting whenever you can and in the third week, you have completed the project and make it all up. It’s a perfect fit. You only have two inches of yarn left over and this goes into your Knitting Notebook and the area marked “Samples of Yarn”. You take a Poloroid picture of yourself in your finished project and insert it in the Knitting Notebook. You take another picure on your phone and post it on Ravelry and all the social media platforms you are on. You get a culminated 1000 likes. The finished project goes well with your skinny jeans (you’ve been doing Pilates, after all!), Ugg Boots, the tan Michael Kors handbag of the year, Oakley sunglass and Channel scarf. Your hair and makeup are on point! You look like a “How-To-Accessorise” model on Pinterest. Happy days!

The Reality: Buy another pair of needles because you can’t remember if you have them. Find the exact same pair in your knitting bag. Couldn’t find the 10 balls of yarn at the local shop. Google search brings up a discontinued yarn shop that has 10 on sale at $2.72 each from $8 each. It’s a saving of 66% but it still needs to be shipped from America and you live in the UK. You read the shipping information and get confused. You end up paying more than full price. Oh well. You bought it so now knit it up. Your gauge is off and you wind up with a shortage. Gotta frog it. You start with sleeves. They look great. You mess about with the length of the front and back and when you finally finish it, you reckon it looks like a crop top jumper from the London Fashion. You put it on.  You look like an out of work busker. You rationalise. It’s good to wear when you wash the car. Meh.

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Yankee Yarns Fearless Leader, Sara, said this can happen to ANYBODY.  “Sit down. Let me tell what I did,” she said. “This is what is happening right now.”

Sara decided she would make herself something, for a change. She picked out expensive 100% chunky wool. She needed 13 100g balls to make a cardigan. She cost it up and placed the order. When they arrived, she nearly collapsed.  What she thought were 100g balls turned out to be 50g balls. She made a slight error. She had to order more.

“It was supposed to be a £40 cardigan,”she said. “Now it’s a £80 cardigan. OUCH!!!” The moral of the story, she says, is ALWAYS double check your yarn.

  • ALWAYS double check your yarn
  • ALWAYS double check the yards
  • ALWAYS double check the grams
  • ALWAYS make sure how much the pattern requires. If you have any question at all, double check with your local yarn store…

“I cannot believe I made a rookie mistake!” Sara yelled.

“Like, do you even KNIT, bruv?!” I said.

“I know, right??!!” Sara said.

Whilst she was on the rant, Sara described how, in her need to not waste the wool, she needed to find an alternative to the Long Tail Cast On.

Sara really hates that method but it gives you a good stretch where you need it. “The problem is that it wastes so much wool! And it looks a little loose.”

Well Sara found the best cast on technique!

“You need to check it out. I school you!!!” she said. There may be another name for this cast-on but Sara calls it the Stretchy Ass Cast On. This cast on method gives your project the stretch without being sloppy. Sara said, “Step away from the long tail!” 

Also! Be sure to come in and check out Crochet Now! We are in the magazine! Spend £15 and get a free gift from Crochet Now!

 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Knitting/Crochet

 

You may or may not know that Our Fearless Leader, Sara, is from Louisiana. A few weeks ago in the run up to Ash Wednesday, Sara got rather thoughtful and went into a bit of reverie about home. She spoke of how her kinfolk would be gearing up for Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday.  There are similar colourful celebrations in Brazil and Venice where people don masks and feathers. Festivals carry on into the night with all the colours, lights and sounds. There is so much food! There is so much drink! People dance, sing and have fun! There are also tales of so much dissipation!

In England, it is a bit more subdued (collective sigh…).  The faithful call it Shrove Tuesday.   But it is affectionately known as Pancake Day. It was called this because the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday was the day when everyone is supposed to use up rich foods, like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent.

As is the way in most of our conversations in the shop, we went from nostalgia to factual to surreal as we mused on the secret (and not so secret) behaviours of all the knitters and hookers we know. Basically, we talked about our (unhealthy?) interest in all things to do with our hobby. We talked about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This is when we came up with the Seven Deadly Sins of Knitting & Crochet.



Lust–Wool Kleptomania or the intense desire or need to buy ALL THE YARN! This is really signified by a secretive demeanour when buying and bringing yarn into the house without the spouse knowing. You spend hours walking around events like The Nottingham Yarn Expo or some other event with your grocery money or the Secret Bank Account money that you keep and use to embezzle from the joint account…. Hypothetical, of course!!!!

 

 

Envy–Wanting the wool others have or “painful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage”.  You will be sitting at your knitting circle and everyone is having a good time. Then someone comes in with a delicious looking yarn that is softer than a baby’s bottom. The colour swirls into a lusciously variegated riot of beauty and all you can think of is that lovely, lovely day at the seaside when you watched the sunrise and that glorious warmth on your face…This leads to…


Gluttony–Wool Hoarding or the excess in acquiring such skeins, balls, cones and cakes for one’s own pleasure.  Such acquisitions are “earmarked” to be used “at some point” to make “presents” for everyone “this year”.   Heard in the shop: “I don’t really need another ball of yarn but I FEEL I need it…” That sums it all up, really.

Greed— Not wanting to share your wool with anyone or unnecessary or shameful hoarding.  We have either been on the receiving end or the delivering end of this when we are ok to offer up that bargain bucket wool we found at the charity shop, that DK in white or baby blue, to the newbie in the circle so they can practice casting on. But answer truthfully; would you part with the hand-dyed skein of Paco-vicuña called Inca Sunrise? Hmmm? … Hmmmm?!

Sloth— Not doing anything because you need to finish that one more row or disinclined to activity or exertion. “Here comes summer, we need to hit the gym. There is a beginner’s aerobics on Monday night… NOPE! I need to be at the knitting circle. Oh well…. “Or how about this scenario:

Mum: Daughter of mine, you need to learn how to run a household now. It’s time.

Daughter:  Before or after my GCSE homework? What do I need to do?

Mum: After the GCSE homework. Wash the dishes first, dry them, put them away then do the same with laundry. So you understand what it is like, remember to clean the rooms as you go. Don’t worry about the garden. Your brother needs to learn how to deal with that and to throw out the trash.

Daughter: But he’s three.

Mum: Don’t worry. I will be out in the garden supervising whilst I make this jumper for him. Then I need to make your hat for winter so… oh! can you put the kettle on for me?

***Please note, no children were hurt in the creating of this scenario***

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Wrath–The emotional response to perceived wrong and injustice done to us in the course of our knitting or crocheting. There are two instances when one loses their temper when working on a WIP. The first one is shouting at your pattern, needles or yarn for not cooperating. This is often followed by chucking said materials across the room or down into your knitting bag and then storming off into the kitchen to flip the kettle on. In the time it takes to brew the tea and pad back into your comfy chair, you soften and seek to make amends with your pattern/needles/yarn. Usually, that bit of time to step away gives one clarity and progress is often made in the second (or third) pass. All is then well with the world because our hobby is a very forgiving hobby.

The second instance of wrath is more serious. This is when we lose our count. This is often preceded by someone walking in, seeing you sitting there (apparently doing nothing) and deciding to engage in some kind of conversation with you. What they do not seem to comprehend is that you are mid-row working cables in an extraordinarily complicated array of mental math.  Vengeful anger and serious indignation bubbles under the surface and then you unleash your fury like a sorcerer releasing fireballs. Now, I know I have waxed lyrical about knitting being therapeutic. But everything has a dark side. Intense concentration in anything can make the most tranquil knitter/hooker raise a hornet’s revenge when interrupted mid-row. I am not making excuses. I am simply stating facts here….

Pride — Showing off your stash or showcasing finished projects on some social media platform. The actual sin is the quality or state of being proud and possessing an inordinate self-esteem. Ok. For me, I do not think you can have too much pride in your work. Think about it. You spend hours honing your craft and someone comes along and appreciates it. Sometimes they even ask you to make them something! Part of you thinks you are the bee’s knees. The other part of you wants to charge them up the yang (unless they are family and then you kind of just agree.) Some of us get so good we open up an Etsy shop or sell on Ebay. I think it is a lovely thing to be so confident and proud of your work. I cannot and will not count this as a sin. Go ahead! Snap a picture and show it to the world on our preferred social media platforms! Make a video and upload it! Celebrate it!

But do remember, sometimes we think everyone feels the way we do about yarn. We think we can leave our stuff everywhere. We hijack a corner in our living room or take over areas meant for other family members. We believe our way is the right way.You leave your stuff out because you are sure no one will disturb it and then here comes the cat, toddler or dog!. In minutes, your work comes off the needle or the yarn becomes an unrecognisable tangle of shame! This is when, actually, Pride comes before the fall.

So with this, just take care and understand that with all the bright and light side of our craft comes the darkness… We really do need to be balanced and understand our foibles no matter how funny they can be.

To quote our Fearless Leader Sara “REPENT!  THE END OF YOUR PROJECT IS NIGH!!!”