The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight (maeincarnate) wrote,
The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight

Zen and the Art of Knitting

Last week, mac and wrongwayjohn taught me how to knit. While it was a floor-pounding, tantrum-inducing experience at first, once I got the hang of it, I really got the hang of it. I borrowed needles, yarn, and Leanne's copy of Stitch 'N Bitch, and toted them off to Tha Momz for Thanksgiving.

I'll say one thing: knitting is the best thing to happen to family gatherings since I found out I could smoke in front of my mom. It was wonderful. I was able to occupy myself enough not to care that I was hearing the extended megamix of how my mom got screwed over by the phone company, could wipe away the stain of my sister-in-law's mother's off-color jokes, and was even able to knit in the car. All this while still being able to pay enough attention that I could nod or laugh or mmmhmmm at the right times.

After a few practice swatches and a coaster, I bought my own needles and yarn. I was ready for a real project. 'Tis a scarf for my new coat:

I started it on Saturday afternoon, and between driving, sleeping, and going to the movies, I think I put about 3 hours into it, and it's already a Teletubby long. All this peace of mind and $2.88 scarves too? Where has this been all my life?

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