Archive for October 5th, 2015

Knitting Borders

I am knitting the border of Dad’s blanket and a few things have become apparent to me through the struggle.

First, this is one heavy blanket. Skeins and skeins of bulky weight wool yarn knitted together makes one hefty blanket. Knitting the border while sitting beneath all that weight is challenging. At the end of each row, the entire blanket gets turned and repositioned. I need both arms to lift and readjust the wooly mammoth. Each border has 11 very long rows. Three hours of lifting and wrestling has left my shoulders quite sore. I am thinking rotator cuff injury, but I don’t want to freak myself out. Who knew a lofty bulky weight wool could weigh so much when knitted together?

Second, in sitting beneath all that woolly warmth and knitting away I get quite hot and sweaty. I hate feeling hot and sweaty. Call it a womanly thing, but excessive heat is not me. So between knitting the border rows I go outside and stand in the cool night air. It’s a little like going from the Amazon to a Swiss Alp, and yes I am noticing a sore throat, some sneezing and a cough developing, but we all know we can’t really catch a cold this way…can we? After the fourth time of standing outside, I went downstairs to The Skipper’s shop and brought up a fan. I figured it might help me stay cooler while I worked underneath the woolen goliath. That’s when The Skipper said, “Are you too hot? I turned up the heat because I thought it was too cold in here.” Ah, the male thinking pattern. Suffice it to say, the heat was cut off but it didn’t help much. I still needed my evening air breaks.

Third, Yarn Rascal is trying all his best manipulative behavior to try to appropriate the blanket for himself. The minute the blanket goes on my lap so does he, as if I need more fur and warmth on me. He immediately rolls over on his back, becomes like jelly, and looks up at me with big puppy eyes that say “For me?????” It is hard to carefully remove a dog who has amazingly rid himself of all bones in his body. He oozes one way, then the other and is impossible to pick up. In the meanwhile, I am getting hot and sweaty from the struggle and can’t wait to rip off blanket and dog from my lap and run outside into the cool air.

I figured once I got to the borders the blanket would come together like a dream. I figured wrong. Today I am going to take my head cold medicine and some aspirin for my aching shoulders which I may never be able to use again and knit up the second of four borders. It’s going to be a lovely day.

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