Thursday, February 7, 2008

C is for. . . .

CHANGING my mind.

I used to think that knitting lace had to fry my brain. Till I discovered the North Sea Shawl.

I've frogged the Honeybee Stole. Two sided lace of various stitch patterns requires quiet and solitude. And I've discovered that I like to knit while watching American Idol, talking with the hubster and reading blogs. Um. . . yeah, sometimes I do all at the same time.

The North Sea Shawl is a pretty lace pattern. A 12 row repeat. 4 rows are garter. 4 rows are the stitch pattern--it doesn't vary. 4 rows are purl back rows. I can get wired on chocolate and drink wine while knitting this. And the only thing fried are the sausage and onions I'm cooking for dinner.

Don't I get bored doing such a repetitive sitch?
Nope. Not me. Between my short attention span and lousy memory--it's all new and exciting to me.

Today, I even worked on it while in Starbucks. Behind me was kid and her tutor solving revolutions per minute in physics. By the window were two teens chatting, ". . . and then she goes. . . and so then he went. . . " Next to me was a guy on his cell reminding friends that he's going to be seen on Lipstick Jungle tonight.

I just kept knitting and eavesdropping. Didn't drop a stitch or forget a yo. And didn't fry any brains either.


StringPlay said...

"...and I'm like OMG that is SO cool."

Seriously, I love the way the shawl is looking. What lovely yarn. Great descriptions. It felt like I was right there in the Starbucks with you.

Jane said...

Well, knitting is supposed to be something we enjoy, isn't it? That's gorgeous, and I can't wait to see it finished!

Devorah said...

A nice soothing knit. Just what is needed for February! Love it!

sherriknits said...

i like it a lot. It reminds me a little of the pattern I started last summer, I should dig it out.

I like to knit and take in what's going on around me, too. I also watch tv, knit and read blogs.


Anne said...

That's looking great - and LOL at the "And then she goes.. " .. "So he went.." - I actually read a great article on how that level of "IM Speak" is becoming integrated into every day language and reasons arguing that it's a good thing.

The Happy College Knitter said...

Too funny--I love lace knitting like that!

I also love um...people watching (listening) ;)

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

I am ITA with you on the repetitive lace pattern. I've found a few I can work on while being distracted. Is that folk shawls book worth a purchase? I like the look of your north sea shawl pattern.