Staying Sane

Knitting keeps me sane. And when there’s no time to actually knit, just thinking about knitting can usually save me from going over the edge.

It’s in that spirit of preventative mental-health maintenance that I picked up a copy of Cables, Diamonds, Herringbone: Secrets of Knitting Traditional Fishermen’s Sweaters by Sabine Domnick.
Cables, diamonds and herringbone
To be honest, I won’t be knitting anything out of this book soon—the projects are challenging and time-consuming—but I’m loving it just the same. This book includes history, a part-by-part discussion of knitting techniques (saddle shoulders, set-in sleeves, etc.), a stitch dictionary, and some gorgeous patterns: everything I need to keep my imagination humming. As long as I’m too busy to do anything but dream about knitting (ok, it’s not quite that bad—but close), I might as well dream big.

The Smooshy hat I’m working on for The Golden Fleece is almost done, but I’ve decided I started the decreases a bit late. This means I need to unknit a dozen or so rows, which isn’t all that difficult, but I’ve been getting home from work so bleary-eyed, that I’m afraid to slip the work off my needles for fear that I’ll do something horrible and irrevocable in my delirium. One way or another, I will have it finished by Saturday so that Melissa can photograph it and I can deliver it to the shop. Please note that I am still loving this yarn, even with the prospect of tinking.