Two feet. Who needs the use of both? Apparently this chump because after rolling my foot and tearing two ligaments at derby training just over a month ago things have been a little challenging. I mean, on the scale of one to suckville this sits at “somewhat vexing much like discovering you have no gin when all one wants is a G&T”. But apparently I use my right foot more than I thought. I mean, I’ve learnt to strap my foot so I can still drive for quick trips, I’ve been doing one footed push ups to keep up with gym workouts (a gal has to brag about something) and heck I even hop-interpretive-danced the other night. But using my presser foot? Dang that hurts. So between attempts to learn to sew left footed I’ve taken up the genteel yet fierce craft of knitting. Pointy ended sticks + Amanda = hilarity and possibility of poking oneself in the eye… Or just looking plain sassy!
Yup. The stuff I have made has been pink and purple. Surprises? I have none.
The thistle coloured Big Herringbone Cowl is a Purl Bee pattern. I bought the wool for this when I was in NY last year after making husbandy join me on a 45 minute trek to Purl Soho. Nevermind I didn’t know how to knit. There was gorgeous wool to impulse purchase and sales staff to freak out as this cray Aussie was hugging all of their yarn. Let’s be honest this bad boy was probably not the best first project to tackle. The stitch was far to complex for my uncco fingers and limited ability to tension yarn. Now brace yourselves for the most hideous knit you have ever seen because this is chock full of dropped stitches, tangled knots and tension fails. Some may call it fug. I call it “quirky” with lots of “personality”.
Note how I have artfully hidden the numerous mistakes with careful photography and making the the detail shot super small? I’m tricky like that! BWAH HA HA!
But in all seriousness I really love this. I love that you can see how mutated the start is and all the lame stitches and mistakes that I couldn’t figure out. I love the last five rows where I picked this up again a couple of weeks ago and the skills seemed to click into place and all of a sudden the stitches start to look neater. But also I love all the cool things you can do with a cowl this huge.
I mean, hello Sydney Opera House sail twin.
The similarities are freaky.
But is gets better. My personal favourite is pretending to be all Princess Leia…
Like. A. Boss.
By the time I finished this I was on to week two of no sewing and I needed a fix bad. My next crafty project was then the Mathilde Hat by Andi Satterland. This was getting a bit crazy with following the directions and changing needles sizes and whatnot. But I persevered. I took this project everywhere- work lunches, specialist waiting rooms, derby training. But it was worth it to see something rad grown on my needles like a cool pink fungus. I mean, check this out!
Could not be prouder! There is a total pattern happening here and everything. Plus, it’s pink. And we all know how I feel about the sassiest of colours.
So this knitting thing is pretty cool. I mean, I don’t need to be using my foot when it gets sore. Yarn is all kinds of rad and soft and lovely. And I can make snug things to keep me warm as winter approaches and my thin Queensland blood sets me “icicle” for the next eight months. Brrr…
And let’s be honest. This injured foot isn’t going to keep me down. I’ve now got mad beginner’s knitting skills, sewn my first left foot controlled project and have a specialist appointment tomorrow to tell me how we’re proceeding with this lameness (both literal and figurative- word nerd win!) Because even if they have news that isn’t what I want to hear I have mad craft skills and I am fierce.
Or at least, I can knit me a slightly misshapen tube and pose like a slightly vexed guinea pig. Bring it!