Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Beauty In The Light Of A New Day

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It's about Barbie-doll shawl size right now... but it's gorgeous! Hey, those Barbie dolls are never wearing clothes after their first day home, anyway, so it's a thought.

So, after all your encouragement and kind words, even some from Wendy Wonnacott herself, I sat down last night, with my back turned away from the TV, at the kitchen table where the "good light" is, and s-l-o-w-l-y and carefully, row-by-row, started back in on my Ella shawl. Everything went smoothly, and - this is HUGE for me, I actually understand the pattern as it is developing, so I know right away if something's off and can catch myself, instead of three rows down. It's fun now, not torture, and suprisingly easy.... funny - most things are once you FINALLY get the hang of it. However, sitting hunched over the kitchen table, for the "good light" is not my idea of relaxing knitting.

Hence my ongoing dilemma... here's where I love to knit
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I have my table next to me with the ever-present Diet Coke, the recliner end of the couch, my little box full of knitting necessities, and I can see the TV perfectly. However, it's in a darker corner of the room with no overhead lighting, and at night, when I have a chance to finally settle down and knit, that beautiful little stained glass lamp just doesn't cut it. Especially with this challenging Ella pattern and the dark yarn.

So, I pick up my knitting and go sit in the hubby's recliner, where there's good light... however, I am half brain dead most of the time, so I get settled in, and then figure out I don't have my granny glasses, or my scissors, or forget to bring my Diet Coke.... up, down, up, down.... I threatened to put all my knitting accessories in a fanny pack last night, and my granny glasses on a chain around my neck - but the girls said they'd disown me. Like I don't already embarrass them enough. (Hey, it's my job - I'm their mother).

I could go against fire regulations and up the wattage in my little lamp - or put another lamp there.... but I really love the stained glass one, it looks nice with my purple couches and glass table.... or maybe I'll just wear a head lamp - perfect!!! Functional, and it'll embarrass the girls to death. Gotta love a two-fer!


At 10:52 AM, Blogger amylovie said...

Yea Lynda!!

Gotta love torturing your kids!


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Marion said...

I'm glad that the shawl is turning out. Knitting lace is so intimidating. :)

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Cherice said...

I love knitting lace!! I've been knitting for about 35 years (or so I don't remember ever learning, I've knit about as long as I can remember), but only recently have knit lace. and I relate to hunching over the kitchen table for the "good light". Your shawl looks beautiful.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Kaity said...

I've been tellin you to use a headlamp for Months!

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

Wow, that's a hard one... not sure what I'd recommend by way of a lighting remedy, but I don't recommend overloading the wattage of your stained glass lamp. That could be disastrous! Congrats on the successful lace knitting (staying away from the TV does wonders!) and on actually "learning" the pattern.


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