I’m always envious when I read or hear about all you knitters with 10 WIPS (works in progress), massive stashes, hours of knitting time, and actual FO’s (finished objects). To say it’s not happening for me is an understatement.
Those of you who have children know what I am talking about. Pre-children, visions of a whistle clean house, made from scratch dinners and Mom and Dad relaxing in their comfy chairs every evening was my idea of how it should be. While the children played at our feet, Dad would be reading the paper and smoking his pipe (ok, that’s a bit much) and I would be happily knitting. KNITTING!
Of course, the reality is far different. Virtually half my day is spent taxiing the he-children to school/football/baseball/basketball/golf/soccer/insert your sport of choice.
The other half involves the feeding and watering of said he-children. Did you know that if you stop feeding kids, even for an hour or two, they will cease to grow and will therefore remain under your roof forever and ever?
Ok, admittedly, it’s not as if I have NO time for knitting, just no uninterrupted time. For example, this afghan pattern by Jared Flood, is gorgeous, and one I’ve been trying to knit on forever. The difficulty level is moderately low, but when you have to rip out a row 4 times due to unending interruptions, it’s time to admit defeat.
Oh sure, you say, can’t your kids fend for themselves sometimes? Yeah, they can. But when your teenager considers 2 cans of Chunky, a whole bag of Doritos, and 3 granola bars a predinner snack, and your little one blows up a bowl of Easy Mac in the microwave, it’s time for SuperMom to step in.
So, until the Teen Unit and Wee Cruncher take flight from the nest, vanilla sock knitting will be the project du jour. Yay for self striping!