Rainy Day Dreams

Knitted Dishrag

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

It’s not unusual to find myself slightly out of step with moments, and this again is true as I consider renewing my not-so-good knitting skills. After years of no-playing with knitting needles, these days of unusual rainy weather have me trying to conjure up constructive indoor activities. Oh sure, plenty of inside jobs need doing, but in these damp days I want to to sit in one place and maybe watch television while doing something that’s easy and keeps me from feeling like a lazy wastrel.

The other day while browsing in a hobby shop, I stumbled into its knitting section and felt inspired. Knitting isn’t rocket science, but it’s a constructive activity that can keep one busy as an excellent inside hobby. Nonetheless, unable to remember how to knit, I hesitated and picked up the shop’s illustrated how-to books, while trying to think far back and conjure-up dim memories. Finally, I decided just to go for it, selected a pattern for a simple dishrag, some needles, and a ball of purplish acrylic. Back home, I hunted out an old basic instruction book.

I sat down to practice casting on, easy enough, but had trouble following instructions for starting a first row of actual knit. The instructions looked easy, but I couldn’t correctly grasp illustrations for wrapping yarn around the right-hand needle. I gave up and went empty-handed to another chair in front of the television set. Something arose from deep inside and my hands started moving as if they held knitting needles. I sensed muscle memories kicking in. My hands moved and fingers behaved as if they were about to create an initial knit stitch. The imaginary left needle dove into the imaginary right needle’s topmost imaginary cast-on, and my left hand wrapped yarn around the intruding right needle. I correctly pulled through an actual knit!

Ah ha!

This idea of knitting may turn out as hoped for by making real my wish to become creative with yarn. Alth0ugh I’ll still mostly focus on dishrags–fairly brief, simple projects, for I like the idea of these squares. They’ll accept more complex stitches as my skills improve.

Fair warning to myself: don’t try to bite off too much. Today, the farrier will shoe my driving horse, and soon, the weather will improve, and once it’s dry outside, there’s lots more on the plate. I’ll take everything step by step while keeping in mind that there always are dirty dishes–and from time immemorial dedicated rags are indispensable.

Dear Friends: Have a terrific day, with constructive activities that you enjoy. Diana

One thought on “Rainy Day Dreams

  1. I used to knit a lot, even very complex Nordic design ski sweaters for the kids and Dave. I don’t think I have the patience now. So, to be productive inside (😰). I have been shredding old tax returns and reading. We ducked out for a ride yesterday just across the road and got back in the nick of time. Speaking of Nick, he’s an awesome dog. Super smart and sweet natured. Like O-Six.

    On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 7:47 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Knitted Dishrag Tuesday, April 09, > 2019 It’s not unusual to find myself slightly out of step with moments, and > this again is true as I consider renewing my not-so-good knitting skills. > After years of no-playing with knitting needles, these days of ” >

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