Why I stopped knitting

 
I had mostly stopped knitting (and spinning!) about 7 years ago when I came down with an acute case of Bouncy Toddler.  My daughter had a tendency to treat Mommy and all of her stuff as a jungle gym/trampoline, with no regard whatsoever for what I had in my lap, or what might happen to it (or her) if she landed on it.  All pointy sticks were packed away, and rarely saw daylight.  Because I worked nights, there really was no time that I could knit safely – what little free time I had needed to be spent on other things. 
Unfortunately, she never really progressed past the Bouncy Toddler phase.  She was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2, and has continued to jump into my lap with her typical lack of concern/understanding that there is something sharp that might do her damage.  Until she has been hurt by something, she doesn’t recognize that it can hurt her.  Fortunately it only takes once, and she’ll avoid that thing like the plague – but I’d rather she didn’t have to learn about 2mm lace needles by experience 😦  These last two years have been better, as we have found an ADHD med that reduces her tendency to Superball off all available objects.  It also makes a big difference for her in school – always a good thing!  As a result, I have been slowly rediscovering things I had to set aside those first few difficult years.  I’m glad I’ve been able to come back to these – I really missed spinning!
 
I still have a lot of unspun fiber stored away, which should keep me occupied for quite a while, as long as I don’t decide I really need to make something for which none of the fiber I have at home is suitable.  I hope it will be many months before I get to that point.  I’m all in favor of The Bottomless Stash, and I understand quite well why it’s necessary to have several different types of tops or roving, and at least one full fleece of every different breed one comes across.  Right now I just can’t afford it – I need to spin what I’ve got before I can justify spending money on fiber.  I count myself lucky that most of the wool I have can be spun into a variety of different yarns, and I still have enough dye that I’m not limited to knitting with white (with the exception of one gorgeous black Navajo-Churro fleece – but that’s another blog post).  I’m luckier than some – at least I already have everything I need!

So I’m still spinning my three-ply sock yarn – two bobbins down, one to go!  I finished my Cookie A. Clandestine socks and have started a pair of plain-vanilla wool socks for my son.  In the spirit of “don’t buy what you can make,” I’ve been knitting warm socks for the household instead of buying them.  I also have a growing basket of socks that need darning that I will get to one of these days.  If I can fix it, I won’t replace it.  I do admit to procrastinating on the sock darning – I don’t expect it to be fun! I am, however, getting some assistance with my sock knitting….
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3 thoughts on “Why I stopped knitting

  1. :::howdy, neighbor!:::

    Interesting. I STARTED knitting again when my kids were little because it was easier to do while distracted. Nice how it fits into all sorts of lifestyles, all sorts of settings. Must feel good to get back to it.

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  2. Thanks for visiting – I really did miss it – and am so glad to be making Useful Things again!

    Debbie – I think I probably live about 10 minutes away from you? I love Scott's beads! I wish I could afford to use more lampwork in my own jewelry – unfortunately I would not be able to pay the glass artists what their time is worth and still have a price-point that people would be willing to pay. 😦 I don't have an big enough reputation yet. Oh well – maybe someday? Glad to see you here!

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