NAKNITMO, it turns out, has turned me into the Edward Hyde of knitting. Although I couldn’t consciously work out where to squeeze extra stitches, my subconscious skipped off looking then came back and gleefully announced,
I know how you can do more knitting!
It was right. There was space for just a little more…
Our kettle boils on the aga, so no magic switching off on its own. When lovely husband’s asleep first thing, I don’t move far away from it, so the whistle doesn’t wake him. It doesn’t take long to boil, but I can fit in a quick 30 stitches of a square for the giant knitted Christmas tree as I wait.
The other new knitting spot I’ve found is courtesy of British Telecom. They’re fitting superfast broadband in the village. Meantime this activity makes our connection rather intermittent. Instead of fighting to open a webpage when the internet goes flat for a few minutes, I knit a row. Unless I’m in a real hurry, this not only halts the gnashing of my teeth, it makes me feel rather smug that I fitted in a few more stitches.
Despite the calming influence of knitting while my broadband sorts itself out, I still think fitting knitting in like this is rather OCD. I know we all get a bit manic from time to time, it’s great to have a challenge and focus can be a real benefit. However is it really healthy to be manically knitting stitches to hit some arbitrary target?
I’m not someone who gives up. So for now, Mr Hyde persona is going to keep clocking up those stitches. But come December, I’ll stop counting and ensure my knitting returns to being a relaxing, Dr Jekyll style activity.
How’s your crafting going at the moment? Are you a chilled Dr Jekyll or a manic Mr Hyde?