When I was in high school, I learned how to knit. I didn’t really do it much, just sort of learned how, and that was that. When we were living in Toronto, I picked it up again. But, this time, I did it more often. I still knit, but it comes in phases. I will go through a phase where I knit a lot- while watching TV, in bed, etc. and phases where I am busier and don’t make too much progress. I was trying on winter headbands in Target, and seeing how goofy I looked. But in the Artist’s words, I looked “good-goofy”. But to stay on our tight budget, I decided to use the yarn I already had at home to try and make one. I don’t have any knitting in the round needles, so I had to knit normally and attach the ends. I chose the stockinette stitch, which is K1-P1 and repeat. It is not totally free of mistakes, but the Artist’s says that is better, because it is wabi-sabi- the beauty in flaws and imperfections. I always loved the “shabby-chic” style, and old furniture, and vintage things. Always. The best I could articulate it was that I liked things that had a story. But, as I said in my last post, the Artist is amazing with words, in all aspects you could possibly think of. His art involves a lot of the concepts of wabi-sabi, and when he first told me about it, it clicked- that is the perspective I take on things. That is why I love the old, the worn, and the vintage. I see the beauty in it, where it’s previous owner may not have. Just one of the many ways, my life has been so enriched by the wisdom, talents, and artworks of my Artist.
Here is my headband 🙂
I am pleased with my creation. I think I might make more. The key is to find good deals on yarn, so you pay significantly less then if buy it in the store.
I l ove knitting with “big” yarn and large needles. Not for aesthetic appeal, I mean, it looks good and everything, but I use these for visceral reasons. When I am knitting with big yarn and large needles, it is addicting. Sometimes I can’t stop. It just feels good, and satisfying. Smaller yarn and needles are fine, and I have used them, but I don’t get addicted to my project and it takes forever to complete.
Some nice things the Artist has done for me: picked up all the movies that were being held for me at the library, because he knew I was anxious to watch some of them, made homemade wings and homemade pizza recently because he knows I love his cooking, and talked with me and supported me and calmed me when I got a little overwhelmed about the million dollar question I keep getting asked, “what are you guys going to do after he graduates?”. I started looking into options, and quickly got overwhelmed. But, he repeated our mantra. One person says, “but, no matter what….” and the other person who is upset about whatever, say, “….we always have each other”. Because really, no matter what happens, we will have each other and that is the most important thing. We will figure it al out at some point.
Some nice things I have done for the Artist: made him the General Tso’s chicken he had been craving, printed several copies of his assignment because I knew he was running late and feeling rushed, and I agreed to watch a movie of his choice- because the “Artist-movies” as I like to call them, are usually strange, hard to follow, or really absurd and hard to watch, haha. But I know he is craving something like that, some guilty pleasure time because he has been working so hard.
Doing nice things for each other, makes all the difference in life. Every day, we are showing each other that we care and are thinking of the other. That sparks a continuous circle of giving, thoughtfulness, and support.
Happiness, really is, contagious.