As usual, the needles are full this weekend. I’ve spent most of the week working on a test knit (a cool poncho) and a commissioned piece (my 5th mermaid lapghan!). I’m not too far into the test knit so I will hold off talking about that until I get further in and I have nothing new to say about the mermaid lapghan, I can almost knit that in my sleep at this point!
The other project that I got some rounds in on this week was my purse socks. Over the last six weeks I’ve had quite a bit of dental work done, at least for me. Let’s just say I’m not a good patient (for any medical professional). The first appointment was supposed to be a quick check and ended up lasting 3 hours. I had not brought any knitting and by the end I think both me and the dentist needed a drink. So on Monday I went prepared – socks in bag. I knit in the waiting room and I knit once they took me back to start the work. They even let me knit while the Novocaine sunk in. Turned out my dentist got a learn how to crochet book for Christmas and was trying to teach herself crochet. And, yes, she did know the difference between knitting and crocheting!
I returned on Friday for the appointment. I had my trusty knitting bag in hand. And, I think it helped. I think I was much more relaxed on both of these visits (that’s not saying much but any improvement is a step in the right direction). Even just holding my knitting while they worked (if only I could have continued during all the drilling) seemed to help keep me calm. It kind of worked like a security blanket. My dentist caught on during Friday’s visit and talked about her efforts to learn crochet while she was drilling. Smart woman – keep me distracted!
There are so many articles that document the health benefits of knitting. I know when I read them I think – of course! But, it’s another thing to actually experience it firsthand. Bonus – got the cuff done on sock 2!
Here’s the other really cool part of this story. By the end of Friday’s appointment I was sharing the number to my LYS so my dentist could call and arrange a private crochet lesson. She was also showing me her Pinterest page and asking me to make her a hat for the baby she is expecting in August. She had found a picture of a baby who was wearing a hat shaped like a tooth with a big smile on it. It is adorable and perfect for a dentist’s baby! It was crocheted but she doubted she would get up both the skill and time to crochet it before the baby arrived.
I came home and checked Ravely and there were no knit tooth hats. So, I put the picture up on Facebook and asked my knitting friends if anyone had ideas on converting it to a knit pattern so I could make one for her. My friend who has the blog Wool Forward is a hat genius. If you check out her blog you will see her 30 hats in 30 days project which was amazing!! She is going to work on it for me which is awesome! The thing she pointed out (which I always wondered) is why so many of these cute, shaped hats (a lot of them are used as photo props) are crocheted. Marie explained that it is because the crochet fabric comes out stiffer than knitting. And that is the exact problem when I’ve tried knitting a hat that I originally saw in a crochet version. But she loves a challenge so stay tuned!