Don't be worrying about me. I'm okay, it's my jaw that isn't, or rather my right temporomandibular joint. The jury's still out on exactly what ails it - something structural - but chewing, and by extension eating, are proving mighty difficult just now. Sadly this sorry state of affairs has not resulted in any weight loss - vanilla ice cream doesn't need much mastication, unlike salad* - but there's been lots of waiting about for doctors and dentists, knitting at the ready to while away the time!
And the twist? I got to thinking about my Year of Projects commitments**, and the fact that my list of knits is considerably shorter than most folk's, and decided that promising to acquire some new skills might beef my efforts up a bit. Rikke, vanilla knitting with a new-to-me cast on - Twisted German - what could be better? And what a stretchy joy that cast on is! Mastered in minutes - I consulted Montse Stanleybut you could try Youtube - and clearly ideal for hats and, if you're so inclined, socks. Stanley lists a twisted Italian cast on I'd like to try too, and I'm determined to get to grips with Channel Island. In fact there's a ton of stuff I've never tried!
As ever my knitting isn't far from my reading matter. 'The knitted stitch is a knot through whose iteration an unbroken surface is formed from a continuous length, or line, of yarn', to (approximately) quote anthropologist Tim Ingold, author of Lines: A Brief HistoryThis amazing book is captivating me just now. But if I describe it, borrowing from the blurb, as an anthropological archaeology of the line, I fear it must sound like tremendously dull stuff, and it isn't, not at all! Genealogy, walking, weaving, musical notation, circuit boards, crochet ... all can be reduced to traces and/or threads, to lines. And to connections. It truly is a fascinating read***!
Your responses and connections to my last post really touched me, thank you. Informal letters and diaries, a permanent trace, are vital to understanding our past, yet so few of us write them now. Do you? I know I don't. A Year of Projects post. Also linking with Ginnie for
* If anyone has any healthy, mushy meal ideas to pass on they'd be more than gratefully received!
** Another change, Whippoorwill is out and Color Affection is back in ... one of the girls at Knit and Natter has a Color Affection and it is gorgeous, and clearly worth ploughing through all that garter stitch for! By the way, only one of the links in this post are to Ravelry, I didn't want to exclude the non knitters. *** And so is my perennial favourite, also pictured, Claire Leighton's Four Hedges