Not only have I not been blogging, but I was almost completely torn away from online life last week, when I sent my iphone in to have the screen fixed after I dropped it onto our hardwood floor and cracked it. What I realized while my phone was gone, was that the internet fills a spot in keeping my hands busy. I check my email, I check twitter, I check facebook, I play words with friends, I read what other people are writing. And I do these things, often, so that I have something to do with my hands.
So this week, after seeing a book in Violet's room on knitting for kids, I decided that knitting was the perfect way to "do" something. I have actually learned to knit before. But it was in 10th grade, when I was forced to take a class on sewing and "creative stitchery." I did not like it. But then again, I tend to not like things that I am forced to do. And now, I am over 20 years removed from being forced to learn to knit. And knitting suddenly had some sort of allure for me. And I think that part of it, is that I don't like there to be things that I "can't" do. I figure that most things that I "can't" do are really only because I haven't really tried (except for maybe ice skating. I have tried ice skating and I am pretty sure I can stop trying now).
It turns out that knitting, at least the basic stitches, is really pretty easy. I used what ever yarn and knitting needles Violet had and got busy relearning to knit. And it is a perfect thing to occupy my hands while watching football, and basketball. And the cats love it too. And they helped keep my legs warm, just like my laptop usually does when I am watching TV, or the always fun "watching Jack Jack play the Wii."
And even though my family kind of made fun of me, they are all totally jealous of Jack Jack's new pussycat bath puppet. And Dash has requested I make him Harry Potter puppet. I think I may have to learn a few new stitches before that happens. But, I also think I may have found a new addiction. And I have even purchased my own knitting needles and some super soft yarn for my next project.