The Sound Of One Hand Knitting

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? You thought I gave up. You thought I quit. You thought I got tired of unraveling everything I’d done, like Penelope, and just stopped trying.

knittinWell, yer wrong! I’ve been knitting and knitting and knitting! My first piece is at the cleaners’ getting blocked, which is not a dirty euphemism, but means something you do to even out imperfections. And, believe me, that piece has imperfections!

Meanwhile, I’ve made four ruffled scarves and I’ve started another muffler. It’s a great way to feel productive while listening to Teaching Company lectures or waiting for Mom to finish her therapy or sitting in a meeting.

But here’s the thing: Today, when I got home from the therapy place and took out my knitting to work while listening to a lecture on Macbeth, I discovered I was one needle shy. I must have dropped it in the waiting room.

There was nothing I could do but take out a different size needle.

Mom was all, “No! You can’t do that! It’ll be all wockerjawed!”

So I said, “I’ll pretend it’s A Look.”

I’m knitting this piece very loose, anyway, so I think it’s looking okay. What do you think?

It’s Tuesday, so I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on the subject of potatoes.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character has to make do when an essential piece of equipment goes missing.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Sound Of One Hand Knitting

  1. Jane

    January 22, 2013 at 9:27am

    Thomas Edison said that discovery is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. I am thinking pretty much everything is.
    Nice job. I believe that using different-sized needles must be some sort of advanced technique. Right?

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      Marian Allen

      January 22, 2013 at 12:43pm

      It’s actually much prettier than it looks in the picture. The yarn “color” is Meadow, and it’s a blend of greens, browns, and golds.

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  2. Cairn Rodrigues

    January 22, 2013 at 11:20am

    On Project Runway you would be called an innovator, you are an innovative designer today!

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      Marian Allen

      January 22, 2013 at 12:44pm

      Innovator. Yeah, that’s me, all right! lol! Now I totally have to follow that link to Not Penny’s Boat. lol

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  3. Bonnie Abraham

    January 22, 2013 at 8:15pm

    It will change the size slightly (larger if the new needle is larger and smaller if …) but otherwise, no problem. Speaking from experience. There actually are patterns that call for using a very large needle and a very small one – which creates a very easy “lace” look without things like yarn overs and knit 2 together. So go for it. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      January 23, 2013 at 8:55am

      Bonnie, THANK YOU for that! I am TOTALLY going to try that sometime! So far, a 10 and a 9 don’t seem to be doing anything too funky. I’m going back today to the last place I had both 10s, and they’ll probably have it.

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