An incomplete list of things i have not been correct about lately.
1. I thought the baby would be here by now. She is not. Clearly she’s on a timetable all her own, and is well and happy on the inside and I guess we just keep waiting.
2. I thought that since the baby was not here by now, that the mystical power of the knitted baby blanket was prevailing, and that as soon as i finished, she would arrive. I finished. She did not arrive.
3. I decided then that it must be that it didn’t work was because I hadn’t blocked the thing, and that the knitting force is so strong within this young one that she was calling bull on her grammy, and so I blocked it. She did not arrive.
4. When that didn’t work, I thought – fair enough. it’s not dry, and folded and I haven’t snipped off the last two ends.
The child noped that too. She remains unmoved. (Meg had high hopes for that moment, let me tell you. I’m going to wait to show you the whole thing until she produces the worlds next great knitwear model.)
5. I also thought that there was going to be a way for our Strung Along March retreat to go forward next week, but after looking at the situation realistically, realizing how many of the attending knitters are in the high risk group and having a chat with public health out Port Ludlow way… there wasn’t. Our retreat thus joins the ranks of so many other knitting events that are cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. I don’t know a single knitting teacher or event organizer who doesn’t feel like they did the right thing when they cancelled, and isn’t committed foremost to the health and well being of our communities, and to slowing the roll of this thing, so as not to strain health resources any more than they have to be… but I’m not going to pretend it isn’t difficult. Lots of people are going to have a hard time economically over the next little bit in all sorts of industries, but today I raise my glass to all the knitting teachers, vendors and event organizers out there who’d already written cheques and signed contracts and are wondering what comes next for their businesses. Lets hang in there together.
6. I thought people might be upset or angry when the retreat postponed, but I was overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of everyone involved, including The Resort at Port Ludlow. I think it’s that spirit that will mean that these events will still be around when this is over.
7. I thought I was mostly over the urge to embroider on knitting.
Turns out I’m not even a little bit over it. I finished a little sweater for the baby, and then something came over me and I put a rosebud on it, and the next thing I knew I had seven colours of embroidery floss and whammo.
I am in love with it more than I can say. I really hope this baby isn’t one of those spitting up kinds. I haven’t given the sweater or blanket to Meg yet, I have decided to withhold all knitwear deliveries until she makes good on her part of the deal. She gives me a baby and I give her the goods. No exceptions.
7. I thought I was done knitting for the baby, but it turns out that I am helpless in the face of this kind of expectation and so now I’ve started something else.
8. I thought it would be finished today but it’s not. A wee vest thing – it’s the handspun merino from a few weeks ago.
9. I thought I could promise that maybe I would knit something for someone who weighs more than 10lbs. I can’t. I think I’m just going to keep racking it up over here. Maybe another bonnet.
10. I thought being a grandmother for the second time would be a bit more chill.