is for knitting.
I like knitting.
It only took me seven years to knit this scarf!
Knitting is relaxing. It's rewarding. I enjoy the act of pulling yarn through loops and the sound of clicking needles.
Unfortunately, I'm not terribly good at knitting. I have a recurring problem: nice loose soft stitches get tighter and tighter until I can't even push the needles through the yarn.
Knitting has been officially added to the list of Things That Look Easier Than They Are, along with gardening and playing the harmonica.
Still, though, not all is lost. When the stitches are so tight that the scarf must be abandoned (as it invariably is - unless, of course, it is the mythical Seven Year Scarf), there's a great deal of satisfaction to be had from ripping the stitches out.
There is also a variety of exciting things that can be done with yarn that have nothing to do with knitting.
Case in point: Operation Barbie.
Operation Barbie is a fantastic game that provides endless hours of fun. The rules are simple:
- Sister one sits at the top of the stairs and sister two sits at the bottom of the stairs.
- Each sister should have at least two Barbie dolls.
- Sister one ties a Barbie to the end of a ball of yarn and sends it down the stairs.
- Sister two unties the Barbie, ties on a different Barbie, and then yanks on the yarn three times.
- Sister one reels the Barbie up.
- Repeat. Forever.
Pretend that this is a Barbie.
And also pretend that it doesn't look creepy.
In our house, my sister Catherine usually took the sister one position at the top of the stairs and I took the sister two position at the bottom of the stairs. It's really best to stick to one position until you have it mastered.
And so, I return to this post's central thesis (the one that I have yet to mention): yarn is neither annoying nor confusing, but knitting sometimes is.
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