Friday, April 07, 2006

Security blanket

I read in some knitting blog or other the other day how the writer always took her knitting with her to work, but she never knit on it at all, it was just her security blanket, so to speak. I wondered at the time whether the "I never knit on it at all at work" thing was the kind of thing we write to cover ourselves when we do non-work things at work (not that I ever do, of course!), but she was probably being honest.

I take my knitting to work, too, and almost never knit while I'm there, so the "security blanket" thing really hit home. That's exactly what it is for me. It's also my talisman against boredom. That's why I used to carry a book with me at all times--I've kind of gotten away from that, although I never go anywhere to eat by myself without one, or anywhere that I might have to wait. But back to the knitting--I will occasionally knit a couple of rows on my lunch time, but usually what I end up doing is reading blogs or answering email or something while I eat my lunch at my desk. So it's obviously kind of dumb to carry it back and forth, and I've been trying not to do it. So I didn't bring it yesterday, and I felt very light and free just carrying my purse into work yesterday morning.

But then Bob called around noon and said that we were expecting the mother of all thunderstorms in the afternoon, with possibly baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, and my first thought was, damn, what if we get stuck here and have to hole up for awhile or go to the basement--I didn't bring my knitting!

Nothing happened, though. By mid-afternoon, the weather forecasters were saying that the storm would hit in the evening, so Bob asked me to come right home and then follow him over to the mall, where he wanted to park his van in the covered parking area in anticipation of the hail (only one car fits in our garage, and while I suppose we could put his in it, and leave mine outside since I have full coverage insurance, I still don't want to risk getting it damaged), then I could bring him home. I got home quickly, and when I came into the house, he was ready to go. I grabbed my knitting, though. When he looked at me oddly, I said it was just in case the storm hit while we were out and I ended up having to sit it out in the parking lot. At least I would have something to do.

But that storm failed to materialize, too. Around 9:00 they took the storm out of the forecast, so we drove over and retrieved his car. I didn't take my knitting this time.

And honestly, the thing about not carrying a book with me anymore? I may not have an actual book with me at all times, but I always have my Palm Pilot, loaded up with a couple of ebooks and several short stories. So I'm set.

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Anonymous said...

I definitely understand the pull toward knitting, even though I don't know how to knit! Those colors and different textures are so delicious. Does it bother your wrists at all when you do it much?

I used to take a book, too, but now I take my Filofax (to putter and make lists when I'm stuck someplace). My Alphasmart Neo also fits in my purse (which is more like a tote). I was stuck at the Toyota service station yesterday longer than expected and was able to pull it out and write.

To be stuck someplace without the backup activity of some kind--what a nightmare!

Willa said...

I try to alternate knitting with tiny needles (socks on size 1's) and knitting with larger needles (I'm working on a shrug/sweater on 10's now), and I find that keeps my hands from hurting. If I knit on *really* large needles, like 13's or 15's, that *does* hurt my hands. It's just harder to hold on to needles that large. And I find that crochet hurts my wrists now, whereas it didn't used to. I suppose my hands and wrists might get used to the motions again, but I haven't tried.

Anonymous said...

Hi Willa!

I knit little hats for preemies for charity and I always have my knitting with me in the car. I knit while stuck waiting at a train crossing or sit in the car and knit when John (my DH) goes to a hardware store or lumber yard or is running into Sears to check out their tools. :-) The patterns I use are simple and I've memorized them so I've been able to make lots more little hats that way then if I only did my knitting at specified times at home.

You can some photos of some of the hats I've knit on my webshots page if you're interested.

Willa said...

Your hats are great! That's a wonderful idea. I tend to always have a sock on the needles, and then one larger project, so I can usually grab whatever's appropriate, depending on whether I need something that's mindless, or whether it's something I need to pay attention to.

Mary Ellen said...

I take my knitting to work with me every day, even though I know full well I'll be too busy to knit. I juyst feel better having it with me. It's totally a security blanket!