Now before I show you the feature of this post... before you start commenting about how "fast" I knit, you must know that it's simply not true. The reality is that I've been working hard at perfecting the technique of flying under the radar as a homemaker.
A few examples:
1) This is dinner.
No tricks, no special spices, and no magic recipes. When it's time to eat, I'll simply open all the packages and dump then in a big bowl for a perfect hot evening meal of Chinese Chicken Salad. Oui-La.
2) As long as I manage to keep drawers full of clean underwear and towels for my husband and clean baseball uniforms for my boys, nobody pays much attention to the laundry. I mean, it's not like any of the kids are going to change their underwear, or even their clothes for that matter, unless I remind them. As long as toothpaste and toilet paper continue diminish I figure we're in pretty good shape. (Remember... all boys.)
3) As it happens, I'm supposed to be resting for the last week or so anyway. Well, not technically, but I'm sure it was the doctor's intention when he prescribed pain medication for some abdominal discomfort I've been having. I mean, if you're taking pain pills, clearly you should be resting... and I know for a fact that I shouldn't be operating heavy machinery. Do you have any idea how heavy a washer or dryer is?
4) Since we are approaching the end of our school year, I really want the children to be focusing on working independently. It's important that they learn just what they can accomplish on their own. Of course, since they tend to get extremely boyish during lesson times, I need to sit nearby and be available to supervise.
5) Lastly, our temperatures have been in the high 90s for the last couple of weeks. Due to my extreme intolerance/phobia of such heat, it's necessary that I stay within 3 feet of the air conditioning unit in our living room at all times. Fortunately, I have 5 children to take care of many of those pesky household chores that need to be done outside this 3 foot radius.
So, as you can see, I am not all that fast or talented... just really good at doing the least that is required of me without arousing dissatisfaction or suspicion. (I say this with some trepidation as I know DH visits my blog. However, I feel fairly confident that it is merely an obligatory visit as I can't imagine he wants to "listen" to me talk anymore than he already does. I guess I'll find out though won't I?)
All that said... I present Scarlett from Jane Ellison's Noro Joy pattern collection.
Noro Matsuri - Color 02: 8 balls
Knit Picks Options: Sizes 6 & 5
A bit of steam will surely calm the excess curling on the borders, but you couldn't get me within 10 feet of a hot iron today!
I'm glad I chose the smallest size as this yarn has quite a bit of stretch. It is absolutely wonderful to knit with; the only downside being some slightly thicker sections in a couple of balls.
This was a real emotional challenge for me since I knew from the beginning that color matching was not going to be an option. I was going to have to knit and wear a sweater with different colored fronts and non-matching sleeves! But it's NORO, I told myself. I can do it! And I did.
And I'm very glad that I did. The finished sweater is cheerful, soft, and lightweight. Even more incredible... it fits! Another knit that will certainly be seeing the outside world. Hooray!
PS... This post would not be complete if I did not tell you that DH just ran out the door after a phone call from Middle Son who just happened upon a rattlesnake eating a squirrel. He is not alarmed mind you... just wants to see it. If we're lucky, we'll get pictures! Oooooh!
Sing to me A/C unit... sing.
ETA: Oh boy... Fun for the whole neighborhood. Oy.
Can you see why clean laundry is at the bottom of my list of concerns?