Yesterday was low-key, which is just how I like it for Valentine’s Day. It’s never been one of the “big” holidays for me, and I’d just as soon skip it, were it not for the little people around here. You can’t really ignore holidays when kids are involved. They seem to like having excuses to do a little celebrating 🙂
So, slice-and-bake cookies in the morning, it was, and pink heart-shaped pancakes for supper.
After supper we recreated one of our favorite “date” experiences, and took the hour-long drive to our favorite book store, where we promptly split up and went to our respective favorite sections (he is Sci Fi, and I am Craft). We had the kids with us, which works out a lot better now that they’re older and can be bribed (did I say “bribed?” I meant “reasoned-with.” Heh.)
Neil and Aidan wandered off to do their thing, and Eamonn and I made a quick detour to the children’s section to get a pile of My Little Pony books to keep him busy. Yes, my 5-year-old son is over-the-moon for My Little Pony. It cracks me up to hear him singing sweetly to them and telling them how beautiful they are. And I have to admit, it reassures me – just a little bit – to hear him say in a deep announcer voice, “Pinky Pie versus Sweetie Bell!” as the ponies become a pink blur of boyish brawling. Yeah, there’s still a male child in there somewhere, LOL!
But back to the book store… I picked up a pile of knitting books to look at, and Eamonn and I installed ourselves in one of the comfy chairs to flip through our respective stacks for the next half hour or so. I settled on two titles to bring home with me: 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders and Weekend Knitting.
Neither one of these books is a loom-knitting book, and while I still have no real interest in learning to use needles at this point, I do have an interest in making hip, 21st-century things. I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this, but I have not been overly impressed by many of the loom patterns I’ve come across. Compared to needle-knit patterns, the loom-knit counterparts have an old-fashioned vibe to them – and not in a vintage-cool way, either. And of course there are exceptions to this, but in general, the aesthetic of loom-knit patterns just doesn’t speak to me.
My philosphy has been this:
- be inspired by hip, current knits
- learn the lingo and understand on a basic level what the pattern involves
- seek out loom-specific instruction for how to make the required stitches
- fudge it where necessary
So far, it’s worked pretty well for me, and the more I’m learning, the more I feel comfortable looking to needle-based patterns for my next project. This is good news inspiration-wise, and bad news book-buying wallet-wise.
Right now I’m working on a vest. I’ve consulted a loom pattern for the technical vest-construction information, but for the real inspiration, I’ve been looking at images in Ravelry, and some vest projects in books. I’m not entirely sure how this is going to come out, which is why I just started it with some yarn I had laying around. I’m looking at it more as a learning experience than as a viable finished product. If it actually turns out good, though, I’ll be pleasantly surprised and will probably make another half dozen in different colors. Not that I am obsessive like that or anything…