Knitting is one of the most useful parenting tools I have. It keeps me from striding about the house like a caged animal. I don’t know how many homeschoolers think of it like that, but I sure do. Knitting and homeschooling go together like hand and glove, like wool and needles, like tea and sunrise. You’ve got to be there, near them and available for questions, keeping them from wandering away, smiling at them occasionally. But if you’re a person who hates to just sit, that’s hard. Really hard.
I can sit and knit, though. Different projects for different times. Better parenting at all times.
Birthday present socks for Rainer, knit all stealthy-like when he was from home. Yes, they were indeed knit to go with his Long-Awaited Sweater. If you’ve got a man who likes colour and loves handknits, you cherish those facts and you cherish him.
Pattern: Waffle Rib by Charlene Schurch in “Sensational Knitted Socks”
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Sunset in colour 8706
Prompted by a thread at Ravelry, I totaled up the yarn I knit last year. It was approximately 11,500 yards. Being a mostly metric person, I don’t have a sense of the larger distance for that, but I do know it’s quite a lot. I wonder how many stitches it represents. Or how many moments of patient waiting, how many kilometers of driving, how many math questions.