truelove: an orange tabby cat looking down, to the left, away from the camera (Default)
In other news, Ravelry's something I can access at work! I am to be found hereabouts: [ravelry.com profile] ftfisher (truelove was already taken). And, you know, if anyone that's on Rav wants for intermittent short form realtime contact with me, this is where you want to go.
truelove: an orange tabby cat looking down, to the left, away from the camera (Default)
So... not even half an hour had I been home with the bag of knitting before the kitten (not the one pictured in my icon) gotten into the yarn and Made Art. Because the kitten is a freaking walking, purring stereotype who is deeply, profoundly enamoured of wool yarn in particular.

The only blessing is that I got to it before he'd managed to make it an installation across multiple floors of the house. (Our bedroom is in the basement directly underneath the living room.)

Mind you, "the kitten"? Is six years old and about 5.5 kilos. He grew big, but he never grew up. (Miles Harper is his name; we thought we named him for Miles O'Brien (Star Trek) and Roy Harper (DCU) since he's a redhead. Oh but we found out, he's really much more of a Miles Vorkosigan sort of Miles.)

So clearly I need to knit him a damn fuzzy ball out of wool yarn that he IS allowed to trail around with and maybe he'll ever deign to leave the knitting alone? /o\
truelove: an orange tabby cat looking down, to the left, away from the camera (Default)
It's been several years since I did any knitting. Which came from me wanting to take a break from the big project I was working on to play with some lace or something and maybe doing a shawl, and discovering that I knit twisted or something, that made more complicated knitting difficult for me to pick up -- and the big project I was working on, I loved the effect I was getting, and I didn't want to completely unlearn and relearn and then go back to it and have to twist my brain around. Net result: I stopped knitting altogether. Siiiiigh.

So anyway, I decided I'd try knitting because I really enjoyed knitting as a way to occupy my hands so my brain can work. I figured maybe a scarf to get used to knitting again, and impulse bought a few skeins of yarn and some needles when I was in Joann's last (to pick up some spray adhesive for another and unrelated project).

I thought I might need to watch some videos to get started again, at least to cast on -- that's how I learned in the first place, from online videos -- but I didn't have any trouble casting on at all!

So apparently knitting is just one of those things that sits in muscle memory even if your brain can't come up with how to do it! Because for the life of me I couldn't have even visualised a cast-on but my hands just went and did it for me.

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