The black hole of knitting time
Tuesday November 27th 2012, 12:23 am
Filed under: Family,Knitting a Gift

I got the ends run in on project A, project B, got a few sweaters washed and slowly drying for my flying to a colder climate, trying to get ready to go to celebrate my parents’ 60th.

Looking for something else after dinner, I stumbled across the utterly forgotten sheared-mink baby sweater. I so wanted to give this to my namesake great-niece. I so wanted it already finished. It’s going to be so nice when it is. The front was done, the back was done, lots and lots of dangly ends to weave in (oh fun), seams to sew, edges to add.

But deadlines are wonderful things and I should finally be getting to meet that sweet baby this weekend. After all this time and anticipation, I can’t leave this one to the last second, I just can’t (any more than I already have.)

I glanced at the clock. It was after 8:30. Ends and seams were now done, it’s all peachy from here. I was picking up the stitches for the first set of ruffly lace around the arm of the jumper. (It’ll fit longer if there are no sleeves.)

Two rows. Five rows.  Eight rows, glancing at the clock repeatedly, feeling I must really be in the zone because I’m getting this done in record time with the hand barely moving on that clock.

And another row, and I looked up again.

Waaaaait… (took me long enough.) “Richard, what time is it?”

“Nine forty-five.”

With the exquisite timing of a stand-up comedian, the battery on my wall clock had slowed and at last stopped while I was knitting. Trying to help me get this thing done–“We’re not STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPingggggggggggggg, Mommmmmmmmm………….”

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could slow down the hands of time?!

Comment by Jody 11.27.12 @ 5:39 am

Oh that is so perfect! Can’t wait to see a picture of the jumper. Aren’t you glad you found it? And not just thought of it on the way to the airport….my tendancy.

Comment by DebbieR 11.27.12 @ 7:23 am


Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.27.12 @ 8:19 am

What a special gift… all of them! Will the flight attendant need to give you ice for your hands?

Comment by Channon 11.27.12 @ 8:20 am

Ah yes. Sunday I noticed (around 8 pm) that one of the little clocks needed a new battery since it said about 3 pm. I was having the same feeling you were, as a matter of fact. And knitting super bulky weight yarn on US 13 needles did my left hand in — continental combined knitter — so I’ve set that project aside for a little while, half done. I won’t spend a long time on it at once when I do pick it up. Lesson learned.

Comment by sjanova 11.27.12 @ 8:44 am

Didn’t Einstein say something about time slowing down the faster you went?

Which reminds me of the holiday joke: Here it is, the holiday season. Time to turn the scales back 10 pounds.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.27.12 @ 10:18 am

this reminds me of knitting in the car one time when we were stuck in traffic and the gas gauge was very near to “E” — knitting faster and faster to make the gas stretch!

Comment by Bev 11.27.12 @ 12:36 pm

wanna see!

Comment by afton 11.27.12 @ 2:07 pm


Comment by Carol 11.27.12 @ 6:51 pm

Pretty funny! It is the time of year when stretching time really pays off. On the other hand, getting to bed on time really pays off, too!

Comment by twinsetellen 11.28.12 @ 9:47 pm

This made me laugh out loud. I’ve had days like that. I’ve also had days where I’m certain time speeds up.

Comment by Lene 11.29.12 @ 4:24 pm

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