Tom says I’m competitive. I’ve never thought so. I guess I am competitive with myself. I don’t so much want to best someone in public, but I do try to do better than others or myself behind closed doors.
Example: I’ve knit since I was 12 years old. My daughter asked me to teach her to knit many years ago, and I taught her a basic garter stitch. She made a scarf for her boyfriend (now husband) Shane. I never heard anything more about knitting until 5 years ago when she was pregnant for Ollie. She went to a class and made booties. She did really well, and took off from there. She has made some beautiful things.
(The shawls, sweaters, the kids…and Sara! All beautiful.)
The grandkids even know how to take care of fine hand knits, as Shane found out.
I’ve made a few toys for Evie and Ollie, such as some veggies for the play kitchen:
So here is the competitive part. I really want to make something as beautiful as some of Sara’s pieces. I’ve been looking at patterns, thinking I might try a lacy shawl or scarf like Sara has made. I came across this technique called entrelac. This is French for “interlace.” It looks like strips of knitting are interwoven, but it is actually knit in one piece. I’ve almost finished a scarf, and am looking for a hat pattern.
In the mean time, Sara came up with the idea that we knit the same object at the same time and talk about it as we go. So plans are in the works for a cardigan for each of us. I guess it could sound to some like a competition…