31 August 2007


I am still working on the tiny sweater.


Lots of non-knitters have commented, "Oh, it must be fun to make baby clothes! They're so tiny, and they work up so fast!" True AND false. Baby clothes are indeed tiny. Unfortunately, so are the needles and accompanying yarn. One hundred fifty stitches are still one hundred fifty stitches, whether they be large or microscopic. Not wishing to wind up looking like a victim of Navin Johnson's "Opti-Grab", I take many breaks.

I am also lazy.

The good news is, I have reached the "Putting the sleeve stitches on holders" row! Huzzah! Now I can zip back and forth on ninety midget stitches, which will save me ever so much time.

Wow, the Knitter's Sarcasm Scale just registered a nine!

Actually, I really do enjoy knitting, especially when it's for someone special. And who's more special than a tiny, bald toothless being who screams at you and then falls alseep on your neck?

Well, maybe the guy who invented chocolate, but I doubt it.


Jillster said...

It's that whole "falling asleep on your shoulder" thing that makes the whole screaming and oozing thing worthwhile! ;)

(Especially when they give those contented little sighs when they sleep. I remember that with Emma.)

Mags said...

I like a little drool with the whole falling asleep on the shoulder, bit!!!!
Check out Saartje's Booties to go with the (tiny) sweater....these are adorable..what's a few more stitches and a few more rows!! (heehee)
Enjoy your weekend.
Happy knitting.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI about the word "midget"...

That word (in any context) is highly offensive to folks who are medically considered dwarfs. It's often used in a very negative context. The word originated with P.T. Barnum in reference to his sideshow freaks.

Perhaps you could reconsider using the word?


Jillster said...

Actually, the word "midget" was coined around 1865 (some sources say as early as 1850) to describe tiny sand flies (a species of midge). Barnum co-opted the word in 1869.

midget. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved September 10, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/midget

Have you written to the Tootsie Roll people to tell them that their bite-size "Midget" candies are offensive? How about the makers of the classic MG Midget car that is still popular today?

Some people with dwarfism do not like to be called dwarves, actually, and find that term to be just as offensive as the term "midget." They prefer to be called "little people" (although why that is better, I have no idea...it still conjures images of frolicking leprechauns in my mind. Roger Ebert agrees with me here: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050501/COMMENTARY/50429001

Anonymous said...

I noticed you reference the word "lazy" in your blog. As a card carrying member of that section of society, I *must* register my disappointment at your choice of words. You might consider substituting the phrase "motivationally challenged" in future posts, as it is far more palatable to us so-called "lazy" people. hrrrmmph!

jillster said...

I prefer the term "inertia inclined."