The Lazy Knitter's Way to a Happy Life

Posted on Jun 11, 2009. 12 comments

I'm lazy. Right now there are dishes overflowing in my kitchen sink. The floor is dirty and laundry goes unwashed. I'm working on my sixth year in Grad School out of a 3 year program. I have no less than 10 different projects on the needles. I need to loose 15 pounds and watch less TV.
Mostly the guilt is easy to let go of as I'd rather spend my time with my 2 year old daughter Maya and contemplating my belly button while I knit or spin the day away.
But there are merits to being lazy. For example just now I saved energy by not making this a ten bullet point list concerning sloth.
Maya's learning creativity by beating everything within range to death with her drumstick. And look she's lazy too, using half her total number of hands to hammer us all within a drumbeat of our collective existence. I'm happy because it doesn't cost us anything and it's entertaining. I think that's why parents have more than one kid, just for the laughs.
Here comes a really seedy confession about my laziness. Sometimes I buy other people's knitting like the gorgeous hand knit sweater Maya is wearing, purchased from my friend and test knitter Jennifer at Yes of course I could knit something like it myself. But Life is too short and besides if any non knitters ask I'll tell them I knit it myself.
During our drumming circle Maya discovered this "ladybugs." And I'm so happy that Children's Programming exists to teach her about insects. Because my feelings on insects are not appropriate for the blog at this time.
ladybug closeup
But they sure are cool to photograph (with a telephoto lens and maybe a ten foot pole).
I was lazy when Maya was a baby. I didn't feed her hand pureed, organic, free range baby food when she was an infant. I bought Gerber in a perfectly extruded plastic cubes and fed it to her with a plastic spoon that was washed in the Dishwasher (!?!). Since then I've wised up a little bit and found a lovely, local CSA type Organic home delivery service. It comes from a warehouse and is mostly California produce. Plus eating fresh food that's in season tastes the best and doesn't cost a whole lot (didn't I mention I'm cheap too?). So long as I don't let it go bad in the Fridge. Which happens sometimes despite my best laid plans.
Next on my list of lazy is growing my own cotton for hand spinning as it eliminates the step of pressing that tedious "buy now" button on websites. Seeds purchased from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange along with some varieties of Heirloom Tomato.
I like to buy from small businesses as much as possible and have been supporting a score of Stay at Home Mamas through Etsy. But I do shop with huge, faceless Corporations when necessary. Thankfully I'm too lazy to feel guilt over that one. Sometimes you need soft, squishy TP. That's all I'm saying.
Way back in 2004 when I started this blog I decided if any characteristic described my disposition it was fickle. Now I'd like to amend that title to lazy. I'm a lazy knitter. I'm a lazy, fickle knitter. It has a ring to it, don't you think? I don't like seams. I like knitting in the round using circular needles. I like to make things that are practical, things I can actually use even if it's used to clean up green globules from the Isle of Lucy. I wouldn't blink an eye over cleaning my floors with something knit in cashmere. And why not? Yarn is meant to be knit, knits are meant to be used. To be worn out and well loved.
Luckily my laziness works to my advantage when I design. I'm anything but lazy when it comes to my patterns. I like charts, illustrations, clear explanations and pictures that show the end result. Currently I'm knitting no less than 178 pairs of my newest pattern in the pipeline: baby socks. The pair above were knit using 11 grams of leftover Lorna's Laces. These socks first made their blog debut in January of 2008. And I'm just now getting around to getting the pattern ready for publishing. See? Lazy strikes again. Once the baby sock knitting frenzy hits you won't be able to stop (except during flights of lazy). Just ask Andria she'll tell you right after she knits her 10th baby sock.


  • Posted by Andria on Jun 14, 2009

    10th? Dude, I’ve made about twenty baby socks, and I’m not stopping. Baby socks are knitting crack.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Jun 14, 2009

    My youngest went through a stage where a small plastic red hammer was in his hands 24/7, and if it fell out of his grasp in his sleep he would whine and wake up till he found it. By day, he was toddling around hammering everything to see what this would sound like with it—then that—the fridge. Mommy’s leg. The piano (ooh, the piano!) It couldn’t hurt anything and it was teaching him about the world in a wonderful way of exploring.

  • Posted by Lise on Jun 12, 2009

    You’re my kinda gal! Laziness rules.
    Love your pattern on Knitty, BTW

  • Posted by Heidi on Jun 12, 2009

    love this blog, totally resonates with me…I am exicited about the sock pattern.. YAY!

  • Posted by Mary Timme on Jun 12, 2009

    Just discovered your blog and hope to return soon. Interesting. Loved the article on lace patterns.

  • Posted by Clumsy Knitter on Jun 11, 2009

    I would like to amend a well-known saying and posit that ‘Laziness is the mother of invention.’ Top-down, seamless sweaters? Steeks? Charted patterns? I bet they were all invented by lazy knitters. ;-)

  • Posted by lyssa on Jun 11, 2009

    Oh my god. The curls. I love them.
    Also, I love the ladybug. Your photography is really rockin’ lately…even though it does mean that I have to go make a cup of coffee while the page loads with my crappy DSL.
    Also, I know you sort of explained this already, but cotton? Really? Why?

  • Posted by Roberta on Jun 11, 2009

    You are not lazy, just conservative with you energy and picky as to what you spend it on. Nothing wrong with that.
    Beautiful patterns, beautiful pictures and the cutest daughter … I’d say you’ve been pretty busy.
    And lets not forget that finished thesis…

  • Posted by Lori on Jun 11, 2009

    You can’t exactly say you are knitting “178 socks” of your “own pattern” and at the same time mention laziness.
    I do not think you are lazy for taking 6 years to write a thesis, either… You just wanted it to be juuuuuuust right.
    Leaving veggies in the fridge doesn’t mean you are lazy either. It means there are better things, like chocolate, to eat.
    Can we buy that “almost knitted by you” Maya shirt after she has outgrown it? I would also like to pretend that I knitted it.

  • Posted by Michelle on Jun 11, 2009

    Okay, you got me. Probably more like 8 or 9 pairs of those socks. But they are hard to put down.

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