Those of you in the know, know about my other passion: Temari Balls. And, like most crafts that send us on the brink of madness thinking about, I can't stop thinking:
1. About how much fun [insert craft here]-ing is.
2. About how much fun shopping for [insert craft here] is.
3. About how much space it takes up in the house, and who the heck cares.
Thing is, at some point this particular love affair will also drive one NUTZ!
Knitting? Knitting I can handle. Sure, I frog. Sure, I rip. Sure, I have to re-knit things from time to time. And sure, there are times when the thing comes out looking just awful. What do I do? I move on.
But with the Temari. Oy. Don't get me started. First, you need to find a foam ball. Then, you wrap it with batting. Then, you wrap it with fine yarn. Then, you wrap it with a spool of sewing thread. And then, you have to mark it. And I don't mean just wrap sparkly stuff around it willy nilly. I'm talking these Japanese Temari Balls need to be absolutely perfect spheres first, and then . . . then . . . you mark nice and neat and perfect pentagons or some other crazy outline on it that has to be so mathematically perfect so when you get out your perle cotton and begin the fun part, stitching geometric flowers and whatnot on it, that they come out looking like they should: perfect.
That's right friends, the queen of the Anti-Perfection in Crafts Movement fell in love with a craft that says you have to lay down stitches that are pretty much perfect mathematically AND aesthetically.
Someone send me a sedative. Or pop me on the forehead and hand me a V8.
Why oh why and how did I get myself into this? The last two nights, in anticipation for my class tomorrow, I have spent hours upon hours trying to mark a ball in pentagons. I have ripped and ripped and I have cried and I have sobbed. Not only because I recall wrapping and marking another one months ago and cannot find it, but because I know it's there, somewhere, in the deep recesses of my closet. How do I know this? When I picked up the huge bag containing all my Temari stuff, the strained bottom fell out and everything exploded this way and that and rolled away.
In tears, I had an email exchange with a fellow Temari student and lamented the loss of my perfectly marked, but lost, ball and how I'm having so much trouble marking a new one. Leslie asked me what could have happened to it and I told her that Rocko probably made away with it because honestly, he too, has a thing for my balls.
At least knitting isn't so hard for me. I finally finished one of the Lisa's and Katie's berets from Through the Loops. I used the Araucania Ranco Multi in color 324. What a fun pattern! It was quick, too. I didn't really modify it too much but I did shorten the crown a bit so I didn't get so much slouch. That's it!