There is something wrong. I wonder if it is my knitting that is too boring because I seem to need more and more sleep. Yesterday I went to see my Mom (I do this many times a week) and after I had dinner there with the kids around 6 I stretched myself out on the couch and woke up at nine when Mom gently whispered to me, are you sleeping over here? The hair-backed creatures were all alone home so we had to come home. Once home I went straight to bed, the alarm clock woke me up this morning and I thought that when the kids have left to school, I'm heading back to bed. Think about the amount of good knitting time wasted... Maybe it is time to start taking some vitamins.
While awake I learnt something new. About Létt-Lopi. I came to a point where I needed to pick up stitches and did not have suitable yarn to do it nicely. I split the Lopi to find out that it breaks easily and that I can't pick up stitches nor sew with it the way it is. And realized that the split yarn only needs more twist. I split a lengthy amount of the yarn, did it slowly untwisting the 2-ply yarn to get the singles separated and then used my drop spindle to add more twist to the singles, steamed the singles and had a good, quite sturdy but a lot thinner yarn to pick up the stitches. I plan to use this to sew on the sleeves as well.
Here on the left is the new single and on the right the original Létt-Lopi.I didn't have any difficulties working with this new yarn and I think the picking up stitches came out beautifully.All day long I have had this temptation to take a nap. I have tried to fight it with knitting. But have found myself dreaming of sock yarns eyes closed. So I have come to the computer and opened eyes and sites after sites and have just barely managed not to order everything I see before having to go on the couch to lie down. Have taken a pile of books with me to browse through searching for stockings and socks. I came across with this. No, I'm not going to knit it even though it says in the book (by Marika Jondal Me neulomme year 1952): "In these northern latitudes one can never get too much sun, so try to knit as small bathing suit as you can", and even though it might be the lack of vitamin D causing this sleepiness. But it got me thinking about knitting a new pair of long johns (remember The Family Heirloom from November?). The old pair can only be used in limited occasions and I would really need a nice pair to use in more civilized surroundings and it would fit the theme Wear Thy Knitting. Should I start swatching for them? Or just jump straight in without bothering with tiring swatching. Maybe swatching would only put me into sleep again. Should I really think this over seriously. I have the yarn. And it is blue. Beautiful dark blue.
Anyway. It is Friday. Have some rest!
PS. The foamy pad (styrox that I covered with fabric) is from a hardware store. And I'm no good in knitting toe-up socks. I have tried but find it difficult. Honestly!
PS. I did not like the ending of the Life of Pi. Reading through the last pages took some effort. I'll start Moll Flanders shortly. If I can stay awake, that is. And have tried the coffee.