Never fear, Charlie is here
Charlie loves knitting.
More specifically, Charlie loves yarn.
He’s always eager to hand me my project when we’re sitting together, or if I do a little stash organization he becomes The Holder of the Yarn, a most important and exciting position, which involves spreading my yarn out on the floor in front of him, picking all the skeins up and examining them, and then handing them to me as I ask for them.
Charlie doesn’t want to learn how to knit, at least not yet. He wants to play with my yarn (a piece of yarn is a snake waiting to come to life) and help me – with my knitting, in the kitchen, in the garden, everywhere.
Charlie loves animals.
These are just a few of his animal toys. Sea creatures are undoubtedly his favorite, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him show disinterest in any animal. He likes to have a nature documentary on while playing with his animals, only half watching it, something I encourage because if the choice is between something educational or something Disney I think we all know what the better option is.
Last week Charlie and I started watching Planet Earth together. We watch it on my laptop, so I’m able to focus on knitting instead of constantly checking Twitter and Ravelry. This was originally a way for us to do something together we would both enjoy now that there’s a few too many mosquitoes out to take long walks after dinner, but as turns out it was just what I needed.
Charlie is enthralled. He stares at the screen, almost oblivious to anything around him, because I think it might be the best thing he’s ever seen. He’s discovered Amazon River Dolphins and rediscovered sea snakes and cannot wait for dinner to be over so we can curl up together and turn on a new episode.
The design I’ve been working on for far too long is finally almost finished. At some point in the past week, with dear sweet Charlie by my side, my passion for knitting has reignited. I have plans again. I have ideas again. They’re grand, and fun, and are exciting to me in a way I haven’t felt about my knitting in several months.
These plans are going to involve a lot of distraction-free knitting time. It’s going to require me to treat knitting like a second job if I want to get everything done by the timeline I’ve set for myself. I see many more hours of knitting, nature documentaries, and Charlie, my biggest helper, inching his way onto my lap in the future.