Can It Be Done?


Hubby and I went to see a movie I could hardly wait to come out Julie & Julia. From the first moment I saw the trailer I couldn’t wait to see the movie. Then, when I discovered that the movie was based upon a book, I simply had to read the book! Now that I have seen the movie and read the book, I must own the movie when it is released! It is becoming a never-ending cycle.

Sunday, at lunch with some friends, Hubby turned to me and said, “I think you should do it, too.”

“Do what?” I asked around my twice-cooked tofu and rice.

“I think you should do what Julie did in the movie.”

“Cook through Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year? That’s already been done, baby, and quite well, I might add.”

“No, not cooking – knitting. You knit all the time, but I never see anything you’ve knitted from one of the many knitting books that are beginning to over-take the living room. And the yarn, of course.”

I smiled at him and nodded. I was humoring him more or less. Then the friends agreed. If it could be done for a cookbook, why couldn’t it be done for a knitting book? I just sat there in stunned silence for a moment or two. Of course, the people with whom I was sitting were a) all men; and b) non-knitters. They did not understand how long it took to knit something, even if it was a small something.

Hubby let it drop at the restaurant, but when we actually made it home he picked out two books from my knitting bookshelf and handed them to me. One was Romantic Hand Knits: 26 Flirtatious Designs That Flatter Your Figure and Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather, which also just happened to be my most recent purchase in the knitting book arena.

The first difference I saw immediately was the numbers: 26 vs. 32. Twenty-six is smaller than 32.

“If Julie did it in a year, so can you!” Hubby looked at me with such encouragement in his eyes and such hope reverberated in his voice. He was really wanting me to try this! Part of me was pretty sure he was mad, as in cuckoo, but another part of me wondered if, indeed, it could be done. There sure was a lot of knitting involved.

But, what about the newest nephew needing his wee garments? And what about the sweaters I had already promised and not delivered on? And what about all of those hats that Hubby wanted and his mother wanted to sell at the up-coming festival? There was already a majority of knitting practically on the needles already!

“Are you going to wuss out on me?” he asked, and I didn’t have an answer for him…then.

I am going to take his challenge, but only after the other things are off my needles first. So, which book am I going to knit from cover to cover? Yeah, that one is easy – Romantic Hand Knits (I like lower numbers).

Am I insane? Yeah, I just might be.


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