Day One (Monday 12th May): A Day In The Life.
Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.
You can choose to handle this topic in a number of different ways, but a few points to consider might be the following:
- First-person or third-person account? Will you write from the point of view of the garment/finished object, or as a wearer or observer?
- Finished project or WIP? Will this be an account of the creative process and what the object goes through, or it’s ‘life’ after creation?
- Fact or fiction? Will your account describe the wear and tear, love and compliments all experienced by a crocheted hat on a rainy day, or will you write the fantastical account of what a knitted trilobite gets up to on its adventures once the door is shut and nobody is looking?
Nature of the complaint: The client, hereafter referred to as the Shawl, informed us that it was being treated in a dismissive manner: sometimes being ignored, sometimes being knitted reluctantly. Further questioning revealed that the Shawl’s Knitter, hereafter referred to as the Knitter, had never sworn to knit exclusively on the Shawl. The Shawl stated that it was aware of one other project in current rotation with the Knitter, a project hereafter referred to as the Pink Thing. The Shawl added that the Pink Thing was only brought out under certain circumstances, usually when the Knitter needed “mindless knitting.” The Shawl stated that it was afraid that the Knitter had begun or returned to another project altogether, and wanted to know if this was true.
Response: We dispatched a team to observe the Shawl’s environment and experiences. Report follows.
Sunday, April 20
6:32 AM: The Knitter woke up. Over the next two hours, she performed early morning tasks common to humans, most related to hygiene and sustenance. She also started some laundry. No knitting was performed.
8:43 AM: The Knitter sat down on a sofa and picked up the Shawl. The Knitter was observed adding two (2) rows to the Shawl during a time span of roughly half an hour, interrupted twice by needing to attend to the laundry. After the second row was completed, the Knitter placed the Shawl back on the coffee table, got up, and did other activities in her home such as reading and working on the computer.
11:49 AM: The Knitter received a phone call. The Knitter picked up the Shawl, stuffed it into its project bag, placed the project bag into a larger bag with other items, and left the building with this larger bag. The Knitter and the Shawl were observed getting into a vehicle with two (2) subjects, hereafter referred to collectively as the Friends.
11:56 AM: The Shawl was transported through three cities during the course of the late morning and early afternoon. The Knitter was observed admiring large lakes, taking photographs, dining, and generally socializing with the Friends. At no time during this period was the Knitter observed to be knitting despite the constant proximity of the Shawl.
2:04 PM: The Knitter and the Shawl returned home. The Knitter shortly thereafter departed the premises for an hour. The Shawl was left in its project bag within the larger bag during this period. After the Knitter returned, she resumed activities similar to the ones she had performed in the morning prior to her departure.
7:00 PM: The Knitter returned to the sofa to watch television. During the next two (2) hours, the Shawl grew by four (4) rows. The Knitter demonstrated body language that suggested that she was tired of working on the Shawl.
9:00 PM: The Knitter spread the Shawl out over a pillow on the sofa as if she wished to admire its appearance. She did not approach it for the rest of the evening. She went to bed an hour later.
Conclusions and recommendations: We observed nothing that would suggest that the Knitter was “cheating” on the Shawl. The Knitter did not work on the Pink Thing, much less work on a third project during the period of observation. Our conclusion is that the Knitter “has a life.” We recommend that this be communicated to the Shawl at the earliest possible opportunity.
END OF REPORT