New Revolutionary Knitting Development–Brace Yourself! This is Big!!!

This one is a game changer.

Knitting will NEVER be the same again.

The entire rule set of the knit-universe has been completely rewritten.

We can now COMBINE multiple forms of relaxation and pleasantry.

I KNOW!!!

Like I said, this one is BIG.

I don’t typically post photographs of myself on the Internet wearing a bathing suit for the entire world to see, but this is so REVOLUTIONARY that I felt compelled to provide VISUAL EVIDENCE of how truly earth-shattering this new knitting technique truly is.

As you may recall, floatying is my favorite sport. Yes, I maintain that floatying is indeed a sport. If you know me in Real Life, you have surely heard me espouse–on Multiple Occasions–that the winner of floatying is the person with the lowest pulse and blood pressure, short of death.

Now, that is what I call relaxation and athleticism nicely wrapped up into one happy activity.

Up until this revolutionary knitting breakthrough, I have always had a bit of conflict when it comes to how I spend my free time in the summer. Do I knit BESIDE the body of water, or do I float ATOP the body of water?

It’s been taring me apart.

Big decisions. Painful tradeoffs.

Have I daydreamed about floatying and knitting at the same time? Yes!

For years now, I have wondered how I could do both concurrently. Seriously, I really have spent an inordinate amount of time pondering this Great Conundrum of Leisure. I kid you not. This is why I am so surprised at myself that I did not resolve this great inequity SOONER, as the solution was truly so simple.

Previously, I was impeded by two barriers:

  1. An overwhelming fear of my knitting project (the skein, in particular) rolling off of the floaty and into the body of water upon which I was floating. Instant disaster. Even just knitting NEXT to a river, I have previously (on more than one occasion, actually), had my sock skein roll DOWN the beach and INTO the river). It happens, people. It happens.
  2. In my previous life, my floaties were the fancy, foamy FLAT variety. This required one to LAY DOWN at 180 degrees–a challenging ergonomic position for any knitter. We kept our floaties in our pool (which I no longer have, SAD!!!), and they just never seemed like they would work for knitting.

It just wasn’t happening for me.

Until now.

When, in preparation for our big camping trip, I snagged a new, inflatable, CHEAP pool floaty (I bought this one on Amazon for just over $10 USD). It was the best money I ever spent.

This baby reclines! With arm rests! It’s got everything you need to knit. I can’t believe I didn’t buy one of these sooner. Back in my pre-knitting/pre-motherhood days, I used to buy the exact same model, hike into wilderness lakes, blow it up, and read a book all day long, surrounded by Rocky Mountain glacial peaks. True story. It was a thing of mine for a while. What can I say, I am a sucker for a good floaty, an absorbing book, and killer scenery.

Anyway.

If you are clever enough to have a floaty that keeps you UPRIGHT at a comfortable angle (with armrests, no less!), you are in business. Knit away! I recommend working on a smaller project (socks, hat, mittens, or a small cowl) and using a knitting bag with a strap that stays around your wrist to prevent knit-drowning, which would be tragic. I was floaty knitting with my socks, which I always keep in my trusty, durable sock bag. I love this bag, and it has a wrist strap that I use for socking and walking (walking while knitting my socks).

The other great thing about my cheap floaty: it has a drink holder! Seriously. It does. In case you want to fix yourself up a watermelon margarita for the ultimate knitting experience.

I cannot wait for my next floaty knitting session. I am already plotting.

I REALLY hope you have a chance to try floaty knitting, too. Especially now that summer is here. Find a suitable floaty and your nearest body of water (safety first!), be that a pool, lake, or stream. And then, just knit. *

P.S. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

*I can already tell you are going to love this. I posted this photo on Instagram earlier this week, and the comments were profound.

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13 Comments

  • Reply woolythymes June 30, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Enjoy this while you can….hate to burst your floaty-bubble, but Reed is going to arrive at the age (sooner rather than later) that he and his friends will find no greater joy than dunking mommy out of her floaty. Take it from one who knows…..beach time is just around the corner for us…my floaty is packed once again (for pool use…I get so distracted if I put it in the ocean I just might end up on the coast of Spain) and my knitting and I will be wet once more. Only one grand respects the sovereignty of the floaty (she’s a reader)…the other 6 simply just.can’t.wait!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life June 30, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Oh no! Hadn’t thought of that!

      • Reply Bindy June 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        Sorry Andrea, but as the mother of kids 7 and 4 years old, ‘dunking Mummy’ was the FIRST thing I thought of. Genius idea, though, I love it and giggled a lot while reading. The ” winner of floatying is the person with the lowest pulse and blood pressure, short of death” line totally cracked me up. Enjoy the warm weather. We in Melbourne, Australia, woke to 1 degree celcius this morning (we live close to the mountains, so it’ll be colder in our neighbourhood). Enjoy the relaxation!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple June 30, 2017 at 5:29 am

    hehehehe, you crack me up!! floating and knitting, who knew??!!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

    you are clever and I cannot imagine what steph said will come true. Reed would never dunk you 😉 You sound happy, look happy therefore you are happy. A post from you is always a joy to read 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl June 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I can’t believe I’ve found another person who believes floatying is a sport. Great minds think alike! Way back when I was teaching 6th graders the benefits of mind-mapping as a pre-writing technique, I used sports as an example. They all laughed when I included floatying as a sport! Now if I could just wiggle my nose and go back and tell them “See, I’m not the only one that believes floatying is a true sport!”
    Enjoy the summer!!

  • Reply Stefanie June 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I LOVE this photo of you! What a way to spend the day.

  • Reply Alina July 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Oh my, Andrea! You’ve opened a whole new knitting universe for me! haha 🙂

  • Reply Kat July 3, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    This is such a beautiful, beautiful existence. As one who loves to float as well, I am glad that you have found a way to have the best of all worlds. And like you said, you could be knitting on land and your yarn could roll into the river anyway.

  • Reply 9 reasons why you should be a knitter - Sheep Among Wolves July 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    […] It’s not just that knitting never gets boring. It also helps you fight boredom. How often do you have to wait somewhere and keep checking the time only to find it moving at a snail’s pace? How often have you lamented over all that wasted time you spend just sitting around being bored out of your mind? If you were keeping your hands occupied with knitting you wouldn’t be bored. And you wouldn’t waste that time. You are creating something. And knitting is very portable. You can take it anywhere. You can even knit while you walk, read or float on a lake. […]

  • Reply knittedblissjc July 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    What a brilliant idea, you look so relaxed!! Genius.

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