As a yarn-obsessed knitter by night/train/any time I’m not working I also encounter a number of “knitting conflicts” – should I do the washing up or a bit more on my sweater? should I go to the farm for food or just work out an extremely cunning method of finishing the neckband of my sweater?
So my query is – what are the protocol rules for such conflicts of interest?
By way of exhibit A I give you the finished Refined Raglan:
Finished on Saturday morning when I should have been going to the farm for some food but it kept raining and I wanted to wear the sweater. More details below.
My current conflict is between my house and my yarn. Somewhere under my yarn and H’s sports equipment we have a house. It is a very nice house and we love it very much. H is away this week on a training course and I therefore have the opportunity to make the house very tidy (and possibly in the process convince H that the mess is from the sporty things and not the yarn – yeah right who am I kidding).
Alternatively I have four evenings of uninterrupted knitting.
I think (and I can scarcely believe I am saying this) that parts of the house may win but only because, as I told myself yesterday, I have nothing on the needles. In fact ‘nothing’ consists of a pair of socks I am test knitting for a friend and my pink Aimee which I am hiding ostensibly until Project Spectrum comes round to pink (April/May) and really because I had finally found the perfect pattern for the blue alpaca and really really wanted the sweater!
So, turning to the Law Society for guidance on what to do:
“You must not act if there is a conflict of interests”
Fair enough – don’t act – the least action I can possibly take it to curl up on the sofa so that sounds like knitting to me.
You may act for two or more clients in relation to a matter in situations of conflict or possible conflict if: the different clients have a substantially common interest in relation to that matter or a particular aspect of it”
Now the common interests of the knitting and the house are:
– keeping the knitter warm (hmm that jumper)
– keeping H warm (with woolly socks)
– keeping the knitter sane (anything with pointy sticks)
– keeping H sane (a sane wife)
I’ve left out the requirement for consent in writing because the knitting (to date) cannot write. The house can write – it makes patterns with dust bunnies and cobwebs – mostly saying “clean me”.
Conclusion would seem to be that I should do both and so I shall try but if all else fails I shall fall back to the position that if there is a conflict the basic rule is the person who instructs you first gets to retain you. My grandmother taught me to knit very badly as a small child (not sure exactly when but I was still sharing a room with my sister so pretty tiny) and I didn’t get a real house that I owned until I was 25 so the knitting wins hands down on that one.
I’ll let you know how I get on but I submit to you (“m’lud”) that give a lawyer a blog page and the possibility of knitting she can justify anything!
Now on to the jumper … It is gorgeous DK weight Alpaca, it took 2 weeks to knit and it smells like my grandmother’s house probably because of the cedar balls I had in the yarn while it was in storage.
I made very few refinements to the pattern (Refined Raglan from IK Winter 2006), I dropped a needle size (by 0.5mm) to get a better fabric and a smaller gauge. I think I would get perfect gauge if 4.25 mm needles existed but I used 4mm and got the fitted look I was going for. It has yet to be blocked so there is a possibility of massive growth/shrinkage although the swatch turned out fine.
I added a few inches to the body and the sleeves because they were a bit short and finally I did cunning things to the neck – the pattern says to bind off and then whip stitch the bound off edge to the inside of the neckband. I tried that but my bind off edge was too tight so I undid it and replaced it with a sort of Kitchener attempt – sewing the live stitches to the neckband edge with a bit of inspiration and guidance from Agnes’ blog post on her husband’s sweater – thank you Agnes.