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Filler Knitting

I have never advocated monogomy with knitting projects. Knitting is supposed to make you happy, if you aren’t having fun, why keep trying to make it happen?

But there’s one little problem with this knitter when it comes to juggling multiple projects. I’m an obsessive knitter. Now I don’t mean that in a my house is never clean because I only ever knit sort of way.  I’m obsessive on a project by project basis. When I start something I get so excited about it that I don’t want to knit anything else. The current project is my sole knitting pursuit and desire, to the exclusion of all other sweaters, socks, and scarves.

This energy seems to create itself at about row 10 of a project. I actually hate casting on and starting the first couple rows. But by a handful of rows or rounds in, I can start to see the yarn and the pattern and the needles start to work their magic and I’m on the edge of my seat thinking, daydreaming, and planning for the final product.

Trying to regenerate this energy mid project is not easy. I’ve had finishing binges, where the sheer fact that I was cranking out finished projects at such a quick clip was enough to reinvigorate even some of the most boring projects. But I feel like finishing binges are a project of their own. You’re not out to finish a lonely half finished sock and it’s partner, you’re finishing three pairs of socks, two baby gifts, and that shawl you started a year and a half ago, and you’re going to finish them all in the course of about two weeks. Talk about instant gratification!

This obsessive behavior is something I’ve been mulling over for a week or two. The other day I mentioned the great knitting crisis of May 2011. I had nothing to knit. Or so it felt. But see, that wasn’t true at all. I can think of at least 5 little projects sitting around that I could have worked on. And I tried. But for every project I could think of a hurdle that was just too high to create that energy I needed to actually make the knitting satisfying and not a chore. The funny thing is that each and every one of these projects were started during similar knitting phases. I was bored or tired and needed a small project to blow off some steam. But then the bigger more important projects called, and they were left to themselves so long that I forgot why I was having so much fun knitting them.

Because I really hate having an excessive amount of these projects tying up perfectly good needles I could be using for more interesting projects, I’ve come this close to vowing not to start any projects I don’t foreseeably have time to finish before something else comes along. But I think that’s a really bad idea. Everyone needs filler knitting. You know, the simple knitting you do after you finished that gorgeous cardi and while your waiting for your LYS to call you about that yarn you ordered for gift you promised someone for Christmas.

Here lies the dilemma I face every month or two. When it’s time for that filler knitting, do I try to finish some filler project from before? Pushing through the hurdles and the chore-like feeling, trusting that the fun will kick back in when I start to make progress again? Or do I throw something else on the needles?

Oh, the deep and probing questions that baffle the soul…

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May 26, 2011 at 9:24 am 1 comment

An Overdue Finished Object

My entire knitting life from January to the end of March was consumed with designing my debut release. With all those samples knit and the patterns released. I turned to finishing a few overdue projects. I’d promised my sister a shawl for Christmas last year, and it just didn’t happen. It was the first lace shawl I’d cast on for (though not the first one I finished). Well, after many “I ran out of yarn” episodes, I finished it and shipped it off to my dear little sis yesterday.

The first section knit up like a dream. The leaf pattern was really easy to memorize. I met my waterloo in the blue snowflake section though. The pattern really didn’t have a recognizable flow to it that I could memorize. Just a lot of little random yarn overs for snow flakes. Keeping track of stitch count was a bear and a half. I ran out of a specific color three times, (I knit really loosely), and had to alter some of the charts to require a few less rows than called for, but the shawl still ended up HUGE. Which is perfect. My sis lives up north where the winters can be gray, dreary, and very, very long. I’m hoping this shawl will be used to curl up with tea and a good book.

Raveled here.

May 17, 2011 at 11:04 am 3 comments

A Finished Gift

Remember this? From July when I got my new skein winder and cheapo home depot yarn swift?

I got a guilt trip from Janet when she visited last week about not having finished here Christmas present. I pulled it out and realized I had seriously 13 rows left. So I picked it up during the evenings while watching movies with my sisters. After a couple months… It’s finished!

Isn’t it adorable? I’m determined to make shawls cool again. It’s an utterly practical accessory, and I mean really, look at this chic! She rocks the thing! I love the mental image of her cuddled in her room (which is decorated in similar colors), reading a good book with this delightful shawl thrown over her shoulders is very rewarding. Even though these aren’t really my colors, (I LOVE neutrals) I’m so tempted to make myself a shawl. Focus Maria! There’s a release schedule to keep!

Raveled here.

February 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm 1 comment


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