Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Perfectionism and the Knitter

I don't know if anyone else struggles with perfectionism like I do - in my mind I'm the only crazed lunatic who wants everything perfect and without struggle and without trying. I know on some level I'm not the only one that's ever worked hours on a project only to discover the pizazz I originally saw in my head or in a swatch (sometimes I do swatch, well in my life I have) just doesn't come out the same way as I wanted in the real project and then I throw my hands up in disgust lay my needles down and do what any person would do - ignore ignore ignore. I mean why tackle the problem head on get it over with get it fixed get it right I think it's a much better plan to pretend like the project doesn't exist leave it in your knitting bag untouched for weeks and when you walk by with pieces of mocha microspun screaming at you like they are your best friend you haven't seen since high school pretend you have no idea why.
I'm a little disgruntled with my blanket progress. I haven't worked on it since my aunt said something like "it should be twice as long as it is now when it's done right" I know she was just trying to picture what the world's greatest gift was going to look like once finished but I can't help but go into ignore mode. Even knowing this I haven't touched it but I did knit a few rows on my jaywalker sock so at least that's something.
It seems I've hit one of those sluggish knitting periods when it just isn't tempting to knit anything and I should just continue to look at pretty pictures of yarn and pattern books until I just want to get all my unfinished projects out of the way. Though I do have some projects that I started 2 years ago that aren't any further than they were last time I put them down but I'm sure the urge will strike they are pretty cables after all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

what's been going on....

So nothing too exciting knitting wise has been happening the blanket looks the same it's the same cable over and over again.... I didn't finish it yet I was supposed to have finished it by last Friday but what I thought would be 10 repeats to make to length will probably be more like 20 repeats - my aunt seemed to want the blanket more of rectangular that square as was my plan but she really liked the pattern so that was a success.
I haven't finished my jaywalker socks yet either - which I am sure is a shock to you all since you know I started them in September of 06 I guess it's better than starting them in September of 05.
I am however tempted to drop everything and go to NYC to represent but my old bosses retirement party is tomorrow so I'm going to that tomorrow which sadly is knitting night so I have to miss that this time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blanket Progress

So progress has been made

on the blanket I've done almost 6 full repeats though I may have to do 11 or 12 to get the length that I need.

I'm hoping I can get at least to the 10th repeat by Friday if my hands can keep up.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I do exist

Here's version one of the blanket I am making for my aunt with Microspun in Mocha. I worked 11 rows before I decided if I have to give up and double up the yarn and try and make things go at least a little more quickly. I have worked 3 days and I'm almost done with one repeat and I'm hoping to get it done by Friday the 16th so we'll have to see how far I can get.
Monday I also got a lot more done on my jaywalker sock I have about 5 rows and I can start the toe decreases and the sock I started in September may finally be finished and I can have a whole pair and actually wear them.