What does knitting mean to me?
I have discovered that when I knit to relax - I enjoy the process. I enjoy the activity - I feel the fiber. I relish the color.
But - if I am not careful - I will begin to focus on the final product and then the beauty and relaxation are lost. I will begin to knit faster and faster - just trying to get a dishcloth or sock finished. I will begin to not care as much about the embellishment - the details become lost and unimportant. The result is that I will have a finished bag - but no joy.
That was why I struggled with Betty Boop's blanket for a bit. I lost the focus. Now that I have the focus back - I am enjoying working on it. I have been working on it daily for the last month. I am half-way done. I am only able to do two rows a day, but it is steady and it is happy. I stopped obsessing about having a finished blanket. Each row is now the focus. Each row is it's own project. I am not going nearly as fast on it - but I am enjoying it. I don't feel pressured to knit on it all the time. I knit on it at a specific time every weekday.
It is my morning knitting.
It is my "begin the day and be happy" knitting.
It is a happy time.
a new picture and it has three more pink sections on it than
this picture - I am already at the 3rd row
of the next dark purple section. But I didn't feel like
pulling it out. It is getting heavy and kinda bulky to be
pulling out everywhere. Remember each one of those sections
has twelve rows in it that represent about
15-20 minutes per row.
I have gotten a little faster - and now that I am not
messing up nearly as much - it seems to go smoother.
So you are probably looking at 48 hours
worth of work here - and I have put in
another 12 hours worth of work since then.
crap- i have to stop doing the math -
it is really messing with me
and I am probably doing it wrong.
I think I will probably be a little sad when it ends and that is why I am already planning another Big A** Project.
Once I am finished with the blanket, I am going to begin the rainbow shawl.
I know it won't be easy. I have looked at the pattern and I am going to have to concentrate on it and learn how to deal with little yarn and lacy, loopy stitches. I will have to use some of the wonderful tricks that I have seen like putting each row on a notecard and putting those on a ring.
Or use a magnetic board. or some other innovative exciting tracking method.
It will be a challenge. I need those challenges. I like them.
The teapot was a challenge for me because it used stitches that I haven't ever seen or even heard about. I had to figure them out and I enjoyed the challenge.
It is funny, but I am such a creature of habit. I have unconsciously formed a pattern with my knitting.
On weekday mornings I knit on Betty Boop's blanket.
On the weekday evenings, I work on the entrelac shawl.
On Saturday, I knit what ever strikes my fancy. It can be a new project (like the teapot) or something I want to work on - whatever. It is a 'free' knit day.
On Sunday, I work on the shawl and I look at pattens and figure out what I want to work on in the future. I also finish up or work on the 'free Saturday' project.
At least that is what has been happening lately. I haven't knit on a sock in a couple of weeks. Not since I frogged the Monkey socks. But I do want to cast one on soon.
Here is my entrelac shawl.
I haven't had a lot of time this week to work on it, but I am enjoying it quite a bit. I think it will be a versatile shawl that I will use quite a bit.
I cast on the wrap that I was considering making.
I had a tough time because I had a picture in my mind, but I couldn't find a pattern to match it. So I cast on and have just started knitting my own idea. I am not sure yet if it will be a wrap or a poncho-style wrap, but I know that it will be completely my own creation. I am excited because it is looking exactly like I pictured it. Which this picture is NOT.
This is a terrible picture of it. It is much prettier than this. It is lacy and airy
and this picture bites.
Now I want to make a sweater too - I do have a pattern in mind that I want to try. I have the yarn, I just have to finish the entrelac shawl and I can begin. I should probably felt the bags that I knit a couple of weeks ago too.
I can't believe I haven't done that yet.
I will probably knit a baby blanket before I do a sweater though. I want to make something else for Sea Tot and Mini Sea Tot.
They love the babies I made for them and I think they need more from their Nanny.
I wish I was half as productive as my knitting friends, they all seem to finish so many more projects than I do. I have seen them whip out stuff in NO TIME FLAT!
But if I try to compare myself to them - then I lose the focus again and my knitting isn't as happy and... wait - isn't that how this whole thing started?