I have been knitting but I haven’t made a lot of progress! I guess it is a good thing that I am not trying to ‘finish’ everything and am enjoying knitting! HAHA.
I have been working on the ribbon shawl. I like it a lot and think I am going to sew it into a off shoulder poncho wrap.ok - again - you can't see the detail - but I swear this is a LOT prettier
in person. I guess I will give up on the pics until it is done.
It is fun to picture something in my mind and then try to make it happen with my hands. I have a few other ideas that I have been mulling over as well. There is a sweater in my mind that I want to make, a bag that I am considering, and a tank. I may just try all of them without using any patterns. I don’t know if I am that brave, but the worst that can happen is I don’t like it and frog it. And that happens to me with patterns too!
I want to organize my stash. I have so much yarn and I WANT TO USE IT! I am not one of those who buys yarn because I need to keep up with other folks. I buy yarn because I think it is beautiful and I want to make something with it. I don’t tell a lot of folks about my new yarns because I don’t want to be thought of as frivolous(and I am a little ashamed of all that I do buy)
I spend a fair amount of money on yarn – but I was figuring it out the other day and I don’t spend NEAR as much on yarn as I used to spend on cigarettes. And if I figured in the new prices of cigarettes – I could allow myself to spend more
(see the justification process here?)
And at least with yarn – I have something to show for it besides some kind of creepy black lung pictures. Yes – I have been smoke free for almost two years now.To know me now – you wouldn’t realize that I was a smoker
– you would NOT picture me that way at all.
But in the past, If I didn’t have a "Coke & a Smoke" – then I wasn’t awake.
I was a huge Diet Coke drinker too. But I have also given that up.
I haven’t had more than a sip or two of Coca Cola in almost two years.
Anyway – I do have a lot of yarn. I love it and I love looking at it. I think it is beautiful.
I have it in display cases and cabinets.
My darling Big Texan doesn’t mind. He likes the yarns too.
He thinks they are pretty
and realizes that I have the best of intentions about knitting
I have heard a little about a place called Ravelry and from what I hear it is a great internet place to organize and catalog your stash. I have tried to join – but have not been accepted yet.But that is ok – I think I would rather not know exactly
how much yarn I have until I have it all organized.
I realized the other day that I have to go through and settle everything up in my stash because I was looking at some yarn and had NO IDEA what I was going to make with it.You see – I ALWAYS have a project in mind before I buy yarn.
If not – then I won’t buy it.
That may be the reason I have such a love for sock yarns.
I can always buy it and say, “I am going to make socks with it”!
But with other yarns, I have learned that I need to have a project in mind.
Otherwise I will have beautiful yarn that just sits there. Or I will want to make something out of it and whamo
– I don’t have enough of it
I actually have some lovely Cherry tree hill sock yarn – but I bought it before I had my rule.
So I just bought what they had (it was on sale and they were leftover skeins)
None of them match – and they don’t really color coordinate that well. So I don’t have any idea what to make with them.Oh wait! I just got an idea! I could make these adorable flipflop socks
that I have been wanting to make FOREVER.
They were once featured on ‘You knit what!?” blog and
I LIKE THEM!! I don’t care that other people
think they are ugly or weird or useless. I LIKE them.
They are one of the first ‘internet inspired’ projects for me.
This pattern made me realize that I could probably find ANYTHING I wanted to make on the internet. Before that I thought I had to have a book for all patterns. I don’t know why- but I thought that internet patterns were below par. Funny huh? I had the old adage stuck in my head ‘You get what you pay for’
.And sometimes that is true
– but I have found far too many patterns for free on the internet that are absolutely wonderful.
It is like having hundreds of cousins who knit
And there are patterns that I find on the internet that I am more than willing to pay for. Some of the best patterns that I have gotten are through the internet and NOT through my LYS
. (Although Wanda has a great shop and if I can buy it from her
– I do – she is also a dear friend).
I have been progressing on Betty Boop’s blanket. It is coming along just fine. I cannot believe how much time I have put into this blanket.
(don’t worry – I am not going to pull out my math again)
I know it is a lot of time and it has been fun (even though long)
. She loves it and will sometimes walk by it and grab hold of some of it’s folds, rubbing them between her fingers when she thinks I am not looking.
I have given up on my last pair of socks. They were with a chunky yarn and I hated knitting them. I have one done and am going to frog it and use the yarn for something else. What happened is I have a sock group – called EasySocks
and it was our pattern for the last two months. It is a cool pattern, but I just don’t like knitting with that heavy of yarn so tightly. If I am going to use a chunky yarn - I will make a poncho or sweater or even a bag. But NOT socks. I felt so guilty to give up on them – but I realized that I was putting that knitting in the ‘job’
category and wasn’t putting it in the ‘enjoyment’
category. If I can’t enjoy – I am not going to knit it. Life is too short to knit something you don’t like.
Actually life is too short to do ANYTHING you don’t like.Don’t get me wrong – there are some necessary things that
we have to do –
but you have to weigh if the reward is worth the trouble. Example: I don’t like to pay bills – but I much prefer paying bills to
living in a ditch –
which is what would happen if I didn’t pay my bills.
See? The reward outweighs the dislike.
However when it comes to knitting - having these socks was not worth the dislike of knitting them. I did feel a little guilty about not knitting something in my own yahoo group – but then I realized that the GROUP
idea and I didn’t want to be ruled by it.
Plus, if it was a member who said
“Hey, I don’t like making these socks.”
I would tell them NOT to make them.
(And I am a member)
So I basically followed my own advice. See?
Silly, I know.
So now I have this chunky yarn and need to figure out what to make with it.
And I am back to my question, what to knit now?
What would you make?