Attempting A Monogamous Life

For the most part, I’m not a monogamous knitter/crocheter. I usually have noooo problem working on a million projects at one time. Just a yarnie project ho.


Right now I’m at 5 works in progress (WIPs; and no the craft room doesn’t count). But trust me, this hasn’t always been the case. I’m not saying I let it get crazy but it’s been more than I’ve been comfortable with more often than not.

Recently, my friend Eve (over at pandorra7) came across a post over at lladybird.com where she talks about how she gets sooooo much done. Now if you don’t know lladybird you need to get your ass over to her site. SHE’S AMAZING. She’s cranks out beautiful work and in mass amounts (sewing and knitting). All of her stuff is so cute and so is she. I read her post titled “How Do You Find The Time To Sew So Much.” Although this post is jammed packed with good advice that applies to all crafty folks, one of the points really stuck with me: She’s doesn’t have any UFOs (unfinished objects). She starts something, then she finishes it.

Crazy freakin’ talk. This is the complete opposite of my usual M.O. > Start all the shit all the time. Clearly this isn’t working for me, total productivity killer. I start all the stuff and I never get anything done.

Time for a change. I’m still going to start stuff, but I’m going to start focusing on what I’m working on and finish the stuff I start beeeefore starting something new. I’m thinking maybe one (monogamous living) or two projects at a time.  I know two at a time doesn’t qualify as monogamous, but its a start!!!

To do this I figured I had to get my WIP count dooooooown. First I had my friend Eve frog my Modern Garden Cardigan.


Trust me, this is a lovely knit. Easy, fast and gives wonderful results, but I simply wasn’t inspired to finish it at all (it’s been on the needles for over 2 years!). I’d been debating frogging it for some time and I finally just handed the incomplete project over to Eve one night and said “It needs to be done. Can you do it for me? I just can’t bear to rip out all of that work.”

And rip it out she did!


Second, I wrapped up my Sockhead Hat (notes on it here):


Now I’m working on my Elise Shawl (my project > Raisin in the Sun):


To be honest I have nooooo idea why I stopped working on this months ago. I’m making it out of Malabrigo and its freakin’ amazaballs. Soft, great color and just a sheer pleasure to work with. Secondly, this shawl is done in crochet and moves along at a fairly decent clip. Hopefully I will have this finished by the end of this week (I’m slow moving due to a cold and just being worn out by work).

I’m not sure what I want to work on after this shawl though. I’m debating between polishing off my Hug Me Socks or my Metallurgy Shawl. I love the Metallurgy Shawl but the lace pattern is very complex (for me at least) and each row of lace takes a ton of concentration and time for me. The Hug Me socks are a little boring to work on but the finished project will be awesome – you can’t beat a merino wool/cashmere/nylon sock!

Advertisements

Evil Stepmother



Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure of Bohoknits (my project: Evil Stepmother)
Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination
Colorway: Evil Stepmother (discontinued colorway)
Fiber Content: 50% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca and 25% Nylon
Needles: US 2 circular needles
Dates: January 14 to September 15, 2013
Skills: Knit, purl and decreases (k2tog)

Notes: You don’t need a whole bunch of knitting skills to make this hat happen, but what you do need is a ton of endurance. This hat is a marathon. It’s literally miles and miles and miles and miles of stockinette in the round. Miles. Be prepared to knit on this thing wherever you go, while watching all of your favorite tv shows and in your sleep. It really didn’t take me 8 months to make this hat – I put it down for quite a while – but it did take a long minute. The ribbing took longer than the body of the hat…miles of 2×2 ribbing.


The point of this pattern is to use a skein of sock yarn that you can’t bear to put on your feet as socks. I love the feel of this yarn, super soft and super cozy, but it’s a wool/alpaca/nylon blend. A blend that might be a tad too warm as socks in normal Los Angeles weather, even in the winter. But the colorway is super yummy, so a beanie it became.


After some nasty hot weather I can’t wait for it to cool down (not get cold, just cool down a tad – let’s not get crazy). A little hat weather is always welcomed after a string of 80 to 90 degree back-to-back days. Blah.


Me in my new beanie.

I look shady as shit. Shifty eyes. I would keep an eye on me.