December 05, 2012

The Grass is Always Greener in December

 I am not sure how this works, perhaps that as I get older my attention span gets shorter, but it seems to me that I can never get more than 1/3 of the way into a project during the holiday season--even a project to which I am fully committed--without thinking about how I should/could be knitting something else, something more exciting.  If there's a "grass is always greener" syndrome for knitting, I've gotten it.

So with less than one chart to go (approximately 3 inches) on the Skully Hat, and 1/3 of the way into the custom order afghan (which Karma is using to laugh at me with every stitch because it's a Dawg blanket and I am, although an alumni, NOT a Dawg fan), and the second run at my Urbanista fingerless glove pattern, which is finally written and just lacks a good photo, that is being knit up with a shorter cuff in 100% alpaca but is only half-way finished, and my Irish Aran, which is scowling at me from the shelf because I haven't touched it in weeks, I dyed more yarn on Monday and thought "Ooooh! I should cast on some cable-y mittens in a red silk!"

Here's the red silk that resulted from that moment of whimsy.



It's actually a 60% silk/40% merino blend, but it's pretty gorgeous and wouldn't it make a nice pair of big girl mittens?  Does it count as knitting from your stash if it has been sitting on the shelf waiting to be dyed for the last six months, even if you didn't originally purchase it for yourself?  I think it does, especially since it's officially mine now, so that's extra points for me!  (There are definite perks to owning your own yarn company, albeit a small one.)

So, four plus hours into my new project and I am reminded that it is often the concept of a design that must be the motivating factor instead of having one's heart set on a particular pattern as being "the one" the first time out.  Although the modified woven cable pattern that I chose to use for these gloves is quite attractive, silk has zero stretch and I have found, 16 rounds into the thumbs, that this cable pattern done on smaller-than-recommended needles pulls in the hand a little too severely for comfort. So, a frogging we will go.  I absolutely love the stitch definition on the cuff, so I am thinking that an all-over cable pattern is the wrong path to take for this project and maybe a wrapped stitch cable or two just down the back is a better plan. 


With that said, I am not sure, however, how casting on for these is going to help me to finish any of the other projects with actual deadlines, but I can honestly say that while knitting these mittens I don't much care about those deadlines.  Sometimes I think my brain needs to take a break from plain ol' stockinette and do something that requires great focus. I don't think I would have made a very good cottage industry knitter.

Sidebar:  I received my package of yarn support from Knit Picks today for that Fall 2013 pattern that I am working on and it is sumptuously gorgeous, so I hope that Knit Picks doesn't have any thoughts of making me give over the final product because I really think I am not going to be willing to give this one up without a fight.

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