Monday, April 14, 2008

Striped Myself Up

en·nui
–noun

a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom:

Yep. That's pretty much where I'm at right now. I think my biggest problem is lack of focus. There are so many projects that I want to be knitting right now, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. It's like my brain is floored in 1st gear/on caffeine with all the patterns and yarn and so on, and the rest of me is stuck in molasses. It doesn't help that my arms and shoulders are sore from knitting. That tends to slow one down.

I want to knit my Wings hockey sweater so badly - my mind's in overdrive with measuring and swatching and designing - but I can't go anywhere until my new yarn arrives. (I ended up keeping the wrong color yarn and ordering more of the right color. I hope. I tried to see it in person at two different yarn shops on Friday, but neither carried it. And one place was snarky about it. See if I go back there...) I do have one cuff done and ready for the first red stripe. Although, I'm already second guessing my design choice. I found this article on knitty.com and decided on a modified drop shoulder construction (the 'pattern' is just over halfway down under the heading Sketching your schematic) so I could keep things as simple as possible without knitting a straight-up drop shoulder sweater.

Anyways, I'm only 23 rows past the cuff and already it seems like the sleeve is getting way too big and it will be baggy at the elbows. This is where I do myself in. I have these types of thoughts and then I get overwhelmed. It's because I'm not that willing to just keep knitting and see what happens. The perfectionist in me rears it's ugly head and I want to figure it out ahead of time and make sure that it's right. So I end up doing nothing. It was like that when I had to lay out the stripes too. I put it off for days until I finally forced myself to do it and it wasn't that bad. It's actually kind of funny....I took a fleece sweatshirt that fits me about how I want the sweater to fit, stood in front of the bathroom mirror with a roll of masking tape and striped myself up. All at 2:30 in the morning. I'll see about posting a picture.

Actual Knitting

Alright, I admit it, I have gotten some knitting done in the past few weeks. I have an iPod case for my wife and a Koolhaas hat both done, but photoless. And we have this:

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Which is now 'these' since I've finished the first one and started the second. I really don't like these socks. They're for my wife, but the yarn sucks. It's Knit Picks Parade that I got by mistake in a trade. She liked the yarn, I didn't know what else to do with it, I had been wanting to knit her socks (smaller feet means they go faster) and so started the pressure. Now I'm just trying to whip through them so I can stop getting guilt ridden stares whenever I pick up a different project.

3 comments:

Mrs CeCrux said...

I just want to see this picture of you and tape all over yourself..lol

I have you on my list in ravelry and I always keep an eye out for what your doing and working on etc...my husband is funny though. When the Red Wings were playing the other day he kept saying...

"I wonder if that guy back in the USA is knitting up a storm while watching the game..."....

" I am jealous that I don't know how to knit...".....

and so I tried to teach him, and he loves your work, the teaching came to a screeching halt though..hehe

All the way up until the time we went to bed he kept saying...

"I'll bet that Red Wings guy is knitting up a storm going a million miles an hour watching the game.."

sheesh!
Jealousy.

Anne said...

LOL I love it - guilt knitting! There's an entire book there somewhere ;)

And while I'm liking how your knitting looks on the sweater you've started, as an Avs fan you'll forgive me if I don't like it THAT much :p

Laurie (Moo!) said...

The colors on the sock are nice. Did that make up for the rotten yarn?