Friday, April 12, 2013

Off On Tangents

I am convinced that I have late-onset ADD.  I can't seem to stay on a path, can't really focus on one project, complete it, and then move on to the next.  I had 2 perfectly good WIPs (works in progress) in my knitting bag after we frogged the Fino Bias scarf the other night but did I just focus on them?  Of course not.  No, I had to gather up 3 (THREE) more from downstairs on Tuesday, haul them up, and cast on 2 of them that very night.  I have been laser beam focused on the Green Shrug for the last 24 hours.  I left it at home on Wednesday and worked solely on Yogi Sock #1, which is the second of the 3 new projects, at work on Wednesday.  That means that I have not crocheted one stitch on the Green Kerchief or added one round to the Pumpkin Great-Grandbaby hat.  Now those baby hats take very little time, I could probably have it finished by the end of the weekend, no problem.  Will I?  Probably not.  I am more than three-quarters of the way to finishing the Kerchief.  I should bear down and get that baby done, washed, and blocked so that I could wear it (if it ever warms up again).  Will I?  Probably not.  Why?

Because look, here's the Green Shrug after yesterday's quiet day at the dive shop.  It's yarn the thickness of the hawser used to tie up a tugboat knitted on needles as thick as a horse's leg.  I get a lot of progress with each row and that's like those electromagnets that pull the Bullet Trains along to me.  When things are going quickly I knit faster and longer because I just love watching that knitted fabric pile up, form itself into something that I can wear or use.  For me that's knitting crack.

I don't know what it was about Yogi Sock #1 the other day but it was THE project I had to take to work and HAD to work on exclusively.

I will say that I have NOT cast on the third project (another boot sock) that I brought upstairs.  Yet.

Last night at the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild meeting Founding Knitter, TS, taught us how to put bling in our knitting by putting beads in it.  It was more of a challenge than I'd anticipated but it was fun and most of us went home with postage stamp samples of beaded knitting.

There was a guest at knitting last night who is a member of Evergreen Quilters, which shares a president with the Knitting Guild, who brought a garbage bag full of twin-size wool quilt batts she had gotten from a co-worked who had inherited the fleeces.  She had them carded and cleaned, and was selling them for $10 each.  Ten bucks!  I just looked them up online and most are available for between $20 and $30.  I bought two of them, one for the quilt I'm working on and one to have.  Hey, when else am I going to find a 90x50 wool quilt batt for ten bucks?  Even if I don't make another quilt I can use the wool batting for a lot of other projects.

1 comment:

Aunt B said...

Here is a little incentive for the baby hat. I'm going down to Florida on May 9 for a baby shower for Abbi. Would be wonderful to present her with that adorable hat -- hand-knit by her (well, what ARE you to her???) OK -- by her daddy's cousin. But..... no pressure!!!