Monday, September 29, 2014

The choice between two vows

I am holding true to the 2 for 1 vow.   I have mostly been concentrating on Seafoam Stripes, with a little of the hunting mittens thrown in when something more portable is desired. Seafoam Stripes is down to the last half skein. The shawl is around five feet long, but I have learned from the mistakes of shawls past. I am knitting til I run out of run OR six feet. There will not be another nine foot shawl in my future. Though, Theresa has maintained her magnanimous offer to take any shawls that are sized for a much taller woman.

I also have been remembering my vow not to procrastinate on the holiday gifts, and start no later than  October 1st.

Except that the day after tomorrow, unless I can magically finish something, I am about to see my two vows collide. Do I start the gifts, or wait until I finish something, anything.

Today, it is all about the conflicts.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another one, that doesn't count

I finished another knit in progress, but it doesn't really count.  It was a placemat, which is really one of a set.  So I have permission to start the next placemat, but doesn't count towards the 2 for 1 vow.

It is already the end of September, and this year, I am not forgetting about the teacher gift knitting until a week before school ends, like last year. I really wanted to start the teacher gift by October. That is next week.  I need to finish something else by next week.  

This vow has had an interesting side effect.  Usually, I am more likely to work on the more recent projects, the ones with recent excitement and enthusiasm.  The older a project is, the more likely I am to feel like it is a chore.  But since older projects are more likely to be closer to completion, I have been digging to the bottom of the knitting bag lately.  In doing so, I have been re-discovering some love for these. 

Yes, Seafoam Stripes was started years before I learned how to make lace. But it is still a shawl. Still a pretty color. Simple in design, but still lovely. Not as striking as the later attempts, but still a warm  and snuggly shawl.  

Today, it is all about the snugglyness. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Minus one, finally

Four scarves for charity are finally finished, so I can finally subtract one from the list. Down to 19 works in progress. That is still a lot of WIP's, but I can finally subtract a number, without adding any more. I think I can feel secure there are no more little projects tucked away out of view anymore.

Time to start chipping away at the number. Ironically, the oldest projects are the closest to completion, so are the ones I am working on the most.

Today, it is all about the number fixation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

3/4 step forward, 1 step back

Charity scarf #3 is finished. Charity scarf #4 is more than half done

Just when I thought I was almost making progress, I discovered . . .

20.  Take two of the pink ruffled scarf. I can't figure out how such a large cone was able to hide so effectively, but there it was.

Every time I think I am making progress on reducing the number of works in progress, i find more

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Today it is all about the backward movement.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My new favorite day

Wednesdays are now my favorite day of the week.

My oldest has started classes. In my day, they were called CCD classes. Now I think they are "religious education".  I have been telling Bugaboo they are his communion classes.  Whatever the title, my oldest has started the path to become a Catholic.

The classes are a little over an hour. I dropped him off, then settled onto a little bench in the lovely green between the church and the school. (There used to be a street there, filed in decades ago, and now just grass and roses. )  And knit.  One hour and fifteen minutes of knitting, every Wednesday.

This is going to be a hardship: You don't have to worry about it, sweetie. I will take him to the classes every week.

Shhhhh.  Don't tell my sweetie I am getting 75 minutes every week of knitting time.  He might try to muck it up.

Charity scarf #3 and #4 are both half done.

Christmas knitting is quickly approaching. I have to finish two projects in time to start Christmas knitting.

Today, it is all about the new favorite day.