Archive for February, 2015

I am in a rut now knitting wise. I want to start a new project, but I feel compelled to finish the projects on my needles first. I know that a lot of knitters feel this way at least once in their knitting, but I don’t know how they handle it. Some of my knitting friends say to start a pair of socks to break up the monotony of working on the same project over and over, i.e. my MIL’s shawl. I have been working on this shawl for over a year, and I keep messing it up and having to take it out to start again at a lower point and redo everything again. I have had to do that 3 or 4 times now. I just don’t want to finish it, and I need to get over myself and finish this shawl! I know that this shawl will be beautiful when I am done with it, and now I am taking my time to do this shawl right this go round. As a result, I am working on it a few rows each day and I keep plugging along. I will get it finished!!

As for socks, I want to try toe up socks. I think that they might fit me better than the top down socks that I have made as some of my first socks. The heel doesn’t fit right on the top down socks. I am doing them with the Silver’s Sock Class web site but I have several other sites that show me how to knit socks too. I don’t know which one to choose. My knitting friends say just pick a pattern and go for it. I have so many sock patterns and they look SO hard. Yet, I know in the end it is just sticks and string like my friend says. If I mess up, I can take it out and re-purpose the yarn for something else. The only way that I will learn is to keep doing something over and over until I get better at it. Isn’t that the way that everyone learns how to do something?  What would my reader’s do? Any ideas?

As for the rut I mentioned above, how would my reader’s get out of that? I am open to any ideas that anyone might have. I hope to hear from someone soon!

Catching up with you!

Good afternoon!

My knitting adventures continue much on the same path. I am growing quite bored with knitting the same shawl but I need to get it done for reasons that I can’t go into on this blog. Suffice it to say that the person for whom it is intended needs the warmth that this shawl would provide. I think the reason that I am having issues with it is that I have been close to finishing it 3 times now and have had to take it all out only to start over again. I would have been finished with it long ago if that wasn’t the case. Sometimes trying to be perfect is a downfall. The mistakes that I have made had to be completely fixed which made it necessary to rip it back before the mistake and start over. I can’t seem to shake the need to throw it in the corner and pick it up another day.

I have the itch to cast on for a pair of socks! I want to start a new project, and I know I need to finish the previous WIPs. Someone tell me to finish the project on my needles instead of casting on for something completely different! What would you cast on if you were to start a new project? Would you cast on for an afghan, a pair of socks, a shawl, or something completely different?

I don’t think that I am a process knitter, but I think I hope to get there one day. There was an excellent article in the Interweave Knits Spring 2015 issue on this very subject. This author pared down his stash by selling, giving away, or donating his yarn stash over the course of 2 or 3 years. He taught himself how to become a process knitter instead of a get-it-done-yesterday knitter! He describes me in the first part of his article, and I think I want to teach myself to slow down and enjoy the process of knitting rather than getting it done type of knitter. That way, I won’t get upset when I have to tink it back or rip it back to before I made a mistake. Now, the author of the article only buys yarn for a specific project and when he was pairing down his stash, he put bunches of yarn together with a pattern that it was intended for, like creating a kit for each planned project. Then he did the projects one by one until he went through the kits and finished those projects. He also gave away a lot of his yarn, donated some of it, and sold some of it. I have 4 such stashes of large amounts of sweater yarn to knit a cardigan for myself and the pattern involved. However, I also have lots of other yarn, very expensive yarn to very cheap yarn. It depends on the project.

How would you pare down your stash or would you? I have more yarn that I will ever use. I bought it when I was upset because someone was staying in my house that I didn’t want here, so I impulse bought yarn by the hanks full, and now I have way too much to do anything with. I do have sock yarn, cashmere, yak and bison fibers, silk yarn, lace weight, etc. The 4 stashes for 4 different sweater cardigans, 14 hanks of one color in each stash plus more that I have will be put into kits for this very purpose. I am so ashamed at having so much yarn that I will never use. I don’t know what I was thinking. This blog isn’t meant for me to gripe on, but some days I look at my stash and I just go wow! What was I thinking when I bought all of this yarn? Why did I do it? Does anyone feel this way when they look at their stash? Am I alone in my feelings?

I hope to hear from you soon!


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