It has been since I last bought yarn!

Monday, September 24, 2007

No Time to Knit

*sigh* the title says it all- I’ve had no time to knit. Since the start of my brand new shiny job, there’s been very little time to pull out the needles and devote 5 hours straight to creating stitch after stitch like I used to. Don’t get me wrong, the new job is good, but I’m also going through serious withrdrawl for the time I used to spend on my knitting.

I hate how unproductive I’ve been vs. how productive I want to be. I have three projects on the go and an impeding baby blanket that I need to hurry up and start not to mention the Sunday Hat project which I’ve, *gasp* neglected for two weeks in a row!

Here’s the breakdown:

Un-Finished Object (UFO) #1- The Tilted Duster

*sigh* (again!) I was so excited about this project. I didn’t just look at yarn, I LABORED over what yarn to order, comparing and contrasting the finer points of each one. I jumped into it wholeheartedly- and then came the time to sew up the seams. Since the seaming delay, and being stalled to block the fronts and backs to continue on with the lower part, I haven’t touched the sweater. At all. I’ve looked at it longingly, SEVERAL times, even wound balls to pick up and knit the stitches, but then something always comes up and I can’t work on the thing. If I can make some time on UFO #2, then I can devote some quality duster time this weekend, but again, that’s probably going to prevent me from working on the hats. (I have to keep reminding myself that I planned on knitting ONE hat a week, and the fact that I’ve averaged 2 hats per week, I’ve built up some good will on the hat front.)

The sick thing is that I had hoped to finish this sweater quickly, enabling me to wear it around during the rather “crisp” Calgary fall weather we’re having. At the rate I’m going, and with other projects trying to fight their way out of the que, I’ll be lucky if I get this sweater done NEXT fall.

UFO #2- The Argyle Sock

I went to my first argyle sock class this last Thursday and it was awesome. I always enjoy surrounding myself with “knitters”- people who “speak” my language and understand the compulsion that comes over me when surrounded by a room full of yarn. I nearly cried with joy when the yarn shop owner told me to pick out my 3 skeins for project. What’s sad, is that I totally knew BEFORE HAND that I had to pick out my three skeins of yarn, and even though it was totally expected, being told to pick out three colors and use them for some reason made me endlessly happy.

Anyways the sock is rather interesting, if not a little complicated, (oh the ends I’ll be weaving in!), but it’s a nice change in the socks that I have been knitting. I have, for the longest time, wanted to have someone walk me through the whole “intarsia” thing since I’m worried I’m not doing it correctly. The nasty thing about this little project is that I need to get a certain amount done before my classes. While the instructor was adamant that homework wasn’t necessary, in order to keep up, I need to get through at least one pattern repeat, if not TWO before the next class if I want to be sure to learn all the techniques that she’s offering. This basically means that UFO #1 and certainly the baby hat projects need to go on hold until visable progress is made on the new sock.

UFO #3- The Whisper Lace Socks

I couldn’t help it. This yarn was just sitting there, calling to me- begging me to knit it and make it into something pretty. (I am helpless in the arms of pink Koigu.) Realistically I couldn’t take the sweater on the plane ride to San Francisco, (um… yeah… I went to SF this weekend… did I not mention that?), it was just too big and the argyle sock was just too finicky to work on the plane. BUT, I wanted to knit something. It has been so long since I’d knit (seriously a week and a half), I just wanted the joy of seeing something that I’ve worked on come to life. And so, last minute, 5 minutes before I’m supposed to leave for work, I’m winding the Koigu at break neck speeds so that I can take it with me on my plane ride. (I ended up being late, apparently winding yarn at break neck speeds means you are destined to screw it up and spend twice as long.)

I made fairly decent progress on the cuff while waiting for my flight- but progress was delayed ON the flight thanks to the worst turbulence ever. (I have never been on such a rough flight and I’ve flown A LOT.) Thank god I had my knitting which did keep me somewhat calm, but as the turbulence got worse, (and worse still!), my ability to knit and clutch the seat in supreme panic lessened. I eventually had to put the knitting away, and haven’t touched it since.

On the upside, a) I survived the flight, despite thoughts to the contrary and b) I finally got to tackle a picot edging, which is both cute and interesting to knit. Sadly this little project will be filed in the “low priority” que until the argyles and duster get some attention. On the upside it’s in my “portable project” bag, meaning if I take my knitting out of the house, (I usually bring it to work, not that I’ve EVER worked on it), that’s the one that travels best.

All that and I haven’t even addressed the projects that SHOULD be on my needles, but aren’t. It seems my lull in need for baby blankets is over as new friends have announced an impending arrival, bringing the need up to 2. I have patterns, hell, I even have the yarn, I just don’t have the TIME to start these up. One baby is due in January and the new baby is due in March… I’m certain there will be a rush in baby announcements in the next few weeks because that’s apparently how it goes. My goal is to have a blanket on the needles, (not finished mind you), by the end of this month. I know what it’s like to have a rush on blankets and I have long maintained that this time I will be prepared! (Although I will admit that I’m thinking of doing the same pattern for both since they’re fast… how lame does that make me?!)

Trying to figure out a new way to squeeze in as much knitting time as I can is going to be a difficult challenge for me. (I also need to squeeze in the gym at some point too!) Geez, squeezing in enough time to WRITE THIS BLOG ENTRY has been a challenge- please bear with me… I haven’t stopped or given up, I’m just looking for any spare time I can find!

Anyone want to pay me my salary now to knit all day? Because that would be awesome.

*sigh* back to work for me!

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