Lisa

  • Today I ran out of my building with a finished-but-not-blocked (and questionably needing it) scarf to give to my mom before she pulled away to her trip to Boston.  It’s cold there.  She said she wants to block it herself earlier this week.  I thought she might want it before her trip, anyway, since it’s cold there.  (At least in my mind.  It’s North!  North places are cold!)
  • I signed up for the Knitting Olympics.  Um.  Oh no.
  • Seriously I am going to use it as motivational for knitting David’s massively overdue scarf.  It should be possible…marginally.  If nothing goes wrong.  If my rotation isn’t as bad as I fear.  Um.  If.  So I think I get the spirit of the thing?
  • I am so tired you guys.  I couldn’t sleep well, I had an exam earlier today, it was extremely nerve-wracking and I’ve got other things on my mind and I got stuck (for about 90 seconds) in an elevator twice today and I almost passed out having my blood drawn because I was fasting and the NP who was drawing blood was not really doing a stellar job and kept fishing.
  • My goals for today include napping, waking up, watching the beginning of the Olympics, and casting on a scarf.  I’m thinking of doing the latter part of my plan in the neighborhood bar, if they’re showing it.  Yeah, that’s right guys, I lead a life of adventure and intrigue.

The ends are defeated! I finished the ends on the second of David’s hats, a green and black Botanic (Ravelry link), inspired by juniperjune’s, (the first one was black and green since I bought twice the yarn I needed). I also finished defeating the enormous (for me) number of ends on a scarf I started knitting for myself but turned out to be for my mom (the Bumble Up Scarf, similar to the picture but with a nice grey as the main color). I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow, but more likely on Thursday when I’ll be home during the sunny hours.

A large number of hours of Legend of the Stupid were watched during this weaving-in extravaganza.

I know this is one of the most disjointed posts I’ve written lately.  I’m sorry, really.  I’m preoccupied with a number of school and life things that knitting is just not enough to completely soothe.  It helps, but… there’s still a lot on my mind.  I’m really looking forward to graduating and possibly having a chance to actually settle into a more routine existence where my biggest hurdle is actually how big my stash is or how many projects I still have on the needles.  (I can hope, anyway…)

My newest knitting malady is wanting to knit everything I see anyone wearing around.  Braided-cable-hat?  Ooh, I bet I could knit that!  I should cast on!  Striped sweater hung inside-out on the coat rack hanging from the door of our office?  Hmm, how is that seamed?  It only looks like a sixe XXXL, I bet I could make that in, um, a few…months?

It doesn’t take too long before I’m completely overwhelmed and NEVER GOING TO KNIT A STITCH AGAIN BECAUSE I CAN’T KNIT EVERYTHING.  Why can’t I afford a knitting machine (which I’m not sure I even really want in my saner times, since really, I knit because I like to knit)?  Why don’t I have two extra pairs of arms so I can knit and study and eat dinner all at the same time?  Why don’t I have infinite free time so I can knit everything this season now now now? (Never mind the fact that if I had a lot of free time my projects would probably stall even harder.)

I think what I really want is to finish a few projects so I can feel like I’ve gotten something done, but I’m also resisting finishing projects for some reason (possibly related to the hated WEAVING IN OF THE ENDS).  Really, a half hour of work would create a finished scarf and hat.  I could get so many brownie points towards ending the yarn diet!

So my goal for tonight is to work on something more finishable-in-the-short-term than the Girasole, as much as I love the Girasole.  The Girasole w0n’t be finished tonight and it won’t be finished until I order more of those foam blocking pads because it is going to be way, way, way, (and did I say WAY?) too large for my current ones.  So, tonight: scarf or hat.  Then tomorrow I’ll take pictures for the blog if the sun cooperates.  There.  And I’ll wind the yarn for David’s scarf so he can stop having blue fuzz on his neck from his old one.  And I’ll probably watch more of the world’s stupidest TV fantasy series and not feel guilty becuase dammit, I’m getting knitting done!

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Ahhh, that’s more like it. I may be squeezing it in when it’s already past my bedtime, but here I am, watching my current favorite dumb show, knitting some, typing some, knitting some. Yeah, it’s completely ineffective multitasking. Yeah, I’m making completely imperceptible progress.

BUT I AM KNITTING. It’s still victory. Maybe I’ll actually finish this Girasole someday. Maybe I’ll do the last few lines of knitting on the pretty chunky yarn honeycomb pattern scarf I decided should be for my mom and not for me (and then oh terror, oh hatred, weave in many, many ends). For that matter, maybe I’ll even weave in the two ends left on David’s spare winter hat so he can use it as a spare.

Speaking of David, maybe I’ll wind the yarn for David’s warm winter scarf while it’s still winter. Maybe I’ll knit it while it’s still winter! Er, this one I should really do.  And post pictures.  It’s going to be gorgeous.

Meta note: Not only am I knitting again, I’m really, really excited about knitting again.  This is great!

I feel like if I were to knit chair socks, people would look at me like my knitting habit had gotten quite out of hand.  Yet, Charles and Marie, which at least comes across as a fancy-schmancy stuff for people with lots of money website, is selling these “Chair Personality Socks” as their deal of the day (or Soupe Du Jour as they call it).


Still, I can’t help but find them juuust charming enough that I’m tempted to throw caution to the wind and knit some socks for chairs.

I knitted during my rotation!  This is big news.  I can’t believe I made it happen.

I know, this sounds like an overreaction.  But it’s kind of a big deal for me that I pushed myself out of the rut.  I am so awful at changing habits in general so it’s really good when I can make myself do something that I’ve wanted but struggled to do.

You can basically follow the story over in the twitter box I just stuck in the sidebar.  But to be more bloggy about it, I took a lunch hour to go to the libray and do some knitting.  I wanted to find a place where I didn’t feel like too many people would be looking at me (my knitting confidence has taken a bit of a hit from my first teacher-asks-me-not-to-knit experience, which I’ll post about another time).  I went to the top floor and checked out the periphery of the library and I found the perfect knitting/napping area.  This place has reclining nap chairs (yay medical school library?) which could hardly be better for knitting if they were designed for it.  They face windows (natural light!) and are secluded from other library areas by bookcases.

My spot
The chair
Chart, I missed you.
Warm lapful of knitting (this is going to be a great throw!)
I still know how!
The sunlight was so perfect!

Enough gratuitous pictures for you?  It’s a real knitting blog, now!

I brought my knitting with me to school.  I brought my knitting to school in a hopital. Yeah, that’s right (um, bitches?  I’m supposed to say “bitches,” here, I think?), I’m on rotation and I am going to freaking find some time to knit, already.

I’ll try to snap some iPhone shots of myself hiding in the library with my knitting later.  Yes, that is my plan.  Me, medical library, knitting, and possibly a library-approved drinking container of coffee.  I am a wild woman.

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(Ooh, my first reposted/not-just-me-talking content!  Via boingboing)

N…no.

There just didn’t seem to be enough time. I think I kind of ended up trading my knitting time for exciting new food available at the new local bar. It was worth it, I think, but..

But…

I really really want to break this pattern. I want to churn out the finished-ends-weaved-in-perfect-in-every-way-except-for-whatever-mistakes-that-are-totally-forgiveable objects. I want to wear a different hat every day (when it’s cold enough). I want to make every pair of exciting gloves with transformation power that I see. I want to cover my apartment in throws and cabled pillows. I want to be a knitter again!

…I also want a nap. Is that going to win today? (Well, after I get home in a few more hours…)

I started this blog on the spur of the moment because lately I’ve been having trouble actually getting any knitting done, and I’m trying to restart myself. I read knitting blogs and book, I’m listening to a knitting audiobook, and often I drag my knitting around with me and sometimes even pull it out but don’t get started.

I have to admit it. I’m in a knitting slump.

As much as I want to get the beautiful projects done, as much as I want to master new patterns and as much as I want that feeling of relaxation and productivity from feeling the yarn move through my fingers and into that magically-growing fabric, I haven’t gotten so much as a row done in at least a month. It’s been years since I posted any pictures or any projects in Ravelry. I’ve even tried to motivate myself to finish things by going on a yarn diet until I finish some of my projects (and not even disliked ones)!

So maybe putting it out there will help kick-start me out of this weird lack-of-knitting habit and back into my true existance as a knitter. It couldn’t hurt, could it? (Especially when I’m blogging during, ahem, borrowed time during school and not cutting into possible knitting time at all.)

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