I haven’t!  Not entirely, anyway.  Life has been… well, see the last entry for an idea of how life has been lately.  I’ve been bringing my knitting around with me like a security blanket, but not knitting a whole lot.  At the moment, I’m in the middle of a 12-day long stretch of workdays.  I’m knitting a bit at night  but a lot of time by the time I get home (often late) I’m usually too tired even for that.  On the other hand, I made a big chunk of progress visiting my grandfather in the hospital (he’s okay, but yes, that is the sort of thing that’s just par for the course lately).  Pathetic fact: I discovered that I can keep knitting at full speed while crying a little.  But, progress.

Um, right, I should try for some content that’s , um, positive, unlike the above.  Well, I just ordered a big old bunch of yarn because the Yarn Harlot posted about sweater I just couldn’t refuse, and I’m working on getting a massive other quantity of yarn so I can start on my crochet journey.  I also delved into the exciting world of yarn arts on TV with Knitting Daily and Knit and Crochet Today.  I have my DVR record them and then watch themwhen I think David isn’t bored enough when David isn’t interested in watching TV and I am.

So I’ll post pictures of the giant piles of yarn when they show up, and since I’m getting some enthusiasm for knitting back (as I’m getting some enthusiasm for life in general back) I’ll be posting more in general.

Oh, yeah.  Yarn diet?  Over.  I made it since December! So, between that and all the stuff that’s been going on lately, I thought I’d try to make up the lost time STAT.

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!

Note: There are no comments on this entry because for some reason it was attracting a hideous amount of canned ham product (I’m superstitious about  even naming it here).  Comment on another one if you have something to say for some reason. :)

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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