Friday, December 7, 2012

Lazy Blanket, part one

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I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll say it again:  I really need to knit.  I have concluded that no matter how many hatssweatersscarvesblankets I have, and even though I don’t need any more, I will still knit them, and this is not the guilt trip it used to be.  I am not capping my capacity for blanketing, not any more.  I will buy the yarn and I will knit things, and I will crochet up the leftovers into granny squares and other doodads and there will be no guilt, because this is what I do.  Not only are there more good ideas for things to make with yarn than there are blackberries in the bramble, but the plain old need to be knitting something is tremendous around here.  Do you feel this too?  Do you continue to make beautiful things you don’t need?  Is this the line between craft and art? 

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This is the laziest blanket design I could possibly have made up.  In fact, it is so lazy that it scarcely bears discussion.  It totally sacrifices form for function—the function in this case being the focus of my need to be knitting something, and, come to think of it, the laziness itself is a function of this design, too—and I realized way early on in the process of this two things:  first, I have chosen a pattern that requires by design that I buy a bunch of new yarn, and second, that I could have gotten a lot more bang (both in design and in economy) if I had only taken four seconds of time to plan a little.  And yet, I powered forth with the knitting, because I am—and I mean this in all sincerity—absolutely compelled to knit.  Compelled.   I can’t even stand to wait four seconds.  And in my mind, as I knit, I considered the other idea that I could have used here if I had spent four seconds in planning and realized that there is much yarn and with luck many years yet left to me, and all blankets will eventually be knit.   That next one will probably be really amazing and I’m really excited about it, which spurs me to knit madly on this one in pursuit of the opportunity to start the next one, which then isn’t lazy at all, but rather more, um, maybe focused is the word I’m looking for?  I keep thinking that at some point I’ll lose interest in all this yarn, but so far, there’s no sign of that. 

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I am already—and I realize this is ridiculous—halfway done with this.  It is half done.  I know. 

27 comments:

  1. I was going to suggest that you pace yourself and pick a project that really challenges you but having just seen your completed FABULOUS Fairy Tale Jacket, I'm not quite sure that you need challenging! Go with the flow of your knitting compulsion - it's not such a bad habit to break.I can think of many others. Have a good weekend.

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  2. I know exactly what you mean. Knitting and crochet are just a thing I do. When I don't have anything on the go it feels all wrong and I get bored and fed up and generally immediately start a pile of things. And I love the stripes, I am all about stripes at the moment. Knitting myself a stripy hat right this moment.

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  3. I'm liking your lazy blanket of stripes. Compelled is a good word. No use fighting it, might as well enjoy it, can't live without it, knitting is the way to go. I'm surprised you waited a whole four seconds. Haha!
    Lynne

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  4. I always have to be crocheting or knitting something when watching tv. We have more afghans, blankets, scarves etc than we will ever need. But now I have 3 and soon to be 4 grandchildren to knit/crochet for I can always make mittens and hats as they are forever growing out of them or misplacing them.

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  5. Compulsion? Nope, Kristen, it is your gift. Thanks for sharing your giftedness so delightfully!
    xx from Gracie

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  6. De-lurking to say: See I thought it was just me who felt that way. I'm currently hauling a blanket-in-progress from my house to work everyday. I don't care who knows it or who sees me working on it. There's also some sock knitting in the bag, just in case of an emergency.

    I love your blog:))

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  7. Love your post and I can't agree more, I don't know if there was a time I didn't need to knit (or in the past 2 years, crochet too). That's one of the greatest benefits of the internet, you can "meet" people who feel the same. I even can't imagine how other people live, without creating/making things. Sometimes, when I'm to tired, I watch tv without some knitting, it makes me feel all wrong. I'm not alays good at finishing things. Have a good weekend, groetjes, Gerda

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  8. Know exactly how you feel, I can't stop knitting, I'm not sure there's been a day without knitting since I learned about 5 years' ago (nearly 6 now!) and yet somehow I'm not drowning in knitwear.

    Are you into socks? I get twitchy if I don't have a sock on the needles at all times.

    Not sure about the art/craft line thing, depends on how you define art (and craft) and whether or not you consider we need art as human beings.

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  9. To me that is crocheting relaxes me more ... within the daily worries, if I can do crochet a while (even just one hour ...) I feel better. I think you all will continue to feel the same ... always need to work with something in his hands, if it possible a sewing... crocheting...

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  10. ~stands up~

    my name is Beckie, and I am a compulsive crocheter


    and my dreadful secret is...I'm not really all that in love with the finished products (not just mine, of yarny projects, in general)

    and yet...I crochet and Crochet...and CROCHET

    blankets...scarves...more blankets

    grannies destined to be....something

    my Gram (who I was extremely close to) taught me how when I was quite wee and I don't recall her ever sitting in the *reception hall* (the room the front door opened in to) after supper without some sort of needlework in her hands...and usually crochet

    it brings her to me when I miss her most

    thus...I currently have 2 blankets, a bag of grannies and a scarf going on...you know...coming in on the holidays and all

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  11. Kristen you never fail to make me laugh.... I can't tell you how many things I've knitted and frogged and knitted again and frogged again not because I want the eventual finished piece but just because I love to knit! It doesn't make sense so don't try and make sense of it JUST ENJOY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol x

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  12. Feel so good when reading your posts!!!
    love stripes, so love your soon-to-be-blanket!!!
    Now I'm curious about the immediately-next-one!!!!
    happy weekend, xxx Ale

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  13. That's me too! I have to have a project on the go and the minute I start I'm already thinking up colour combinations for the next one! Great post.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  14. I HAVE to work with yarn, it is that simple. Yarn need to be in my hands everyday or I go through some sort of crazy withdrawal that could easily take me to the closest Psych Hospital. It is who I am and it is that simple. And I find I am drawn to others in the blog world who feel that way too.
    Happy weekend,
    Meredith

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  15. I understand totally. I crochet, too, but it is knitting that feeds my soul. In times of stress I the one thing I want to do is knit! Yarn is my favorite medium. Happy Knitting! Twyla

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  16. I love to crochet but knitting is the supreme soother. Not sure if it is the calming clicking of the needles or the rhythm of the stiches, but it like the green tea of crafting for me.
    Love those stripes!

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  17. I understand. Really I do. When the kids are in bed (and sometimes when they're not) everything else fades away as the yarn starts calling. My exception is, if I don't need it then I have to find someone to give it to. I've even knit scarves for the homeless because the urge to knit, AND do something useful for someone else has been too strong.
    ...And I usually have many things on the go because I keep being inspired by new ideas!

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  18. I so love reading your posts how you express yourself, your thoughts, how they play is captivating. Have you ever tried to write a book? I am so amazed by your knittings, crocheting, how do you find the time? Aw, so many questions it's probably why I'm not creating. I can not decide what I want to do next. All the yarn that surrounds me, I can not put together as stitches, color strikes my eye yet can't find it's way to my hands. They do not seem to know how to combine the colors. I am comfortable with the non colors of neutrals, and then you draw me into your colorful world. I struggle to find a way to combine color with yarn yet not with paints or pencils. Then I realize once again, although my eyes see color it's not the way my mind processes it, in the thread world. On paper the sky is blue, the grass is green, the colors show me where to place them. Thank you for bringing me into your blog with colors. I am grateful for every moment.

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    1. It is all just practice, Pamela, I promise. I have made lots (and lots!) of pretty ugly stuff. After spending many years with yarn and fabric, I have kind of found my personal palette, and from there, it is easy. With practice, you'll find your palette, too. Just pick up those needles and go! Some things will be winners, and some won't, but they'll all be steps in your learning path. Worth it in the end. Good luck! :)

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  19. I love your blog and I love your lazy blanket. Can I please ask how many stitches it is? xx

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    1. This bit is 100 stitches across...more info to come! :)

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  20. Knitting also helps to keep me grounded during the daily tasks, struggles, and joys of life. It is so nice to make progress with each stitch. Glad to have found your beautiful blog.

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  21. Beautiful. Just so beautiful. Again, you have such a great taste, class, and distinguished eye for coordinating the colors and even the most simple stitch looks so beautiful and elegant. Not to mentioned the immensely happy feeling that you are doing something you enjoy so very much. Such a happy feeling.

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  22. We're in the midst of a major move so my knitting time has been limited for MONTHS now -- but I still manage to get in at least a few rows a day (and often many, many more). I'm still buying yarn and patterns and writing down ideas for new designs. I can't stop myself. I have yet to get to the point where I'm knitting things I don't need or can't gift -- I have a HUGE backlog of "someday knits". I was thinking just today that a day without knitting is like a day without chocolate -- it's just not as sweet.
    Knit on!

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  23. It is so good to read of others who share my hard-to-explain but oh-so-powerful attachment to yarn. A friend pointed out that I don't smoke, I don't drink and I don't play the ponies, so what's a little addiction to the crochet hook? It is the highpoint in my day, every day. I especially appreciate your comment to Pamela to just practice and you will get better. Color still panics me, but I will take your advice to heart and simply keep trying. So what if I make something ugly. The next thing could be quite wonderful. The colors in your blanket are truly yummy.

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