Friday, February 12, 2016

Unfinished


I've got a case of the starting stuff. Nothing at all is anywhere near being finished. This is strangely stressful, and even more strangely, the antidote seems to be to start more stuff. This giant granny is so much FUN to work on, and I am always amazed by the quantity of colorful scraps I manage to scrounge up; the scraps always seem so gray. I think it's going to head into gray territory very soon, though, and I think that's going to be awesome, too.
Nenna is taking forever. I hope my lovely mama isn't sitting at home all chilly and needing this cardigan anytime soon, because I haven't even got the body done yet, nevermind the sleeves. I promise I am working on this. I know, it is hard to tell.
With no need of any more hats, a little plain work was required. Enter this very, very plain project--a triangle in stockinette. I can tell you the pattern right now: CO 3, work in stockinette, increasing one stitch at each end of every row, until it's big enough or your yarn runs out or you slip into a deep, ennui-induced coma. This is one of those "process-or-product" things that makes you ask yourself why on earth you would want to put yourself through it, or at least you ask yourself that until you start knitting it, when you fall into a peaceful trance, and you remember that's why. And then, when it's finished, you wrap up in it every day for the rest of your life and silently thank those who taught you to knit. So yeah, I am working on this a lot, too.
Which means I'm not working on this blanket as much as I should be. This blanket is exactly the same kind of thing--soothing and meditative, trance-inducing--except that it's been on the needles a lot longer, and is therefore getting stale. I don't know how else to describe it. I keep thinking this is almost finished, has GOT to be almost finished, but in fact it is just over halfway finished. That's a little bit crushing, since I feel like I've been knitting this blanket since the day after I was born. I've been knitting this for so long that the shop where I bought the yarn is now closed.
Which brings me to the sock yarn blanket. I am so sick of this thing. Why is this not done yet? I feel like I work on it continuously [that's a lie, I hardly ever work on it] and have certainly been looking at it for a hundred years. People, do not start knitting a blanket unless you have stamina for a long haul, because a crochet blanket will become finished someday, while your knitted blanket will lie there mocking you, a basket full of squares. You will luxuriate beneath your crocheted blanket for many decades while your half-finished knitted blanket will continue to haunt your dreams. Also, trying to make a blanket using sock yarn is just asking for a headache. Sock yarn is small! You'd think I might know this by now. There are a whole lot of these squares left to go, and a whole lot of sock yarn leftovers, and not a single excuse in the world to just stop knitting them and make a teeny blanket that won't do me any good. Onward.
Naturally, I cast on a shawl. I mean, isn't it obvious? Also, isn't it obvious that I would knit this on long, straight needles, of the sort that hit the arms of the chair and get hung up in everything all the time?
I started another sweater last night. Because Madelinetosh. You know. It's some kind of fever, I think. Watch for a lot of finished objects to start showing up around here. Sometime.

66 comments:

  1. Ha! I am not quite as bad as you are, but I did just start a baby sweater. And the sweater for me is only half done. Maybe you should decide on a cycle and knit a little on each one every day!

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  2. I'm scared to document all of my WIPs!

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    1. I don't dare do a full reveal of all my WIPs--I'm not even sure where they all are, actually... lol!
      xoxo

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  3. How can you be knitting when you have been sewing such beautiful dresses? There is only so much time in the day.
    Wishing you a weekend full of yarn,
    Meredith

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    1. This is what I am asking myself, too! :D

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  4. I know how you feel. I have loads of half finished projects too. I've had an idea!!! Think I will work on one project every day. That way everything will be moving along, slowly maybe but never the less move closer to finishing. Yes thanks for the idea that popped into my head when I was reading your post.

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  5. Starting something new instead of bearing down on the old stuff? Yep. Sounds perfectly normal to me.

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  6. Love. This. Post. It looks like my house. I made a zig-zag knitted sock yarn blanket last summer. Oh my goodness. I didn't think I would ever finish it, but finish it a I did. And I love it! Lightweight yet very warm. I also have a log cabin blanket going. Mittens. And just this morning I cast on a shawl. It's a disease! :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Now I just want to make a zig-zag blanket in sock yarn... :D

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  7. I also suffer from startitis. I don't think there's anything odd about it. :) Sometimes a project needs to hibernate for a bit before it is enticing again.

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  8. So true, so funny. Similar around here, but with fabrics, half made quilts and few crochet pillows as well.
    Have a great days,
    Jana

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  9. Oh my god! I don't feel so bad anymore! All pretty stuff - pick one and just finish it!

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  10. I think it all perfectly normal. I had a chuckle at Ann's comment as my hubby says the same thing...pick one and finish it! HA! Easier said then done. You have inspired me to pick up my multi-colored granny once again. I think it has been well over a year since I looked at it. Maybe the crochet fairies have worked on it for me...hehe.
    blessings, jill

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  11. So funny! Sock yarn blanket in little squares? Oxymoron! I knitted about 35 9" squares for a lap blanket - that was great portable fun...until it came time to sew them all together and hide all those millions of ends! Arrrrrrrg! Never again...until the next time.

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  12. Yes - so funny! I'm giggling into my (before anyone else is up) cup of tea. My life is surrounded by half finished, just begun and not at all finished projects. The sewing, the crochet, the garden, the books, the house, the teenagers (can I call them half finished projects?!) in fact, it feels like pretty much everything!

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    1. A teenager is the most unfinished kind of project there is, right? Good luck, and enjoy your quiet morning cuppa. :)

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  13. Enjoyed seeing all your many projects and reading your humourous narrative. Thank you!

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  14. Thank you for your blog posts! I am always delighted to see snippets of your life told in such a humorous and self-deprecating way. Now I don't feel so bad about my cupboard full of projects. My husband gently mocks me and pouts on occasion when he reminds of the crocheted blanket I started making for him at least two years ago. In fairness, he is six foot four so there is a lot of him to cover!

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    1. 6'4"! That's a lot of blanket! Good luck. xoxo

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  15. I sewing/think I'm in love........with your blog, with my quilting/knitting projects in progress. And after reading the comments, I find I'm in no way.....alone. Isn't it just wonderful?
    Mona

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  16. Oh Kristen, I definitely understand what you are talking about. I am very glad to be within just a few hours' knitting time of finishing a little project knit with fine alpaca yarn on tiny double point needles. I might actually cross this particular finishing line in a day or two. You know what I mean? xo

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    1. I do, indeed. Just don't start anything else in the meantime... ;)

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  17. If you start anything else im going to have an asthma attack! Ha!

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    1. LOL! For the sake of your safety, I will refrain. ;D

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  18. Oh Kristen thanks for this, now I don't feel so bad about having too many projects on the go. I adore the blanket and your dresses from last week too - just perfect.

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  19. You are so quietly and gently funny ... all I HAVE is unfinished projects so at least take comfort that there is someone worse than you! All your projects are beautiful.

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  20. If these were mine, Nenna would definitely take priority. The Pink Triangle would be done whilst watching TV, cooking dinner, waiting for my son at cricket etc. The stripey blanket would have 5 rows done a day for the rest of eternity and the sock yarn blanket would be sewn up (as is) a little border added and then donated somewhere for someone wonderful to have! Then I could focus on the shawl....oh and the sweater! Happy knitting! xxx

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    1. A plan! I might do exactly this. xoxo

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  21. Girl I like your style! Now we're close to moving I have to be brave and expose my long standing unfinished projects! x

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  22. I've only just started knitting (after years of crocheting). The thing about the needles hitting the sofa and/or whatever else happens to me all the time. I'm using straights when I should be on circulars. They look intimidating at the moment though. I love the granny square by the way.

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    1. Those long needles make me take up the whole couch! :D

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  23. Thank you...I get inspired when viewing your blog. I don't have a blog but I love to knit. I am not as prolific as you ..... maybe one day when I retire...I go to yours every few weeks...Always amazed that you have something new. Regards, Kmurphy9654

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  24. I am at the other end, Dare I say it but I have put myself off knitting. I was stupid, I had some sort of eco credential moment and knit myself a black cardigan!! Why oh why?? I finished it today (from April 2015) and have vowed only to make beautiful things that I could not buy in the shops. So I am right with you lady, just keep with us. (sorry that sounds like you are in some sort of real coma not a knitting one!)Jo x

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    1. Oh, the black hole of a black cardigan! So useful, but so onerous to knit. xoxo

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  25. Hilarious! I have the same illness. Not much hope of a cure, is there? :)

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  26. Look at this way you have some really good starts on projects you havent quite finished

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  27. That garter stitch blanket is just beautiful. I love starting a blanket. I have a lot of cushion covers!

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    1. You hit the nail on the head--I love STARTING a blanket. That really is the best part. Well, and finishing one, too. All that middle bit is where it gets a little iffy.

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  28. How refreshing you are! Reading your post was like listening to how I talk to myself! LOL! And why is it when there are all sorts of unfinished projects and you are feeling overwhelmed by them all that we start new projects???? I am trying not to but it's SO HARD. It stops the "overwhelmed" feelings for some reason which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever! Or, how about this one....I just finished a pair of finger less mitts so now I reward myself by buying fabric for a new quilt, a new cross stitch kit, I have a zillion books I haven't read but I don't have the next one in the series I started so I need that and I really need yarn for starting presents for this coming year....that's rational isn't it? LOL!
    I do love your blankets and I am a blanket person myself. I did just finish a corner-to-corner....fun pattern but like you said...it's crochet so, of course, it got finished! I think I need to make the giant granny square one of these days. Oh, but did I tell you I'm trying to move and clean and downsize? Yeah....maybe I need therapy? I do love all your projects though and those gorgeous yarns! I will be back! Have a great week!

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    1. So many books to read/things to knit/quilts to make/stuff to make out of
      other stuff, and so little time, right? :) I'm trying to clean and
      downsize myself, which somehow only makes me acquire more stuff--what is it
      with that, anyway? xoxo

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  29. I love all your unfinished projects. I often have a couple of crochet things on the go, always blankets destined for charity, and one of them I use all the leftovers on, at some point I will have to stop as its getting rather large. But I never start another knitted project until the current one is finished. At least I never used to... these days my butterfly mind wants more and more variety. Love that pretty pink triangle... Do you really increase each row, as opposed to every alternate one?

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    1. Yes, I am increasing at both ends of every row. The "wings" get long before the triangle point at the back starts to drag on the floor. Perfect for wrapping. :)

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  30. Such a pretty collection of UFO ... When u finish them you will have a house filled with pretties ... Wait ... You already do 😍

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    1. Haha, do I ever! Too many. Must part with some of it. Aaargh!

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  31. It's a real comfort to me to see someone else's endless woolly projects,it makes me feel a bit giddy to revel in someone else's never-ending wips, and takes the heat off my own big pile of started stuff! Big grin :) Thanks for sharing it, it's funny to think that the thing we love doing can give us a little bit of stress, or guilt! I've got so many projects queued up, some not even started, but the yarn waiting patiently beside the new needles that will knit it! If I can just work on that green jumper and get it done! Why do we do this? I LOVE your grey and white large striped blanket :) And the Madelinetosh looks so lovely. Don't give me any ideas!
    Kate x

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    1. That striped blanket has been around so long it is thinking of applying to grad school...

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  32. This is me right now, I think I have about 12 WIP! Yours are all so lovely, as always!

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  33. I got a good chuckle out of this post!

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  34. Love how you wrote about your unfinished projects: funny and interesting and the same time. Also, it makes me feel better about casting on a new project even though I haven't finished my current two. The question is, what supply of knitting needles is it reasonable to have on hand? :)

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  35. You have made me feel so much better about my own 'Startitis'! It is just SO hard to finish some projects. Your knit blanket story made me laugh so hard. Thank you.

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