Saturday, June 21, 2014

Picking Things Back Up Again

MadTosh - TML - Cousteau Group

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was trying to play catch up with my routine since I felt insanely disorganized and all over the place. Well, that never happened. And even if it did, it wouldn't have lasted long anyways since a week later I suffered a mild concussion. My poor brain! I know that concussions take a while to heal and to come back from, but I absolutely hate feeling so mentally sluggish - especially when you've got lists and lists of things to do but not the mindset to do them with. It's even worse when you know you've got time sensitive things to take care of and have things that you want and need to do, but it takes every fibre of your being to gather the brainpower to figure out where to start just to end up slightly confused before you even begin. Extremely frustrating!

I made attempts to sew but screwed up royally each and every single time. My scrap fabric bin is getting pretty big. I'm just starting to feel mentally ok and even my bruises are healing (although they itch something fierce and are quite the shade of grellow). I'm really hoping that by the time the weekend is over I can finally get behind the sewing machine and get some bags made. The shop is in dire need of an update!

On the knitting front: I managed to finish the Unikitty socks hours before my concussion happened. Yay for that! I had hoped to cast on a new pair of socks right after but got separated from my project bag and the skein of yarn that was suppose to be the next pair. Then halfway through the week I had extremely strong feelings to cast on ALLLLL the knits. Luckily (but not really) I was still somewhat disoriented enough that clear decision making was not working out for me. Instead, I was a good knitter and get this - I actually picked up an old WIP and finished it. Crazy, right? Unbelievable, right?? Even I'm shocked that I did that! But you know what? It felt great to finally get that project knit up and bound off and to get my needles back!

So what have I been working on lately?

WIP - Happy Street
From the "archives"

Remember this? That there is my Happy Street shawl. I was so obsessed with this pattern (by one of my favourite designers, Veera Välimäki) and I couldn't get enough of that vibrant green (FYI: it's Lettuce Leaf by Madelinetosh in the Tosh Merino Light base, in case you need to know). Well, I still can't! When I picked this shawl back up and started knitting, I fell in love with the whole project all over again.


It took a few minutes to figure out where I was in the pattern (which I didn't take any notes of, cause that would have made life too easy) and was shocked to discover that I wasn't that far off from finishing. I had to read my own blog post to find out why I had put it down in the first place (I was on a roll with my Viajante...yes, you can't have too many shawls on the needles!). I've been dealing with insomnia all week so I've been getting some pretty good quality knitting time in. I had bound off the last stitch at 4am in the morning and may have sung a few opera-like notes in triumph. Cause you know, that's what you do when you're deliriously sleep deprived and have been knitting all night long.

I can't call this shawl completely finished as I have a million ends to weave in. Although, I'll either have to pay someone to do that for me or this shawl will take another year before it can be blocked and worn. I'm not even joking about this. Sad, but true. But who knows, maybe for once I'll just suck it up and make myself spend an evening weaving in those darn ends. That's just the grown-up thing to do.

WIP - Pink Stripes
From the "archives"

And instead of casting on a new pair of socks...yep, I grabbed a sock WIP that has been looong forgotten about. I think it has made its way into sunlight a few times last year, but more so as a prop on my vendor table at events. This pair of socks? I had cast on in 2011. Yeah. Nuts. That's WAY too long for a pair of plain vanilla socks to be on the needles for. 


I was knitting these socks two at a time - but not in the widely known 'two-at-a-time' sense. No, my version of knitting two at a time socks means 2 pairs of circular needles with a sock on each needle. Then I'd knit the socks in sections, as in I'd cast on and knit the toe of one sock, then using the other circular I'll cast on and knit the toe of the second sock. I'll knit the foot up to the heel before knitting the foot on the other, and so forth. 

After knitting a few rounds on one of the socks I stopped to take a good look at what I had knit up already and decided to rip out the crappily knitted short-row heels. I knew that if I left them as is, the unsightly holes that one of the socks had would drive me bonkers. I usually prefer to knit afterthought heels when it comes to self-striping yarns but this time around I thought I would mix it up a bit and opted to do a gusset heel instead. That, and knitting plain vanilla socks with afterthought heels three times in a row can get a little boring.

I feel pretty confident that these socks will knit up fairly quick, which is good because my mind is already wondering off and wanting to cast on something new. It also doesn't help that some new yarns have arrived on my doorstep. I'm trying to muster up the willpower to fend off the urges to cast on all the yarns though, as I still have quite the hefty pile of WIPs that are just begging for my attention.

I just have to keep...knitting...on these socks...and not...look...at the...pretty...new...yarns...

Maybe I should knit myself some blinders. Ack! And that's how the vicious circle begins.



8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're feeling better. How many ends does that Happy Street have? If I lived closer, I'd weave in your ends for you. I don't mind doing it. I would totally trade for some sewn in sleeves since I'm not at all sewing capable :)

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    1. Thanks Chantel! There's over 20 ends to weave in on Happy Street. :/ I'm still kicking myself for not weaving in as I went, but sometimes you just want to KNIT. Not worry about pesky ends!

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  2. Oh man, weaving in the ends of Happy Street took me ages (put on a movie), but it's well worth it. Mine turned out to be enormous, but I wore it all winter and was so happy to have it. Yours is going to be gorgeous!

    I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Being concussed is miserable :(

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    1. Angela, did yours have much depth to it? Now that the shawl is off the needles, I discovered that it's really long, but not as deep in the middle as I would have liked. I guess I won't know the exact final depth until I block it...but that would mean I would have to weave in those darn ends! Yes, I think I'll need to put on a movie and just do it!

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  3. Have you tried the Fish Lips Kiss Heel yet? No holes! Glad your feeling better!

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    1. I keep meaning to try out the Fish Lips Heel! I've actually been thinking about it all month. I just finished a pair of socks, so I bought the pattern for it...I'm determined to knit the next pair with those heels!

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  4. Ugh so sorry to hear about your concussion! Hope your symptoms disappear very soon. Glad to hear you are still able to knit through it...

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    1. Thanks Nina! While I feel a lot better than I did right after the concussion, I'm still not 100%. Which is kind of frustrating. But yes, at least I can still knit!

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