Thursday, May 25, 2017

Knitting Time Machine

Someone needs to come up with the proper term for when a knitter thinks they've gained not only super speedy knitting powers but also extra hours in a day because they all of a sudden believe that they can whip up either a full garment and/or several projects whilst travelling. It doesn't matter if that travel time is only a few hours long, a weekend long or a few weeks long, the delusion that the knitter can pull off such feats is still truly believed. 

This was SO me this past weekend. It was a long weekend for us Canadians (well, except for a few provinces that don't observe Victoria Day) and for the first time in years the Mister didn't have to travel for work and so the little family and I went on a road trip to the Okanagan to visit my inlaws. I was going to be away for barely five days and yet I took with me a sock WIP, yarn to cast on another pair of socks, and a whole sweater quantity worth to cast on a new pullover. Let it be known that I was still worried that I would run out of yarn as I was heading out the door. Yes, I was hallucinating from the yarn fumes.

BUT I am happy to report that I did finish the sock WIP and that I did cast on the new pullover. I also attempted to cast on another sock project but wasn't happy with how my cast on was looking each time I tried, and I must have tried at least a handful of times. So I nixed the socks and decided to just concentrate on the pullover. I decided to cast on the Camaro pullover by Tanis Lavallee (of Tanis Fiber Arts) since I had all the yarns ready to go and I was seriously itching to get it on the needles. Considering that it was sweltering hot in the Okanagan (which I was NOT prepared for) and my hands were sweating up a storm during the day that amplified the carpal tunnel in my right hand, I think I made some pretty good progress on this new knit. By the time I got back home I had completed all the stripes and was starting the short row section of the body. Not bad for five days of knitting, right?

I almost felt guilty for casting on a new sweater project when I still have quite a few on the needles. Almost. I contemplated taking along my Fireside Pullover but was worried that I would finish it too soon into the weekend and therefore end up with nothing to knit on for the long drive home. Silly, I know. Then I realized that all of my sweater WIPs were all at the same stage - they all needed sleeves. Some of them I would have to actually use my brain to figure out the picking up stitches ratios and others required a little bit of frogging. It was all too much "work" for my liking. While stuck in a car I like nothing more than to just knit. So you see, I had to cast on something new. 

Ah, the things we tell ourselves to justify our actions...

Unlike most of my other sweater WIPs, my Camaro seems really promising that I'll like the end fit. I have no idea if it's because I've gained a few pounds (ugh) or if it's because I've lost my garment knitting mojo, but I haven't been too happy with some of my sweater projects. This has absolutely nothing to do with the patterns but for sure has everything to do with my size choices and body comfort levels. Definitely time to deal with that!

Anyhoo, I'm not holding out any hope of getting the Camaro pullover off the needles before the month is over. I'm finally getting it through my head that the school year is almost over, which means that I have a month to get as much done as I possibly can while I have some solo time and before I have the Kiddo at home full time. I have a sneaking suspicion that pulling out, going through, and organizing all the junk stuff in closets and other storage areas in the house won't be fun or even interesting to the Kiddo. Not that I find this task fun either, but it's something that desperately needs to be done.

But first, I'm going to knit a few rounds on one of my projects...

Note to self: STOP procrastinating!!


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