Friday, January 23, 2009

Knitting Restlessness


I've been knitting like crazy lately but keep changing my mind what I want to work on. Finished a felted purse and I'm using it, though I'm not 100% happy with how it turned out. The instructions were confusing and I ripped it out four times before finishing it. The side you can see in this picture looks fine, but on the other side, there is no real "right" side as both sides show lines where new yarn was joined. If that makes sense. So I don't think the instructions were written correctly. Oh well, live and learn.


Then, I made a carrying case for my cell phone. I figured it was a small project that I wouldn't get bored with. In fact, I almost gave up in frustration as knitting the tight cable pattern with worsted yarn on size 3 needles was nearly impossible. But I persevered, and the heavy cabled fabric will make for good protection of the keypad on the phone. The only issue with this pattern was that the heavily cabled fabric pulls in, so the flap, that's done in straight stockinette, is a bit wider than the case itself. Doing the whole case in stockinette, or doing the flap in the cable pattern, would fix it, I think.

I also knitted up a quick scarf made from some gorgeous angora yarn I bought while on the fall Wool Arts Tour here in New Hampshire. The pattern was simple, and came free with the skein of yarn. I've worn it a few times on the very coldest days. I'm not really a scarf person, but stroking the yarn a few times made me think that perhaps I could wear THIS scarf with no trouble! And I was right...

Now I'm working on the Komon kimono, but the large rectangle is getting boring, so I've also started the "Graceful" shawl from "Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine." It's self-fringing and although it's just garter stitch, you change yarns every row, so at least it won't make me yawn. I do tend to be a "work on six projects at once" kinda gal. I wonder if I have knitting ADD?

Do you like to stick to one project till it's finished, and if so, why? Or are you restless like me and can't wait to finish one project before casting on for the next?

2 comments:

Jen said...

I don't know that I get restless as such. Usually what happens is I wind up with a project that gets higher priority than other projects. So I'll set aside the old project, and pick up the new one. I try to be exclusive until I'm done with any given piece, but sometimes you just have to have a different type of piece for different circumstances.

I'm still hoping, one day, to finish my Adult Surprise Jacket, which has sat idle for quite some time while other projects have demanded priority. I finished knitting my entrelac shawl, but still need to drop all those stitches and weave in ends. And I don't think that I'll like it unblocked, so I'll be doing that, too.

Current project with top priority is kitchen towels for my family, beginning with a set for my brother as a housewarming gift. On the side, I'm working on a freeform knit triangular shawl. If we can ever get you here, I'll explain what that's about. It's simple, but a bit complex, because you work the shawl based on a set of rules that determine what you do, rather than a pattern.

Elizabeth Delisi said...

I've used my entrelac shawl so much this winter already...I hope you get to finish yours soon, Jen. The freeform shawl sounds like fun! Can't wait to see what it's all about.

You know, SOME patterns keep my interest all the way through, while others don't. And it's not that I've lost interest in the finished product, just in the process, I guess. But I'm not sure why. I should start a science experiment! Hah.