Not that it is any better than any other day, but it does include knitting with the buds, so it’s worthy of a party! And today we are celebrating that last January birthday, so it really will be a party. And I get to spend my birthday gift card at the knit shop, so it’s doubly a party!! And the icing on top? I got my braces off yesterday!!!
Life: Remember, it’s my word of 2016. Still living it still loving it! Intention: My “resolve” for 2016. Yeah, I’m losing it and had to rein myself in. Last week I got this bright idea that I just might be able to finish my sweater if I pushed through and focused on it. At that point I had 1 sleeve and half a back done. But then I still had over 12 days of January left. So Sunday night finds me knitting on the back and getting soooooo bored!! I was struggling to get through the shorter rows, after underarm decreases, and loathe to even look at it. What’s up with that? And then it hit me. I was placing a deadline on my knitting. A sure fire way to jinx myself and send me off down a rabbit hole of casting on all things.
So I brought myself back down to earth and reminded me that I had intentions for this year. They are to enjoy the knitting, not sweat the knitting, and not define the knitting. Or something like that. And here I was trying to wrangle the knitting into a time frame. Trying to pigeonhole it as a product rather than a process.
Now, I am truly a product knitter. If I don’t get a thing out of the knitting I don’t care to do it. I do not swatch endlessly to play with yarn, or knit just to piddle. I want the finish object as much as I want to enjoy the knitting. But, if I do not enjoy the knitting it can sometimes kill the product.
After talking myself back from the ledge I finished the row and then stopped. Went and did something else. And then on Monday I finished the back and was surprised at how eager I was to cast on the right front. So I did and got a bit knit on it.
Yes, that is still the sleeve that is a different color than the rest of the yarn. I am determined to tea stain it and see what happens. If it fails I have lost nothing, I will just use it for something else. If it works, I’ve saved myself more knitting!!!