Saturday, July 15, 2006

self discipline

On the left you see the back, one front and half of a front for the Side Tie Vest from the Summer 06 Vogue Knitting. It's a pretty quick knit, so one would think I should just finish it before moving on. Well, one would think that, but then that would demonstrate that "one" doesn't know me very well.

While knitting the 17 million rows of boring stockinng stitch for this vest I have been mentally moving on and thinking about the next project. I keep coming back (mentally) to the blue Butterfly Super 10 you see above there.

If you are a really really dedicated reader of this blog (and, really, who isn't?) you may recognize that yarn from a brief appearance as a cabled tank top. Well, due to stupidity poor planning on my part, I had decided to knit the cabled tank in the round. I didn't think about the fact that this would create a LOT of purling. Now, I don't really care for purling. I don't really know why, but I just don't. So, the massive amounts of purling and boredom having the will to knit sucked out of me the fact that I didn't like the way the cables were coming out in the mercerized cotton had led me to put this tank down for a while.

I kept wanting to frog it and do something else with the yarn but I hadn't found something that I really wanted to do with it. I love the color too much to make something I won't really wear that much, but I couldn't find anything that I both wanted to knit and wanted to wear. So, I kept it on the needles, knitting a round here and there. Some strange sense of obligation to the project (?) made me keep it on the needles like I had made a promise to the yarn or something. (It is slightly possible that the whole yarn thing is getting a little out of hand).

Today, while plodding through the first front, I decided to take out the cabled tank again. I looked at it and thought it looked a little wide. So I measured it and... It was a good 2 inches wider than it should have been (4 inches around)!! So...


As I was ripping it out, I had a flash of inspiration (see sketch in above picture). I actually planned it out and wrote out what I plan to do! I'm kind of excited to start.

Which brings me back to the title of this post: Self Discipline. Not my strong suit. I want to put down the Side Tie Vest and get going on the new project but I am using every ounce of self discipline that I have access to in order to finish the project on the needles first. (We will not speak of the many other projects on the needles. They are hidden away in the in progress trunk for a specific reason: denial) We'll see how that goes...


  1. Ooooh - that's so difficult - when inspiration for something new is bubbling, all of a sudden that project which was the project, the one you loved, the one you could knit until it was finished, and then weep a bit because you couldn't knit it any more... all of a sudden it's boring and tedious and you just don't want anything more to do with it...

    Side Tie Vest does look very cute, and it's a really pretty colour...

  2. I totally know what you mean! Why can't we wait until we are finished with a project to become insanely enthusiastic about a new project? That would make so much more sense. Your vest looks really pretty.


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