Monday, June 15, 2009

help m-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e

I think I am beyond help on this one. But here's my latest white whale.



Much like the aforementionned Moby Dick's white whale, this scarf is virtually all I'm capable of focusing on right now. Though unlike Ishmael, I'm going after this thing in a really half-assed way.

Ok I will stop now with the Moby Dick symbolism. I've never actually read that book (it's the former Literature-major in me...I am prone to sudden bouts of bullshitting my way through essay-type questions). It took me many years to learn how to self edit and I'm sure it's just a matter of time before you start seeing my blog posts in point form.

I mean, this is typically the point where handmade scarves CEASE to be knit. It's SIX FEET long already.



So uh, yeah. Six feet long already and I'm not half-way done yet??? Something is seriously wrong here. I know it's supposed to go to 9 feet, but it'll be more like 12 at this rate. I may have to seriously shorten the center section if ths thing is to be at all wearable in the end.

It's a bit of a conundrum for me right now. I have zero interest in starting anything new until it's done, yet I also have zero interest in knitting this thing too. I pick it up every evening and knit about a centimetre in length. What's wrong with me? I know I've been busy lately, and it's summer now but still...I seem to find myself either reading books or flipping through magazines in the evenings when I'm home. Anything to avoid this beast.

Even the S.O commented last night "you've lost interest in knitting?". Is he right? Or is this just a phase? I'm one of those knitters that never suffers from "startitis". More like "finish-itis". Even when I know something is horrible (and don't get me wrong ---this scarf isn't). I am still compelled to see things through to the end. I am incapable of abandonning any kind of project until it is completely done (then I usually forget about it forever). I am very obedient. I always do what I am told, and this scarf is no exception. See---I told you I needed a magazine rack for all of my issues....

So to that end, I think I need to spend some quality time trolling new patterns that will inspire me to actually pick up the needles again.
Though preferably small, fast and satisfying projects.

5 comments:

Eliza said...

a non-exciting project has made you misplace your knitting mojo... it's happened to the best of us. i would say: put it in a corner, take a quick break. make a hat or something fast and frivolous. then tackle it again.

Reckless Glue said...

Sage advice! I was just thinking i should do a hat...

SmashingPuffin said...

Easy Tiger. Who says you have to knit all the time? It's normal to have off-seasons and vary your hobbies. Ok, the scarf needs finishing - but not right now. I'll remind you if it gets forgotten. Enjoy the summer, the books, and whatnot and the mojo will be back before you know it.

Annie said...

haha. I popped over here too. This cracked me up: "(it's the former Literature-major in me...I am prone to sudden bouts of bullshitting my way through essay-type questions)."

Me too!

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