There is something that I have been avoiding for a few weeks now. And this something is terrible, if you ask me.
Let me provide the details.
When I was in my single-digit years, I picked things up really quickly, and then I would just lose interest. For example: At one time, I was skilled at twisting long balloons into dogs, mice, swords, cats, hats, and many other shapes. I would sit out at the edge of our booth at the Farmers’ Market, and charge the people who were interested 25 cents for one balloon animal. I earned pretty good money, too. In this way, I saved up for my fourth hamster (don’t ask about the other ones; every experience I’ve had with keeping those little rodents has ended in tragedy) and I could provide its food and supplements by myself that way.
Then one day, I wasn’t interested in tying balloons any longer.
So I stopped, and I haven’t really touched a balloon since I turned eleven.
I tied decorative knots for a while.
I wrote poetry. (Don’t ask about that, either.)
I wrote prose. (Or that.)
I was interested in carpentry.
And in boring, run-of-the-mill epic fantasy novels with no real distinction between the one that I was reading and the one I’d just finished.
At one time, I thought I could be an illustrator.
So the point of all of that is that I’ve lost my knit designing pizzazz.
I think it will be back.
I hope that it will be back.
I’m pretty sure that it will come back. I’ve been working much too hard on it and I’m burning out. I’ve decided that I’ll be knitting monogamously from now until I get tired of it. (Really committed there, eh, Josiah?) There are just too many things that I need to design and there are too many patterns that are coming out, and I need to find a balance.
To design one pattern (maybe even knit a prototype) at a time.
After each pattern designed (unless I’m having a creative streak), I’ll be alright with starting and finishing ONE project.
And then, the process will start again.
As soon as I finish up the things that I’m currently working on (Eyeblink, Vanilla Toddler socks for my little sister, Shaun the Sheep, and anything else that I’m missing), I’ll enforce this rule for myself.
As well as the projects that are listed above, I’m knitting version 2 of a new sock design. I’m glad that I’m knitting this one twice; it was slightly difficult to write up, mainly because of the patterning, and knitting from the written up draft is helping me clean up the pattern. I’m excited about this one. It only has a few major design elements, but the way those elements are put together? Those simple stitches turn into a complex and interesting knit. The finished sock is stunning, to top it off. 🙂
I knit the first pair out of Cedar House Yarns’s Sapling Sock (in color Oyster), which you might remember that I got in Bellingham, WA, at Apple Yarns. I think that this version is the one that will be featured in the pattern.
I have never worked with Madelinetosh before, and now I’m beginning to see why there are so many Tosh fans out there. I’m using the aptly named “Sock” base, which is 100% Merino, and it feels like it has cashmere or some other down/undercoat fiber in it. It’s luxurious. This colorway is Antique Lace. But The Plan and Madelinetosh aren’t the highest points of my week.
There is a sock that I’ve been knitting on for a long time. And I’m happy to report that I’m finished with them.
I think that these are my absolute favorites.
Here, folks, are my Sake socks.
Ah. I love finishing things, don’t you?
Happy Canada day, all you who live there! (Canada is REALLY big!) (If you didn’t get that reference, don’t worry.)
See you soon.