Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Totally out of control!

So remember my rule about WIPs? No more than 3 projects on the needles at a time? I've managed to do good by this rule for most of my knitting life (with a few exceptions here and there). Nice. Neat. Organised. And in control.

But now that I am waking from my first trimester hibernation, I suddenly feel the need to knit EVERYTHING. I think I've developed knitting attention deficit disorder and hope I can somehow manage to turn it around. Oh, and if that wasn't bad enough, I can't stop buying yarn! Seriously, this knitter is out of control!

I had so much knitting bits all around the house that I needed to dust-off my "knitting bag" and organise all of my projects in ziplocs where they belonged. There were projects on the dining room table, in the tv cabinet, on the floor by my bed, in my purse, in the fruit bowl and one deep in the yarn closet (that one I left in hiding for now). So much knitting that it doesn't all fit in my ginormous knitting bag...and it is making me anxious.

You've seen my Anniversary Sweater before and frankly I haven't knit much on it since April! I still only have about 10 inches of the back piece done and my anniversary was April 17th. You saw my virgin Mary last week...and I still haven't worked up the courage to finish her. So instead I started the Menorah Pillow from Handknit Holidays in Elann's Uros Aran (sooo soft!).

Then I got my hands on some Dale of Norway Baby Ull which is so wonderfully soft but somehow my stitch definition is awful in it. It all looks so uneven...I hope blocking will take care of everything. I have high blocking hopes! The pattern is from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies.

And then there are my too small Cable Twist socks that I managed to turn into really cool fingerless mitts (knit from my Froggie Meanie winnings...a delicious Fleece Artist merino).

I feel like Lucy in that classic I Love Lucy bit where she's working on the assembly line at the chocolate factory and can't keep up with the candy flying by her on the conveyer belt and starts to stuff them in her mouth (click here to reminise).

Oh, and in other super exciting knitting news, my knitting buddy Marie-Michele and I got to alienate our co-workers and hurry to the McGill Bookstore last Friday to meet the one and only Yarn Harlot!

And the Harlot didn't disappoint. She was funny and charming and though she wasn't quite like I had imagined her, she was even more endearing if you can beleive that that is even possible. If she's ever in your town, you should totally go see her! We had a blast!



  1. You WERE there! Darn it, I was hoping I'd get to meet you in Montreal!

  2. Anonymous11:32 p.m.

    I am sooo disappointed that I didn't see you! It was a crowded room!!!!

  3. Anonymous6:37 a.m.

    That pillow is great. You with the seasonal knitting eh? Your spirit is a little contagious!

  4. Hee! I have 5-12 projects going at any given time. Right now, it's something like 6, with a bunch more abandoned.

    I'm so happy to see you knitting again! So I'm glad you have knitting ADD :)

    Oh, I love Yarn Harlot. I'm so jealous :)

  5. Anonymous11:40 a.m.

    I've recently had a weird amount of control as far as not starting new things, so maybe you got my scatteredness? Hmmm.

  6. Anny,
    I tinkered with the Olympic counter script to use it for a Christmas countdown counter. Do you mind if I use this?


  7. You are no more out of control than the rest or us. My problem is finishing the last sleeve on my Winter Sunset cardigan I put down a year ago. There's too many new patterns that keep coming out.
    What's a girl to do.

  8. Ooooh, I'm glad your winnings have gone to good use - even if all the WIPs are stressing you.

    Wish I could have been in Montreal to see you and Miss Ewe. Maybe another time.

    How are my future sons-in-law?

  9. Wow. Your stack of in-progress knits makes me dizzy. Mostly because I have a few projects on the needles from before Beatrix was born and I now have zero motivation to finish them. Ugh. Who likes dealing with UFOs when the holiday season is approaching and there are so many warm and cozy knits to cast on for?? Good luck!

  10. Sounds as though you had a wonderful time to see the Harlot. How lucky, but I dont think she will be visiting Australia any time soon. Drats! Love all your knits you are making, and just think of how many things you will have finished close together.

  11. You are so lucky to get to see the Yarn Harlot. I asked her (on her blog) when she'd be down this way and she said if they ever schedule her...she, I guess, is not in charge of making up the schedule of where she goes. Maybe some day...

    I have severa projects on the go as well, and just finished one of them (a child's hat) with the pic on my blog now. I've still got other things waiting, projects I want to start, projects I need to start (gifts) and a ton of yarn waiting in the wings...

  12. Anonymous1:58 p.m.

    I know, she was just great. I was thrilled to hear her speak on her California stop. Love that pillow, just beautiful.

  13. Um, how did we not meet!!! Awwww...

  14. I loved the yarn harlot's talk, too (in California!) :)

    I am totally inspired by your menorah pillow! I just thought of someone it'd be perfect for...

  15. Anonymous9:21 p.m.

    That was you?? (see picture of you and Marie Michelle @ Yarn Harlot book chat)--I was the older mummy to your right knitting the Noro silk garden vest (on the diagonal)--have only just begun to read YH's blog and venturing forth into the ether and other people's blogs--SOOO very cool and yet somehow cozy--a suggestion for your stitch definition problem--notice how alot of Debbie Bliss baby patterns are seed stitch instead of stocking?? This may be how you solve the Baby Ull problem--OOPS, just realized after looking at the picture again, you're probably finished the knitting and now onto the blocking....Next time??


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