Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I need to finish something

Anything, really, that I didn't start this month.

Over at Ravelry I joined the Procraftinators group, and we get points based on completing WIPs/UFOs, starting projects, etc. The objective is to clear out old projects for new. And I am seriously falling behind. Really. Every time I report my doings, it's guilty as hell.

I think this is because most of my on-going projects are by their nature very on-going. There is the Neapolitan Ice Cream Flower Afghan (see sidebar - this project was started, at latest, spring 2006); the hex afghan; a Norah Gaughan sweater and many, many socks. These things are not quickies. At least, not for me. But I need to start showing some spine.

I did manage (through some kind of miracle) to finish the above self-striping socks at the end of June this year. However, they were started last year. I think they only got done because I was entering a sock crisis, which was mildly assuaged by these socks, but not entirely remedied. Being the so-called hardcore knitter that I am, I do not buy socks. That is consider moral weakness in my home. Why buy them when I can make them? Right? Except my use outstrips my production rate. Darn, darn, darn!

Which is what I am doing. I've darned my fugly socks, and I need to darn about three more pairs that have been retired from circulation for their own sake. None of the socks I have on the needles are for me, though. This is quite a dilemma. One that I would normally address by casting on. It's not like I don't have sock yarn...

But. Back to that spine bit. I need to work out some kind of negotiation with myself. Maybe if I finish the Norah Gaughan sweater (which already has a front, and half of the back) and my Grandma's socks (I am on the second!) I can then in good conscience cast on a pair of socks for myself. Whatdaya think?


Jeanette said...

Nice socks! I suggest that you only make yourself finish either the Norah sweater or grandma's socks not both before casting you. You have an actual need for socks, they aren't a whim.

By the way, the reason to purchase socks--exercise--do you really want to run or work out in hand knits? I know I don't.

Christine said...


Ah, well... I get around that by not working out. :P

Carrie K said...

Haven't you heard? SOCKS DON'T COUNT. Especially socks that you need.

I have absolved myself of guilt over my knitting by deciding it's my hobby. I'll feel guilty over driving to the store or not answering the phone when friends and family call. But not finishing a sweater? I will. Someday.