thank you all for your great comments and feedback about my last blog, I nearly didnt post it because it thought it might be so boring so I’m glad I did as lots of people seemed to think it was pretty interesting!
Sometimes I think I am a crap knitter. I start far too many projects and don’t finish enough of them, I LOVE starting something new, buying wool and looking at all the projects on ravelry and planning how I’m going to take photos of it when its finished…..I get so far and set it down… then don’t pick it up again for months!! I literally have ‘notions’ that last a day. A few weeks ago I thought maybe I would like to try some fine lace (like 1ply and 2.25mm needles kind of lace) and ordered needles. By the time they came I’d kinda gone off the idea?!? To shame myself into finishing some things I even debated taking a photo of all my UFO’s and doing a blog inspired by these recent posts by Donna and Karen, alas that is not what I’m talking about today..
I think the problem is not that I’m a bad knitter, and I’m definitely getting better, I’m just quite slow which I think puts me off. So last week I had a case of ‘startitis’ (the urge to start something new, whilst ignoring all the projects hidden away). I have so much wool guys, seriously. Problem number 1: I work in a wool shop (self explanatory, who can blame me for buying it. I’m surrounded by it.) Problem 2: I have no self control (if I see a bargain, I have to buy it) this is coupled with Problem 3: I frequent many of Lerwicks Charity Shops and the Saleroom (Cancer Research Shop, I’m looking at you, you are my downfall…but also my favourite. – nice Shetland Wool appears more often at these places than you would think. Hence, I must buy them) and Problem 4: I have a designated crafty room (in theory for my cushion making business but its slowly being overtaken by WOOL)
SO with the urge to start something new I made myself sit down and look at stuff I already HAD: a pattern, needles and wool. I wanted to make a jumper or cardigan that wouldn’t take too long, I decided on the Annabel Cardigan which I am knitting in Shetland Aran shade BSS72. I love the look of garter stitch (knitting every row back and forth) mostly confined to ones first scarf stitch but in this case it is a completely seamless cardigan. Initially when I found this pattern on Ravelry it was the sister of the cardigan I noticed first, the Annabel Pullover but quickly I realised I would have to purl every other row. (urgh) so when I worked out that in the cardi you went back and forth my mind was set. I started this last week and I have just gotten past seperating for the sleeves and I’m onto the body
The yoke shaping kept me interested and now that I’m past that the integrated buttonholes are given me manageable goals, there are only 6 and i’ve already done 3 so I have high hopes. I’m not letting myself knit anything else, I’m being a one project lady until this is finished!!!
Sometimes I’m quite overwhelmed by the sheer possibilities and colour combinations of all the WOOL I have so I needed something plain, squishy and easy to give me time to think about finishing all the other stuff.
Hopefully writing this post will spur me on to keep going so I can show you the finished thing. I even already have buttons..
Tomorrow we are hopefully going to the Peat Hill to raise Peats and I should get some pictures of something I have recently finished and shock..horror.. it wasn’t for me. (hint: its not a knitted Peat cover.)