A knitting teacher who's fond of Buddhist philosophy. Free knitting patterns, knitting advice, knitting lessons, and anecdotes. My blog is where City Meets Suburbs in design, and where peace meets chaos in my daily knitting life.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Knitting vs. Designing
Slowly but surely I am awakening from my knitting hiatus. Coffee has been involved. Design is still fighting for supremacy, but some knitting is finally getting done. I've added an inch to the No H8 Mittens, and a few inches to the Guinan Hat. The mittens are in Cascade Ultra Pima (white) and Cascade Pure Alpaca (burgundy), and so soft! The hat is in Cascade 220 (turquoise) and Aslan Trends Bariloche (grey) and really warm. I've decided to finish the hat in spite of occasional hives because it's easy, cute, and has been adopted by one of the children. I started to frog it, and was asked to stop when a teen daughter realized she could never "borrow" it if it didn't exist! And still lurking in the workbasket are the two-color brioche scarf, yummy socks, and the promised Girlfriend Gloves. At least I don't have to start anything for an upcoming class right now! I love that there are no deadlines. Unless you want the mittens, hat, scarf, and gloves available this winter.
The rival of my knitting queue, my design process, often involves me knitting up a swatch of a small part of a design to check the look of a motif. These side projects are a major impediment to getting UFOs into the FOs column. I still can't choose one over the other as the priority, though, as I only want to design in spurts. Trying to design when I'm not inspired is as futile as gift wrapping Jello. I need to get it down on paper while it's fresh, or it's gone forever.
I fuss over each design project a little every day like a doting mother. There are some William Morris inspired mittens, Nursery Rhymes blanket squares, and a whole set of Arts and Crafts/Mission Style pillows, blankets, and towels. The hand bone mittens are coming along, though ridiculously slowly. I'll get there. I think I have design ADHD. Is there a cure for that? Does it come in coffee flavor?