My little Pretty Thing is finished and blocking (I forgot what a super fast knit it is, the chart’s only got 62 rounds) if by “blocking” you understand that I have washed it in the bathroom sink and tossed it on a furnace grate so it dries fast. It’s going to be fantastic. I’ve turned my attention now to my suitcase – throwing in some clothes, a few sweaters, all the stuff that doesn’t matter, and now I get to think about what knitting I’ll take. I’m suddenly between projects.
Now, you have to understand that “between projects” is a technical term that when applied to regular people always means that you don’t currently have a project on the go. When applied to knitters, however, this term has several possible meanings, depending on the nature or mood of the knitter in question.
A) I’m in between projects! Translation – I actually have nothing on the needles. I just finished something and I haven’t started something, so for the next three minutes, I’m in between projects. Likelihood: Rare, but possible.
B) I’m in between projects! Translation – I have finished my main project. I still have a few other things on needles kicking around that I could be puttering away at, but this was the big thing I had on the go. Likelihood: Not unusual.
C) I’m in between projects! Translation – I have nothing on the needles right now – except socks/a hat/some other sort of accessory, and I don’t count those. Likelihood: Common
D) I’m in between projects! Translation – There’s actually about seven projects on the needles in this house, but I don’t care about the other ones and I may or may not ever finish them, and frankly, I don’t like your tone. I don’t want to knit those, and therefore, they don’t count. Those bags? Those are socks. Everyone knows you don’t count socks. I am clearly between projects. Did you see my new yarn? Likelihood: Yeah. That’s probably it.
Today, I’m using it that last way – I’ve got about 5 big projects on the go, and two pairs of socks (whoops, three) and I literally just looked straight through them all and thought “well isn’t this lovely. Nothing on the needles” and decided I can put whatever yarn I want in my suitcase, and plenty of it.
After all, it’s not often that I’m between projects.