June 11, 2010

Big Change

As I posted the little green leafy scarf yesterday, and sat down to ponder my next project (while knitting the leafy green socks) I decided that really, I needed to mix it up a bit.  Get going on something else.  But what?

I fondled some new yarn, I looked at some new books (really liking Veronik Avery's Knitting 24/7 and Tanya Alpert's Haiku Knits.  Actually, what I really like about Haiku knits is the idea that I might ever be chic enough to wear something in there. Dare to dream.) In any case, I spent all this time going through all this stuff and imagining my new project, and then I was overcome by this huge wave of knit guilt.  Now, I hardly ever get knit guilt.  I think it's lame. Knitting is supposed to be fun, it's a hobby- and seriously, what could the consequences of starting sixteen things and not finishing them possibly be? It's not like anyone is going to swoop down here and give me a ticket or a stern talking to.  Still, I'm only human and every once in a while when I'm looking for something to start, this little voice in the back of my head says "How about looking for something to finish?"

Since that part of my brain doesn't get a lot of air time, I decided to go with the impulse, and went into the living room knitting basket to see what I might be neglecting.  One layer down I found a tank top that I started eons ago, but didn't finish for some reason I can't imagine now. (I'll bet that winter came and I couldn't see the point of a summer top.) 

It's the Roundabout Leaf Tank from Knitting Nature . (Yes.  I know I have this weird thing for Norah Gaughan. I think it's normal and I'm not ashamed.) and I'm knitting it in Silken Straw from Alchemy Yarns. (Pretty serious crush on that company too.)  Now that I think of it, considering how much I like the yarn, how much I like the pattern... I have no idea why I put it down ever... or why it's taken me until now to pick it up.

Anyway, I was knitting along on it last night, having just the loveliest time, when I realized what I'd done- though you probably figured it out already.  I went into the basket and picked out the only UFO (UnFinished Object) that was... you guessed it.

Leaves.  Green. I am nothing if not predictable.

Posted by Stephanie at June 11, 2010 11:37 AM