January 22, 2008

There is a Disturbance in the Force

Even Ginger agrees with me.... From what I have seen and heard, I am a weird knitter. Yes, I buy yarn regularly and without any project in mind. Yes, I have a stash which could last for quite some time if I only knit from it. Yes, I dream of all the neat patterns I would like to try in all my many books in my knitting library. However, I am a weird knitter. It has definitely been confirmed since I got into Ravelry. I am a 'one project at a time knitter'. If I am knitting socks, I don't start another project until the pair is finished. Sometimes I'll knit them two at a time, but that's as far as I like to go with knitting more than one item at a time. However, there is a disturbance in the force now. R has started designing patterns and asked me to be her test knitter. I am all for encouraging her in her latest endeavour. I would love nothing more than for her to be a knitting designer. I have encouraged it. I have volunteered my time. Now I am paying the price. She designed a pair of socks for my Christmas gift and gave me the pattern and yarn. I had just finished knitting this:

when she asked. Taking all I have said into consideration, it is killing me NOT to be able to finish the second sock! RL gave me this yarn for Christmas and the pattern is a basic, no brainer pattern - something I have thoroughly enjoyed knitting while watching television or when I have breaks from whatever else is going on. While RL was in Ireland it kept me from going crazy. Now it sits all alone. It can't warm my feet. Yes, it could warm a foot, but not my feet. I want to finish it! However, how can I not be a test knitter for my kid? After all the encouragement I have put into getting her to even put the pattern on paper, I couldn't say, "wait until this other sock is finished." Unfortunately, this isn't the only thing I have to knit. I have a baby hat pattern I've been wanting to try - I have the needles, yarn from my stash and the pattern. It has to wait until the mate for the above sock is finished and that mate has to wait until sock #1 and #2 of R's pattern are finished. And yesterday she told me she has another pattern for me to test. Now I know what my sister would say - put on your big girl panties and deal with it. I'm trying. I honestly can say I'm trying. It's just really marshing my mallow, mellow, whatever!


Thimbleanna said...

I feel your pain! I'm just a bit beyond where you are -- for the longest time I would only do one thing at once. But now I have three things on needles (in my defense one is almost done!) -- from what I've seen around blogland, once you pick up that second project, it's a slippery slope downhill LOL!

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Oh come on you girls! Where's the fun in One Project At A Time? You haven't lived until you've known the thrill of seventeen projects strewn all round the house (heaven for cats and small dogs), plus five hundred more stashed in various hidden locations. Live a little! Follow the motto: Start Something New This Minute!