Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I've been making a concerted effort to clear up lingering projects. Finish them up or rip them out is my motto.  I had made considerable progress when I was derailed in my quest.

The other day I looked at the remaining pile of projects and pulled an almost finished sweater for my daughter.  All that was left was to finish the two sleeves under construction and put it together.  Piece of cake, right?  This project was a cinch until I started to look for the needle tips to complete the project.  The sleeves were on an interchangeable cable.  I had taken the needle tips for some other all-important project, but now when I needed them I could find only one of the tips.

I spent way too much time looking for the missing tip - searched through boxes, bags, baskets and bins.  And then something snapped. I lost all hope of finding the needle tip, and the momentum to finish up projects already underway was lost.  Instead of being industrious and picking up another unfinished project, I decided to start something new.

These socks had been hovering near the top of my list for some time.

The pattern is Sleepy Hollow Socks.  I'm intrigued with this design - heel flap with no gusset stitches to pick up.  I'll let you know how it goes when I get that far.

I had already started this new project before my little meltdown.

My obsession with shawlettes is still going strong.

This is Multnomah.  I had to rip out a couple of times - I blame it on the challenges of counting to 5.  I'm on track now and loving this pattern. This will be my traveling companion for the week.
I've been inspired by the story of Pennies in Protest . . . the dramatic impact that comes from turning negative energy and action into a positive outcome.  This is a powerful example of being the change you want to see in the world.  See the video clip here.  And for more information on the story and the mission, see Pennies in Protest.  It renews my faith in humanity.

I was gifted with this bag by a student and knitter friend.  It makes a nice addition to my collection.  My only fear is that one of my daughters will make off with it.

Whimsical and charming.


Tanya said...

And now you have a Jim Thompson bag. You should see the store in Bangkok - incredible. I'll bring my makeup case to knitting so they can meet each other.

Vermont Designs said...

Here is what I do now - having spent way too much time hunting needle tips: in my KnitPicks set I keep a notepad & pencil and write down which project has which tips & cords. Cross them off when returned. Worked like a charm - SO FAR. 8-)

Stephanie/Dirty Water DyeWorks said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I may have to start doing that.

Taos Sunflower said...

I can't tell you how many times I've taken the tips for another project and then not made a note as to what size I was using on that abandoned project. ARGH! Maybe this is a sign you should tear out the sweater and just stash the yarn for now...