Another reflection on my knitting personality…
I finally started the Mondo Cable Pulli, and the knitting is everything I’d hoped it would be. I knew I had to make this ever since Joan started hers. (Well, OK, since she started and finished hers in the space of a few days, as is her extremely talented wont.)
I had to impose some strict self-discipline to stop myself from simply diving in. I had Gaelic Mist sitting around in its not-even-half-finished state, staring at me. I had a single sock mocking me. I had a charity knitting commitment. Oh, and I seem to have knit a vest and a couple of gifts and a hat and… Yeah, OK. I slowly worked my way through the UFOs. Saturday morning, I finally finished the second Gaelic Mist sleeve, and threw all the pieces in for a bath. After – and only after – the pieces were pinned out to dry per the schematic, did I allow myself to obtain the Mondo Cable pattern.
I did have yarn wound and ready to go. I’ll show you what I chose when I can actually get some photos. I had my usual good intentions and even some OK light yesterday, but I was too infatuated with my new project to take any photos of it. At this writing, predawn, any attempt at photography would be futile given the color.
I’ll have to take a break from the Mondo to finish Gaelic Mist. It will be dry by tonight, but it’s unclear when I’ll have sufficient uninterrupted time to seam and set in the sleeves.
Why am I so anal about “I must finish x before I can start y,” and why all the guilt associated with my unfinished knitting? Part of it, I suppose, is just my nature. I tend to be fairly structured and I like things to be reasonably organized. I temper my description a bit because ya’ll know that I’m not particularly constrained by Rules – I’ll break them, or do my own thing when that seems to be right for me. But I have little tolerance for chaos – I at least have to have things in squared-off mental piles.
Because my knitting time is limited, I also have to keep the lid on the number of things I Must Start Now, or I’d quickly become overwhelmed. I love the rush I get from a finished project. I also love having the finished garment or accessory.
And, OK, I’m frugal. I think long and hard about what I want to knit, matching yarn to pattern, examining all the examples on Ravelry, and deliberating at length in the hope that it will work out as planned, because knitting busts are expensive as well as disappointing. As in other areas of life, it’s not necessarily “cool” to be so careful about how my knitting dollars are spent, but it is necessary. Alas, I’m no cooler as a knitter as I am in any other aspect of life, and I can only be true to myself!
That’s Monday, my friends! Tell me, what are you knitting?