Process vs. Finished Object

I’m not a prolific knitter. I don’t churn out tons of glorious knits…and yet, I knit ALL THE TIME… What am I doing, if not finishing one wonderful object after another? I’m a technique junkie. I would happily knit swatches all day long, if I were learning new techniques. I’m what you call a “process” knitter, as apposed to a “finished object” knitter.

I have been this way since the beginning of my crafting life…not just with knitting. As soon as I have a technique down, I’m ready for something new…whether the project is done or not. Let’s just say my UFO pile is unseemly…scary, even…and a bit depressing. I’ve started lately to feel the weight of that pile…and started to feel very unsatisfied with it.

A few years ago I started getting involved with swaps…lots of them…a mind-numbing number of them. I found, after the first few, that they were helping me FINISH projects. I had to…no choice. I was committed and there was no looking back. These swaps helped me to see the value and joy in a finished piece… So, I kept joining them, then more and more… Then they started to make me sad…because all these wonderful things I was finishing were being sent away…to complete strangers…never to be seen by me again.

I’ve come to the end of my swapping life…mostly because I’m about to become insanely busy (and broke) with school (19 days!!!). But also because I am starting, finally, to feel the need to KEEP something I’ve made. To make something just for me…and not some quick little pair of hand warmers…but THINGS…for ME… What a wondrous concept!! To knit for myself. Huh. I’ve finally started to see the appeal in that. Not that I’ve never worked on anything meant for me…but I have rarely finished anything meant for me. (note aforementioned UFO pile, ahem)

So…have I started anything just for me??? Yes.

Do I plan on finishing it?????? Yes.

Well, what is it, for Pete’s sake?? (have you ever wondered who, exactly “Pete” is?)

I am working on the Limestone One Skein Shawl, by Michelle Miller. (I”ll link it later, go search it on Ravelry for now)  It’s a lovely, easy to work pattern. I am ready to start the 5th repeat of the body chart (there are 8 repeats) and I every time I have to put it down, I pout. I NEED to knit on this… I NEED to finish it…

What makes it even better is I am using Sanguine Gryphon, Skinny Bugga! in “Frog-Legged Leaf Beetle“. It is LUSH!!!! I can’t sing the praises of Sanguine Gryphon enough… I mean, think about it…it’s indie hand-dyed yarn… I AM an indie hand-dyer… I don’t buy other hand-dyes often…but I will plunk down money for their yarn anytime I am able…and do so with a fevered relish. THEY ROCK THE DYE POT!! They are worth every cent you will pay for them. Seriously.

I don’t have a photo yet…but I’ll snap one this weekend and post it. I don’t post enough photo’s. Blogs are kinda boring without the eye candy, don’t you think??

Happy Stitches!!!

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Today you are you!

Inspired by a dear friend who is currently decorating her nursery for the impending arrival of Lil’ Miss Awesomeness… I have revisited my love for Dr. Seuss.

My favorite quote:

Today you are you.
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.

Wise words there.

Now, for knitting news!

Pattern Writing:

The Vest
Currently on hold. A few issues have popped up and are being dealt with, but until things are worked out…it’s been tabled. Eventually, one way or another, it will be completed and released.

Other pattern writing adventures
I’ve recently been approached by my friend Erin over at Fiberolio to work up a few patterns for her handspun wonder yarns!! I’m excited about the prospect of working with some amazing handspun! Go get yourself some, she does awesome, soft, squishy, fluffy wonderous work!!!! www.fiberolio.com

I have had the idea of a cardigan that has been running around my head for ages and no time to work on it…but, soon…very, very soon… It will involve: fingering and lace weight yarns, perhaps some worsted if I’m feeling frisky; interesting shaping, lace work and other fun stuff!! I have yet to decide on which yarns I will be using…but I have one company in mind…we shall see!!!

Selfish Knitting:

I have decided that I have been doing not enough knitting for myself. 99% of what I have been working on for the past 2+ years has been for other people and I have needs, too, dammitall!!!! So…I am currently working on two selfish profects.

One, the Dream In Color Shrug, using DIC Classy in the Black Parade colorway… GORGEOUS. I cannot wait until it’s done. I love the pattern and I love the yarn and I love the color!!

The other, Lazy Lara shawl…in an amazing teal semi-solid from Sanguine Gryphon, in their new lace weight yarn, Mithril…colorway called Bottled Imp. Makes me swoon it’s so gorgeous…the sheer depth of color blows your mind. The pattern is wonderful!! Challenging enough to hold my interest but not so hard that I want to poke my eyes out. It is fantastic and about 85% done!!! I can’t wait!!

A note about my new favorite yarn…
I have been hearing about Sanguine Gryphon yarn for a while now…and when I found out they were going to be at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year… I had to see what the fuss was all about. Yeah…WOW. Mostly semi-solid colors, but since semi-solid is my new favorite thing ever… I was in heaven!!!! I got a skein of Mithril (lace) in Bottled Imp and 2 skeins of Skinny Bugga (fingering) in Tomato Frog (a to die for RED)…and wish like hell I had picked up more….but that is what the website is for!! If you have not tried Sanguine Gryphon’s yarn…GO GET SOME NOW!!!!! No, I mean it…NOW!!! www.sanguinegryphon.com

That’s all for now…
Until next time…have happiness!!!