Gelebte Stricksucht

Wanted: Possible knitting luggage
Sunday, August 16th, 2009, 21:04
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I’m leaving Ulm again for my parents’ tomorrow. I’m going to do house-sitting together with my brother while Mam and Dad are enjoying their well-deserved holiday in Spain. I’m travelling by train and I think I’ll take my laundry with me (3 sets of bedclothes and clothes for 2 weeks, among other things), so any extra luggage has to be light and compact. Of course, I’ll have to take some of my knitting projects with me (screw the RSI!). The problem is: I can’t decide neither on the number of projects, nor on which projects I should choose. So I’m trying to lay down some rules:
1) The Owls sweater isn’t an option, because the yarn is spun on a cone which isn’t really fit for travel.
2) I shouldn’t start another “big” project before I haven’t finished the Owls sweater, so cardigans and/or sweaters are out of the question.
3) I shouldn’t start medium projects like shawls and stoles either, even though I’d very much like to cast on for Mam’s North Roe Shawl or Conny’s Seascape Stole (the yarn arrived on Friday).
4) I shouldn’t take many different projects with me. Instead I should try to concentrate on a small number of projects and maybe even finish one of them.
If I try to stick to these rules, the number of projects reduces dramatically:

  • The Gossamer Garden Stole (WIP @35%)
  • Coupling Socks (WIP @15%)
  • Cabled Legwarmers (WIP @50%)
  • Spiral Lace Beret (WIP @65%)
  • Circular Shrug
  • Hedwig The Owl Socks
  • Fuzzy Grace Lace Beret

I really don’t know what to do 😦


Some updates
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, 10:32
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Once again, I’m a part-time non-knitter. Not because I finally realized that studying and taking the next exam is more important than constant progress of my WIPs. I’d love to be as reasonable as that! It’s just that my RSI kicked back in which makes knitting a quite painful experience. So I had to put a stop to all of my projects for two weeks, and I really, really hope that I can pick up the needles after that.

Despite the fact that knitting is out of the question right now, I set my mind on another project: Another Seascape Stole, this one a Christmas gift, made from KnitPicks Shimmer in the Cumulus colourway, for a friend of mine. She’s always so kind and supportive and I don’t know what I would do without her, so I’m thinking this might be the best way to say “Thank you!”. The yarn has already been ordered (along with the yarn for Mam’s shawl) and should arrive by the end of this week.

What makes this knitting hiatus even harder for me is the fact that I finally got the yarn from Balitmore:

Two skeins Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace in Amethyst Heather. This one’s gorgeous, super-soft and quite irresistable.

One skein Conjoined Creations Pastimes, Too in Sky. I’ve already wound it to a ball and practiced the lace cast-on with this one. And now I know that I’ll definitely use wooden needles because it is so slippery on the metal ones.

And last but not least, one skein of Criative Acres Black Suri. This one’s actually got the names of the alpacas printed on the label that donated the fibres for the yarn – how cool is that?

And then, just this morning, I’ve made one of the greatest discoveries: I found a German yarn store with an online shop that offers a wide range of yarns from US brands like Cascade Yarns, Fleece Artist or Crystal Palace!! I was amazed. And very, very happy. This is like shopping paradise for me. But maybe I’m just obsessed… 😉

Hoot, hoot!!
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, 9:25
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I’m really in a kind of knitting frenzy right now. I’ve almost finished half of the body part for the Owls sweater and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was completely right about the motivation originating from its process. Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Well, the thing is: I bore easily. And I think I’ve mentioned that fact a few times. That’s because it’s oh! so true. I bore easily. So you can imagine that there’s almost nothing I loathe as much as knitting a sweater in stockinette stitch. Except for blocking, probably. And here I am, knitting a sweater in stockinette stitch, in a solid colored yarn (black, of all colors!), on 4mm needles! Do you have any idea how very proud I am that I’ve almost finished half of the body part? Well, I think now you can guess… And that thing about motivation originating from process? That’s quite simple: I’ve reached the part with the back increases by now, and that means that I can count. I can say to myself “10 decreases to go” or “2 rows until the next decrease” and so I work myself through the whole body, always counting and trying to motivate myself.
If only I shouldn’t rather be studying!!