So I have been sitting and knitting in my corner. In the late afternoon, I have some time that I can use for knitting. I love sitting and knitting in my corner.
You can see I have a cozy chair, a table next to me, my knitting basket at my feet, a few books at hand and extra light if I need it. The best thing about the corner is it has good lighting and is comfy cozy. I can sit there and listen to a book or watch a television show and knit. If the knitting is complex, I can just have on some soft music and concentrate while I am knitting.
My current theme is still Finishing WIPs (Works In Progress). So, I have been working on finishing projects. Funny thing, finishing projects always sounds like a great idea and you think it will go quickly. I finished a bunch of projects last week. Fingerless mitts, a couple of scarves, and a few more small items. This weeks finishing is a bigger project. Bigger project finishing doesn't go quickly, It goes slowly. Very slowly.
What is the bigger project? It's a project with a history. A few years back there was a brainchild book from Heather Ordover, host of the Craftlit podcast. This book was called "What Would Madame Defarge Knit?". I am an avid listener of the Craftlit podcast and was interested in the book. After purchasing the book, I immediately dove in to find a project worth knitting. Jane's Ubiquitous Shawl was a first pick for me. I queued the project, but didn't have yarn or anything yet. Later, I decided on the yarn I wanted to use, I got everything ready and was all set to cast on. I cast on the beginnings of the shawl, named it "About Time" and was ready to roll. Then I found out that this shawl pattern was going to be a KAL (Knit A Long).
If you don't know, knit a longs (KALs) are a fun way for many people to knit the same item and help each other with the knitting. I have a love/hate relationship with KALs. I think I want to do them, so I join excitedly. Then the knitting begins. I will cast on with the rest of the gang, then step back into my real life (the one that I have while I am not knitting). Usually real life is more complicated and invasive than I would like and I don't get to knit as much. I get behind the other people knitting. I wonder if they don't have lives and how they can get so much knitting done in a couple of days. I begin to feel like a failure because they knit faster than me (therefore they must be better than me). The pressure builds up for me to catch up with them in the knitting. Things usually spiral pretty quickly out of control for me. I begin to resent the project, other people, the yarn, everything! I feel like a failure or that I am lacking in some way. Basically, a KAL knitting project can turn me into an emotional mess. Needless to say, I don't do a whole lot of KALs. They are my kryptonite. They will have me hating a project pretty quickly. I really wanted to knit this project, so I knew that I couldn't start it while there was a KAL going on - even if I wasn't a part of it. The shawl got set aside.
About six months after the KAL ended, I realized that I had cast on a small bit of the shawl and wanted to work on it. I worked on it for about a month. The shawl grew a bit and got set aside for more important projects. Then I really got going on my yarn dyeing business. I was knitting samples of my yarn all the time and didn't have time for personal projects. The shawl again got set aside for more pressing matters.
This is a shawl that I really have wanted for a while. It is a large lace project. I have been able to pick it up every so often and knit a row or two, but it has always taken up so much brain space and needed so much concentration that I haven't been able to work on it for long periods. All this happened since 2012. YES! I have had this project on the needles for over FIVE YEARS. See what I mean about it having a history?
Last week, when I decided to get some projects finished, Jane's Ubiquitous Shawl became a top priority. It was time for "About Time" to be finished.
I have been knitting on it all week. I made a goal of knitting a minimum of one row per day. So far I have knit at least four or more rows every day. These are long rows. They take about 45 minutes to complete and are getting longer every time. Once I decide to work on the shawl, I don't seem to want to stop. I will grab the needles and think, "Ok, just one row. Then I can knit on something else". But I won't put it down. I will keep working on the shawl. I don't know if it is because I have given myself permission to do something else, but I don't resent the shawl. I want to work on it. It may be the nature of the shawl itself. This shawl is worked from the center out and it grows slowly, majestically, and magically.
Here is the current look:
It is a nice heavy, comfortable drape over my lap. It has a warm cozy feel that I love while I am knitting on it. I want to get the shawl completed before summer comes in full force, because I know it won't be fun to have it in my lap in 90+ heat.
It just isn't going to fast. When you decide to finish all the things, you think it is going to happen "POOF" and all will be done. Reality isn't quite as quick and decisive. It takes patience, planning and plodding along with a vengeance. To finish a large scale project takes monogamy, perseverance, and determination. Luckily, I have all this and I am willing to keep on until done.
But I guarantee I will be knitting a quick worsted project RIGHT AFTER THIS!