Wednesday, September 14, 2005

No, not the kind where you are compelled to cast on 5 new projects at once. I am talking about the sort of startitis I get all the time. The inability to start at all. Last weekend we unpacked the last of our boxes, this house is set up and it’s lovely, the nicest place we have lived in a long time. I am feeling (colds aside) relatively healthy. Life really is getting back to normal. But still there was no knitting. Eventually I had to face the fact that I have trouble getting started on things. I am pretty good at maintaining my momentum, due mostly to a need for closure that borders on the obsessive. If only I were so committed to getting started. I have a terrible habit of just not making a start on things, especially when the task is difficult, annoying or boring. If you were interested in book keeping (I am not) you would find a definite pattern to my book keeping practices…

Eventually I realised that I needed to be knitting again and that it was never going to happen if I kept waiting for the urge to knit that bloody sock. It’s very pretty, I am pleased with the outcome so far, but the Spearfish pattern hovers somewhere between boring, annoying and difficult. Although I usually find stitch patterns easy to remember, I have to consult this pattern constantly and yet keep making really stupid mistakes, which is driving me nuts. Other than that I can’t quite pin down why I am not enjoying knitting these socks, but mentally it’s been hard work to keep at it (or it was before I stopped and failed to start again). Finally it struck me that the Spearfish socks were not my only UFO and that I could work on Shedir - which is my idea of knitting bliss. Less than a day later and what have we:

Pattern: Shedir - Knitty Fall 2004 Surprise
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Khaki
Needles: 3.25 Addi Natura circular and 3.25 Addi Bamboo DPNs


This hat was just so much fun to knit, beautiful yarn, wonderful cables. As I said, my idea of knitting bliss. I may have to make another one, though it may have to wait a little while. I am thinking of casting on the DB Jacket with Moss Stitch Bands next, hopefully gaining enough momentum along the way to return to the dreaded Spearfish socks when I am done.



Comment by Steph on 14/9/2005 @ 2:49 pm

Beautiful Shedir! It’s the only hat I can wear without my head itching like crazy. It’s good to knit something that’s fun and not a drag. Strangely for me it’s socks at the moment. I can’t even think about sweaters. What color/yarn are you going to use for the little DB jacket? It’s adorable, and looks like a quick knit :-)

Comment by Korin on 14/9/2005 @ 2:51 pm

Holy crap. That is so pretty, I have wanted to knit that forever.. I love it. :D

Comment by Korin on 14/9/2005 @ 2:51 pm

Holy crap. That is so pretty, I have wanted to knit that forever.. I love it. :D

Comment by Cara on 14/9/2005 @ 9:38 pm

Looks wonderful! I loved knitting that hat. Took me much longer than a day though - wow! You rocked that out!

Comment by Jan on 14/9/2005 @ 11:08 pm

Jo, that hat’s beautiful! In a day!? Lovely.

Comment by sharlyn on 15/9/2005 @ 12:35 am

Beautiful. The tiny cables are mesmerizing.

Comment by Karen on 15/9/2005 @ 2:09 am

Wow that was fast! Very pretty!

Comment by Carol on 15/9/2005 @ 7:58 am

The hat is fantastic….. I love it. Damn another item to add to the list of must make.

Comment by Kris on 15/9/2005 @ 9:25 am

That is amazing! Very pretty.

Comment by Belinda on 15/9/2005 @ 11:37 am

Great to see you back, I’ve also had a case of startitis. I just keep making have inspired me to pull my finger out. I love the hat and I look forward to watching the progress on the jacket. Take care

Comment by Kelly on 15/9/2005 @ 1:19 pm

This is a gorgeous hat! Congratulations on finishing it!!

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