Thursday, January 8, 2015

Always in progress

I thought tonight was Wednesday and considered writing a works-in-progress post.  It's Thursday.

Still.  I'm working on a hat. 

And a shawl.

I'm using up my worsted weight acrylic yarn with granny squares that will become a blanket.

I only made 14 squares for Advent before holiday knitting got in the way.  It's not a big deal. I'm going to pack them away and try again next year.  I may even use different yarn for the blue and purple parts if I use up my yarn before then.  I'll sew all the squares together for a blanket.  It will be fine.

I'm trying to make mittens for Ellis.  I've altered a pattern beyond all recognition and it seems to work out fine.  I need to make another pair for Evelyn, even though I don't like knitting mittens for small children because they are so impossibly small.

I may unravel a shawl.  I'm still letting it sit while I think about it a bit more.

You may notice I'm not hyperlinking.  Or including many pictures.  I don't feel like it, and I'm not going to do it since I don't have to.

Man, that feels good.

I'm even unraveling some items to reknit them into things I like.  That's not even a metaphor, but if it was I would be embarrassed to extrapolate because it's so lazy and obvious.  Ugh.

I'm certainly going to make things for people this year--family members have birthdays and there are some babies I need to knit for and we're in the third year of Cody's Christmas socks.  But really, I just want to make things that I enjoy making and make things that I want to wear.

I can look at a pattern and know if I'll like it, and if I'll like the yarn.  I don't really worry about whether or not I'll look good in something because...well, I'm just not worried about it.

My goal is for 2015 (at least yarnwise) is to use up my yarn.  I can use it, sell it, get rid of it, trash it--whatever.  I just want to figure out what I'm doing with every skein in my home and then do that.  I want to be able to find stuff and reorganize my stash into things I want to have on hand for knitting into gifts and having a nice mix of holy-smokes-this-is-glorious and you-never-know-when-you'll-need-to-knit-a-hat-for-a-bland-man at all times.  Seeing yarn and knowing what I'll use it for is one of my favorite things.  There is some unraveled yarn that I already know I'll be using to make hats for Evelyn and Ellis (matching hats, different yarns).  There's some yarn that I'll probably be using for Mom.  There are hat patterns I'd like to try out for Cody because he'll wear anything.  I even want to knit a bird or two for my boss's birthday later in the month.  I've known what I'll crochet for my friend Brook for, like, 6 months now probably. 

Soon I'll have links to specific patterns and pictures and more cohesive thoughts.  But for right now I wanted to set out all the plans I have and how excited I am for this one facet of my life this year.  There are plenty of big changes ahead.  Evelyn will go to pre-school in the fall and we need to start seriously talking to schools in the area.  I can almost qualify for student loan forgiveness and I need to start taking steps to see whether it's worth it to go through the application process or if I should just try to pay that sucker off in the next year or so.

We need to hike like crazy because city living becomes less appealing every day and it's a nice way to see some nature and stretch our legs.

Cody has permanent, part-time work!!!

I'm going to knit a billion, trillion things.  Unless I decide I don't want to. 

And I certainly don't want to sound like I hated everything about 2014, or even knitting in 2014.  I made sweaters for Evelyn and Ellis.  I kept Ellis in seasonal hats.  I learned how to read symbol crochet and even figured out that thread crochet would not kill me, not even a little bit.  I made my mom a shawlette.  I enjoyed a whole lot of car knitting while we traveled around a little bit this year.  I can die happy with the amount of blankets I made in 2014 alone.  All others from here on out are just icing.

Plus, on New Year's Eve, Evelyn asked me to knit her an orange hat so I did.  Just like that.  I'm marking down the year as the year I totally did anything I put my mind to and it all worked out fine.  Did I ever tell you my birthday present was wrapped in this piece of Wonder Woman fabric that Evelyn likes because she thought I was a super mom?  I'm not bragging.  I'm maybe bragging a little. 

The face of the love of my life who sometimes lets stitches fall off the needle and unravel when she's pretending to knit on my projects, like she did with this hat.  It's fine. This is one of the things Mommy actually can fix.
Whatever. I'm going to be gentler with myself this year.  We'll try to work on Dave Ramsey's 7 steps, but my world's not going to end if I need new clothes for work or freak out if Cody suggests buying dinner some nights.  I even think I'm going to buy Evelyn a Captain America costume soon. 

And I might buy yarn for myself, but it probably won't be any time super soon.  By the way, here's the hat I'm working on.


I bought this yarn almost two years ago, and I've used some of it.  But it went on a pretty big sale at my yarn store and I wound up with 4 skeins of this yellow stuff.  This hat might use up two.  It's for me, because it's super duper yellow and that's what makes me happy.  I'm pretty sure I can cast on fewer stitches next time and make one for Evelyn.  Matching hats are my new favorite thing. 

2014 was this year I blasted this picture all over the Internet, my double chin be danged, because we were so happy when this was taken and I was so happy that we had matching hats.  It's still my profile picture on Facebook.


I made things for a dearly loved nephew, impressed people at baby showers, and tried out lots of new things.   Sometimes I even stopped hating myself for accepting help when people said "Hey, do you need help?" whenever I needed help and that was pretty cool.  And our household is mostly free of things like diapers or pacifiers (I have still have pacifiers hidden, like I'll need them if there's an emergency???).  I went to the beach, discovered that Evelyn is now a champion traveler, saw a few mountains, and freed up a huge chunk of my time and brain when I stopped trying to impress people and just starting doing my thing.  (That last part was about work.)

Now that I look back on it, 2014 probably didn't have as much running in place as it felt like at the time.  But I think 2015 will have a lot more forward motion and adventure and I'm going to be wearing a lot of glorious knitted things when it's all over.

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