Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I've got a list a mile long of things that need to be knit for people which shouldn't be much of a problem (especially as they are trading me money for my time and that always thrills the little bit that's left of my capitalist pig-dog heart) but I just can't seem to finish anything.

It started with this monkey:

But then I decided that I didn't much care for him. I knew I could do better, so I've put him aside for awhile and fully intend on going back to try and fix his proportions and give him ears and a tail and his very important scarf and hat.

So, since Monkey Mark I was a failure, I started another:

Obviously he's not much to look at right now and still needs quite a few things before I can call him done. Unfortunately I forgot to put in the safety eyes before finishing off his body so I get to have fun trying my hand at embroidery again. Let's just say that there's a reason why I love those little bits of plastic so much.

But before any of that could happen something shocking occurred. Mater needed me to take over a project for her. A set of what I rather inappropriately call 'nub caps' for a coworker whose legs were amputated at the knee. As they we're promised to her a while ago, they replaced then monkeys at then top of my queue.

Despite that, it's clear I haven't made much progress on them. But I will say that I have progressed as a knitter because of them - I have finally jumped on board with gauge swatching for every damn project. I know, I know. It's about time. All i can say is that if I have to start these things one more time my brain will start leaking out of my ears.

Overcoming my natural inclination to do things by the seat of my pants is a huge step for me. And for the cats who have a tendency to be in the way whenever I chuck a project across the room in a fit of pique. I don't know how they manage it but they always do. It's like their super power.

In other news, my 'resolution' to blog more is proving to be difficult. Both because of laziness, a lack of doing anything remotely interesting ever and some technological hangups. I've switched to using an iPad as my primary 'computer' and while it is perfect for my needs in a lot of ways, I really do miss my keyboard. I suppose I could try and be less wordy but really. Lets not kid ourselves.


  1. Now that you've discovered the glory that is SWATCHING, don't even think about being less "wordy," Sister! I love your words, all of them. They crack me up!

  2. Thank you! I'll do my best, but I've been having a bit of a fight with autocorrect and it seems to be winning.

    Somehow I'll get over having another step between starting a project and seeing the magic of it taking shape. Oh, swatching.