It’s subtle, but it’s there. A shift. I look at patterns I like, and I think: do I want to spend the knitting time on this project? Is it worth not doing the other projects I want to do?
Knitting is life. But it’s also an investment, one with a finite resource: time.
Case in point: the everlasting bagstopper. I like the bag, and think it’s a neat idea. Do I want it enough that I’d sacrifice a hat or a sock or a sweater or a scarf or another bag for it? Frankly, no, I don’t. I look at it and think, I like my plain canvas bags well enough, and they are sturdy. Good enough for me.
Things I like. Things I wouldn’t mind having. Things I want to have. Things I want to make. Things I know I have no interest in the process of making.
I don’t worry about having yarn to knit with; for the most part, my stash is sufficient for my needs. My wants are an entirely different matter. As knitters, you understand how it is.
The official wish list is now up – I know some of you guys have already found it. It’s not the same thing as “what will Rebecca knit next” because, let’s get real, the eyes are faster than the hands. The dreams and fantasies are part of the fun of being a knitter.
But the realistic plans… what about them? Summer of Socks has kind of careened off the tracks as I’ve gotten better and better healthwise and I’ve been experiencing jag after jag after jag. That’s really quite all right by me. It’s part of the joy of recovery, I’ve decided, and giving in to my impulses is just absolutely the right thing to do!
Still and all: priorities. Aside from the socks on the needles I’ve been thinking about making a pair of monkeys. And of course the August sockmania pattern. But I’m already thinking about the upcoming fall and winter, truth be told. Sweaters. Hats. Gloves. Scarves. Neckwarmers.
Mulling the things that I’m still tempted by.
For sure, the fetching mitts in Classic Elite Lush, a lovely pale blue. I saw a sample at Stitch DC in February, and was immediately smitten. And still am. So I should definitely cast on soon, don’t you think? Utterly worth the knitting time.
What else? I need to finish Veste Everest, which I do want…. and gramma keeps asking me about. I should confess, actually, that her asking was more like “if you cast on for another sweater before you finish Veste Everest, I will come and beat on you”. Which is kind of funny. But okay, yes, I’ll finish that.
I would like a pair or two of serious mittens, one in Colinette Jitterbug, and the other a set of peekaboo mitts
And I’d like some legwarmers… February is Febrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrary, mmkay. But fair isle? Simple 2×2 rib? I don’t know.
And I really would like that brown turtleneck sweater. I have the yarn and the pattern, and the constant thinking about it, even. I should swatch for it.
Maybe I need to stop making bags, then.
Matisse, on the other hand?
Have open knitting book? Will sit on it for you!