Saturday, November 26, 2005

Purpose, Pressure, Plan and other ramblings

There's not much of a reason to knit something you could easily buy ready made, better made, and less costly. Up to this point, I can easily excuse anything not quite up to par as training. My critical eye has determined that the "butter" socks could be better socks and are definitely gonners - frogged them back to a memory.

So knitting should be relaxing, but it can only be relaxing if it's going well and you know what you're doing and it's looking great. At this point I feel stalled. Waiting a shipment to finish a cowboy hat that I ran out of yarn on. Have started another hat for myself in brown, but there's a dang good chance I don't quite have enough to finish. Oooooh, the stress. Then I ripped back a pair of early socks that just weren't quite what I wanted. I'm redoing them on size 1 double-pointed needles. I've got some unfinished gloves I was toying with. What I'd really like to be doing is knitting a sweater, but I have to use up some of this yarn that's accumulated around this house before I even contemplate another purchase!

There's a school of thought out there that says why would one spend so much time on a pair of socks when they're so readily available. Well, I justify this by saying I don't like many socks out there. I don't like tight cuffs. I don't like the choices I see. So I'd like to get FAST (I'm sure that would shock a lot of people) at making them, because I'd like to make MANY pairs of them.


Mrs. Bear said...

Personally, I think it is very healthy to be able to rip a project apart (after a few curses and tears) and repurpose that fiber into something better. I have a tape yarn jacket/sweater in my closet that is screaming, "please...put us both out of this misery..." I just need to find a better pattern for the fiber.

And if we don't experiment, we don't learn. Many experiments (knitting and otherwise) fail. So redoing is just part of the process.

My knitting has become a kind of meditation for me. Perhaps that is why I don't do lace knitting - all that counting takes way too much concentration.

Luckily, there are all kinds of projects out there waiting for us - quick, complicated, fancy, small...and when we get to the right place to do them, they will be there.

Joufknister said...

You always make me feel better!!