I’ve got lots going on in my knitting life right now, some of which I consider “in progress” even though I haven’t technically started them yet.
But first, lets go over what’s on my needles. I’m working on the Flora Sol by Audrey Borrego. I am absolutely in love with this project. The pattern is gorgeous and super well written, and the shawl itself is turning out even better than I’d hoped. I’m doing it in red and gold yarn, so I’m making it my Gryffindor shawl! I know why JK Rowling picked these colors for Gryffindor house, too, because they look stunning together. There’s a part of the project that is striped, and I can’t help but smile every time I look at it.
I’m also still working on a pair of mitts. I really should have them done by now, they’re not a difficult project at all and they’re super small, but I just haven’t gotten around to casting on the second one. Can you have Second Sock Syndrome with mittens?
And, of course, my scrappy blanket is ongoing. It’s honestly one of my favorite projects, and I love working on it. But even if I crochet some every single day (which I pretty much do), this is one project that’s going to take a very long time.
So, then, what are some projects that I consider in progress that I haven’t actually started yet?
My wedding shawl, for one. I’ve caked up some yarn and have picked out some lacy patterns I think I want to use, but I need to swatch. I hate swatching. It’s super important for this project, though, so I absolutely have to do it before I really get started.
The other thing I’m kind of working on is another scrappy blanket. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’m going to make a second blanket out of the minis that I get from Bumblebee Acres in my advent calendar, and I finally did the math for it! I actually found it really fun, and I figured out that I can make a throw sized blanket out of all seven years worth of yarn. Now I just need to cast on! Oh, and wait for the next 6 Christmases.
I am not a fast knitter.
I’m not very fast at most things, actually. In school I was a slow test taker, I’m a slow reader, a slow crocheter, a slow runner. In general, it’s never bothered me, but it sure is a pain when it comes to crafting, especially when you’re on a deadline!
The only reason that I get projects done in anything like a timely manner is because I set goals for myself and commit to knitting certain amounts every day. I’m not doing that currently (hence why I still have a pair of mitts on the needles), but when it comes down to the wire I love coming up with schedules. Figuring out how many rows I need to knit, which days I can take a break, when I need to be most productive in my knitting, that’s all quite fun for me!
The problem with those schedules is when I push myself too much. I love to “overachieve,” so I’ll often set myself a perfectly reasonable goal and then feel the need to do even more than what I’ve set myself. Which isn’t always good for my wrists and elbows.
I’m sure that I could knit faster if I really committed myself to learning how to purl better (as mentioned in a previous post), but I’m ok for now going at my slow and steady pace. And who knows, maybe I’ll just get faster with experience.
I love the knitting/crafting community. I love it at large, but in particular I love the smaller aspects of the community as well.
Ravelry and Instagram are both great resources and great places to go to interact with and be part of the community. It’s awesome how these places can connect people across continents and across oceans!
But my favorite part of the knitting community are the smaller circles. My local yarn shop, for example, which is a place I love to support. Even more so, though, is my little community of knitters that make up the knitting club that I go to. We’re 5-10 women who get together every week and just sit and chat while we knit. For most of the other women in the group, it’s a chance to spend some quality time away from the kids with some fellow adults, and for me it creates a fun and engaging reason to get out of the house.
FibreShare, which I sadly didn’t get to do this year, is a great blend of the larger community and the smaller connections that knitting affords us. It creates connections between individuals in the community that remind us just how vast our network of fellows can be! Last year, I was matched with someone from Canada and someone from Denmark, and it really brought home for me how far-reaching our craft can be.