Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Post-Shawl Knitting Lethargy

The thrill is gone . . . .

Not with my man (see him at left, holding the knitted yarn cake he made a few weeks ago when he was spinning my Colinette Jitterbug yarn trove).

But the thrill is gone (at least temporarily) with the knitting. It's been 10 days since I completed my lovely Forest Canopy Shawl and I'm missing knitting it already. I want to do another . . . seriously. I'm really missing it. And I don't need another shawl, at least not immediately, I need instead to focus on creating a Stitches wardrobe, but my mind keeps drifting to yarnovers when I should be knitting . . . cables. Yes, my current project is CABLES, darn it, NOT lace.

See this lovely pattern by Ali of The Studio? It's a cute little cable purse, and I really want to do this. It should be a quick project, but my mind keeps drifting, not paying attention. I had half of it done last Sunday but then had to rip most of it out again when I discovered I'd missed cabling two cables. It's a really cute, easy pattern. It uses Noro Kureyon yarn and it is NOT felted. I'm going to need to make a lining in it. The purse at right is their Studio sample purse. The one I'm making is the same color, though. Mine is about 1/3 done.

Why is it that when you complete a project that you really love, it takes a while to feel the love for anything else?

So no matter how much I try to fix my mind on cables, it keeps drifting to:

Stop that! Yes, okay, I ordered that book. The last thing I need is more lace-induced daydreaming.
Back to the danged cables. Okay, I will bargain with myself: you can maybe start another shawl only AFTER you finish the cable purse. How's that for self-compromise?


Jeanne said...

That really is a cute purse - but I know what you mean about lace calling you. I'm trying to find the right project right now, and nothing else is satisfying!

Laura said...

LOL! I know exactly what you mean. There's only one sleeve left on the purple cardigan. Yeah, I'm still feeling the love, but am dying to start something else at the same time. Two bad we can't have two projects going and weave back and forth between them. ;)

Jeanie said...

I know exactly how you feel and highly suggest that you go with your gut and knit what is enjoyable (the lace for now). My theory is you will FINISH more projects if you knit what's enjoyable. Plus, if you're like me, you'll eventually get tired of the lace and will ENJOY knitting the cables. It's all good in its own time. I'm going through the exact same thing with my crochet. I have no idea why but my knitting has totally taken a back seat (temporary, I'm sure) to crocheting. It's the first time since I've learned how to knit that this has happened but I'm trying not to analyze it too much and just going with the flow.

That bag IS adorable though ;-)

Elysbeth said...

Cute purse. What about the lace cardigan in the newest Knitters mag? Horsehoe lace goes quickly with a well defined pattern that easily shows if you've miss counted. (as opposed to patterns that mask it until 5 rows later and then glow neon). It would be nice and light but warm. Great for stitches.