The other night, my Significant Other asked about what I was working on. I showed him this:
He asked me…..Did you finish your other sweater?
I replied….not yet.
He asked me….Did you finish the hat you were working on?
I replied….not yet.
He asked me…Did you finish those socks you started?
I replied …..not yet.
You all see where this is going, don’t you? This normally reasonable, rational, wonderful man then said…..”Don’t you think you should finish some things before you start new ones?”
Yes, he actually said that! We paused in the conversation for an ominous moment of silence to occur. Then I smiled sweetly.
“Sweetie, honey, darlin’, “ I said. “Let’s talk about the way you deal with your creative passion of photography. Aren’t you working on your pictures from El Salvador?”
I asked…..”And aren’t you still working on the pictures from dance camp?”
I asked…..”And, didn’t you go out last weekend taking flower pictures?”
My SO, being the reasonable, rational, wonderful man that he is, got the message, and that was the end of that discussion.
However, the reality is that I AM having a touch of Starting Fever just now. Here’s all the current projects on needles (only 8).
Here’s all the little darlings waiting in the lineup (these are the yarn purchases that have been paired up with a pattern – only 5).
We will not discuss just now the yarn for which I don’t yet have patterns in mind, or the patterns for which I don’t yet have yarn (only….a lot).
In a recent conversation with Wendy and Sarah, Wendy mentioned that she was having Separation Anxiety, referring to several projects still in the works. Sarah commented that she likes to finish things, but she doesn’t always like to be done. We coined this one Completion Complex. I understand both these dynamics, now that I am on the homeward stretch of my entrelac sweater. While I am eager to see it completed, I’m not eager to be done with the doing. More than anything I’ve accomplished in the last two years (and I’ve lost count of the total of socks, scarves, hats, slippers, and bags I’ve done, not to mention several tee-tops and one baby sweater), the entrelac sweater has been completely engrossing at every stage.
It was a major revelation when I re-started knitting to find out that many highly accomplished knitters start multiple projects, take years to finish some things, and even abandon projects. This is so liberating to me. It allows me to work on what I actually want to do instead of what I think I “should” do. That “should” word is the root cause of most guilt, in my opinion.
I really should stop using the word should.
OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET BLOGGERS
A reminder that next week I will be in New York City, and I’d love to meet other knitters. I am planning on being at Knit New York on Saturday the 22nd, from 1:00ish till whenever. Mindy (Gidget Casts On) and Nancy (Bronx Girl) have said they’d join me, and Katie (Knitty Kitty), what about you? I’m also hoping an emailer, Linda, will be able to join us.
Stitches Midwest…..I am going in August. Anyone else going (besides Sarah, Sheila, and maybe Irene)?
KnitFest 2004, in Toledo Ohio, November 11-14. I got all excited when I saw this, but someone in my guild was checking into it and was told that most of the workshops were already full. Does anyone know much about this?