Time is my enemy. There isn’t enough time to knit everything. Life was simpler in the olden days for me. I worked on one project at a time, and I allowed several years to go by between projects before I began contemplating what I might start next. It took however long it took, and it really didn’t matter because I wasn’t a very good knitter, so what I was making would never really be useful anyway.
This is true! In my whole life up till two years ago, I never got use out of any item I knit. I did manage to crochet two very usable afghans during a spate of family funerals about 30 years ago. One wonders why I didn’t continue crocheting; I’m sure if people had continued dying, I would have. Fortunately the deaths stopped; unfortunately so did my fiber art.
So two years ago I resumed knitting. I started with a splashy novelty scarf. I got a lot of wear out of it, and the rest is history. Here I am, wearing my newest scarf,
wrapped up in a shawl for warmth, on the finishing triangles of my Which Way shawl, finally cast on for the second Fluted Bannister sock, contemplating just what I’m going to do about Hanukah and Christmas gift knitting, and yearning….I mean really yearning…..to cast on for Mom’s Antarctica Jacket (I’m Mom), or maybe the clever Celtic Scarf that will match the jacket, to help quell the yearning, since I don’t have time to start the jacket, because I have these deadlines to finish the socks, and knit some gifts, and oh yes, I keep putting off working on swatches for the Master’s Knitting Group which meets again next Sunday. Whew, did you get all that?
I want to Take Back My Time. I want to shuck off the Tyranny of the Deadlines. I want to knit what I want, when I want. Isn’t that simple enough? Is it really an awful thing if I declare myself independent of these mostly self-imposed deadlines?
For example, the Fluted Bannister socks. These are sock #3 of the Six Sox-Along. I will finish them eventually, because I always have a sock on needles for an easy carry-with project. I am intending this pair as a gift for someone, but that means I have till Christmas to complete them. But the deadline for the knitalong is November 30th. What will happen if they aren’t complete by then? Nothing. Simply, nothing. What will happen if I don’t start sock #4 on December 1st? Nothing. What will happen if I don’t start sock #4 at all, ever? Nothing. Knitalongs are fun, and it’s great to have others working out the pattern problems, or finding shortcuts or tips or better ways to do things, and sharing that with the group. It’s wonderful to see how things look in a different color or type of yarn. But truthfully, no one will be hurt, and nothing bad will happen if I knit-behind instead of knit-along. Or if I watch-along. Or if I run-along.
Or the Master’s Knitting group. In theory, this sounded like a great idea for me. Work on my knitting skills a little at a time, with a social group to meet with and spur me on. And I’m not saying I won’t do it. But if I show up next Sunday with no new swatches, Sarah won’t boot me out, or make me go to detention for not doing my homework. She won’t call my mom. I won’t get grounded. I won’t be banned from any yarn shops until my homework is done. No one will be hurt, and nothing bad will happen if I wait to start my swatch when I get there. I could do it later instead. I could knit something else instead. Or just watch and listen instead.
And then there’s the matter of gift knitting. I really do like the idea of knitting special things for special people. But I have a long list of special people. Even if I stick with simple hats and scarves and small bags, it adds up quickly to all my knitting time. I’m begrudging any of my knitting time right now. Call me the Knitting Grinch, but most of my recipients are getting the more traditional kinds of gifts this year. Books, CDs, jewelry, coffee mugs, giftcards, magazines. The people I want to knit for….they’ll get something sometime. Sometime, when I’m working on a project that doesn’t know who it wants to belong to yet, and suddenly it calls out…give me to you-know-who. I’m perfect for her.
In the meantime, I’m taking back my time.
HIGHLY AMUSING DEPARTMENT
Here's a sneak preview of the pictures that will be up on the MMKG BLOG in a couple of days. This one is so funny, I just had to get it up right away. What on earth are Sarah, Tamsyn, and Jessica doing in this picture?
A. Auditioning for the parts of the three witches in McBeth.
B. Auditioning for a spot on Extreme Makeover.
C. Showing the results of their Extreme Makeover.