In one of my recent wanderings around Blogtown, I stumbled on a questionnaire (frequently referred to as a meme) I hadn't seen before. The theme of the meme was one's own knitting. I had just started to read the entry containing the questions, when I had to quickly exit (for a reason I have completely forgotten). so I can't give credit to that blog. If anyone recognizes their own blog from this description, give a holler, please.
The question that caught my interest was something to the effect of ”How many of the things you knit, do you actually wear?
That question has been haunting me. What has been crystallizing in my mind is the sad reality that more than a few of the things I've created are not wear-worthy.
I'm struggling to get my overall success rate up. As my skills improve, I am tackling more challenging patterns. I'm emboldened to knit sweaters in particular, where details of fit are crucial. I allow myself to indulge in expensive yarns, so a sweater is a major investment. I'm learning, by mistake mostly, what I shouldn't wear. (I shouldn't wear fluffy novelty yarns. I shouldn't wear bulky yarns. I shouldn't wear horizontal stripes. I am not 30 years old anymore. I used to think a 30 inch waist was fat. I'd do bad things to get my 30 inch waist back.) Here's a good example of what I shouldn’t wear. Looks innocuous on the hanger, but it adds inches of fluffy bulk to my middle section.
In my coat closet, I have umpteen hats. I only wear one of them. The others are too large or too small. I have bunches of scarves in the same closet, but I generally zero in on just two of them for use. The others are too ordinary, or too ratty-looking after very little use, or the wrong color after all, or they itch itch itch.
In my clothes closet there are more scarves....but I only wear several of them. There are five sweaters, but three of them should not be seen on me by any human eye. I have several lovely shawls, but one of them doesn't stay put most of the time, and when it does, it exaggerates the places I wish didn't exist.
At least I can count on socks to be successful. I've knit 14 pairs so far, and given 8 pairs away. The other 6 are frequently warming my feet. I am reasonably sure the gift socks are getting use as well. Add in a few pairs of felted slippers and clogs, and the success ratio is outstanding.
I can also rely on bags to meet my expectations. Felted or otherwise, I use all seven that I've completed. In fact, every time I make a bag intended to be a gift for someone, I end up unable to part with it. (Yes, the Habu Hobo Bag is still on the needles....probably forever. It's brown. Whatever made me think I could knit an entire project in brown? But UFOs...that's a different topic.)
My mind is wrapping itself around the ideas of Ripping, Recycling, and Reincarnating. It's time to give-away or re-invent. I'm gonna rip those mistakes right out of my life, one way or another. Just you wait and see.
But the more important question to ask is, can I avoid making those mistakes again? Just wait and see.
SOUTH POLE REVISITED
Matt's picture in my last entry got a lot of attention. Yes, he is a hottie. (Almost 29. 6 feet tall. Single. Good hair. Geographically Undesirable.) Everyone seems to agree that the problem with the neck on his sweater is that it has stretched out badly. Having women paw and pet you does not help. But the reality is that I made that neck that could stretch so easily. Daphne left a very helpful suggestion in her comment, which I can put to use on my own Antarctica Jacket.
Also, I realize that I made a geographic mistake. I've been saying Antarctica and South Pole interchangably, assuming they were synonomous. But they aren't. As I've been reading Icebound (riveting, by the way; completely fascinating.), I've realized that the South Pole is one small spot in the larger land mass that is Antarctica. My son is located at McMurdo Station, which is on the coast, at sea level. It's marginally less daunting than the South Pole Base, which is much higher altitude, and even colder. My eyes used to glaze over during geography lessons. There's nothing like a vested interest to make it all make sense.
I'm going to settle in to watch West Wing tonight, and work on my Pyramid Sweater, so I'll have some progress to show. And I'll hope it turns out to be one of my success stories.
MID MICHIGAN KNITTING GUILD
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