Now that I’m living the good retired life, I’ve discovered some of the fine print details that no one tells you about beforehand. For example:
...If you have more time to waste, you will waste more time.
...If you can sleep as late as you want, you won’t want to sleep late.
...Whatever you used to accomplish in 10 minutes, now takes 20. Or more.
...It’s easy to put off until tomorrow, because you have plenty of time tomorrow. Procrastination never ceases.
Really, nothing important changes after retiring. If you were a happy person before, you’re still a happy person. If you were cranky, witchy, and hard to get along with, you probably still are. If you had bad habits before retirement, you probably still have them. I do. I still make excuses not to exercise. I still make excuses not to clean house. They are different excuses.....but they work just as effectively as the old ones.
Thank you to readers who offered excellent advice about my striping dilemna. Here’s where we find out if I’m a Serious Knitter after all. An SK would absolutely re-knit the sweater. She would try using two different skeins and alternate every two rows as several of you suggested. Or she would try a different pattern stitch....seed stitch, basketweave, even entrelac, as others of you have tried. She would find a side-to-side pattern.
Being an SK wannabee, I was sure I’d tackle one or more of those choices before I gave up and recycled the yarn into an altogether different item. But I’m taking the easier route for two reasons. One is that I am just not feeling the love anymore. I still love the colors of this yarn. And it’s a pleasure to work with. But I am convinced that no matter what I do it’s still not going to be attractive on me. Part of this has to do with my own body issues right now, and the disconnect I have between what my body is like now vs. what it was like ten years ago.
The second reason is that I found a perfect....I mean absolutely perfect....baby sweater pattern. Look at this....
The next time you see my yarn, it will look like this. I’m casting on today. (Photo is from Knitting for Babies & Kids, published by House of White Birches, edited by Jeanne Stauffer)
But I’m not giving up on my Serious Knitter aspirations. Just to prove I could do it right, I’ve started a second cabled bag. This time I’m using Cascade 200, in a pale gray, and the stitch definition is excellent. So are my cables....take a peek.
I’m off now to make today a perfect balance between productive fun and productive work. No time to waste.