Sunday, June 29, 2008

Like a Knotted Hank of Yarn

You know when you're trying to ball up a hank of yarn without the help of either a swift or a ball winder and you inevitably muck it up and wind up with a gigantic, complicated, no-end-in-sight knotty mess? (The Mistress knows this first hand, right?) Yeah, that's how I'm feeling right now with all my crocheting and knitting. I have a ton of projects in my mind (and in my queue) that I want to start, but I have quite a few in progress that I can't seem to finish. And even if they were finished, I wouldn't know which new projects I'd really want to start. And if I did start them, I doubt I'd finish them with any great speed.

Like that knotted mess of a hank that I end up draping over the back of chair and walking away from for a day or two, so is my creativity for projects old and new. I need to just walk away for a while and come back to it.


Little Brodie is having her first birthday in under 3 weeks. She was the recipient of 2 blankets last year - this one and this one. I want to make her something this year but 1) I'm running out of time, 2) I don't know if she needs another blanket, 3) I don't know that she uses the other blankets, and 4) if I don't make a blanket, I don't know what else I would make. I did pick up a cute little assortment of Dr. Seuss books for her so if I don't get around to making something, I can include a gift card to the Children's Place with the books. But if there are any suggestions on what I could make given the time I have to make it and what is already in my stash, I'm all ears. (Note - the little one is allergic to wool.)

My BUBBLES bubbles wrap was coming along nicely. The operative word WAS. I was stuck at the airport on Thursday for 8 hours trying to get to Chicago. I was getting some major work done on the wrap but when we stopped on the runway and headed back to the gate, I somehow missed and/or dropped and/or twisted some stitch. I tried to fix it 3 times (all while we sat at the gate waiting for the plane to get fixed). I just seemed to make it worse with each attempt to fix the problem. When the announcement came over the loud speaker that the plane was grounded and we had to get off the plane, I took it as a sign that I should 1) quit trying to fix the wrap - leave it for another day, and 2) cut my losses and realize I won't be going to Chicago.

So that's what I did - I cancelled my trip and attended the meeting via teleconference the next day. The wrap is still sitting undisturbed since the incident on the plane. I'm hoping to tackle it later this afternoon. I'm still so new to knitting that I'm not able to easily identify what the mistake is and how to fix it. So I'm just going to have to frog a few rows (I'm hoping less that 5) to get the project back on track.

Here's hoping I can fix the wrap and somehow find some creativity lurking the corners of the craft room.


The Queen of the Snow Cows said...

My knit mojo always flags in summer. I don't know if you're going through the same thing but everything is cyclical.

As far as a fast project is concerned, how about a quickly crocheted toy of some kind? Like one of those adorable bunnies?

Sam said...

Argh! Meh! This lack of creativity is not fun! :(

Thanks for the suggestions, too. I was thinking a stuffed toy would be best. I'll have to search Ravelry when I get home to see if there is a Dr. Seuss pattern to go with the books.

the mistress said...

I like the Dr. Suess toy idea.
I know what you mean about the BUBBLES bubbles wrap. Once you make a mistake, it is so hard to fix. Leaving it for awhile always seems to help. I still haven't gotten very far with it. Slowly, but surely. Good luck!