Yesterday, I finished reading this book:
Yes, it's been available for awhile now. Yes, I'm slow. But I did get the book, and I did read the book (in 3days), and I did enjoy the book, and I do recommend the book.
It's good! Shannon has put together a must-read for those that aspire to enter the world of handknit designing. (yes, that even sounds cliche' to me) But truly, I think there is some great advice in there. And I will probably be going back to it again and again as a reference guide and advice column as I continue to design.
I was happy to see that I wasn't completely off-track with what I'm doing. I have to admit, that was one reason I got the book... ;)
Yesterday, I also continued in my procrastination of working on the socks I currently have on my US size 0 needles. Not b/c I don't like them, but b/c I'm a bit discouraged with them. I knit one of the socks, after futzing(I don't know how to spell it, I only know how it sounds. No, I don't know if it's a real word, but I don't care, I'm going to use it anyway, 'cause I say it all the time as it is.) around with the design for awhile. And I was happy with it.
And then I tried to put it on.
And then I had my daughter try to put it on.
And then I sent it to the person that I made it for and had her try to put it on.
And then I got it back in the mail with the note that said "Sorry! I can't get it on, either!"
:insert big sigh here:
So I took out the binding (it was a toe-up), and tried again to put it on.
And then, I finally admitted- the whole thing is way too small.
And I put it in the frog pond; and proceeded to try to fix the 2nd one that was already on the needles and 1/4 of the way done.
Still working on it. But now it's 1/2way done, and I am done with this design.
This happens to me a lot.
I make a design. I knit the design. I love the design. I look at the design, and I smile.
Then I realize I have to knit the design again. And I'm done. It was nice the first time.
And I say to myself: "Self, this is why you are a designer. When you design, you get to knit something brand new. HOWEVER, self, now you must be good and FINISH this pair of socks BEFORE starting the next design."
(Yes, I talk to myself. Yes, my children look at me oddly for it. I don't care.)
So I'm trying. I'm knitting the sock. Then I WILL frog the leg of the other and finish it too. I will.
But in the meantime.....
I dug out a sweater I did a while ago for Yarn Forward magazine. Remember this? This is the Erratic Argyle. I like it. My husband likes it.
But he won't wear it.
That is why you see it now- with the sleeves off, and the child standing on it trying to get my attention.
I have to fix the sleeves so he'll wear it. He said they are puffy and girly. Ok. I can fix that. I can fix that while I teach the kids about the stars. I am good at frogging while talking. So yesterday, this is how I procrastinated.
Tomorrow, I'll knit on the socks......
3 days ago