I decided yesterday afternoon that I needed a schedule. If I am going to finish everything I need to at a decent time, I need to balance my commitments and my knitting time. I am a “master” at scheduling. I can schedule just about anything. I am also a very visual person so spreadsheets, calendars, and color coding are my friends.
My problem lies in following the schedule. It is all well and good to have an awesome schedule, but if you don’t follow it, there is no reason to even have the schedule. This time I am going to do everything I can to actually follow my new schedule. Currently, it is a very simple schedule. Just an academic calendar that I received for free at the office with all of my commitments laid out and short To Do lists for every month. I actually started following it last night, just as I was supposed to. And I have checked off all of my To Do items for this month. Which is very good since there are only a couple of days left. I am very happy that I didn’t fall of the wagon the first day. Now lets see if I can keep it up.
This is definitely one of those times where, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to get past this ring on my shawl. I’ve had to tink back, rip back, count and recount, so many times, it’s not even funny. This whole section has just smacked into me with the force of a Mac truck and I’m just a gooey splat on the windshield. It will definitely not be ready when I want it to be, so it’s going into Time Out…again. Bad shawl, no cookie for you. (While logically, I know this is not the shawl’s fault, this just gives me something else to blame, rather than my own incompetence.)
So…on to something new. For the next little bit, I’m going to be focusing on Christmas knitting. If you’re a good little knitter, you’ve been working on this for some time now. If you are not, it’s time to step it up and get on that wagon before you’re blocking things at midnight on Christmas Eve, hoping it is dry enough to at least get it in the box and wrapped for the few minutes it takes the recipient to pick it up and open it. Been there, done that, it’s not pretty. Trust me.
Since this is going to be a time of Christmas knitting, it might get a little quiet again since it’s really hard to talk about stuff that is supposed to be a surprise. Otherwise, it’s not a surprise. Though it can also be difficult to knit things for the people you live with. That can be a bit interesting if you don’t want them to know what it is or ask questions.
Good luck and God speed with this year’s Christmas knitting.
(One of these days, I’m going to be finished in October. Maybe. Probably not.)
There have been plenty of moments for me over the last few years as I teach myself to knit, that I will just stare at a pattern uncomprehending. “What on earth does that mean?!” Then after thinking about it different ways, trying to knit what it says, suddenly the light bulb goes on over my head. “That’s what they were trying to tell me!”
Such is not the case with a pattern that I am test knitting for the border of my shawl. It is from an old pattern that has been rewritten and I am not quite following it. I start to have an “ah ha” moment, but then that doesn’t turn out to be quite right. I have trouble just making it through the 3rd or 4th line.
And this is the perfect example of why you might want to test knit a pattern before you try to incorporate it into your work. You may have issues just understanding what the pattern is telling you.