Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mile 24

The Chicago Marathon was held this past weekend. This fall tradition brought over 45,000 runners of all skill levels right past my home. See, I happen to live along the last leg of the 26.2 mile course. You reach my pad, the race is almost over!

Relevance? I'm simply trying to draw a parallel between a coincidence of habitat location and the difficulty I'm having in drumming up sufficient motivation or stamina to go the distance on three half-finished projects.

One of the items in question is a sweater for this little guy, barely one month old. I already gave his parents the hat, thinking that would spur me toward the finish line having made the commitment and all. This crocheted gem will be over-sized to ensure longer wear opportunities. Or maybe, it'll be a perfect fit by the time I actually finish it. Laugh with me.

I started the toddler mitts (also half done) months ago - like it wasn't even summer yet - because I observed how another neighbor's child likes to put socks on her hands like mittens sans thumbs. I figured I'd just knock out a pair of fingerless mitts so she'd be able to pull something on but still do fingery stuff which is sort of a problem when you're using socks. She's almost 2. I'm aiming for Christmas. Yes, Christmas THIS year.

And wouldn't you know it, another neighbor had a baby around the same time as the child above was born - same week, in fact. In my head, I'm already thinking about which Debbie Bliss patterns would best showcase the peachy colored cashmerino in stock that was just waiting for a little girl. Argh! Must. Stop. Wheels. Turning.

I'm out of control, of that there is no doubt. It's not that I buy yarn and patterns with wild abandon. My major flaw these days appears to be project paralysis. So tell me, my peeps: is there a cure?

By the way, have you heard about Aspen, a yarn new this Fall from Classic Elite? The yarn is temptingly soft as a baby's bum super chunky wool / alpaca blend and it comes in a small palette of tasteful, subdued colors. I already have a couple of ideas for cute designs...

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Blogger Chris said...

I switched to knitting 2-3 bibs for most babies - they get used, they're fast, they're cute...

10/16/2008 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Aim said...

I'm with you--I'm always looking to the next project (lets face it there are so many great patterns and fun yarns to try!) even in the face of 3-4 large unfinished projects!

10/17/2008 01:06:00 AM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

I used to live within blocks of the end of one of the Seattle marathons. Fortunately, it came at a time when I was usually gone.

I just sorted (some of) my partial projects into storage boxes to clean up the guest room for my sister. None of them are near the finish line. We all get into these circles at times.

10/17/2008 01:47:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

the honolulu marathon passes the street right below us, half a block away. i don't know if that's relevant. :-D

as for knitting/crocheting projects? i have no answers. i'm still stuck in last years time warp of trying to finish things and get things out to people. *sigh*

10/17/2008 02:52:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

I don't have any answers either, except - what if you cast on something fun for yourself, and made a deal like, you can work on the thing for you only after you do a little work on a baby project?

I'm not sure if it really works to bribe oneself, but it's all I can think of!

10/17/2008 05:36:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

What a cutie! Hang in there, you'll get them done!

10/17/2008 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I am in the same boat of trying to finish up baby things before they outgrow them. What is UP with all the youngsters popping out lately? Don't they know I can't knit that fast? haha.

10/17/2008 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Finishing's not my strong suit, either. Especially blocking lace, or picking up stitches around a neckline, or sleeves. If you find a cure, fill me in ASAP!

Have a great weekend. I'll be on the lookout for Aspen -- I haven't seen it yet.

10/17/2008 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

I'm in the same situation. My brother asked me to make him a hat and scarf. He picked a knit pattern sent the yarn and pattern book. I finished the scarf but the "umph" to keep going on the hat is gone. I'm just faster with crochet...knitting is so slow for me. I keep looking at the project bag telling myself I NEED to do that!

10/17/2008 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous clasca said...

My 'cure' is to never start a new project before finishing the one your working on. It can be a bit boring sometimes, but hey it works for me.

10/18/2008 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

It must be in the air, I am almost done with my Tomten sleeve for MBM3 and I had to start a crochet All-shawl and I scored the Calmer for the Everyday sweater and, and, and.....If I would just buckle down, I'll get something done. Perhaps the point is not to finish, but to start as many as possible? Naah, perhaps not. If you find your finishing mojo, pick up some extra for me.

10/18/2008 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh yes, I agree that the Debbie Bliss baby patterns are great. One of my most treasured books:)

10/18/2008 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I think of all kinds of things I want to knit, and keep adding to the list, yet very few actually make it to the needles. Starting seems to be the hardest part for me!

10/19/2008 07:03:00 PM  

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