Monday, October 15, 2007

Uh, Hello, My Name Is Peggy

Uh, hello, my name is Peggy and I am an addict. Yes, a KAL addict. I really appreciate you allowing me to join KA, your KAL Anonymous group. For me it all started with MS3 (Mystery Stole 3). I, like many others, read about it on the Yarn Harlot's blog. I thought it sounded like fun, very innocent lace knitting. Yeah, Melanie had added beads, but you know, what's the harm of a little bead here and a little bead there? But then she started triple beading it. When the KAL was drawing to a close I started "jonesing." Again, I didn't fully recognize the symptoms. I thought I had just fallen in love with knitting lace and beads.

The next thing I knew I had ordered "Victorian Lace Today," and had run out to my LYS to check out lace weight yarn. Well, that is when I should have seen it, but you know how it is. You tell yourself its okay. You don't have to have it. You could quit any time you wanted. Before I knew it I had 3 sets of Addi Turbo Lace circular needles and enough yarn to make 5 or 6 shawls.

I told myself, "Its okay, that will be all I'll need for a long, long time." Then I heard about the Secret of the Stole KAL. And then, the Secret of Chrysopolis KAL. I don't know how it happened. I joined and the next thing I knew I received a package from Knit Picks with the yarn for both stoles plus a few other things like 8-10 pairs worth of sock yarn, yarn for a Hemlock Blanket, yarn for a knee length Tomten and some other things. It is all a blur, I can't remember right this moment.

It was at this point I began seeing a pattern. But denial set in. Now, this isn't something I'm proud of. I joined yet another KAL, Muir and quickly set out to find the perfect yarn. I found it, brought it home and lovingly placed it on the shelf with all its friends. I know that many of you have been following my downward spiral. And I'm sure many of you have been shaking your head in either pity or disgust.

Today..........well...............um..................what is wrong with me??????? I joined another KAL, Mystic Waters. Why do I do these things? What is ever to become of me? How do I stop? Where is this going to lead?

Its all YOUR fault. Yeah, your fault. You could have stepped in at any time. But no, some of you posted new KALs on your blogs, or you flaunted your finished KALs, you could at least have attempted an intervention.

What are the stages? Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Testing & Acceptance? I think I'm ready for acceptance.

To tell you the truth, I don't want your stinking help anyways. I like who am. I don't want to be fixed. Who am I if I don't have 2-3 socks, 2-3 sweaters and 3-5 stoles/shawls OTN? That's who I am, but who/what are you? :)

I finished clue 1 of SOTS but blogger is having a bad morning so I'll try to post a picture later.

The wedding was wonderful and beautiful. I'll have pictures soon. Thanks for all your well wishes.

19 comments:

aj said...

. . . and my addiction is your fault. I hadn't heard of the Mystic Waters KAL - I'm already behind in Secret of Chrysopolis and Secret of the Stole KALs. So now I'm awaiting approval . . .

Now who can I lure into our dens of iniquity - we yarn users must convert more - aj

Roseann said...

I so enjoyed reading your post as I see myself. I live vicariously through your progress on your knit-a-longs. If you substitute the word "sock" for "KAL", you would be talking about me. I have all this sock yarn wound up and ready to go, haunting and taunting me. Your blog is very comforting to read, now I don't feel so bad.

Peggy said...

Start teaching Emma Belle to knit- extra hands, ya know?

Heidi Kim said...

Peggy! Ha ha ha LOL

Love you

Tabitha said...

Your gonna make yourself a "Worldwide Known Knitter" yet! You go girl! I wish I had your knitting drive :) Keep it up!

Opal said...

Must. Not. Join. Mystic Waters. *ack*

I think it's great that you're accepting who you are as a knitter. There are no rules here as far as how many projects to have OTN. That just a bunch of hooey!

Traci said...

I think you are in good company in your addiction! I saw almost 700 people signed up for that Mistic Waters!
I got myself some smaller needles and am ripping right along on my scarf now! Finally I can sort of call myself a knitter not just a spinner.

HDW said...

Ok so I am a member of K.A.L.K.A. & K.A. and my family are starting branches of Kin of Knit Along Knitters Anon, and Knitters Anon for the family. I can relate! Can't wait to see your stole!

Gail R said...

Actually there is an enabling virus which is rapidly spreading. I believe I've caught it as well. I have 3 shawls/stoles OTN plus 2 Fair Isle Sweaters. I need to make socks and slippers for grandson and granddaughter with b-days in Nov and Dec. My want-to list is expanding and encompassing my world.

Aha! This is why I got a 4-bedroom condo, right???

Sonya said...

Your KALs are not hurting anyone and you do seem to be a finisher so keep joining. :)

LUL said...

Sigh, I am suffering from the samer disease. I had actually managed NOT to sign up for Mystic Water....but you caught me by surprice.
AND I am in the middle of designing a stole too -who knows, maybe I should make it a KAL!

Mary said...

Good Morning Peggy. Today is trivia day. Dont forget to post your answers. I know that this is the day that Gryffindor pulls ahead. Have a groovy day. Mary

wendy said...

Let's go Gryffindor let's try for 100% AND the Snitch! We can do it!

Cheer, cheer for Old Gryffindor
Wake up the House Elves cheering for more,
Catch the Golden Snitch on high,
Cheer down the Bludgers from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Gryffindor Lions will win over all,
While our loyal Seeker's flying Onward to Victory

Holly said...

OK, I see what you're trying to do-just forget it 'cause it's not gonna work! I have too much going on already. ;~)

Pam said...

I hear you, I'm in the same boat. Almost done with sots and still on clue one of secret of chrysopolis but hey no one said I had to finish them when everone else does

Ma Dalton said...

"Who am I if I don't have 2-3 socks, 2-3 sweaters and 3-5 stoles/shawls OTN? That's who I am, but who/what are you? :)
"
Yeah ! I did the same thing... Is it contagious ?
Nice to meet you in this KAl - my first one ... and perhaps not the only one...
Perhaps, you have to wait a little to teach Emma Belle, lol

Donna said...

Now I, too, have added Mystic Waters (hadn't heard of it before your post!). I am also drooling over the Secret of Chrysopolis - do you know if the pattern will be available for purchase after the KAL? Would love a copy of it. Donna (knitterdmb@comcast.net)

Kati said...

I know exactly what you mean. For me lately its been swaps. Though I'm also in Secret of the Stole and it is addictive. I'm trying to put blinders on to others. LOL

Don't forget the third quidditch trivia's out for HSKS 3. Go Gryffindor's!!

Valerie said...

-=giggle=- I like Peggy's idea. I myself find that I am addicted to swapping. That sounds perverted doesn't it. -=giggle=-