Monday, January 25, 2010

OCD Much??????

I've always thought it was a possibility, it's never been diagnosed, but I think I'm kinda OCD. Here are my symptoms, check it out and see what you think:

1. Well, when I get into something, I really get into it. I want it all. Like, I could never understand collecting thimbles from each state one thimble at a time. I would want them all, like now so my set would be complete.

2. When I started knitting socks, that is all I wanted to knit.

3. When I started knitting lace, how many KALs was I a member of at the same time????? It wasn't pretty I know that.

4. When I started spinning, I got ALL the gadgets

5. Now I'm getting into weaving and I WANT IT ALL!!!! NOW!!!!

But, here is the thing that really got me to thinking we may have a problem. You know I've been happily getting back into knitting, spinning, blogging and Ravelry. Well that is all fine and good. This is the thing:

6. You know on Ravelry where you can join groups and then take part in many different interesting conversations about the particular specialty of the group? I can't stand to go to the group home page and see any number in the posts column signifying I haven't read the post. I find myself going to the page and pretending that I'm reading the post just to get the little number to go away. Sick right??????

Thankfully I deleted a bunch of groups before I realized this tendency. I presently only have about 6-7 to keep clean.

On another note, I've been asked to blog for Enchanted Yarn & Fiber. I'll be sharing different things over there if you wanna have a look see. You can also sign up for their newsletter over there and keep up with all the fun.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Here we go AGAIN!!!!

I've been feeling pretty good. Been knitting like a fiend, began thinking about my blog again, hooked back up with several on-line knitting groups, heck, I even got one of my spinning wheels out again. I was feeling pretty much in control, till it happened. Don't ask me how it just happened. One moment I was living in semi-sane knitterland and the next I had re-entered bonkersville knitterland.

First I'll try to explain how I think it happened and then I'll tell you the result. I had happily made it through the Christmas knitting madness actually quite happy with myself. I had even finished the Angelica's Coat and the Shawl Collared Vest. I began knitting the Falling Water Vest and a La La Simple Shawl but feeling somewhat underwhelmed I decided I wanted to knit the Every Way Wrap. Trouble is with all the changes that have occurred my funding has dried up so forget purchasing new yarn and I couldn't find enough in my stash to complete it. So, being the optimistic idiot I am I decided I should spin the yarn, after all, I have loads of wonderful fiber crammed into two closets. I've already started spinning the fiber, white Romney, I plan on dying it before I knit it up.. It is okay, no biggee. But then I added a pair of Fetchings for a friend to the queue, actually I've already cast them on. Still not biggee right? This is where I began sliding down the slippery slope into bonkersville knitterland.

A couple months ago we purchased a Stacht Rigid Heddle Loom hoping it would be something my sister, Sheila, could be taught to do. She did make Sara a beautiful scarf, only trouble is I have to sit right there to make sure she is following the steps properly. Anyways, I began looking into weaving. A dangerous thing to do. Now, I want a floor loom. And by golly I'm going to finger out a way to get one. If nothing else, surely there is someone out there with one stuck away somewhere and I can at least borrow it. They are rather pricey. Heck, I've even been looking at plans for building one. Until I can steal, uh procure one I'm going to work on the rigid heddle one. So with my other projects, now I'm wanting to make the Space Out Felted Scarf. Then today on one of my on-line groups someone talked about the Heart on a String hat and after seeing it I've decided I want to knit for a couple special little girls.

See what I mean????? Here we go AGAIN!!!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hey you!!!! Wanna know a secret????

Wanna know a secret? I love knitting. I mean, I don't just like knitting, I don't just enjoy knitting, I don't just knit for fun........I love, love, love, Love, LOve, LOVe, LOVE knitting!!!! I knit everyday of my you? I can't imagine life without knitting. I can't understand how people make it through life without knitting.

It is almost like magic (hehehe), you take string and sticks and create unbelievable wonders, works of art. And if it doesn't turn out like you thought it becomes insulation between the bottom of your stash and the stash itself. Or it gets frogged and the possibilities begin again.

I'm not a great knitter, however, I've taught countless women to knit. It is so thrilling to see a new knitter born. One lady I taught several years ago told me every time she sat down to knit she felt like she was wasting time. WASTING TIME!!!!!! Can you imagine????? How could knitting be considered wasting time? Pretty much every Christmas, birthday or "just cause" gift I give is something I've knitted. How is that wasting time? Each gift is an heirloom.

Well, IF knitting is wasting time......I sho have been wasting da time.....a lot!!!! Here is the low down on my wasting time the last month or so:

9 pairs of fingerless gloves
2 Gators
9 hats
2 pair of mittens
1 Angelica's Coat
1 Shawl Collared Vest
2 scarves

What have you been wasting time on?

Presently I'm wasting time on the Falling Water Ruffle Vest by Jamie Thomas of Imagine Knit Designs and the La La Simple Shawl. I'm feeling kinda I'm not wasting my time on enough projects. I know many of you waste time on one project at a time. To me you aren't getting the most benefit of your wasting of time. I need several, oh, okay...many projects going at the same time or I feel kinda empty. With that said, I believe it is time to go digging into the ole UFO bags.