Sometime in January, possibly around the time that I ordered 8 balls of sock yarn from Germany and set up a subscription to Knit Now magazine, I tipped my comfort balance and found myself overwhelmed by future projects.
Inspiration is a wonderful thing, but I find it oppressive to have too many items in my mental knitting queue, especially when they often haven't even made it to my Ravelry queue. It's a lot like my work email inbox: when that starts to kick over onto a second screen, I feel like I am losing control and have to just deal with stuff to get it out of the way.
So right now I am trying to finish Seraphine. Remember her? I was going to finish this shawl before the first snow. Well, fortunately we haven't had any serious snow yet this season (though it had me worried on Saturday), so technically I am still on track. But really, all I need to do is another week of mostly-stocking stitch and perhaps a weekend of i-cord bind-off and sewing up, and she will be done.
This has become an imperative, because I need my 4mm circular needles for the lace body of Bettie's Pullover. I have finished the ribbing. Now, I have a niggling feeling that my Denise needles are not the best match for AlbaYarn, and that what I really need to do is buy a set of Addi Lace needles in this size. I have a knitterly outing planned for next Saturday, when I could very well buy new needles if required... but if I vacate the Denises before then, at least I will have a chance to try them out first.
So this week is dedicated to the grey Gotland. A plan!
Finnish sock in the Pending pile. Not too overwhelming at all!
Of course, life is never that simple and I keep seeing new and lovely things that I need to knit right now.
I actually caught myself contemplating signing up for a large-scale knitting commitment in the form of the Miss Babs Club. Seriously ridiculously expensive. Seriously not-what-I-need right now. But, oh so tempting! I think what appealed most was the idea that I would be delivered of a "proper" project (not just a single-skein sock affair) to be completed in two months. And effectively the need to choose what to knit next would be removed, because I would knit what arrived, forsaking all others 'til bind-off do us part. But what if I didn't like the kits? A very stupid idea, Roo.
This has been my downfall in the past: I join a (sock) yarn club full of excitement, and then a few months down the line I realise I haven't knitted any of the socks because I don't care for the pattern or the yarn or both. Exceptions to this rule: (1) the Goth Socks Club delivered three fabulous yarns, two of which I knitted up straightaway and the third I am "saving for best" (2) the Skein Queen Club which delivered three lovely non-sock yarns and accompanying book recommendations, to add a whole new dimension to the club idea (1 knit as a gift hat, 1 "saved for best", 1 inspiring a design that hasn't worked out, but extra marks for being inspirational!) and (3) the Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop Club: 4 glorious handspun yarns which I am treating as too precious to knit up - tsk!
Sometimes I just want to be told what to do. To have infinite choice taken away, so that I buckle down and finish what I have started.
The Liquorice Twist Gloves, the Ayli hat, Shalder, Norby, everything from Saturday Treat, another Millwater, a gazillion self-striping socks? They will all have to wait.
So this week I will mostly be knitting rough grey handspun wool. Pass the handcream!