Friday, July 6, 2012

On secret squirrel knitting

Remember when I used to talk about knitting instead of ranting about my mortgage company and posting pictures of my cat?

I have a vague recollection.

Part of the absence of actual knitting on the blog is due to the fact that I'm working my fingers to the bone to finish a design project.

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The actual pattern is pretty much done. But in order for the pattern to contain photos--you know, so you know what it is you're knitting--I need to finish knitting the Thing. And between moving, setting up house, losing power, and the miserable heat wave we're stuck in, knitting time has been more limited than I would like. Every day I say I'm going to do a whole pattern repeat, and then only manage half before I fall asleep on the couch.

It also doesn't help that I packed up the dowels from my homemade swift and haven't found them yet--all yarn winding must be done by hand.

But I'm plugging away.

I've also run into an issue with another project I was flying through:

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This is the front--or I suppose the back, they're interchangeable--of a Beagle sweater I've been working on for CP. I've reached the point where I need to start the armhole decreases.

And I can't find the pattern.

This is one of the reasons I adore digital patterns so much--you can print it out if you want, but you always have that original file on your computer or stored directly on Ravelry. Nothing to lose.

Don't get me wrong, there is something lovely about purchasing print patterns--Jared Flood's print patterns are both sturdy and stunning, for example--but you have to be a lot more careful with them.

You can't take them to Costa Rica and accidentally leave them in a hotel room. Or pack them in a box while moving and forget which box is it. Both of which are possibilities with regard to my copy of Norah Gaughan, Men, the only place where this pattern is found (and at $16.95, I'm not buying another copy).

So yet another project sits in my WIP bin, going nowhere.

It's getting pretty crowded in there.

3 comments :

collegeknitting said...

Good luck with everything! I hope life becomes a little bit easier in the future.

Claire said...

Ohh - I can't wait to see what you've been designing! The sweater looks great, I hope you find the pattern soon!

=Tamar said...

Try the library? Interlibrary loan?