Jolting myself back

Posted on March 11, 2006 by knittingpatterns4you | 5 Comments

So, it's official. I'm in a knitting SLUMP. I'm burnt out. Bored. Nothing strikes my fancy, whets my appetite, revs my engine. Do you know that of all the new summer stuff that has come in during the last few weeks, not only have I bought NOTHING, I only swatched ONE thing!??! This is unheard of.

It's freaking me out.

So this week, I tried to shake things up and get my mojo back.

First, I washed a lot of yarn:


Then I dried a lot of yarn:


And now I'm 1/4 of the way through the first panel of the Map of the World blanket:


I've been planning to knit this for, like 2 years. I've never done so much colorwork before, this will be one HUGE project before it's done. That little compass? The most intarsia I've ever done on a piece that isn't for practice/teaching!

The yarn is what the pattern called for (shock of all shocks!), Tahki Donegal Tweed. I prewashed it to soften it up, but I gotta tell you, this spoiled brat's hands do NOT like the texture of this yarn. It's tough and stiff, even after its bath! What I do like about the yarn is that it sticks to itself, so the colorwork looks nice and the ends weave in easily and stay in. But I can't knit on it for long periods of time without it hurting my hands, so only an hour at a time.

If jumping into the deep end of colorwork doesn't revive me, nothing will!


On a completely different note, Stephanie totally hit the nail on the head with this post about what people say and why we say it. If you haven't noticed on my blog, I try to keep a positive tone; I will never understand why people say such mean and negative things about our HOBBY, we're supposed to be having fun here! All the negativity is tiring. Of course there are patterns, books, yarns, etc I don't like. Instead of spending my life and blog writing time talking about them, I choose to write about the things that excite and inspire me. And when I have nothing nice to say, I just keep quiet, no use adding to all the muck that's already out there!

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5 Responses


March 27, 2006

I am SO impressed that you have started this project. It has been on my Wish List for at least 2 years. Some day…


March 12, 2006

WHoo-HOOO!!! The map of the world afghan is starting to evolve! I’m so happy you started with it!!


March 12, 2006

Wow, I remember when you first bought the yarn to make the Map of the World afghan. Good luck with that. It will be beautiful when it’s finished, that’s for sure.


March 13, 2006

Unless it’s about the Department of Motor Vehicles ;-)

That afghan will be quite impressive when it’s all done. Looking forward to watching it evolve in your posts.


March 11, 2006

totally agree with you. the tongue-in-cheek reviews can be funny. but i cannot understand why some bloggers feel the need to be cruel.
life’s too short, and who wants all that bad karma!

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