Get on with it!
Tuesday November 17th 2009, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Knit


I’ve been stumped all day. Too many ideas, none of them holding still for singling out.

So I wound up a thousand yards of silk. Then another 650 of violet Sea Silk. A skein of dark amethyst Fleece Artist here, a little blue sock yarn over there.  Then I scoured the mill oils out of four hanks of undyed yarn that I’d like to add my own colors to and hung them to dry to be ready for… Pink? Greens and blues?

I felt like I got nothing done, I got a lot done, it just wasn’t actual knitting yet. (And it wasn’t till that Handmaiden Sugar Plum silk was wound and the long lines of deep rose and gold all fused in with the bits of blues and greens that I realized it: I’d bought a small-scale version of Rooster Rock! And of Mardi Gras! Huh.  I guess I wasn’t done with it yet.  Colors are like people: they’re influenced by the ones around them.)

But sometimes the preparations for the work feel like as much work as the work, and yet they are absolutely as necessary.  Even when it feels like they’re only getting in the way. They’re not.

Okay, but I still need a good carry-around project for tomorrow’s big day in San Francisco.  Deadlines–they’re helpful too, definitely. Hopefully… (running away from the computer…)

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I know what you mean about choosing the same color. I’ve learned to physically check my old lipstick in my purse before buying the “perfect new one”. Too many times I’ve come home with the same-old color when I was in the mood to make a change — surprise!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 11.18.09 @ 3:15 am

Sounds like somebody brain-hamster has been doing a lot of running in the wheel. lol

Artists impress me. Creative people who can see objects, be it crayons, paint, paper, notes or yarn, and feel the projects (or at least buds of ideas) trying to make their way through the grape vine.

From my very humble (and short) experience, I am coming to realize that prep work actually gives me pause in my excitement to start a new project. I still get too excited while reading the pattern and need to tink (hihihi), but it does force my mind to focus.

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 11.18.09 @ 6:48 am

All quite lovely yarns, but I’m sure something will call out to you and make its wants known…

Comment by Channon 11.18.09 @ 7:15 am

Wow, look at that shine! Your report reminds me of deep house-cleaning. It looks a lot worse before it looks better but it has to be done first.

Comment by sherry in idaho 11.18.09 @ 7:47 am

shiny.. pretty…soft….
What’s not to enjoy? On my bad days, I hand wind skeins into balls. No swift or ball winder, just me and my arms and hands. And sometimes my neck. And often the cats.
It is really good gentle exercise.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.18.09 @ 8:25 am

Oh, I’m convinced that the preparation is more work than the actual product. At least it is for me when I’m trying to create a new greeting card. Right now I have the front of a birthday card, but I’m stuck for the inside. It will be along — eventually.

Humor –

A doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa. “The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?” 

After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, “Wedding Cake.”

Comment by Don Meyer 11.18.09 @ 10:21 am

Funny thing, I was just thinking how beautiful yarn scares me. I love using my ballwinder safely to prepare these delightful yarns but know once I start to knit I’ll be scared!

Comment by LynnM 11.18.09 @ 11:01 am

All beautiful yarn. You’ll know what to bring when you wake up tomorrow! Have a great day in San Francisco!

Comment by Karen 11.18.09 @ 3:37 pm

Fortune favors the prepared mind, and I think knitting favors the prepared yarn. Nice preparation.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.18.09 @ 5:24 pm

Good prepwork is essential for a smooth working experience….

Comment by Carol 11.18.09 @ 7:31 pm

Look at all the yummy yarn!!! And to think you hand-wound those pretty balls. My handwound balls, on the rare occasion I do hand-wind mind you, never look as pretty as that! I also claim to be a repeat offender when it comes to choosing colors. I am trying very hard to diversify, but I still grab the same shades first. One of the advantages of hand-paints is the subtle variations that are possible to my favorite pinks, teals, and purples. My goal is to have lace shawls in the colors of the rainbow so I have one perfect for every outfit or occasion. The stack is growing 🙂

Comment by Kristina 11.19.09 @ 8:30 pm

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