Restrictions

Meh. It happens.

I really do try to avoid it. But there are times when I just cannot make up my mind. There are a million things I want to knit…with minimal time to knit it in. Usually, it is during a time when I really just want to get my hands on some needles and into some yarn. Gets so bad, I don’t even care what I knit, as long as I am knitting something (…an odd and desperate situation for me because I generally only knit gifts or things I have a current use for). Once I start swatching though, I realize there are restrictions to prevent that indecisiveness for very long.

Take my sock yarn in the above photo. It’s a good amount. I just think I might need more. So, it needs a contrasting yarn for the cuffs, the heels, and the toesies.

Then, since we moved back, I have been thinking that I would love to make some housewares….just not in white.

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With the exception of the cranberry carpet in the living room and the blue walls in Boy Child’s room, most of the colors in our home are on the neutral side.

Ahh. That’s better!

So, after taking a gander around the house, hunting for something to knit, I came across a project just waiting to happen. A tattered, worn out pillow hubby mistakenly thinks should be a permanent fixture in the sun room. Yup. That’ll do.

But, after knitting on the pillow a bit, I realized something…

Now I need more yarn for it, lol.

Fortunately, during all the swatching and the initial knitting, I do think up something I actually need to knit…

…which usually requires another trip for more yarn anyway! 🙂

Restrictions aren’t so bad after all. 😉

Comments

  1. Believe it or not, I have those kind of days too. Most of the time it lands me pulling random yarns out, searching endlessly online for the right pattern, putting said yarns back and repeating the process until it’s past my bedtime. Best wishes to you on whatever you have finally decided to knit. 🙂

    • Thanks, Libby! I think we all go through that from time to time. All creatives have blockages at some point. I think the key is to not stop doing some part of the process though. When you don’t feel like doing, you prep for the doing instead. Usually, it gets you back into the doing quick enough. 🙂

  2. I have plenty of those moments – ugh! But how blissful it is when I finally land on a project that I know I or someone will use and love – aaaaaaah.

    • I feel the same way! Most things I knit are not for me. I do normally give stuff to my family and my friends. Sometimes some commissions. Rarely do I ever knit something I am going to use for myself. When I do, it normally sits in my basket unless it’s a scarf or mitts. I like it though when my folks use the knits I make for them. Such a cool feeling!

  3. Ahhh, yes, Stacey, the good old dawdle between projects. I have often been there and more often than not knit dishcloths while I make up my mind. Since my husband died two years ago I have purchased at least four kits which has prompted me to be a little more focused…note I said a LITTLE more focused 🙂 Now I am knitting a bulky weight merino blanket, and a simple stocking hat in merino, too. But then there is the embroidery kit I started before last Christmas and I have lots of quilting material to cut into squares, and then of course there is all the fiber I have to spin and ply and wash…oh my 🙂 Happy Weekend Knitting, Stacey!
    Gracie ❤

    • You and I are definitely on the same page! I always knit my mil dishcloths whenever I don’t know what I want to knit or hit a snag r something. That’s why she has such a great collection, lol! They are really quick though and good for when you just have to knit something. I do have some other larger projects in mind that I have to get some yarn and fiber for. But I needed something to knit right now. That kind of itch just won’t go away, lol!

      Looks like you have a lot of projects to keep busy with!! Sounds like fun!

  4. Looks like the pillow is working up nicely. Hope you’ll share the finished project with us!

    • I will. I hope it works up nicely. It’s just a bunch of rectangles. I am looking at a photo in one of my many knitting books for the inspiration. But I am eyeballing it. Too many directions on a lazy weekend for me, lol! So, we’ll see. 🙂

  5. caityrosey says:

    Restrictions. Makes me think of that famous line from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:
    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” There has got to be soemthing similar that can be said of restrictions. Perhaps something to do with unraveling.

  6. I just love your color work in your projects. I’m still intimidated and haven’t gotten past simple stripes, hah.

    • I love color work too! But, this would be more like stripes to me. The pillow form is just two strands held together. I normally don’t care much for that look. But I am taking a walk on the wild side fo this, lol. A bit of a punch for such a small project can’t hurt. 🙂

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