13 February 2014

The Lovely & The Very Ugly

The Lovely & The Very Ugly

I've been forcing myself to finish some of my WIP's. Believe me, force is not too strong a word for some of these projects. I really had to grit my teeth and knit like the wind to get the mucky brown, very ugly socks (nearly) off the needles. 

You see, I'm not a half-finished WIP sort of person. I don't have bags of abandoned projects lying around. Well, that's not entirely true. I do have a number of half-finished or very nearly finished projects all over the place, it's just that I do have plans to finish them. Eventually. Generally, I like to get stuff off the needles. If I do go off a project, or decide it isn't working, I'll usually frog it. Although that's not until it's sat around unloved for a few months/years and I've tossed and turned a bit about whether it's worth finishing.

Which brings me to my recent revelation. When it comes to knitting, I have an interest time limit of about a month. Six weeks max. If a project is taking longer I start to get antsy. Restless. Bored with it. What starts as an exciting adventure begins to feel like drudgery after about a month or so. My mind wanders off thinking of the next lovely thing to knit and I find myself buying the odd skein here and there in the hopes that I might start something else.

The Lovely & The Very Ugly

I guess that's why I prefer to have only a few things on the needles at any one time. Any more and it all starts to take too long. That month creeps up too fast and, before I know it, I'm feeling a bit cross with my knitting.

I certainly felt cross with the very ugly autumn-coloured socks. The colours that looked so fabulous in the ball, were really not working for me knitted up. Plus, the yarn was splitty and coarse. Argh! My father in Law watched me knit them, heard me grumble and told me he liked them. His comments encouraged me to keep going. "Maybe it's just me" I thought. "Maybe I'll like them when they're finished".

Well, they're nearly finished and I still think they're yuck. All I have to do is kitchener the toes and weave in my ends but I can't quite bring myself to pick them up again. I've gone way past the point of frogging them. Instead, I think I'll make myself spend the 20 minutes I need to get them done, block them and give them to my father in law. 

The Lovely & The Very Ugly

On the other hand, I did really enjoy finishing my lovely indigo blue lace socks. Aren't they so pretty? I love that they're a mirror image of one another. It was a delight to knit these. The pattern was fun and the yarn looked and felt delicious.

When I popped them on my feet my 4 year old niece expressed concern that I'd get cold. She showed me how her finger could poke through the holes and she wondered if I might like to sew them up. She might be right, they might be a bit drafty on especially cold days. But, I'm pretty sure I won't be sewing up any holes. I love those holes. Instead, I think I might try to find a groovy pair of winter shoes to show them off in.

If you're after more details about patterns and yarns, my lovely blue socks are on Ravelry here. The very ugly ones are here.

We're moving into our new house tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also nervous about unpacking all those boxes. 10 years ago, when we had one small baby, we shipped exactly 100 boxes to our new house. This time, three more children later, we've got over 300. Oh dear.

Wish me luck.


18 comments:

  1. The brown one looks like a Zauberball to me, I ended up gifting the pair I made in a different colourway to my mother. My gauge was slightly different with it to normal so they were slightly too short. Pity, I liked the colours (mine were blue and purple), but mum loves them even more so it worked out ok.
    I do love your blue ones though; very nice.

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  2. Your blue socks are so pretty. The brown ones are very manly so finish and gift to your FIL. I hope the move goes well and that you unearth so forgotten treasure in your boxes

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  3. Good luck with the unpacking!! I love the blue socks, and brown ones look great for an encouraging FIL!

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  4. Aw hope the move goes well. Your blue socks are gorgeous, even with all the holes ;-) I feel similarly with projects that take too long, probably why I've not crocheted any squares for my blanket recently because it's been dragging on since August

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  5. Your blue socks are beautiful but I have to say I really live the brown ones, but of course those are my kind of colors.

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  6. Your "ugly" socks make me think of the seventies, or at least the few years I remember of it. That would endear me to a project. But I have to agree about interest waning after a few weeks. If I make a mistake and have to rip back too far, too many times I start to resent the project. It's funny you say it makes you cross. That's exactly what I say when my husband asks how it's going. "Oh, I'm cross with it!"

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  7. And good luck with your move day! May your home be blessed from the first day on.

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  8. As knitters, we were clearly separated at birth. When I (somehow) end up with more than two (possibly three) projects on the needles, I start to feel grumpy! Best of luck on move-day ... take lots of pictures so you can look back and remember the zaniness!

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  9. I like both of them. Your father in law will appreciate your hard work : ) Last time we moved I had so many boxes of fabric and yarn that I started labelling the boxes 'kitchen'. No one asked any questions about why there were so many boxes for the kitchen--until they opened them......

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  10. Your socks are gorgeous, I particularly love the blue ones. All the best for your move, hope it all goes smoothly. Wendy

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  11. I love your ugly socks! I bought three balls of crazy zauberball yarn last week, and I'm really looking forward to casting them on. Your niece sounds adorable :)

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  12. I actually like the brown socks, but those blue ones are even better! I know what you mean about having a short attention span, I am the same way most of the time. I like instant gratification projects.

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  13. I like both pairs! Doesn't it just feel good to even have the icky WIPs done, though? I have way too many lying around because I'm like you, I only have about a month's interest to spend on each one. I do go through finishing phases about twice a year and it really just feels good to be done with projects, whether you like them or not. It's done, not hogging up needles, markers, or holders anymore, and not causing you any more distress by being unfinished. :)

    Best of luck unpacking!

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  14. I actually like the "ugly" socks too! : ) The blue ones are lovely. It does feel really nice to get WIPs off the needles - such a feeling of accomplishment. Good luck with the move!

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  15. I still remember a school science lesson that "proved" a holey vest is warmer than a non-holey vest. I was sceptical as only a 10 year old can be, but it did seem to make sense.

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  16. I hope your move went well! I love your indigo lace socks too. So pretty! xoxo

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous, how clever are you?

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  18. Oh I've disappeared!

    Hello from a new reader & knitter. I hate to tell you but I love the Autumn socks. The colours are lush - I suspect this may be because I am sat freezing in the UK. Your blue lacy socks remind me of my school days when we all wore white "virgin socks". I remember the rush we all had to try and grow out of them and not let Mum buy anymore. Mind, not sure we knew what a virgin was.....

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