A couple of you commented about how quickly I seem to be knitting the Alpine shawl. There was indeed a lot of progress made on Saturday, particularly compared to the previous few days.
But I did not do much on it yesterday. I seem to have slept “funny” on my right hand Saturday night (I woke up with my thumb bent back too far) so it felt not quite right — a bit of pain but nothing too serious. So I took it easy on the knitting yesterday, and will tonight as well.
I did knit on my sock-in-progress on the train.
One thing I’m really curious about- how do you manage to be faithful to one project before beginning another ?(not including socks). I suffer from yarn polygamy, if I’m working on one, I’m thinking about another.
(This, of course, is the secret to my apparent speed in knitting — project monogamy.)
Project monogamy is one of the very few examples of willpower in my life. How do I manage to remain faithful to one project? I just . . . do. If I have more than one “big” project and one sock going at a time, I actually feel uncomfortable.
In pre-Internet days, I always knit things one-at-a-time. I’d be working on a project, and halfway through it I’d decide what I wanted to knit next and buy the yarn for it. That way I could cast on for the next project as soon as I finished the current one. I didn’t even have a stash.
While the stash part has changed, I still think about my knitting serially. At this moment, I don’t know what I’m going to make next. I’m a bit more than halfway done with the Alpine shawl, so I ought to start thinking about it. I may do a series of small things, but it may occur to me to start something big. I bought several Cookie A. patterns from The Loopy Ewe, so perhaps I’ll make one of those as my “at-home” project. Because these are far more complex than my usual mindless commuter sock, I won’t knit them on the commute — I don’t want to have to fiddle with pattern and charts while on the train platform and on the train. So perhaps some at-home sock knitting is in order. I’ll knit them exactly according to the patterns, and not bastardize them into my usual toe-up process.
It sounds like you buy the novels you read. I’m curious why you don’t borrow them from your local public library. As a librarian, I’m always interested in why people do or do not use their local library.
Over the past few years I’ve bought many, many books from the public library’s collection of “for sale” books. I’ve found it is a great way to pick up books cheap — I think they sell paperbacks 4 for $1.00 and hardbacks for $1.00 each. When I’m done with them, I usually pass them on to someone else, or donate them to a book sale.
Why don’t I borrow books from the library? Mainly because I want to read them on my timetable, rather than one that the library imposes (out of necessity, of course).