Done Some Monday Afghan

I went to a great event this month, the Charlotte version of the World Wide Knit in Public Day (a.k.a. WWKiP Day). The Charlotte Knitting Guild (who organized it) and a raft of local yarn shops and other sponsors (who donated supplies and raffle prizes) created an event that I hope will recur every year for many years. I was got there late and had to leave early, and as I was slowly and sadly trudging away with my knitting, my cooler, and my folding chair, I heard someone calling me on a bullhorn. I walked back to find that I’d won an afghan kit from Charlotte Yarn! The kit included a circular needle, ten balls of EncoreĀ® Worsted yarn, and a book of afghan patterns. It is produced by Plymouth Yarn, and the booklet has 15 designs by JoAnne Turcotte, the Design Director of the company.

I probably would never have done a piece this large without the kit to get me started. I am about to finish the second repeat, doing 3 to 6 rows a night just before bed. The pattern is easy enough to do while watching a movie. I think I’m going to like the finished work a lot, but the white color is doomed in our house. The poor thing is already covered in black cat fur.

My first afghan

A couple of quick snapshots

Afghan in progress 2

 

By the way, my nickname for this project is a joke about how slowly I knit. The pattern book is called “Done by Monday Afghans.” The intro describes a person casting on after work on Friday and finishing up on Sunday evening after a relaxing weekend of knitting by the fire. I’m estimating that it would take me three such weekends to finish this project… so yeah, I’ll be done by Monday. Some Monday!

Stress and knitting

I only learned to knit nine months ago, but since then I’ve fallen into the pattern of stressing about unfinished projects. Last night, I knit three rows on the afghan, then set it aside to get ready for bed. I realized that I had no expectations about this particular project, and it was fine to get it done whenever. That realization was nice. I felt relaxed about working on the afghan a little at a time. I decided to treat all my knitting like this. After all, I’ve got more than enough other expectations …both external and internal… supplying plenty of stress, and don’t need my hobby to be another source of the lovely stuff.

Hope I can keep this perspective for a while!

Excuses, excuses… just show me the post, already

I have a bunch of ready-made excuses for why it has been six weeks since I last posted here (trip to New England, work is crazy, no time at home… et cetera, et fracking cetera… weep for me), but none of them matter a bit. Reality is that I could have posted any time, but I ended up watching Battlestar Galactica DVDs or surfing Ravelry instead. I finally did get started on some knitting, continuing ever so slowly on my next set of fingerless gloves (the Cabled Fingerless mitts by Carissa Browning) and starting on the afghan kit that I won at the Charlotte World Wide Knit in Public event a few weeks ago (many props to Charlotte Yarn for the kit and the Charlotte Knitting Guild, which organized the event). But of course I haven’t gotten photos of any of this. Perhaps this weekend I’ll break through the malaise I’ve been stuck in and get moving again. I actually installed a new WordPress blog on my old server at madstone.net. Not sure what I’ll do with yet another blog, but what the hell.