Confirmation of plans

I am surprisingly pleased to admit that I’ve actually been working on Lucidity here lately. I guess that brief love affair with my Celestial Blossom hat was just the thing I needed to re-ignite my knitting drive.

 

I realized after snapping photos of me modeling the hat, it appears as if I have a tattoo. ( I don’t it’s a birth mark and the subject of many past conversations). And although I’ve been back and forth waffling about this grandiose idea of beads, beads, and more beads. So much so it’s resulted in me actively avoiding Lucidity for more than a 2 month stretch in accumulative days.

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I can say seeing the affect in a nearly completed state has me rethinking my rethink ( I know it’s confusing me too.)

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All in all the insanity is just what Lucidity has shaped up to be but, when somewhere around row 20 of the border I realized I don’t quite have 1,000 stitches (Yeah I know, shocked me too. Upside: by now it should be over 1,000.) I kicked into gear (or out of the way—depends on how you see it) a threshold cap I didn’t realized I’d unconsciously placed upon myself.

I had been avoiding Lucidity because I felt like it was more than a thousand stitches and growing and I mentally chickened out of the seemingly overwhelming task of the planned endeavour. But, when I realized I wasn’t at my perceived stitch limitations I have been more active in recent days in trying to get it done.

Now knowing better I’m on row 23 (?) and things are looking a lot better. For instance, my numbers in each of the four sections are finally starting to add up which for a minute there they did not. (Remember I mentioned this was an experimental shawl after so many number errors because, no one in their right mind goes back all those stitches of k2tog, ssk, & yo’s not to mention with the additional placements of beads. Nope, not gonna’ happen.) I am perfectly content living with my number-discrepancy shawl.

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Does it count

if the bulk of the items haven’t been cast on yet? I’m still barely active in my fiber pursuits. More time is spent having the desire to knit, cast on, bind off & spin than any actual activity amounts to. In all seriousness if I wasn’t outwardly suffering from an unexpected summer cold I’d fear I had a terminal illness for the lack of progress.

I have the tendency to write list sometimes therein I write down things that need to be completed by the weeks end. Last weeks list was semi-failure. While I was able to check off major goals (putting clothes away) I didn’t get to check off major milestones (knit to row 20 of the border). I had decided quite a ways ago that I prefer having one (two tops) items on the needles at a time because I complete them sooner that way. Unfortunately, still I am knitting on Lucidity. It’s been nearly four months and it (as is typical of larger items that challenge me) I’ve put it aside for nearly two.

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Being that it’s lingering much longer than I’d like, than it should, than is necessary leaves a gaping hunger for something new to cast on. And while I know what I really want to cast on until Lucidity is no longer claiming the needles I want to use I’m stuck trying to fill said hole with other things.

The purple and oatmeal color is for a design I’ve been working on. Everything is done except the numbers needed to keep track to make it a proper pattern. So until I can focus enough to keep count on all the minute details of something I myself designed than I can’t be trusted to not zone out and knit it anyway. The red and black yarn is the beginning of a tablet sleeve that I plan to do my first colorwork (it’s my practice before casting on K2’s second vest) on. Said colorwork is the tulips pictured (right) that I came up with on the fly to match my stitch count and gauge.

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Because I realized I actually like hats and the one I was a test knitter for a year ago is one of my favorites I decided to make another but, in a different yarn and color.

Another part of my competed to-do-list was to declutter (sort of) and part of that involved a corner space of my room.

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That’s only about 3-4 items checked off last weeks list. I can already tell I’m behind…

“Being” Healthy

This month is the most quiet I’ve been in some time. And while I’d love to say that’s a given because I do have moments when I get burnt out on my knitting and need to breakaway from it all; this isn’t one of those times. 

About three months ago I started a new medication that with all the wisdom of hindsight did me more harm than good. While I initially thought it was working wonders (as medicines often claim to do) I was missing big neon signs pointing warnings at me. As a result of a two months obliviousness, I started having symptoms of illness that were similiar to that which resulted in me becoming deathly ill a few years back. (When I say deathly I have the ICU medical records to prove it).

Long story short, bigger health setbacks caused me to clue in to the smaller warning signs I had overlooked. (During this two month period I wasn’t knitting, spinning, nor engaging in other such activities that genereally make up my personality and interest.) And although it’ll take me time to get back to myself, I have made some strides in the right direction.

I haven’t picked my spinning back up, but K4 stopped by and spent a day spinning hers. Making the goal of once her handspun has been plied and completed she is going to knit herself a earbud holder with it. Which is great on so many levels. She’s been spinning since she was eight and although intermittently she is quite good at it. So much so, I told her once she completes her goal I’ll buy her a batt for her next spin.

Lucidity is on row 15 almost 16 and still at a snails pace. As much as I’d like to talk myself into stop adding beads all in order to finish sooner, I can’t seem to talk myself out of my original idea to add them without fear of regretting the decision later.

“It’ll all be worth it”, is what I keep telling myself and while I do believe this, I also keep making mistakes that after so many placements of beads aren’t worth frogging back to. At the very list this border will be interesting.

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More determined than patient

This continued state of lack of knitting drive surges on. I think in one fail swoop I’ve managed to satisfy my beaded knitting craving and drop all projects that could have been done ages ago.

I’m on row 11 of the 44 that is left of the border on Lucidity. And while it is looking gorgeous I have to admit I’ve made a few stitch errors and honestly I’ve reached the sections where there are 3 beads every 4-6 stitches and I really just want to forge ahead with straight knitting instead of having to frequently pause to add a bead. It’s been languishing in a bag more than touched for over two weeks as a result.

Likewise Vivacity (Levity 2.0) has been put on the back burner I can only guess as to why. I’m assuming my attempts to force myself to work on Lucidity is what made that so. But now having realized just how little is left to do on Vivacity I decided to pick it up and complete it as quickly as I can. I have 20 rays left to complete.

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I was discussing the endeavour K2’s vest turned out to be and the individual I was conversing with said that since I now have the pattern down (the one I managed to make) I could do another relatively easily. While I initially turned this idea down flat. They said I had to have a lot of patience to do the projects I’ve done thus far. I had to clarify that rather than patient I’m more determined. Patience’s something I think I lack in great amounts but, if I’m determined enough to accomplish something setbacks won’t stop me from ultimately completing my goal.

With that thought in mind. I’ve decided to make one more vest for my nephew. Not a moment to late I might add for he has his current vest hanging in his closet awaiting the arrival of school where he already has clothes picked out to wear it with. No greater knitter pride can be found.