Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Koolaid Dying Fun!

Several women form my stitchnbitch group got together to try out this Koolaid dying. And it was a blast. So easy, and the colors are so vibrant. I loved it! I can't wait to do more.

My yarn did not turn out the way I expected it to, the way I planned it to. So I couldn't WAIT for it to dry so that I could wind it up and see what it would look like in a ball. Because it was terribly ugly as a skein. Just big blotches of color in awkward stripes.

But as a ball... as a ball of yarn it is subtly varigated through every color of the rainbow, with unexpected jumps from red to blue to orange. I love it. I am so relieved. I might even pick this ball up in a store and think, "nice." But... I probably wouldn't buy it. I am never drawn to brightly colored, multi-colored yarns. But this one I'll keep. It will make a nice something for a child.

How quickly will my next batch of natural yarn get here?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Pull, Don't Push the UFOs

This has nothing to do with whether you are a "thrower" or not (I'm a thrower). It's about motivation. I am notorious in my knitting group for starting lots of projects. Which inevitably means I don't FINISH a lot of projects. And I tend to feel guilty about this. But the lovely ladies over at Stash and Burn have been talking over the past few months about knitting as PLEASURE! We have to remind ourselves that this is a hobby, a pastime for pleasure. So why would we feel guilty?

I pledge to take a new approach to my UFOs.
I will not force myself to finish anything. I will let it sit until I feel a pull. I know that if the project is good I will feel a pull to finish it. Something will re-inspire.

For example, my Chevron Scarf. That scarf is so fine and needs to be so long, that I finally lost momentum. I got distracted with other small projects, with only about 12 inches to go. But then a woman at work walked in wearing a colorful necklace, it was lovely. And I thought, "My Chevron Scarf could act as an accessory like that. I want to finish it." There is my pull.

No need to push yourself to finish things, let them rest until you are called to them again.