Starting Fresh

Over the course of a single summer, I went from being a Serial Monogamist Knitter (SMK) to having three projects on the needle at once: my socks, a Waterlily tee, and now this. 

Never would I have guessed this would ever happen to me. Before you know it, I will be exercising daily, ceasing to use foul language in most sentences, and other unthinkable things.


My itty bitty swatch of Madelinetosh DK in Fallencloud is finished. Washed and dried. Bam!

I cast on a new hat design project in Fallencloud this morning. I am two rows in. I have had this design in my head for a year now. I made an attempt last fall, but the yarn was all wrong. I am hoping for a more suitable pairing with the Madelinetosh DK.

As I think of my design work, I think: A hat. No biggie. I can finish in a day. 

I crack myself up.

Two weeks in, I have had three false starts and accomplished little. I plot to pull an all nighter now that the hard math and written pattern development has been sketched out. The thinking is largely done. Now I can just knit. I hope.

I am always amazed at the amount of time that goes into developing even a small, one-skein project. This leaves me in utter awe of sweater designers and other projects that come in more than one size. My heroes. 

As with much in my life, I am constantly challenged by how little time I have for my own endeavors. Or perhaps my time is proportioned suitably but my endeavors are lofty.  Either way, my progress is slower than I prefer. I know this may change someday when my child is older, but for now I struggle to make peace with my perpetual inability to create my own success. Just for me, standing on my own two feet and succeeding at something more than providing three square meals a day, washing dishes, harvesting tomatoes, entertaining toddlers in some sort of enriching fashion, and overseeing bath time. 

Soon, I promise myself. Soon.

Linking up with Ginny. Just finished reading How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz and loved it. 

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  • Reply adelightfulglow August 19, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Very pretty! I am in awe too, of designers and of big knitting projects. I’ve long knitted dishcloths, but that’s all. I love to make them, because I can pick it up and work without a lot of thinking. Someday, I think, I will try a blanket, but it may be a while.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Dishcloths sound refreshing…although cotton yarn and I don’t much get along. Hurts my wrists.

  • Reply Donna August 19, 2015 at 7:02 am

    You naughty lady – more than ONE project at at time? Welcome to my world. I have lost count these days. I just knit what is calling me on that particular day. I love that yarn you are using. That Mad Tosh is some great stuff.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Do you think Mad Tosh would find me a creepy stalker if I asked her if I could come visit?

      • Reply Tamera L August 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

        If you DO get to visit… Can I come, too? I’m currently working with some tosh sock in the faded parka colorway. Swoon!

  • Reply Rachel August 19, 2015 at 7:06 am

    What a pretty little swatch! I hope your hat design goes more smoothly moving forward. I can’t imagine ever publishing a pattern because I don’t have the drive to write it all out for others to follow.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Rachel. The typing it up is the easy part…it’s the figuring it out…starting over and over…that can be tricky.

  • Reply Mary Jo August 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I’m with Donna! And I would NOT publicly admit to how many WIPs I have around the house. But I claim insanity as an artist and the fact that that’s my style and my work. I also have many art projects going at any one time in my studio space and there you go. They’ll all be completed in a mostly timely manner and move on to my gallery or as gifts. My sons are in their forties and not much art ever happened during those young years. As I know you’ve been told – and its true – that wild child time goes by so quickly and is so precious. The hat will come and I can’t wait to see it when it does. I LOVE the Tosh Fallencloud!

  • Reply Joy August 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Haha! I laughed out loud at the SMK comment. I keep thinking I’ll branch out and cheat a little bit, but so far, only one project at a time. My brain can’t handle it. I have that weird time dilation too, although not in designing. Some projects I think will move super fast, and others slow; and it’s almost always the inverse. I always seem to go faster when distracted from the actual knitting! I’ll look down after a half hour watching tv and find five or six inches done, but when I sit in a quiet room for the same amount of time, maybe 2/3 to a half of that? SO weird.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I have only recently started SMK…I have found it handy to have an “easy” project to pick up when my brain is dead…or when I might have to put it down at any point. Knitting stockinette or ribbing in the round is handy for this.

  • Reply Louise August 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Designing always takes longer than I think it will. Can’t wait to see it.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I have since started over thrice more…spent two hours knitting last night, only to realize I had made the amateur move if twisting the joint. Starting over again today. Possibly a jinxed project…

  • Reply Lynne August 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    You took me back to a far sweeter time…cuddling a toddler & a baby…when a day’s agenda was as sweet & simple as it gets. :’-} Thank you & please savor every moment! If your cup is brimming with that sentiment, let me add the one drop that makes it overflow. It goes by in a flash & before you know it your babies are teenagers who have to be threatened with the removal of electronics to get them to shower…you still must provide 3 squares a day…there will be laundry & dishes until the day we meet our maker & you still will have little time for your own endeavors. ;-} Such is the sweet life of a mother. Hugs!

  • Reply caffeinegirl August 20, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Lynne must be a better homemaker than I, because I remember being tired and not having enough time when mine were little! I definitely feel like I have a LOT more time now that they are in their 20’s. That toddler phase is the best and the worst. They are so cute and engaging, little flowers opening to the world, but they need an awful lot of minding! I found that me-time increase gradually once they turn 4 or 5.

  • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 20, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I appreciate the perspective. I love these days of toddler head…secretly looking for to a bit more me time at ages 4 and 5…

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