Quick Question…

Okay, seriously–

I’ve been working on the Cave Troll’s socks, and the colors are bright and they’re totally kicking me out of the funk (as is the spring rain:-)but I’m having trouble figuring out what to do about the baby blanket.

I usually do not hate intarsia this badly.

But then, I haven’t really done a lot of intarsia since before Kewyn was born. I’m starting to believe those two moments are not coincidental. I can’t work on this blanket unless everybody is happy, everything around my work space is clean, and everybody is off my lap.

Realistically, how often is that going to happen?

But I LOOOOVVVVEEE these colors…and who else is going to have a baby anytime soon? This is the last one in a while (of course, that being said, everybody and their brother’s best friend’s sister is going to get knocked up!) What am I going to do with this?

I just hate TOADs… I truly truly hate abandoning projects…I’ve got less than a handful of them in my entire 9 year fiber history…adding one to my list is sort of depressing…

So what do you think? Is there shame in admitting defeat? Should I pull out the cool self-striping acrylic and the size 8ts, whip up a feather/fan cable and preen, or should I keep up w/the cotton intarsia on the size 6’s? I can’t promise I’ll count votes, but I am curious–at what stage do you abandon a perfectly good project?

0 thoughts on “Quick Question…”

  1. Hello, my name is Lore and I’m a quitter. I dump a project a soon as it pisses me off, or I can no longer pay attention to it while it’s sitting in my lap. You know, those things you pick up with every intention of starting, but never seem to make any progress on. Yeah, those. I’m terrible though. I’ve dumped more than I’ve finished at this point. But I’m an admitted neophyte.

  2. Catie says:

    I’m too new to have abandoned projects, I just have one that is languishing. It isn’t really my fault though because the LYS recommended a totally different weight yarn because I wanted a specific colour and they couldn’t handle not selling me something. I have a new LYS now.
    I’m really enjoying Vulnerable. It is a lighter read than I’ve been reading lately, which is fine, just means it won’t last as long. My only true biff is that I know something happens to Adrian because of the summary on amazon.ca about wounded or bound or both. I have also noticed the typos and would have thought them odd if I didn’t know they were coming. They aren’t that invasive though. The only typing thing that gets me is when you use “&” instead of writing it out. A minor bother for a good book. I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m done.

  3. NeedleTart says:

    Hello, My name is Bonnie and I have abandoned many projects (of course, I *have* been knitting a little longer than you, cough, cough). I prefer to think of them as “not right now” projects, rather than abandoned. Once, a long time ago, somone told me there is an indigenous tribe that piles a woman’s unfinished projects on her grave. You will find me under that mountain over there…..

  4. Amy Lane says:

    (LOL) You’ll find me under a pile of clean laundry, dirty dishes, and ungraded papers…my the Goddess haver mercy on my cluttered soul…

  5. Louiz says:

    I hate to give up on something, and it will sit there for weeks, months, with me glaring at it every so often, “how dare it be wrong!” before it really pisses me off in some way and I will have a therapeutic frogging session!

  6. roxie says:

    If you would rather wash the dishes than knit the intarsia, then put it away. Do that self-striping feather and fan and preen away. In a few years, you will find the intarsia and go for it with renewed enthusiasm. For a baby blanket, you should put joy into every stitch, not resentment because you hate the fricking project!

    If there are holes, take a needle and thread, and pull them closed. No one willl ever know!!

  7. Lyssa says:

    I haven’t ever tried intarsia, and frankly, don’t really want to. Too much thinking interrupting my knitting 🙂

    Roxie sent me a copy of Vulnerable as a surprise present…I liked it! Looking forward to (having time to read) the others.

  8. Amy Lane says:

    `(I’m so glad you liked the book, Lyssa–I really hope you like the next two!!!)

  9. NeedleTart says:

    Ohh! Amy, be sure to check comments on my blog. Coach left you a note. Bwa ha ha!

  10. Rae says:

    Like Lady, I’m a quitter. I deal with the guilty of abandoning projects. I keep them around, sometimes for years. But in the end, I drop them like a hot potato. If it doesn’t do me, I don’t do it.

    Quid pro quo, baby. You do me, I’ll do you. But if you don’t do me, well, hang it up. I’m not putting out for you. 🙂

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