Sunday, September 30, 2012

Things Fall Apart

I started the month with good intentions of picking up projects I hadn't worked on in a while. Then things got busy, and I took fewer and fewer stitches on these projects. And then **BAM** the Library's Silent Auction is upon us. (Yes, I was crazy enough to agree to head that again this year.) The ladies at the library decided to agreed to were strong-armed into decorating a Christmas tree again this year for the auction. In order to be a good leader, I put aside my scheduled stitching to make up a few ornies and a few (hundred) feet of knit garland. I stitched two Miss Crescent's Crowne ornaments from JCS Ornie issues: "Jolly" and "Merry." I'm also workting on Lizzie*Kate's "Peace" from the 2003 issue, but I've got to get these finish-finished before the tree goes to auction in just over two weeks (YIKES). So I think this is where I'll stop.

You're looking at the picture and you are thinking "isn't it just i-cord?" Yes, it's just an i-cord, but knitters have been inspired! They were so enamored of it. One of the younger women is ready to knit herself some garland for her full-sized tree. The funny thing is it's just some crap yarn from the $1 bin at A.C. Moore. I bought three skeins of it, but I'm not sure I'm going to use even one whole one. According to electronic sources, you need nine feet of garland for every foot of tree (height). So over thirty feet!? I'm at about 15' now, and plan to stop at the end of this skein, but not bind off in case it's way too long. I want to have an out.
The contributions of our knitters.

7 comments:

Jennifer Fritzen said...

Every time I see tiny, cute knitted things, it makes me wish I could knit. I've tried (crochet too), but I can't seem to get the hang of it. Also, I appreciate a good Chinua Achebe reference

barbara said...

Oh - I have to squee! Those tiny things are far too cute. I love the idea of knitted garland, too!

Deb said...

Even though you had good intentions of picking up projects that you hadn't worked on in a while, what you did work on will benefit others so that is a very good thing.

Needle Nicely said...

I think you need to allow yourself more flexibility in the slots for old projects. I, personally, react negatively when I absolutely have to do something this minute. But I'm great about doing it in the next two days. Perhaps you should approach your WIPs this way.

Perhaps select 5 projects and assign them priority. So first work on #1 during 3 or 4 days; then move on to #2 for the next 3 or 4 days; etc.

i think it's great that you continue to participate in the library fund-raiser. I'm a great Christmas tree lover and I think you should not bind off, but leave your i-cord as is on the tree (I assume), with the additional proviso of your extra skeins for the high bidder. I like lots of garlands and lights on my trees so I'm biased!

Needle Nicely said...

I just read my comment. You should allow yourself more leeway on each project. That is, 4 projects of 6 or 7 days each. That gives you more flexibility. Sorry for the duh! moment.

Giovanna said...

From the look of things that tree is going to be just lovely. I like your ornies, now I might have to stitch them too :-)

Adrienne Martini said...

I admire your ability to knit that much I-cord without trying to hang yourself with it in order to make the dullness stop.