I have a serious willpower issue – to be more specific, I really don’t seem to have any (so I guess it is a lack of willpower issue). It took me a quite a few times to quit smoking and I kept on using any excuse in the book to start smoking again. I finally did quit – it has been a year and a half and although I can never see myself starting again – but I do worry about it occasionally because of the whole willpower thing and I’m not sure I’d find enough willpower to quit again.
I have been trying to be more healthy – eat right, exercise, lose weight. That lasted just a few months earlier this year. Now I have an obsession with these….every single night. (Isn’t chocolate supposed to be good for you? And of course, I’m not going to bring up the martinis….)
I just can’t give them up! I try….but I just need my after dinner fix of chocolate. Sigh. No willpower.
Haven’t I said repeatedly that I will not start new projects? That I joined the UFOlympics to finish Larry’s Cobblestone? Didn’t I say that in order for me to start something I had to finish a minimum of two projects – and that I was going to finish three by the end of August!
Yeah…but there is the little matter of my total lack of willpower…
Sigh. I know. Aren’t you so disappointed in me?
I had to! Once I saw the beautiful patterns in Twist Collective I was already starting to rationalize…after all, Larry can’t wear a sweater for months – same goes for the throw! Why waste summer knitting on things we can’t use right away? But once I saw Cleite by one of my favorite designers…I knew I was lost. I obsessed about it for 24 hours and then started it. I first tried it with some Colinnette Parisienne I had in the stash – gorgeous yarn but the mohair hid the stitch pattern. So I went back to the stash and found some Woolen Rabbit Merino Lace in Moroccan Spice, and I think it works…
Nice, eh? I’m on the second repeat and would have been further along had I not gotten lost in CraftLit tonight on the train and forgot where I was and have to tink back a row….
I will say – love the colors of the yarn, but it seems a little scratchy – maybe washing will help? Anyone use this and have experience of it after its washed? After the last couple of shawls in very soft yarn it is a different experience to not want to bury my face in it constantly. (On the other hand, maybe it will go faster if I don’t do that all the time!). The pattern calls for a size 3 needle – which I don’t have – so I’m using a 4 and I can’t imagine using a 3 – its pretty firm.
I’m pretty happy with it, and only feeling slightly guilty about not doing my stupid UFOs (really – winter isn’t for months – plenty of time to finish things…)
Oh, what’s that? Yeah, one more willpower issue. I placed a Knitpicks order for their new sock yarn – Imagination. Long story, terrible customer service…and I have one skein of yarn and a cancelled rest of order (I will say that after torturing me for a week or so, KP did refund me the cost of this one skein). This is about 200 yards. It seems like nice yarn – it is the Wicked Witch colorway. (I am not linking to Knit Picks tonight to punish them, so you’ll just have to find it on your own. But they won’t have more until September – just warning you!)
So how about a little contest for this skein of yarn – you can either find something to make with 200 yards of fingering weight, or wait until September and buy a second skein. Or combine it with a solid? Anyway, whatever the winner wants to do with it is fine with me (if you burn it, send me a picture – I’m holding a grudge tonight!).
But wait – how do you get into the contest? How about giving me some ideas to strengthen my willpower (please don’t suggest giving up martinis) – and it can be food, exercise, knitting or yarn buying related (again, notice how I avoided the chocolate/alcohol issues?). I’ll give you until this Saturday to give me your ideas and then I’ll pick a winner. If you have many good ideas, I’ll enter your name for as many ideas as you give me. Oh, and I’ll probably add something to the yarn – because getting one skein of sock yarn in the mail is just plain sucky!
OK, off to knit the shawl…can’t wait to read your ideas!