Monday, June 04, 2007
finish what you started
Some of you are going to laugh at me, because you have untold numbers of projects "in progress" hiding in bags and baskets all over your house. I don't know if it's my Puritanical upbringing or just my rabid thriftiness (a.k.a. cheapness), but I really don't like to leave a project unfinished. I don't even like having more than one project going at a time, because of the delay conveyed to one by progress on the other.
I recently pulled out this wonderful yarn I bought a while back from Lazy Perry Ranch to try my hand at toe-up socks. This being the first time for the toe-up thing, I stuck to plain old stockinette, thinking that the toe-uppiness would be challenge enough and I should just keep it simple. I will say that the short-row heel was somewhat challenging the first time, and I ripped and re-knitted it once. But otherwise, it's just a sock, backwards. Not really brain surgery.
So I knitted and knitted in stockinette and eventually realized that this was going to be a really boring pair of socks. I also wanted to knit all the way to the end of the skein on each sock, since the color is "Fade to salmon" and I wanted to be sure use the really intense part at the end (remind me next time to start with the intense part, okay?). So the boring stockinette sock is destined to be a boring stockinette knee-high.
That's all fine and good when you're sitting through a three-day conference and flying around on airplanes with lots of stockinette-knitting time on your hands, but now that I'm back home with one sock and one toe finished, I can't possibly imagine knitting the second one. I think it's worse than second-sock syndrome, because despite the lovely yarn, I didn't even really enjoy making the first sock very much. And there are so many other projects waiting to be knitted!
I'm thinking it's time to cut my losses and stuff this into the back of the yarn cabinet. For shame! Hopefully after a few months my guilt will grow sufficiently strong for me to rip the whole thing out and rewind the yarn for future use. And when that day comes, I will start with the part I wanted to use in the first place. And I think I might also start at the top.