In Which I Make Up My Own Definition of Polygamy

Once upon a time I was a self-proclaimed monogamous knitter.  As in, research patterns, pick a project, buy the yarn, knit, repeat.  There was no straying.  There was no making more than one project at a time, no buying yarn on a whim that I had no plan for.  One WIP on the needles at a time.  That was how I liked it.  I thought that I would never finish anything if I had more than one thing going.

This is a logical and rational course of action.  Now I don’t know what happened to it.

I think it has something to do with last year being the first year that I knit almost all of my gifts for Christmas.  My current project had to spend some time on the back burner while I made six thousand slouchy hats.  Or maybe it was because I had to switch LYSs when I went to college, and the new one carries Malabrigo, something I had only heard about until then.  Honestly, the first time I touched Malabrigo, I bought it right away and everything else was put on hold until I knit a hat with it.  It was a little pathetic how in love with it I was. 

But mostly I blame these:

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Two of my friends at college love Dr. Who, and were telling me that people sell Dr. Who scarves for upwards of $100.  I felt that this was a ridiculous amount of money, and told them I could make them for them for just the price of the yarn.

Little did I know…

Having never watched Dr. Who, I didn’t know that he wears scarves that are 12-feet long.  Somehow, I remained oblivious to the fact that I was knitting 12 square feet of garter stitch until I was already a foot in.  Plus, I’m knitting them both at the same time, because I thought it would be nice if they were both done at the same time.  It was a good idea in retrospect because I now know that I would never go back to knit the second one once I realized how long the first one would take.  But they are HEAVY.

And, for the record, I do not knit continental style.

(For my non-knitting readers, there are two ways of knitting: English and Continental.  English is significantly slower than Continental, and is my preferred method.  Of course.)

I don’t mind knitting them, but it makes being a monogamous knitter near-impossible.  Can you imagine knitting nothing but garter stitch for that long?  I would lose my mind.

Here is a list of my current extra-marital strayings:

1. Cable Gloves

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Please excuse the atrocity of a photograph.  It was taken many months ago in my poorly-lit dorm.

This pattern consists of pages and pages of cable charts.  In other words, I LOVE IT.  I worked on it during the winter while I watched Boy Meets World reruns.  My second semester was much busier, though, and I didn’t have either the time to watch Boy Meets World, or the attention span that is needed to work on them.  I still have about three quarters of the second glove left.

2.  Lace Roses Scarf

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I won’t be able to get a good picture of it until it is finished and blocked, but this should give an idea of the great color.  Malabrigo Lace is essentially the best thing in the world. 

I like this scarf a lot.  It is portable, the chart is easy to memorize, and it doesn’t require a lot of attention.  This is, however, also its downfall.  It’s easy to put off because I know I’ll always be able to find the time to finish it.  I believe it is equivalent to the “nice guys always finish last” scenario.

3. Baby Clothes

My boss’s wife is having a baby, and I jump on any opportunity to make baby clothes.

4. Christmas Gifts

I decided on mittens this year.  I’m not ready to think about it yet.

5. Crochet Granny Square Afghan

I really really really do not enjoy crocheting.  But I really really really wanted an afghan to match my bed spread, and I am not about to knit one on top of the Dr. Who scarves.  That would just be poor planning.  Crocheting is much faster.

The good news is that I just finished a lace scarf, which is now crossed off of my overwhelming list.  It seems as though as soon as I gave up my monogamous ways, two simultaneous projects escalated into three thousand.  Jeepers.

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Posted on August 3, 2009, in Knitting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I stumbled on your blog while looking at knitting blogs and I really like it! Keep up the good work!
    I, too, am a college student just starting a knitting blog (http://www.artohline.wordpress.com if you care). Mostly in order to post knitting porn (close ups of stitches, yarn, etc. yum!), but I like writing a few words here and there sometimes.
    Anyway, I really like your concept and your writing style. I’ll be following you, good luck!

  2. Gorgeous projects. The Lace Roses scarf is lovely! I have quite a few projects going on at once too. Isn’t it funny ~ I love crocheting and find it relaxing whilst knitting makes me tense! (Although, there are so many beautiful knit patterns out there that I’m determined to learn properly.)

  3. I think maybe you should find a new word… polygamy suggests betrayal! hehe Maybe “Poly-amorous” where all the projects are happily coexisting? hehe

    Great blog!

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