March 7, 2008


What is it about starting a big project that kick-starts the little project?

For months, Timmy has been asking for a vest. What? A man's garment without sleeves? Every knitter's dream, right? So finally, finally I cast it on, only to realize that it would fit Jackie Gleason. I rip, re-cast and get going. Then, the doorbell rings -- it's my neighbor, with her new baby, and I realize I must immediately make a gift, as the kid is already three months old. I start a little hat and in comes Timmy, with a defeated look. "You're not knitting my vest," he says.

So I'm caught -- a knit-slacker. And, if the truth is known, a multi-slacker. Timmy accused me of this recently, and he's right. For me, a day of multi-slacking involves shirking laundry duties, wheeling and dealing on Ravelry, eating potato chips and watching HGTV, with a little knitting thrown in. I have a strict rule that I'm out of my robe by lunchtime. The time flies, the kids come home from school. For them, it's all about texting, Drake and Josh and pizza snacks. Do we do this every day? No. Would we like to? Maybe.

Anyway, here's the hat. It's from LMKG, one of my favorite books of all time. It's Mission Falls 1824 Cotton in Pebble, done on size 7 dpns for Baby Katie.


The A.D.D. Knitter said...

That is such a cute hat! Seriously though, the pleasure principle in knitting to me is all about the satisfaction of starting and finishing, hence the appeal of the smaller project.

Denise said...

Your slacker day sounds a lot like mine. I do the minimum housework I can these days to keep things looking tidy, then I knit as much as I can before it's time to pick up my daughter from school! It's spring break this week and hubby has to go out of town to work - guess what I'll be doing ;-)

a friend to knit with said...

ha. so funny. i have never shirked house duty so much as i have recently! the bare minimum. kids wearing damp clothes as they run out the door. :)
although i am SO busy all day, not everything seems to get completed! :)
love the hat. so so cute!

Anonymous said...

<-- "What is it about starting a big project that kick-starts the little project?" -->

What is it about completing a task that generates energy for the next?