Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ahh, the Disarray of my Life

When it started, the feeling was confined to my knitting life. It began when I was listening to Episode 9 of the Knit Picks Podcast (or maybe it was 10?). Anyways, it was about being in and getting out of a knitting rut. I may be in the polar opposite of a knitting rut.

We have a big sectional sofa with a chaise on one end. That's my spot - my knitting spot. There is a pillow for behind my back and my Clapotis for my shoulders should I need it. (At this point I have disconnected my laptop so I can sit in my spot and tell you about my environment.)

On the foot end of my chaise is a ball of Caron One Pound in Azure for the Boy's Cable Sweater from KnitSimple Fall 2006 (1/2 the back is finished). There is a ball of TLC Essentials in Robin Egg for Breezy Cables from Interweave Knits Spring 2006 (working on sleeve #1). There is some Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Emerald for the Boy's Rib Pullover from Knit It! Spring 2007 (the back is almost done). To round out the book/magazine pile is Last Minute Knitted Gifts (LMKG), Crochet Today Sept/Oct '07, Everyday Food Sept. 2007, and of course, the latest Knit Picks Catalog. I also have the Leggings from Weekend Knitting dangling off two circular needles. I'm using Patons Decor and it's my first foray into knitting anything two at a time on two circular needles. They look like two sock legs so perhaps I'll have the courage to try socks this way next time (since I've never actually completed a second sock).

But I digress...I'm not done with my environment.

To my left is a pile of half finished Ombre Alpaca Blanket from LMKG. This was supposed to be completed this past May as a housewarming gift for my brother. But then the weather turned horridly warm here and even in it's non-alpaca acrylic-ness, it's been too hot to work on. Yet here it sits. Oh yes, also in the magazine pile is the 25th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting...Yum!

Then there's the end table next to me. On this is the back to the Lacy Swing Top in Crochet Today, two balls of Knit Picks Shine Sport, a box of stitch markers, my crochet hook case, cable needles, scissors, my shoebox of circular needles, some Kool-Aid dyed green wool and only about 24 inches of the One Cable Scarf from One Skein, my 2/3 completed Pashmina Cowl in an unidentified chenille, the back and front (and extra yarn - Sensations Angel Hair) to the Subway Cable Sweater from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Beyond the Basics, one finished fingerless mitt (which I am now wearing while I type), a jar of straight needles, two empty pop cans...and a family photo.

Isn't that something? I truly hope someone can identify with me on this. If I look up, I see a relatively nice looking family room for a family with 3 kids, but then there is this ghastly pile of clean clothing waiting to be folded. It's taunting me. I'm a little afraid.

So I walk back to my desk. I have to dodge my antique dresser which is waiting to be lugged downstairs. There are dishes everywhere. Don't ask me how this happened because I honestly have no clue, but they are taunting me nearly as badly as the clothes. Ahh back at my desk...want to see?

I'll give you a minute because there's a lot to take in here. We'll start at the right. Note the Swiffer Duster. I cleaned this room yesterday (our formal living room). It looks great except for my desk. There is a deck of cards an a Uno game. Just past that is a ball of Lion Wool in Ocean Blues and a partial second fingerless mitt (Potluck Wool Mittenettes). Next is my mouse and a few perfectly normal office type stuff. Under my arms I have the Potluck Mitt pattern, the Crafter's Choice catalog, Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks Casseroles and Slow Cooker from Sept. '07, and waaaaay underneath that, my current work stuff. There are two more old cans of pop by my printer, some photos to be scanned, and my iPod speaker dock, on which I'm currently listening to the first episode of the Cast On podcast.

I meant to go into how I'm going to organize my knitting life, but ended up on this tangent of telling you about my knitting environment. I'm SO hoping that some other hopelessly addicted knitter/crocheter also has this problem of projects/books/stash invading your life. I'd love to hear how you handle it. Please?

Happy Knitting!

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