Monday, January 04, 2010

Monkey see......

One of my resolutions for the New Year involved limiting my "web monkey" activity.  For me, web monkey behavior consists of surfing various fiber blogs (and ravelry), seeing something that someone else is doing, then jumping in and blindly imitating what they are making without thinking it through.

The result of such behavior is  a backlog of unfinished items to which I'm not really committed and in some cases very  little memory of why I started some of these things to begin with.

I'm sure, dear reader, that this never happens to you. 

So that's it.  As of Jan. 1, 2010....I quit.  Nothing you can put up on your blog or ravelry project page can tempt me into casting on, buying yarn and/or patterns, winding a warp, or buying the book.  I will only work on things that are self generated.  Things I really want to do because they fit in with a larger plan.  Don't ask me what the larger plan is.  I'll know it when I see it.  (Perhaps one of you could blog about it?)

Here it is, Jan. 4 and let me show you how well I've done:
Specimen Number 1:

Here we have the first finished item of 2010.  A neck warmer that was posted on A Friend to Knit With last Wed. the 30th.  I looked at it and thought, "gee, that might be something ds would like for his birthday in two weeks."  Friday night (yep, Jan. 1) as we settled down to watch a movie, I cast on with some brown Patons Classic Merino Wool.

Specimen Number 2:

During December Tommye's daily tapestry for 2009 caught my eye. I kept checking my feed reader to see how she was progressing and couldn't wait to see it cut off at the end of the year. There was a warp languishing on my pipe loom. Maybe something like a daily tapestry journal would be the thing to help me overcome my tapestry block.

Resolution notwithstanding, I jumped right in weaving my daily tapestry on Jan. 1.  And that's not the worst of it.   Not only did this monkey see and monkey do....this monkey also signed on to particpate in a joint blog about the daily practice called Tapestry Days.  (I'll give you a link once I know that it's intended to be a public blog.)

So...yeah...New Year's Resolutions....phhhht.

New Topic:  I've been promising a "blue post",  but haven't been able to get it together.   So here's a finished item from last year:

It's a handwoven scarf/stole made with Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread. I used a project from the Fall '09 issue of Handwoven Magazine as inspiration.  It was given as a Christmas gift and I've seen it worn a couple times, so I'd say it was a success.
Here's another image with better color:

Below is one of several dishcloths that I knitted over the past month.  I had a 40% off coupon at JoAnn's which went toward the purchase of a cone of kitchen cotton.  Most of them went into gift bags, but this one is mine.  The pattern is in Respect the Spindle. (There are a couple errors in the pattern graph, but they are pretty easy to figure out.)

So that's my story and I'm stuck with it.  Happy New Year!!


  1. It is hard to not want to make and do what others are making and doing when they do it so well!
    Good luck with the rest of the year !

  2. I agree with Jackie, so many things that sound and look like fun to make are very tempting - next thing ya know you pick up needles and CO!

    Lovely FO's and WIP!

  3. Love the lace weave scarves!

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  5. I'm still tempted by tapestry and tried to teach myself from a book. I just can't get the turns. I have the loom and if I ever have access to a class, I'll take it. I read Noel Bennet's book and I love the quiet organic concept of tapestry - just can't figure it out on my own.


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