Friday, February 25, 2011

Another procrastinating post

     Publishing PPaola was a very stressful process for me, and it took way too long.  The thing is, I keep on having new ideas even when I'm knee deep into writing a pattern and test knitting it.

     As I waited for the test knitters to do their job, I came up with another idea for a triangular shawl, and since I had some time in my hands (and some handspun I had no idea what to do with), I knit a prototype for the new idea (you've seen a bit of it on the video where I show how I knit).

     The first prototype for the new shawl came out too small, as I had little yarn to work with, and by the time I came to the edging I was bored with it and didn't give it much thought.
     I've since began knitting that pattern again - this time more serious about it.  I've lost count how many times I've started and how many different yarns I've tried for this one.  Which begs the question, are my patterns getting too complicated even for me, or am I just overwhelmed and not able to think clearly?
     Anyway, I finally settled with a nice 2/8 lavender yarn from Jagger Spun and the shawl is now big enough for me to start thinking about an edging.

     Ah...the nemesis.  I went through my books and magazines, trying to come up with something that will fit.  Been (over)thinking about it for a good two weeks now and...nothing.
     My project is on hold, my test knitters are waiting and I can't come up with anything.  There are moments when I get desperate and flirt with the idea of doing a simple edging, but I know I won't be pleased with going with the path of least resistance.  So, my project and the test knitters wait as I try to fit different patterns in my head.

     Last night, as I laid in bed trying to fall asleep, I came up with a pattern that might fit perfectly as an edging to this new shawl.  I even edited (in my head) the existing charts and created the one for the edging.  All I have to do now is to actually open the software and do it already.  Yet, here I sit, procrastinating.  Why?  Because I know it won't be as easy as it was in my head.

     I'll get it done, though.  I have people waiting for me and I won't let them down.  Also because there are other things I want to knit (and I'm already behind on the 11 shawls in 2011 -Ravelry link) and there are all those clogged up ideas that were kept on hold during the long process of publishing PPaola.

     In April our group -Ravelry link will be celebrating it's second "birthday" and I want to give the members a little gift ;)  I have all the charts for a simple version (well...all guessed it: the edging) and am aiming at creating a more complicated version for those who want something more...labor intensive.


  1. Do you know that I actually have some lavendar Jagger spun in my stash? I can't wait to see the new design!

    Please don't change your process, or feel like things HAVE to be easy! A little complication is good exercise for the brain!

  2. Dear Dorothy,

    I have no intention of changing the way I design, for one simple reason. If the pattern is too simple/easy I get bored and don't finish it ;)

    I'd started this new design with undyed yarn and couldn't bring myself to knit it. Once I started again with the lavender yarn, it went really fast - I guess I was craving a little color.