Going for the gold
The best way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it. Works like a charm every. single. time.
This applies to things I say to myself as well. Like that time earlier this summer when I said I wasn’t going to participate in the Ravellenic Games. Because guess who is participating? And hopes to finish not one project but three?
I had to. HAD TO. Not long after I swore off all knitting but my super secret project knitting for the Olympics I came across a pattern on Ravelry I knew Charlie would love more than anything. I can already hear his delighted squeals and see his huge smile when I give it to him, and if there’s one thing I live for it’s making that kiddo the happiest boy on Earth.
Usually when starting a project for someone else I look forward to it the way I look forward to going to the dentist, but by the day of the Olympics I was so excited to cast this on. It looks like a dark blob now, but in a few short days it’s going to be finished and waiting for him, a surprise for when he comes home from his trip. No, I’m not telling you what it is. A surprise for him means a surprise for you.
Then I started thinking of my WIPs. I have two sweaters that are so near completion it’s practically scandalous how long I’ve let them sit there, unfinished.
You may remember this sweater from when I blogged about it last May. Maybe June. It’s been done since then save for blocking, sewing in loose ends, and finding the right buttons.
This sweater is the adorable Goodale, and I finished knitting it in July 2010. I knit the icord for the buttons while in Santa Fe a couple weeks later and haven’t touched it since.
I have to sew the pockets down and lightly block it. That’s it. This sweater is going to be a staple of my wardrobe and I have no idea why I stalled on it when there was pretty much nothing left to do. Well, I do know. I hate blocking sweaters. But still. Not a good excuse.
Three projects sounds like a lot, but when you look at it – a toy pattern and putting the finishing touches on two sweaters – I’ll have these done in no time. The Olympics means being glued to my chair in front of the TV, and being glued to my chair means a lot of knitting time. Yay!