Sunday, August 19, 2012

I Have Become A Yardage Slut

So, I have finished my 12 washcloths for the year, but

I am now working on number 13.  Why, you might ask--for the fun of it?  Because it's a new pattern?  Nope--it's to try to finish off that cone of yarn, which will give my tally an 800-yard boost in one shot.  There is also a wee bit of motivation to get my hands on that cardboard cone inside for some sort of Christmas tree decoration, but 99.9% of my reason is the yarn tally.  I am nuts.  Truly and certifiably.  But it IS 800 more yards.......which would really help right now, as my latest knitting obsession,
is a shawl with blasted lace weight mohair yarn on size 4 needles and 540-yard balls of yarn.  A good idea for NONE of my goals for the year.  So, of course, I'm doing it. 

At least I'm also embroidering some napkins:
Two years ago I had embroidered  7 napkins to match our plates and some placemats I made several years ago:

The original idea was, of course, eight napkins, but I never figured out what became of the 8th one--and still haven't.  I found a package of 12 napkins at the local Tuesday Morning store, and thought it would be nice to have some extras.  It will be--even if one of them came out of the package stained with something that can't be washed off.  I know other people like that chain of stores, but I was pretty unimpressed BEFORE this--I won't be back.  They weren't even inexpensive enough to make it understandable.  But, I have 11 new white napkins and one that looks like it lost an argument with spaghetti sauce to embroider--and have just run out of the thread color after napkin #3. It seems two years ago I mentioned that I would need to pick up some navy blue thread to make some contrasting ones--and I still need to, or more matching thread.  One of the two.  It probably says a lot about my hate/hate relationship with ironing that my first thought today when the thread ran out was, "Great, I ironed those blasted things for nothing!"  Not, "darn, I wish I had picked up more thread."  So, 3 new napkins done, and I'll be looking frantically for a place to store some freshly-ironed napkins until I can get more thread.  For heaven's sake, I don't want to iron the blasted things again.

There wasn't really a good "12 12s" category for them, so I am counting each napkin as a "decoration."  A lame decoration, granted, but a decoration.  I made this decision when I thought I'd be polishing off the "12 decorations" category this weekend, which probably made me more eager to play fast and loose with my own rules, but it is August and that tiny scent on the air just might be a whiff of desperation.  Yep, 4 1/2 months left in the year and I'm starting to panic ever so slightly.  Canning season is approaching (hopefully), then the holidays, and there are FIVE sweaters and NINE sewn apparel items to come up with.  Somehow I'm sensing that this is not going to be pretty...............

5 comments:

Mereknits said...

You are tiring me out just thinking about all this. If it helps I went yarn shopping and bought yarn to make 2 knitted sweaters, a crochet vest and yarn to help with my crochet bag. That is on top of the 3 sweaters I had at home to make, a crochet jacket I am currently, or should be currently working on, a hat and scarf for my son, and a crochet shawl. And none of that is random yarn laying around.
Yikes!
Meredith

Book Dragon said...

I'm thinking a scrapbook project box? I think they are 12x12x2

The shawl will be absolutely fabulous!

carolyn said...

I totally understand. I calculated and I've only knit 4,779.50 yards this year - and my goal is 12,000 yards. Now I'm thinking - what can I knit with that's bulky? LOL Having nice napkins to dress up your table for a fancy dinner is a decoration, so I don't think you are bad to name it that.

RobinH said...

LOL....you and I are on the same wavelength again...see my comments relative to using *ALL* the yarn..I think I'm picking up your brainwaves or something. That pink shawl is adorable. I can see why it's seducing you...though mohair. Yikes! That's hard core.

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

That shawl...pink, fuzzy, lacy... Good luck! You can send it my way once it's done! It's good to have goals... You are so productive. I really like your napkins. One of my goals should be to reduce my fabric stash, and sewing some easy napkins would fit the bill. I haven't touched knitting in a week.