Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First Known Case of "Finishitis"

I have finished 3 projects in the last two weeks--including tonight's blocking of the plum scarf--
and instead of diving head-long into the stash to start 3 new things, which would generally be my next move, I have apparently contracted a little known disease called "finishitis." This is possibly the first ever documented case in the knitting community. Unlike "starteritis," with "finishitis" the victim is irrationally compelled to finish projects--a very desirable state, of course, but the long-term effects of this condition are as yet unknown.

High on the thought of finishing four or even five projects in a single month, I pulled this out of the WIP pile:
and have knit 3 rows already. This is the start to Fir Cone Square Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls book, which was abandoned about 7 months ago when the intended recipient said she didn't actually want a shawl for her birthday (which later led to the music quilt--which she will get far more use out of quite honestly). It isn't the shawl's fault, so I have decided to finish it. To be honest, I think most people are not "shawl people." I wear shawls because I have learned to wear them because I make them, but if I didn't make them and someone just gave me one, I would thank her profusely and shove it into a drawer for the rest of its life--maybe bringing it out to show people my friend's handiwork and generosity, but never ever wearing it. It's the granny image. If I were an old Russian woman fleeing my homeland because of the Cossacks, well yes, then I would wear one--then a shawl seems not only appropriate, but sort of mandatory. As it is......I wear them because I have so much of my time invested in making them. Let's face it, after 6 months and almost 1500 yards of yarn, if it weren't summer I'd probably be sleeping in the Lady's Circular Cape.

So here's the plan--we not only need to recruit more knitters, we need to recruit more lace knitters. Then even if the rest of the world never fully accepts the wearing of shawls, there will at least be more people to give them to, and quite frankly, I'm going to need the closet space...


RobinH said...

Ha, ha, ha! I love finishing things... and you've just identified why I've never knit a shawl. I can't wear them.

(It's also a lifestyle thing- I'd drag a shawl through the tomato sauce, get caught on bushes, and let's not even discuss bicycling or power tools.)

But I love to look at them! So pretty. (Perhaps they could be hung on the walls as art?)

Daniele said...

I see that Theo was helping again! Beautiful scarf and shawl. You are definitely gifted with the lace knitting. I am requesting some "finishitis" mojo please!

Daniele aka mscreate.typepad.com

bittenbyknittin said...

Now that I have knit a few shawls, I'm still struggling with the wearing of them. They look so enticing in the photos, and the end results are beautiful (especially yours!), BUT. I'm curious about one thing: how does one wear a circular shawl?