Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In a Knitting Rut - December Knitting Projects

The past few weeks I've found myself in an odd position.

I couldn't, 
I just really couldn't,
bring myself to knit anything.
I was in a knitting rut.

I kept trying out my slipper pattern with my own handspun yarn.  But I didn't like how it was turning out.

I organized all of my knitting supplies and yarn into a lovely cabinet - inspired by this post.

But I still didn't want to pick up my needles.

Usually this is a stressful and busy time of year for me.
But knitting is a part of my stress-relief.  It relaxes and soothes my spirit.
It slows down the hustle and bustle for me.  Stitch by little stitch.

It took awhile before I figured out what was wrong, and my oldest daughter provided the answer.

While I was sitting there frustrated, she said, "Mom, what happened to all the yarn you bought to make those slippers last year?"

I had forgotten.  I had a stash of yarn in the basement for my slippers already sitting there. 
But I had latched-on to this crazy idea that I should be spinning all the yarn for slippers for all five of my kids!!

What was I thinking!
I love spinning, I love knitting, and I love knitting with handspun.

Sometimes you can't and shouldn't do it all.

I came across this inspirational quote the other day.
Something that a friend of mine put on pinterest.

I can do ANYTHING, but I can't do EVERYTHING.

So, I left the spinning and the handspun yarn aside, and pulled out my cheap, acrylic yarn that I bought last year.

And I cast on.
And suddenly a pair of slippers appeared before me.  One down.
Four more to go? 
I'm so excited about how they turned out I think I'll try a tip from another friend.

And I'll try them on my little girl while she is asleep at night, to see if they fit :)

Next slipper is already cast on.
In someone's favorite shade of green.

Will I finish 5 pairs in time for Christmas?

Who knows?

But in the middle of a hectic and busy holiday season,

My fingers have found their solace yet again.
And I feel much more peaceful as I click click click away.

Thank goodness for knitting.
So glad to finally be sharing again with Ginny on her YarnAlong.
And Frontier Dreams Keep Calm Craft On.