Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why do we persevere?

I'm knitting a pair of socks. That should come as no surprise to those who know me. But I'm really not loving this sock. Sure, it's pretty. It's a Nancy Bush Estonian lace pattern so it has to be good. But really, I'm bored with them. And I'm not really crazy about the yarn either. Yes; it has two of my favorite colors (purple and green) and it is a fairly popular yarn on Ravelry (with 846 projects and 985 stashes). Jojoland Melody Superwash. It's a superwash wool, so it should be nice to work with, but I just don't like it. It's splitty and the "ball" falls apart as you knit so you end up with these clumps of yarn that you have to stop and wind back onto your ball (which keeps it in order until you use all that up and then another big clump decides to fall off and needs rewinding). I'm not having an enjoyable experience with it. I've repeated the lace pattern (which consists of four rows, two of which are that ever difficult stitch referred to as K in knitting) twenty-six times already and quite frankly I don't really want to do it anymore. But I have to finish. I have to keep going. I have to get to the end.

So just a little while ago I was sitting knitting on these blasted socks and thought to myself, "Self, why are you doing this?" And really (in the memorable words of GIR from Invader Zim) "I dooooon't know!" Perhaps it is a feeling that if I admit that this project is A) boring me B) not enjoyable and C) not promising the best expectations that perhaps I will appear A) ADD B) picky or C) snobby. But none of those are true (well, ok, I can be picky - if not I wouldn't be complaining, right?) Perhaps it has to do with commitments. I committed to this yarn and pattern so therefore I have to sally forth and finish it. It isn't like I need a pair of socks (the gods know that I have plenty of woolly goodness for my feet). It isn't as though I don't have other sock yarn (and other yarn) to knit (the goddesses have blessed me with lovely skeins of lovely yarnage.) It isn't like I don't have other patterns that are more entertaining (I mean I only own five books totally devoted to socks, have 108 patterns in my pdf's on Ravelry (80% socks), 200 patterns favorited in Ravelry (80% socks), 27 sock patterns in Explorer "favorites" that aren't in pdf format, and another 100 patterns in my documents - I may not live long enough to knit all the patterns I that I have loved and these crafty designers keep creating more and more unique patterns.) There is just some urge that tells me to keep on knitting.

Perhaps in my last life I never finished stuff I started. My next life should get a break.


Suna said...

I made a pair of socks from that yarn, and I really don't think it makes good sock yarn. I think it makes WONDERFUL shawl yarn, because you can knit them with bigger needles (less splitting) and they don't get abraded so much, so they won't pill like my socks have done.

My socks are REALLY pretty, though.

I'm Michelle! said...

Thanks, Suna. My LYS owner was curious about this yarn after I told her about its purchase (purchased in a neighboring city), the comments on Ravelry about this yarn for socks is very grim as well. I do love the colors, though and if they don't live up very well then I am relieved to have only spent $11 on the yarn. (Did I really say "just" $11 for a pair of socks?)

Brenda said...

With all that wonderful yarn and all the exciting patterns clustered around you, why should you waste your valuable time on something you don't like very much? No one will care if you don't finish them. No one will care if you throw them in the garbage. Just be sure to take your needles out first!

Get on to a project you love!