In an interesting little twist of knitting mojo, it turns out my Epic Blanket of Insanity has become the current all consuming project. I honestly don’t get it. From the beginning I firmly believed this project isn’t even supposed to grow up to be a finished object. And I’m entirely OK with that.
As with quilting, knitting is the thing I do to keep my hands busy and my mind calm. Not all projects are started with the intent of finishing. Some are just there to fill in the gaps between actual projects- the ones I begin with a specific purpose and expect to finish in a reasonable amount of time. (Incidentally, these supposed finish-able projects are the reason I’ve been knitting the last could years instead of quilting. Turns out I can’t finish a quilt to save my arse!) The EBI is just the sort of project I turn to when I’m between other projects, finished with the latest PhD, unsure what I want to make next, need something to fill in the interim knitting…
Only it’s not. It’s all I am thinking about. I still have a sock (two) in progress for take along knitting. I’m not sure I’d know what to do with myself if I didn’t have a sock on the needles, but the EBI has become my go-to project at home. I am a mere 2 squares away from 3 rows complete. I’m even behaving and weaving in the ends as I go, see:
I find myself mentally (and physically) pursuing my stash looking for colors that might be missing (Yellow. I have no yellow.) Yesterday I raided my stash for the already wound yarn cakes that I could spare 10g from. I have small feet so I regularly have 30-40 grams or more left after finishing a pair of socks. So I picked a few and wound off some cupcakes (if a full skein is a “yarn cake”, I’ve just established a 10g wind-off shall hence forth be referred to as a yarn cupcake) to add to my ends stash. Last week I sent off a stash of cupcakes to Keri for her EBI and am awaiting a package of the same from her in exchange. And today I may have gotten the ball rolling for another cupcake exchange with an Aussie knitter. So this afternoon I really went to town. I broke out my full stash of leftover yarn and made a whole bag full of cupcakes to wait for future swaps. I figure if I don’t find any takers to swap, I can always use the cupcakes myself, but I am hopeful that some will find a new home and someone else’s will find a home in my Epic Blanket of Insanity.
So… You wanna swap?