Tuesday, January 29, 2008

blank canvas #1

the first neutral baby jacket is done, eagerly awaiting it's trim, buttons and finishing touches...

I can't say it's my favourite, but I do like it some. I don't think I got the gauge right with the pattern adjustments, as it seems very narrow to me, but we will see.

I have a feeling it would be better in wool, rather than cotton, which is what I'll use for v.2 (which will mean some shopping!)

It certainly provided a nice distraction from the thousands of tiny stitches in the back of the Pea Pod cardigan, though. I must remember to always have an instant gratification project on the go whilst in the midst of an epic! Somehow, psychologically, it kept me going on the monotonous piece, when I knew I could put it down and work on something small and quick.

It's quite sad when you have to mentally "trick" yourself into doing something, that a) you chose to do; b) you like doing; and c) you know you're going to love at the finish line!

It's even more sad that I get a little thrill about discovering new ways to fool myself - like I've managed to get one step ahead of my brain, and I'm oh-so-clever (until brain catches on, which it invariably does)

10 comments:

Carson said...

It looks adorable! I just saw it over on flickr.
And I think you made the cotton look quite wooly, in fact I was surprised to see it was cotton!

Christabel said...

Oh, brain-trickery is a fine thing.
I agree with Carson; for some reason that cotton looks like wool! It looks sweet and sophisticated.

Madge said...

It's very sweet. (Here's hoping version #2 leaves you more satisfied, too.) And hey, you get to go yarn shopping. That's fun, right?

Oh, definitely. Imho everyone needs one or two quick projects to help get through the larger ones. Project symbiosis is what it is!

sue said...

It really is quite cute and I love the pattern.

TinkingBell said...

Pretty pretty pretty !
Yes - need the quick fix with the long and detailed project!!

Rose Red said...

I'm totally with you on the mental trickery. I procrastinate over knitting I should be doing by doing knitting I don't need to be doing (if that makes sense!!)

The cardi looks lovely - and yes, looks like wool, not cotton - cool!!

Claudine said...

The cardi is beautiful! I love the idea of making a blank canvas that you can touch up when the baby comes.

Bells said...

Oh it's lovely! Good job!

that mental trickery thing is so useful in so many areas in life but yes, it is weird to use it on things you choose AND like to do! I think it's the fact that some projects are feats of endurance.

Christabel said...

Hi again Kylie!
I've nominated you for the You Make My Day award, since you really do.

elaine haby said...

Hi Kylie,
I'm Gracia's mum and I really am in awe of your knitting. I have come back to knitting after a long spell of many years... and I have a knitting problem with a 'Jo Sharp' zig zag rib vest that I started to knit for a dear friend for last Christmas ... and am needing help big time if she is to get it by next Christmas...
I would love to hear from you if you have time and think you could help... Elaine H