gettin’ down to business

March 19, 2010

so i’ve come to realize that i’m not a typical knitter.
why i thought knitting should be any different from the rest of my existence i don’t know.

first of all, i’m not much of a stasher. don’t have the space, money, or inclination really. (ok i totally have the inclination, it’s more about the space and money)

i also seem to be a bit more adventurous in choosing projects with a higher level of difficulty for someone who hasn’t been knitting for two years yet.

and, while i pay lip service to non-monogamous knitting, it’s starting to take a bit of a toll. the toll being i really want to start new things but i feel a bit guilty about it when i have projects sitting around that i’d love to see finished.

so i’ve decided to get down to business and initiate a new rule:
before i can cast on a new project, i must cast off two.

i figure this is more realistic than saying i can’t start something new until i finish all the projects i have on needles but i’ll be working my way through everything. i mean, let’s be real, i’m still a bit of a knitting slut. i’m gonna see a pretty face and cast him on.

first up: my girasole

mr. mo is on board and promises to keep me on task.

like most of my knitting, this is a gift.
but i’m not saying for which bitch!

12 Responses to “gettin’ down to business”

  1. Rachael Says:

    Tried that rule. Finished two, cast on one, and then had to cast on another, since I didn’t have the right size needle…

  2. Deborah Rose Says:


    so as i was saying… lol…

    I was in a wool shop in Dublin today and the lady who owns the shop overheard me telling my mam about your encounter with the Yarn Harlot (we were looking at yarn for socks and my mam was telling me how she associates knitting socks with the nuns in school and Catholic guilt so she’s never been able to bring herself to make another pair)

    Anyway, the lady overheard us and proceeded to practically fall off her chair in unabashed envy. She didnt take a breath for a good fifteen minutes as she gushed about how much she loves the harlot, how FUNNY she is, and how you’re so lucky to have made it onto her blog…she’d seen the Detroit post and wished she could see the Harlot at a gig like that someday…

    I felt like I was famous by association, who knew mentioning your name in a wool shop would give me the best kudos I’ve had all year!

  3. Deborah Rose Says:

    also she told me about a trick she has with socks where she starts at the toe end so she can try them on as she goes along for a snugger fit… i didn’t have a clue what she was talking about… i just go in there to covet their button stand!

  4. Juliet in Grand Rapids Says:

    I made the other girosole. Lots of fun.

    And yes, Rose, toe up socks let you try them on as you go. Great fun!

  5. Ariane Says:

    My rule is only one project on my needles. I’m kind of a knitty sluth too, but since January I only work at one project at once and I love it! You can actually enjoy the finished product waaay faster this way!

  6. Yvonne Says:

    I love Moe! He’s totally cute.

    We’ll see how that policy of yours racks up come May, bitch.

  7. Megan Says:

    When the hell are you making me something? Tell Mocahontas hi.

  8. Megan Says:

    Also, is it inappropriate for me to use your Yarn Harlot celebrity to try to get dates? I think its totally legit. I mean I sort of have a part in it by being a good and supportive friend and thus laying the groundwork for you to pursue your knitting goals and dreams. I’m doing it. Watch out Portland knitters!

    P.S. Gabba gabba hey!

  9. Melissa Says:

    I remember trying that rule. I think I finished up every wash cloth in my WIP baskets in record time. WTG for starting out by working on a BIG project!

    I also tried the “Every project gets its own assigned day of the week” rule. That lasted 3 days.

    Good luck!!

  10. katie Says:


    I have a rule! Mo needs to be in more of these pictures!

  11. Aimee Says:

    Just found your blog… Love it!

    I knit like you. New to knitting. First project was socks. Went straight to sweaters and lace. I always wonder why people think it’s so hard. It is just knit and purl, maybe some yarn overs. Just follow the directions!

  12. AnnaM Says:

    Your Girasole is lovely. Just think how it will look when blocked.

    I went through a tear and either frogged or finished all my works in progress last year. Currently I have 1 sock on the needles, a scarf that needs some special yarn for the lengthwise picot bind off and a half finished shamrock (saddest thing ever). And yet, I find myself eyeing a couple of hat patterns and a sweater and some dishcloths. I think knitting is like sex in many ways. You just are monogamous or polyamorous or a downright whore. (I am a poly knitter, and a downright whore in the stash department.) And as some smart bitch said “Knitting is like sex. If I really like you I will do it for free. If not, no amount of money is enough.”

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