Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I'm so FOC'ed Up.

I got a really good deal on some KnitPicks yarn I bought on eBay.

The phrase "hole in the head" immediately leaps to mind, but I got nine skeins of Andean Silk Twist AND nine skeins of Shine - total retail with shipping would have come to $52.02 - for $42.15 (including shipping), a savings of $10.05! Tell me that's not a steal!! I don't buy a whole lot of yarn on eBay because I prefer to support my LYS and all, but I do like helping a fellow knitter thin her stash.

I've got projects planned for all of it. The Silk Twist will be Clapotis, which I've been threatening to make for a while now. The Shine will be Picovoli, which I'd like to have done before it gets to be too cold to wear it.

I've also got a Cascade Fixation Tank I just started. And socks. One day, I shall make a sock. Maybe even two.

I've been thinking about taking on a lace project. Nothing fancy, maybe just Branching Out, to test the waters.

I just purchased the One-Skein Wonder pattern from Glampyre Knits. What am I thinking???

I've been making those dipshit FunFur Flip-Flops, which helps me use up my stash and keeps me from buying more yarn, at least for a little while. Then I'm going to try to sell them so I can use the money to buy... what???? MORE YARN. And maybe Knitting Over The Edge. That's the book I have my eye on now. I just ordered Big Girl Knits too.

Why, why do I do this??

I believe I might have Fear Of Completion Syndrome.

Oh, I finished the Twisted EviLucy bag, and before that, the little drawstring bag for the baby shower, so it could be said that I'm on a completion roll. But I have about ten WIP's laying around in various states of completion, in addition to the growing queue of projects in my head. And I'll most likely buy more yarn before I finish anything else. Not even "most likely", I KNOW I will.

Why don't I pick one of the UFO's up and finish it instead of starting something new? I don't know. Do other knitters experience this? Is it because something else always looks more fun than what I'm already doing? Cuz that's pretty much the case in every other aspect of my life too. Sigh.

Oh, and Beebie and my parents are arriving in like, 4 hours. I missed the Beeb. I gotta clean. Dang.

8 comments:

Sarah said...

I get that too from time to time...it happens to the best of us!

LadyLungDoc said...

I've wondered about this as well - why my start rate is so much higher than my completion rate.

I think that Projects are like relationships - at the beginning, it's exciting, you can't think about anything else, and you have great plans for the future. After the honeymoon phase, things start to settle down, but you still bask in a bit of the afterglow. Then the tedium sets in. The thrill is gone, you hardly bother trying anymore, and the little things that seemed so minor before really start to get on your nerves...

But look - a felted bag pattern!! That's waaaaay more cute than this sweater, and all of the cool kids are felting nowadays. And so the UFOs begin...

That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it.

Elspeth said...

Congrats on finishing up things! I need to do more of that ...

Stacie said...

I am a finisher only because I have no stash. Will work for yarn...
ps >snap< sistah, no he dih-int!

Penny Karma said...

Ladylungdoc, you're absolutely right!

I do feel a little better knowing that it's a commitment issue. But I mostly just feel like a big ol' WIPpy FOCslut.

Bezzie said...

Wait, if projects are like relationships, does this mean I can frog my husband? Ha ha!

the kitchener bitch said...

You'll get a bout of finish-itis eventually, you just have to wait for the mood to strike... I find that knitting things for a specific event or deadline is the ONLY way I ever get anything done otherwise.

Zonda said...

Nah, you aren't alone! I put off knitting like 5 rows yesterday on my brown gable top as it was the "keep or frog trying on stage.." finally did it and it fit. But I do often put the final finishing on knitting and sewing off for a bit....hmmm.

Great deal on the yarn too!