A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Stuck in a Holding Pattern

You know how it is, end of a long flight, your destination in sight, and air traffic control has you circling the airport... you can almost see the loved ones staring out the window waiting for you....

I am having a knitting holding pattern. Somehow, the Ebay vendor I ordered Rowan Calmer from (she will remain nameless to save her from further embarassment) sent me the right colorway, Sour, but the wrong yarn, Cork, instead. Since Rowan is enjoying putting out yarn with ball bands the color of natural organic cotton teeshirts, and text using the same font, no matter the yarn, I could almost see how she would make this mistake, and I didn't notice myself till I already had about six rows of a generous swatch for CeCe going, when it occurred to me that the texture didn't feel quite right (duh! there's a big difference between merino/nylon in the Cork and cotton/microfiber in the Calmer). Actually, the Cork has a very interesting, springy texture, and I now have 4 balls, since the seller is sending the Calmer to me, and offered the Cork as a gift to make up for my inconvenience. Not bad, I guess, except that I was all ready to start, and am casting about for ways to fill my time....

I could finish up the "sew-off" and fringe on Ruana, and probably will tomorrow evening so I can use it.

I could knit a bit on Mountain Peaks (or a lot, for that matter!), but have been suffering from allergies and lack of concentration abilities the past few days.

I could make a washcloth (bleagh), and actually started on the circular one in Mason-Dixon Knitting.

I could finish the teeny-tiny sleeve for DD's sweater and give it to her this weekend (now, there's a thought!).

I could even sit around watching sock knitting machine video instruction and conquer my fear of making heels with the machine, so that I could turn out some socks for DH - oh, and I could even pull out the boring dark green vest-to-be-felted for him.

But, I was so looking forward to CeCe.

If you haven't already, go and read Spiderwoman's story about Knitting Local and the Possibility of Defiant Sheep... I definitely feel sometimes as if my projects are feeling defiant (or is it me?). She talks about how some projects just match right up, while others fight you the whole way, and muses about whether knitting with yarn sheared off happy sheep makes for better project success than that from mass-market-raised sheep. Food for thought, or needles, as the case may be. I am very happy with my local wool, and looking forward to what I will find from small producers at Estes Park (yes, I did buy my ticket the other day, when the planets were in a more decisive and harmonious alignment). I am not thinking big this year, but "just right", and looking for yarn that calls out loudly what it wants to be and that it wants to come home to my mountains and become something beautiful.

I am also feeling cranky because I had to miss guild night and the terrific, fabulous Tailgate Sale, because my meeting over in the Sierra Valley ran on too long... midway through, since I was serving as Acting Chair, I had to whimper a bit that I hadn't been the one to change our monthly meeting to the 4th Tuesday, and that the person who had wanted this day of the month wasn't even in attendance. I mumbled about having a conflicting engagement each month, but was a bit reluctant to admit that it was my guild meeting, since this is one of my "important professional responsibilities", but I pouted all the way home, especially when I hit Sierraville, and realized that even taking the shorter of the two routes that would get me to Nevada City, 70 miles or so later, would also make me too late to catch any of the bargains. Once a year, everyone brings their spinning, weaving, knitting, fiber stuff in advance of the meeting for a mini-Swap Meet, and I missed out. I am seriously rethinking some of my obligations, while I coast around in the knitting holding pattern.

It is also a good time to ponder what to do for World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIPD), on June 10, 2006. Sara has suggested that our guild get together, either in front of the library or at the growers' market (I am voting for the growers' market as the shadier alternative, as the temperature will probably be back up in the high 80s by then) to knit in public. She even found us a source for the necessary t-shirts. Sara also has a fabulous inkle weaving tutorial on her blog, if you want to consider diversifying....

I have succeeded in frittering a good amount of time on the Internet, blogging and reading, instead of taking up a "lesser" knitting project - does this qualify as a funk? I certainly hope to feel more inspired in the morning!


Anonymous DebbieB said...

Birdsong, I wish you a better day today. Perhaps one of your knitting projects will call your name and make peace with you. I love,love,love your ruana - it looks beautiful and soft and calming and comforting. A perfect meditation shawl!

3:40 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I hope you have a better knitting day today! I wouldn't say that you are in a funk, but rather really want to knit CeCe.

7:05 AM  
Blogger margene said...

It's perfectly fine to hang around blogland when you are suffering a disappointment and holding patterns aren't all bad. It gives you a little time to think, work out details of what is needed to make the changes you desire. Today will be a better day.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Hope your knitting mojo comes back soon.

But it is okay to take a day off now and then too.


4:45 PM  
Anonymous SpiderWomanKnits said...

Hey, thanks for the link and the feedback about my Defiant Sheep post. As soon as the rain stops here in MA I'm going to start trekking to local farms :-)

Sorry to here you got the funk that was going around. There is a super cute/cozy sock pattern in Handknit Holidays that calls for Rowan Cork.

Maybe you have to balance your senses? Sometimes when I knit all the time and find myself unmotivated, indulging in the other senses by savoring a great meal or listening to music will inspire me in a new way. Step back and "exercise" the other senses you know? Give your eyes and hands a break and let your ears, nose and mouth have some fun. That sounds weird but I have a feeling you get what I am saying.

8:46 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

I feel your pain! I hope CeCe is on the needles soon, but I for one, can't wait to see you in Ruana!
Just let the brain mull things over - another form of meditation - and as SpiderWomanKnits suggests indulge in something entirely different!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Life at Star's Rest said...

Hi Birdsong! Know what you mean about the lure of the computer in the mornings. It really keeps me away from my work too. Corazon actually doesn't eat that much, it's more of a metabolic thing and the soaked beet pulp with 1/4 cup canola oil and cinnamon to regulate his blood sugar seems to keep him very happy. Hopefully he will be a svelt boy again soon!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

It's not so much as a funk as you want to be knitting Cece. And you can't yet. Sometimes substitutes just won't.....er, substitute.

Meetings & committees are a scourge.I hate when they ruin other plans because it's generally because they're so damn inefficient. Drives me bats.

Interesting theory about defiant sheep.

11:52 AM  

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