Over a year ago I set out to knit swatches of every pattern in the book “400 Knit Stitches.” I finally finished today! More than a year after I had set out to be finished, but I stuck with it anyway.
Even though the swatches are finished, I am not completely finished with the project. Now these 394(ish) swatches have to have their ends woven in and then they are going to be separated, sorted, and made into blankets for Project Linus.
I only knit 394 of the patterns because a couple were the same pattern repeated in the opposite direction (like reverse stockinette is just regular stockinette turned over to the bumpy side), two wouldn’t work on the type of yarn I was using, or other reasons I can’t remember. I say I have around 394 squares because I couldn’t find the pictures for some I swear I did, so I redid those. I may have actually hit the 400 mark, I’ll find out when I count them this weekend.
It’s so nice to no longer have such a long-term project on my mind constantly. I can now start other projects without putting off finishing this one. Although, now I will have to figure out what my next project is…That’s a project in itself.
In a way, package tracking is a really good invention. I mean, how else would we have known that our package was marked delivered even though it wasn’t on our doorstep? How would we have known to call FedEx and find out it had been delivered to the gas station across town? (Luckily it was pretty darn close to being the smallest town ever and across the town was really just over the interstate bridge. We got the box back the same day we had found out where it was.)
Instant package tracking on my smartphone is another matter, though. I’m not good at waiting. There’s a present in the closet right now for two-year-old’s birthday that I am having trouble waiting every day to give to him, and his birthday is only on Monday. But waiting for packages is even tougher. Especially with instant access on my phone.
I am one of those people who checks their email a ridiculous number of times a day. Anytime I see that little “unread message” indicator on the app button I have to click in to at least read who the message is from. And while I am in there I will usually scroll down to whatever shipment confirmations I have sitting around and click through to the shipment tracking. THis makes it even harder to wait. Especially when it says out for delivery. Then I’m like a dog waiting at a dinner bowl checking out the front window every five seconds for the mailman.
You would think that knowing where a package is would make one less antsy about its arrival, but it has the exact opposite effect on me.
And it looks like hundreds of tiny pieces of yarn that needs to be woven into knitting.
I thought I was done with the squares, and I almost am. Only twenty-five to go. Potentially ones I have done before, but I can’t find pictures for them so I am re-making them to be sure. I have committed myself to sitting down and finishing these last twenty-five in order. You know, with plenty of video game breaks in between actually working on it. Because I’m not sitting here knitting twenty-five squares straight. But I do have two-and-a-half done so far since I sat down. I’d say that’s a pretty good pace to get these finished this week.See the photographic evidence of my progress here.
In other news, I also joined Pinterest over the weekend. Click that link to see my few boards so far.