Monday, November 19, 2007

Trying To Prioritize

So, I think I discovered that I don’t have a lack of ambition so much as a failure to prioritize. I know I have a lot of stuff I need to do. I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with and doing the stuff I write on my lists. But I realized today, that I don’t have a complete list of what I am actually planning to get knitted before Christmas. I have a sort of half-way-formed one in my head that I refer to and I choose projects from it to add to the written list as I think of them. This is okay, but the problem with doing it this way… is well, it’s not prioritized; which could lead to failure to finish. For example one project could take up to three weeks and it’s not even on the list which means it’s not started! So I think today I will really dig down and write down all the before-Christmas knitting I have planned just so I can make sure I’m being realistic and develop a prioritized list or a gift-giving plan B if knitting can’t or won’t happen. (It happens, but sometimes not FAST enough!)

I finished the plain stockinette stitch hat last night (#11 of the 20 hat goal) and started that blasted counted cross stitch. I don’t know if there is a counted cross stitch term similar to frogging, but I now know why this project has languished. I forgot that I can’t count. At least not if there is another human in a 3 state vicinity or, the TV, or the radio…. You get the picture. I was stitching away last night, and then figured out that I somehow had extra stitches – you know about an inch of work back- yeesh. It’s worse than discovering you crossed a cable the wrong way, or mixed up your y/o and m1 in a lace pattern. So today I had to fix it – about 2.5 hours of work to undo and redo it back to the point I was at before problem was discovered. I think that there is nothing worse than picking out those teeny-tiny stitches. (Oh, and BTW, the teeny-tiny stitches REQUIRE use of reading glasses, sigh!) So, it’s progressing, but I think it will only get worked on in early morning when the house is quiet and I can keep the distractions to a minimum. Not during TV time.
So this afternoon after writing up my realistic Christmas project list; I will probably cast on yet another hat and work on a project off of the new list. (let's all sing together now "She has, high-i-yi hopes!")

1 comment:

sharon said...

Too funny about the cross stitch. I have froggin it and usually end up doing so everytime I try. Gorgeous mitts though!!