I always have visualisations (possibly known as 'hallucinations' or 'imaginations' - but I'm doing psychobabble today) about how my knitting is going to turn out. I find the stronger and more appealing the visualisation, the more likely it is that it will be actually finished and that I will be happy with it.
Case in point:
Recently, on the knitabulous ravelry group (go join it), Diane said she was thinking about making Fiona's Top in yellow softsock yarn. I clicked that link and instantly fell in love with that little top too.
Imagine my delight when not days later, an adult version of this top (or one very similar) became the featured pattern on ravelry.
My imagination pictured the following: I am wearing this this burnt orange top over a grey short sleeved marle tshirt with inky blue linen fisherman's pants and leather sandals. Comfortable and tanned, I skip from the gym/cafe/school arpark/beachlooking relaxed and stylish in my loose tunic style top. (I am always slim in my imagination, that could be why I spend a lot of time daydreaming!)
The urge to immediately begin this project was so strong, and I had just wound a skein of wollmeise twin in kurbis (which was, in my defense, way over 160g and looked immense), it seemed like a perfect choice for spring, so away I went.
So now, a week later, here I am. Faced with a dilemma all of my own doing. Top 1/3 complete. 1/3 of the yarn remaining.
Which under normal circumstances might be annoying, but not impossible. But, in this instance, well it would have to be the fecking Wollmeise wouldn't it?
So, I have three options:
1. Trawl and beg on ravelry for another skein of kurbis to finish the top for summer. Expensive, time comsuming, and more than a little pathetic, but an option nonetheless.
2. Frog it and re-do a smaller one for my daughter, buy her a grey marle tshirt and some linen pants and let her do the summer skipping.
3. Frog it and make socks instead.
And quite frankly, I am so disappointed by the sheer waste of a week's knitting time that I just can't decide. Also, the 'visualisation' of the finished top - well it's very appealing to me still. What should I do? What would you do?
Of course there are other demands too:
*Mum wants a scarf in the silk leftover from the Aeolian Shawl.
*I've got strong imaginary visions of the Sage Remedy Top hiding all sorts of ills this summer.
*I want to knit some samples for the shop.
*I nearly dropped everything and cast on for an identical (but, um, bigger) one of these yesterday when I saw it.
*The new twist collective came out, and yarnissima's sock was an instant buy.
*I haven't finished assemblage, autumn arbor, the bear claw blanket.
*I want to knit either a spanish peacock or a mediterranean lace for the Easter Show next year - and by the way, where did the first half of 2009 go?
*I haven't started so many of those projects I love on my ravelry queue like Maude (that's coming on to three years old now) and I still want a firm knit jacket, and a dress, and and and..
*I have a few ideas for patterns that could surely be a success if I could just knit them and/or size them and/or write them out.
*There are cones of merino sock in the dining room that need skeining and dyeing this weekend.
And they say knitting is relaxing!