Why I don’t knit (christmas presents)

I get asked to knit Christmas (and birthday and other) presents for people from time to time, but I generally always turn them down.

This is not because I am a bad person or am callous and unfeeling. I am not selfish with my knitting. In fact, a good portion of my FOs are things I’ve gifted to others (and forgotten to photograph). I like it when somebody is happy because of something I’ve made. However, I am slow. Like the molasses.

I have some pictoral proof of this.

Exhibit A: The first pair of socks I ever learned to knit (aka Socks of Eternity)

These socks are nearly finished, but have been in progress for almost 5 years. At the moment, they are different lengths and I have bound off the top of one much too tightly. They’ve been in the “need to fix” stage for about a year and a half. This is silly. Obviously I should do something to remedy this.

Exhibit B: Garter Rib socks

I didn’t get excited about this pattern, so I put these in hibernation, and then frogged them. It may also be the case that I frogged them because I realized that while the Socks of Eternity might be going on 5 years, the Garter Rib socks might actually take a whole decade. I am looking for a pattern that will trick me into knitting faster.

Exhibit C: Interlocking Leaves socks

These are really fun to knit, really easy, and something I knit pretty quickly, yet they are also still in progress. Every three months or so, I do a little more on them, but get distracted again. I am at the cuff portion of the second sock, but have screwed something up. I plan on fixing it in June. Maybe.

And on and on. My Ravelry is full of these things. On the upside, I have nearly finished projects in the queue, so if somebody asks for a knitted thing, all I really have to do is finish something I’ve already started, and voila! I’m done.

(This does not apply to baby things – those are small and easy to finish quickly, except when I am knitting them from my own pattern, in which case I will knit only a small portion and then decide I have no skills, and give up. Like so

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About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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