Friday, 19 February 2016

Wasting time and making excuses.

Having finished all the pages for my fabric book I have been amusing myself by recycyling a lot of oddments of yarn into a sort of tunic-cum-pullover.
It may only ever get worn for gardening but will be quite useful on cooler days worn over a shirt or poloneck jumper.
I'm amazed it fits as it was knitted, not with chunky yarn as the pattern stated but with all sorts of yarns, tape and ribbon and on smaller needles, but I did work out from the tension details how many extra stitches I would need.  Luckily there was no shaping involved - it is just two oblongs put together leaving an opening at the neck.  There should have been sleeves but I ran out of interesting leftovers so settled for a matching trim at the armholes.
Not terribly flattering but it will hide a few lumps and a spare tyre.

I have managed to avoid working on the cover for my book but have been thinking about it while knitting and am nearly ready to take the plunge and start work on it.

How do we manage to kid ourselves that our actions are perfectly reasonable?  For weeks now I have wanted to start drawing in a sketchbook.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course I did a couple of years back so I know I can draw - after a fashion if not to my satisfaction - but the thought of making another start makes me instantly find something else to do and make excuses for not drawing, or making my book cover, come to that.   I will do both eventually because I really want to.  It's a bit like wanting to swim but knowing the water will be cold!  I'll jump in when I'm ready.

I thought I would be wise when I was old - sadly I am just old.

12 comments:

The Bug said...

That is GORGEOUS! I love the mix of colors and textures - and I would totally wear it out where people can see me. "Oh this old thing? I made it myself!" :)

And there are no shoulds when it comes to doing things we love - just do what you want when you want to!

Julie said...

I'm with 'The Bug' Your top is just gorgoeus! Enjoy it, don't hide it away for gardening. Wear it everywhere. xx

Heather said...

Thank you Dana and Julie - maybe I will after all.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That tunic is absolutely beautiful and very adventurous Heather - it looks highly fashionable to me.

Penny said...

I love it and such a good idea for using all the wool scraps. Is there a pattern?

Robin Mac said...

I agree with all the others - definitely wear it out. I love it.
I am sure your book covers and Drawing book will happen when you are ready - surely you are allowed plenty of latitude as you get older? That is my excuse anyway. Cheers

Ro Bruhn said...

Love your knitting Heather, the colours are beautiful. I always draw patterns or use my hand made stamps around the edges of my blank pages, when getting back into sketching. I find it takes away the blank page syndrome.

Maggi said...

I think it's lovely Heather, fit for purpose too.

I often just lay down a bit of colour when beginning to work into that pristine book. It encourages me get my tools out if nothing else.

Heather said...

Thank you all, for the good advice and kind words. I will be bored if I don't pull my socks up soon! That'll get me going again.

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The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Love love love that top! The others are right, you should wear that all the time. Just pop a turtleneck under it in just about any color and you're good to go!

Maggie Grey said...

I's wear it - it's lovely.