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April 05, 2005

Just to recap. . .

My WIP Challenge is officially over. I did. . .okay. But not great.

I started with nine things I hoped to finish (notice how the language is changing, from "vowed" to "hoped"? This is code for "I give up now").

The failures:

The green skirt and evening diamonds got dropped off the list for no reason other than I was crazy to think I could finish nine projects.

The olive cotton top down raglan got dropped because I tried it on when it was all but finished and it looked frumpy, which is not really the look I'm going for. I think the yarn is too stiff for this style, and I'm planning to use it for Alison Hansel's uber-cute t-shirt instead.

The red skirt has to be ripped back to the crochet part and redone; I'm not happy with the fit. It's close though, and only needs a bit of tweaking. My hope is to be wearing it in May.

The near misses:

Must Have Cardigan: almost done! I'm on the second sleeve, and would be wearing it right now if I hadn't spent more than a week too sick to knit. All that time spent on the couch seems like perfect knitting time, but just holding the needles made me queasy.

Granny square purse: close. It's put together, but I've still got about twelve inches or so on that endless garter stitch strap. And the whole thing needs to be lined with pleather.

But among all this failure, some success:

Funnel top, Clapotis, recycled skirt: done! I'm choosing to ignore the fact that I only finished the things that were easy, and had the least amount of knitting in them.

So. I'm not going to toss the unfinished items back in the stash, I'm going to set myself a new schedule for them. I am, however, going to allow myself to start a few new projects. First up: a couple of kerchiefs and hats, to cover up my funny looking head while I grow my hair out long. It's a curly mess right now; I cut off my blue bangs, and it's getting too long to spike up anymore. Once the curls take over it'll be time to hide it. Maybe I'll show a picture, just for laughs; it's looking pretty goofy already.

I have four more interviews to do: Anna, Mandella, La and Ghita. Hopefully I'll be able to get those up tomorrow night. I'd do it now, but I've got an article to finish for Jae that's already a little late. Woops.

One more thing: I'm sorry if I upset anyone with my joke about the Pope the other day. I certainly don't mean to mock anyone's mourning for the loss of their religious leader. Even if he is the leader of a church that has caused countless unwanted babies to be born and countless people to die of AIDS because of its refusal to condone the use of condoms. And even if he is the leader of a church that believes that men have a right to control women's bodies, and that rather than calling all the best candidates to the priesthood, god only chooses from half the population: those who have a dick. People still have a right to mourn him.

Posted by jodi at April 5, 2005 09:17 PM | categories:  assholes : sticks and string

Comments

What? No photos of funnel top / Clapotis / recycled skirt / funny looking head?

Posted by: alison at April 5, 2005 10:53 PM

Your last paragraph...excellent! Your knitting progress...also excellent considering your illness! Glad you aren't going to punish yourself by not starting anything else. This is supposed to be fun...right?! ;)

Posted by: Jessica at April 5, 2005 11:14 PM

Thank god (no pun intended) that someone had the balls to say it like it is. About the Pope. Not the knitting.

Posted by: Tara at April 6, 2005 12:36 PM

Yes.. you said it! Have I mentioned that I heart you?
I failed at the WIP challenge. I did finish the pink monster and my clap tho. I'm sticking with the 'don't start something new till I finish something' part tho... except when it comes to a birthday present or two. :D

Posted by: korin at April 7, 2005 01:56 AM

hallelujah to that.
And why did Bobby Bittman bring me right back to Dr Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses? Ahh. Those were the days. The early years, before cable and pc-ness. Is it just me, or were things just not so "precious" then?

Posted by: Lori-Ann at April 7, 2005 11:18 AM