There's been some blog silence & we apologize for it. I've been stuck in airports or behind the wheel. The one good thing about airport travel is the reading time. I finished Street Gang last week while hanging in Chicago. We were raised on two things: Disney & Sesame Street. Since I minored in Pop Culture, I spent much of my time focusing on women in the media. Disney lost a bit of sparkle at that point in my life. Sesame Street has always remained bright & shiny. Nothing makes me happier than when Gus enjoys Sesame Street. It took him a long time to watch more than ten minutes. Tuck is a different kid. He sees Big Bird in the opening & belly laughs. His attention isn't held for too long, but Elmo's voice brings it back. The book shows the passion that was involved with the creation of the show & it's ground-breaking success. I found myself sobbing when they covered Mr. Hooper & Jim Henson's death. I also found myself angry with the "educational" shows that have followed Sesame Street. They just can't compare, but I'm basis.
I'm starting to figure out my Knitting Self. I like projects that can be easily stopped & started when needed. For example, trying to catch a certain toddler that wants to jump off the couch. But here's the issue, when a project is too easy I can be persuaded to frog it when I lose interest. My inner dialog sounds something like this:
What's the big deal? It was just stockinette. So what the project is almost finished. I'll never wear it anyway.
Garter Stitch Cardigan is a perfect example of this flaw. And Diminishing Ribs is likely to fall into the same grave. It's a little too big & the ribbing details show off my wonderful C-section belly. I'm waiting for Ava's visit to make a solid decision on this project.
What's a girl to do when she gets bored with boring knits? Make a complex looking knit easy, of course! I haven't knit a cable heavy knit in a while. I liked Vivian when I first saw it, but never purchased it. I saw a finished version on Ravelry & knew I had to knit it. I looks like a grown-up & flattering version of the Cable Park Hoodie. I started it one night while I had had two glasses of wine. Why can't I remember not to mix wine & knitting? I fixed the mistakes & started a knitting plan. I knew that I'd have to use a ton of markers & a knit sheet.
My Knit Sheet is a marked up list of the cables & seed stitch sections. The different cables are all color coded & abbreviated. In my Knit Life, I used a cable needle once. Why would anyone use this horrific instrument? To eliminate the cable needle I have to write out where to put the needle & what to knit/purl in the cable sections. On this sheet, I also write the increase & cable rows. In Vivian, you cable every sixth row, but you also have a big cable row on every tenth row on the larger cables. To complete this project, I need all this information to be checked off & logged. My Knit Sheet makes this project almost as easy as a plain stockinette project. I would be lost without this sheet.
I have one more long drive & then my weekend at home begins. The kitchen is almost done & the boys need some outdoor time. Since the Knit List is saving my project, maybe I should create a Family List & start checking off events.