I've engaged in a little shlumpy knitting this week. I know all of ya'll, at one time or another have engaged in shlumpy knitting. Don't know what that is? Let me 'esplain. Shlumpy knitting is when you work away on a project just 'cause you've got to get it done. The notion of process vs. product goes right out the window in favor of "Just get me through this!". Shlumpy knitting is especially painful if the object you've shlumped is not for someone else but one you chose because you simply had to have it. I offer my shlumpies for your examination:
On the left we have the almost completed body of a stuffed cat. Or maybe a rabbit. I haven't really decided. Anyway, all I have to do is knit the back of it's head and voila, stuffed animal goodness. This project is a Christmas gift and, even though it is for someone else it's still shlumpy. Why you may ask? Because it's chenille on DPNs. Chenille on DPNs. Ugh. It's really a very easy little pattern and it's going to be cute as a button but I'd like to give it to my dogs as a chewy right about now. The item on the right? Well that truly fits the shlumpy mold.
I saw a cute little bag in "Hip to Knit" by Judith L. Swartz and decided I had to make it. Screw knitting for Christmas! I'm treatin' myself to this little bag. I usually carry a diaper bag everywhere I go so I wanted something a little cuter to whip out when I'm buyin' my Goldfish crackers and apple juice. (Okay. Just so you know, my diaper bag is way cool. It's a Chinese silk print. Seriously. It rocks.) I had 2 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold "Silky Tweed" in my stash and the appropriate needles. I just had to get started.
I used a double strand to make it a little more durable but did the i-cord in a single strand because it looked icky doubled. I didn't have a button but figured I pick one out once the bag was done. Well it's done and sits button-less waiting for me to love it. I just don't. The yarn is really pretty and the little faux cable on the flap is cute but it just doesn't do justice to such a nice yarn. I think the lesson here is don't shlump with nice yarn. That way leads to madness and chapped lips.
To combat shlumpy knitting I'm shifting my focus to the charted scarves I have going and the fact that my Mom and Dad are thrilled that I can knit socks. They really are! That's what they want for Christmas. How cool is that? I'm marshaling my sock yarns and patterns and plan on spending lots of my knitting time on socks. Hope ya'll don't get too bored!