Buried Under Yarn

I've been a procrastinator my whole life. I get everything done, at the last minute. The last time I got things done quickly was the day I was born, my mom almost had me in the car and the whole deal took less than half an hour (of course, maybe my parents were the procrastinators then). Now, there are different types of procrastinors. There are the lazy, half-assed ones; they were late with everything and still failed or just didn't care. The middle of the road procrastinators; they would procrastinate, would get scared and do everything before it was too late. Then there are the master procrastinators, this is where I am. We live on the edge, laugh at deadlines, yet somehow find the most efficient way of doing things and got A's for our little effort. Did I tell you that I turned in my Senior Paper a week after it was due (and a week before graduation)? Why work on my paper all semester and stress out when I can write it in one night and have the Proff love it? I heart efficiency.

I'll admit though, sometimes I was really under pressure and the stress would get to me. In graduate school I swore to change my ways and turned in my thesis paper a month or two before the semester was done. Last month I had this genius plan to start my holiday knitting, but somehow that didn't happen. Deciding what to knit took a while (and a couple of consultations with my mom) and the yarn took forever to get here. That old stress from college is sneaking up on me.

This mess is some of the yarn that will magically turn into gifts. Right about now I wish I knew that old water into wine trick. A knitting machine would be nice. Or I would love a knitting staff of my own to boss around. Actually looking at it laid out like this, it isn't going to be that bad. I'm sure I'll be done in time, though there may be a sacrifice or two (the boy's sweater). Want to see the world's most boring progress shot?

This is the first gift I got started on this week. It's a crap-o-tee for Ms. I-really-want-grandkids. This is at the boring end of the second section, so apparently I'm at the fun part where I get to drop stitches. I can't believe I got suckered to knit this (aren't I a year late to ride this wave?). The bf picked out the color (oceanos from handpaintedyarns) and I really hope the color breaks up a little more after there are some ladders in there.

You know what? I was wrong, this is the world's most boring progess shot. In a totally selfish move I cast on some thigh-highs for me. Actually, that's the start of a sleeve for the old Hourglass (yet another bandwagon I'm jumping on). What can I say, it's getting cold and I need a sweater. I figure I could knit the sleeves while watching TV and work on Clapotis all the other time. Also, since I'm messing with the gauge all I have to rip is one sleeve if I totally hate it.


Anonymous jess said...

never fear, that color for crapotee will be lovely, just wait. i think it's one of the best i've seen - subtle, not at all candy-like or cloying. good choice!

personally, though, i hated the pattern and wanted to tear my hair out by the end. yes, good luck on that score ;)

10/11/05 11:59 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hmm, maybe I won't be making a clapotis. I was thinking it might be a good pressie for one my friends, but if it is a drag I don't want to do it because I'm lazy.

Hurray for procrastinators! I'm the same way. I used to get up to write my papers at 5 AM, the same morning the paper was due. This was before I had a computer and was using a TYPEWRITER. At least my grades didn't suffer.

11/11/05 8:34 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love the pink yarn. The picture is redeemed just by the lovliness of that yarn.

I think the color of the Crapotee is quite nice. The dropped stitches will add to it I'm sure.

11/11/05 10:24 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I am a procrastinator too... although I am trying to be better about it with school stuff *sigh*

Not boring progress shots at all. I really like seeing the yarn. Both yarns you are using are lovely!

11/11/05 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

You need to stop with the knitting of the gifts at Christmas time. It makes things way better!

11/11/05 1:55 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

Ahh procrastination I too, am a master procrastinator - begin papers at midnight when they are due at 8am - it is stressful, even though I try and rationalize it by saying "I'm good under pressure"! I like the blue on the clap - I'm super late to this pattern too but I haven't figured out what yarn to make it with.

11/11/05 2:37 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Ha! I'm thinking of giving my MIL the clap(otis) for Christmas, too..although I'm leaving it for later, so if it doesn't work out, well, I won't waste my time knitting for an unthankful recipient (perhaps I don't like MIL in much as you like Mrs. Where's the Grandkids?)

11/11/05 2:53 PM  
Blogger kate said...

ah, yes...it's the old "one for you, one for me" school of gift-giving. i love that school. i learned so much there.

11/11/05 6:12 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

I "started" on mine as well. Clap is looking good. I haven't knit one yet either. I'm going to make one out of the yarn you gave me. Eventually.....

11/11/05 7:06 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

The Clapotis looks great so far! The nice thing about it is that is goes fairly quickly and personally I liked dropping stitches on purpose. *Love* the pink Hourglass sleeve!!

11/11/05 10:48 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

Need. Ball. Winder. Now.

I'm starting a new Crap-o-tee for my mom as well...Ugh.

12/11/05 11:37 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

i'm stalled on my mom's clap. i just need to get to the third section. and i was a year late too, so don't feel too lousy. maybe it's a renaissance!

12/11/05 2:46 PM  
Anonymous tina said...

The malabrigo hourglass sleeve looked so perfect when I looked at your blog yesterday, I had to buy some for myself today! I had no idea how soft it was!

12/11/05 7:43 PM  
Anonymous frenchtoastcake said...

oh my goodness. am i missing something? what is that yummy pink yarn?!

14/11/05 6:40 PM  

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