29 April 2009

Ambition

Remember last year, when I knit all of those socks, as well as a few last-minute Christmas gifts? I just zipped along. Then at the beginning of this year, I was zipping along as well. I even posted my "Master List" on Ravelry, on the Year-Long-Gift-Along forum, and remember thinking that it was all rather doable, as well as realistic.

Wrong, camel breath! I have moved along (slightly) on the Adventskalendar, and I'm nearly finished with the fair isle vest I'm knitting for The Tim, but as for the other things ... um, well, saying I'm behind would be an understatement.

Unlike last year though, I'm not really worried about it. Last year, I said I was knitting socks for everyone OUT LOUD, and therefore I had to do it. This year, I mentioned the gifts I would like to knit, but did not use a declarative sentence (remember those?). Meaning - for those of you who were not English class freaks like me - I never said, "This year, I'm knitting _____ for everyone."

If you don't say it out loud in a declarative sentence, it doesn't count.

So what am I knitting? Well, I'm getting ready to start the Silk Kerchief, I just need to see if I have the right size needles (I have a sinking feeling that the answer is no - I'll just have to buy some!). I'm working on the Adventskalendar, albeit more slowly than I thought I would be. And I'm at the v-neck of the vest for The Tim, so it will be done soon. (And he'll just wear it next year during the cool weather, no big deal.) And occasionally, I go back to my Jaywalker Socks (Ravelry link), which I still like, but have sorely neglected. Other neglected projects are currently being ignored, but that could change ...

Am I going to knit gifts? Yes, but only on my own timeline and according to inspiration. This is for two reasons: a) knitting nothing but socks for the most part last year was occasionally frustrating, even though I was pleased with all of the results, and really wanted to do it, and b) I don't want people to start expecting knitted gifts - that would be pressure! And even in the best of circumstances, Pressure + Bridget = Crap.

So, I'm knitting to knit, knitting what I feel like knitting, and except for certain things, not putting myself on a deadline. It is a hobby after all, and I should be enjoying myself, right?

Apropos of nothing, I just received a phone call from "Jack," of the Republican Senatorial Committee - I don't know what the call was about, as I almost immediately hung up. But why "Jack" and those of his ilk are calling me, I can't say.

They had just better never show up in person ...

Lisa posted on her blog those she would give the Let's Be Friends Award, and gave it back to me. Which is very nice of her, except she claims that she is puzzled re: my love for Mr. Ed ... can you look at this picture and be puzzled?

(He talked! And often made more sense than any humans - plus he could deliver a zinger with the best of them ...)

12 comments:

Lisa said...

You know, if I put glass under Mrs. Beckham's tongue I'd be she'd sound more interesting, too. ;)

Chris said...

You are growing wise indeed, oh knitterly wise one. :)

Jenn said...

Willlbuuuuurrrrrr!

handeyecrafts said...

So, I was humming your post title ala' "Fiddler on the Roof" until I saw Ed there. Now I've got his theme stuck in my head.

Of course, of course.

teabird said...

"he'll give you the answer..." no question. A wise horse indeed.

Channon said...

I've discovered I don't like to feel I HAVE to knit a given project...

Brigitte said...

OK. Animals ALWAYS make more sense than humans. Always. Seriously.

And - hanging up on "Jack" - LOL, that's hilarious, and I'm not even American. We have our own version of dorkus' up here too...

Not.Knitting.For.Anyone.This.Year. Except me...

Marie said...

Always hang up on Republicans. Way to go, Bridget.

Also, Yay for you, knitting for pleasure rather than for stress.

Guinifer said...

Seriously, did you know that Mr. Ed was actually a Greves Zebra and NOT a horse at all? Check it out at SNOPES: http://www.snopes.com/lost/mistered.asp

Bridget said...

Lisa - why would Mrs. Beckham need glass under her tongue? That is not how Mr. Ed talked - the horror!

Guinifer (and anyone else reading that link to Snopes) - did you also click on the "More Information" link at the bottom of the page?

There are not many topics where I consider myself to be a reasonable expert, but Mr. Ed is one of those I do. Which probably says more about me than the topic itself ...

A :-) said...

Bridget-thanks for stopping by my blog - I hope your African violets are doing well :-) And I hope you'll come back to visit again!

Al Capone - when I lived overseas and people found out where I'm from, invariably they would ask about Al Capone.

Oh dear, now I have that silly song in my head, too. . . people will yackety yak a streak and waste your time of day - but Mr. Ed will never speak, unless he has something to say . . .:-D

Anonymous said...

Bridget, in case you have not yet bought a long size 3 needle, let me know and I will bring one on Friday when I come to Eileen's. We will just have to meet up either Saturday or Sunday afternoon so I can give it to you. I have several size 3s, and yhou are welcome to one. Pat, the Knitting Nana.