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Fall Cleaning

Dear Ann,
First order of business is to announce the winners of our drawing for copies of Wendy Knits Lace:
Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi.
But guess what? Last week I received two giveaway copies of another new book, Ten Secrets of the Laid Back Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn and Life by Vicki Steifel and Lisa Souza. So, with thanks to Vicki and Lisa, I’m adding those to the giveaway fiesta.
I think of myself as a pretty laid back knitter. Much of the time, I’m actually reclining. Anxiety may get its bony grasp on other aspects of life, but never the knitting. I cast it on, I rip it out, I leave it in a plastic bag until chanterelles sprout and babies get learner’s permits–without a care. So, I wondered, what is my secret? I spent Sunday morning with this fun book, and found out. Now, there are 10 secrets in this book. I don’t think the authors would appreciate it if I gave them all away. I will just highlight my personal favorite, Secret #4: Take the Color Leap of Faith. Every time I’m in a knitting store, I see somebody who is actually stressed out about choosing the color for their project, and needs a leap of faith. This book can help.
SO, I drew six names instead of four:
1. Joanne F. (artsy-knit)
2. Vicki (skywark)
3. Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit
4. bashtree
5. Joyce (joyceetta)
6. MariGayle
I’ve emailed the winners, so if you see your name here, check your email.
Knitting as Housecleaning
Laid back as I am, I have my limits. Lately I’ve been tripping over the WIPs. I can’t sit all the way back in the bedroom chair because it has so many needle-trailing blankets hanging over the back. A one-armed pullover on the windowsill has actual dust on it; I had to vacuum it. (Heloise hint: when vacuuming old knitting, turn down the suction. You knew that, right?) So, I’m embarking on a bunch of finishing up, NOT because I’m not laid back–I’m laid back, I tell you! SO LAID BACK!–but because the time has come.
I’m adapting a method that is prescribed for getting out of debt: tackle the smaller ones first, to get some momentum going early. So, first up is the boy’s sweater, which has been one sleeve short of wearable for a year or more. Next up, 5 big blankets (one of which I’m calling a “shawl” because it sounds smaller than a blanket). Not kidding. Five. That is a level of garter stitch debt that could paralyze the Government. Stay tuned. If I cast on anything new, smack me with a copy of 10 Secrets of the Laid Back Knitters.
P.S. Scroll down to Ann’s post from earlier today for BREAKING NEWS.




  1. WOW, I won — I can’t believe it. So excited. Haven’t got the email yet, but hope it comes through soon.

  2. UFOs! UFOs! I am ALL ABOUT the UFOs.

  3. Lord. I have two Nina shawls and a log-cabin blanket in the paralyzing UFO arena. I’m thinking about making them my New Year’s resolution.
    Hey…wait a minute. Those are BOTH Mason-Dixon projects!

  4. Any book with a cashmere goat on the cover gets my immediate attention ๐Ÿ™‚
    Extremely Laid-back Knitter, but
    Not-so-laid-back Cashmere Goat Owner

  5. “Tripping over the WIPs” is a great phrase, and called to mind the dust bunnies in my WIP basket.
    What? I can vacuum that? I have table clothes spread between and over projects, like frosting over cake layers.
    But fuzzier.

  6. at first i hyperventilated when i read *five* blankets. but perhaps that’s like 10 quilt WIPs? best of luck with all that finishing!

  7. I joined two knitalongs this year (bad idea, the year-long knitalong). So far, I have more or less kept up with the one where I have to knit a square a month, but I think my March socks have yet to be cast on. But! I have 2 gorgeous sweaters *just waiting* for the last 75% to be knit, a stunning shawl that needs to be done for a birthday present soon… And so on. So, once I get the shawl done, I’ll just sure as heck get cracking on finishing something else.

  8. Dusty projects! So glad it’s not just me…!

  9. I expect to finish fewer things than I start each year. I’ve been looking at my ravelry WIPs and I currently have 6 unfinished projects started this year. I consider it a win if it is only 6 at the end of the year and if I have finished an old thing (or two or three) from previous years. The idea to tackle the small ones first is a good one. I am sure I have a pair of socks that just require a dose of kitchener!

  10. I bought the laid back knitter book and loved it. So sorry not to have won (again), but am with you on the UFO game. Have to sew in the ends of my niece’s blanket before Thanksgiving when she comes to visit, trying to get others done so I can stash dive again!

  11. Good luck with all the projects – One of my favorite yarnharlot quotes goes something like this – “It is called knitting not (insert name of ufo here) making…” so sit down and knit – and continue to be laid back!

  12. Just as long as you don’t get the crazy idea to raise that garter stitch debt limit. We all know what sort of havoc that can wreak.

  13. Why are new patterns and new yarn so seductive? So hard to stay disciplined and finish those WIPs. Good luck with that!
    Am saving up to buy Noro for my Mitered Cross and plan to give it to ME when I finish it (or rather when I start it and then finish it).

  14. I better get that book PRONTO.

  15. I wish I had known about this, I LOVE knitting books!


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