Friday, April 4, 2008

I think I might be a WIP Whore!

For those of you who have no idea what a WIP is... It is a Work in Progress.... There now that you know what the heck I am talking about..... Let me explain why I say that.....

First let me start at the beginning.... When we went home this year for Christmas (home of course being Southern California... the OC LA border area to be exact...) We got the last of our stuff out of storage. In that stuff was my craft box... which was filled with yarn... Acrylic yarn.

Now let me tell you a little something... when I started to crochet I used exclusively acrylic yarn.... Two things contributed to this... 1. I didnt even really know that there was a world outside of the Walmart and Micheals yarn aisles... and 2. Once I did know about other options... I didn't realize that there were wonderful websites like KnitPicks to make non man made fibers affordable.... Remember people... In California we were making 1300 a month in a good month... and less in a bad month... Our 1 bedroom apartment was $920 a month... and we still had to pay for electricity. So I was POOR! Red Heart is cheap! Heck even now we are supporting a family of 5 on an enlisted rank paycheck... All I have to say is THANK GOD the army gives us a housing allowance... and THANK GOD we live on post.

Anyways... back to the yarn and why I think I am a WIP Whore!

So we get the last of our stuff here and we go through it and put out what we have room for and put the rest into storage... I decided to go through my 25 gallon bucket of yarn.... AND IT STINKS OF CAT PEE!!!!!!! Acrylic yarn smells bad enough without having been peed on by a cat! SO I start going through it all to see what is salvageable... and there are 6 that is right I said 6 afghans in there that are all in various states of done-ness! And a purse I crocheted that just needs a button loop and a button.... Turns out the only thing in there worth keeping was the skein of yarn I had left over from making Alexanders baby blanket... (sentimentality to acrylic yarn... how sad!) So I thought to myself "Self. From now on... One WIP at a time... Finish what you start before you start something else.... the last thing you need is a bucket full of projects in various stages of completion when you die!" (let me just interject right here to tell you that I am not dying. I just always think of things in the context of "would this be something I wanted people to talk about if I died tomorrow" Morbid I know. Get over it. Let us move on.)

So I thought I was doing ok. I finished the washcloths for my sister before I started the wristlets. I finished the wristlets before I started this... The Between Seasons Cap.
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I had to stop the cap cause I didnt know about the Magic Loop technique... and I dont have DPN's (double point needles).... Steph fixed that for me (yes the same Steph I am frequently bringing up... she rocks ok?) So I should be finishing that right? WRONG!!!!! I started a new project instead and justified it with "I need a little break from the cap!" SO I have two WIPs.... The cap and this:
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A soaker for Mikaela. Her skin doesnt seem to like PUL (I think it stands for Polyurithane lining) covers... so I need to get her out of it and into wool soakers....
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BTW... Do you like my little yarn protector? I made it out of a container for assorted flavor lychee jello shot thingies! Then I used these things to make and smooth out the hole in the lid so it wouldnt catch the yarn!
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(on yet another sidetrack note... I really need to make a cool little light box thingy like the one that ADAM KNITS made!)

Back to WIPs... I was doing ok with just the two... but last night I almost cast on these too! Just to see if I could do them! AAAGGGHHHH! It is a sickness I tell you! The only thing that stopped me was the realization that I am out of circular cables! It is only a matter of time before I have a new 25 gallon bucket full of WIPs again! I just know that someday my headstone will read "Jaclyn- WIP and Yarn WHORE!!!!(and loving mother and wife....)

But maybe I am being overly dramatic.
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