Sunday, January 10, 2010

Messages In The Wind

I think that the whole business of To Gift Or Not To Gift is a universal thing for the knitters. We've all been there. Some are just a bit more responsible about it, is all. I'm not exactly on the high end of that spectrum.

I was still debating the mitten situation when I awoke this morning. I know that Mrs. Secretary Who Sits At The Back Desk would appreciate a pair. I know that I could probably knit some mittens in relatively short order. I also know that she doesn't expect me to knit her any mittens and that I have many, many other things I'd rather knit.

I don't care for knitting mittens. It's nothing personal. I'm not anti-mitten or anything. I think it has something to do with the thumbs, although I can't be certain of that. I just don't knit a lot of mittens...

The debate raged on in my mind. Should I cast on? Should I forget the whole thing and pretend I never had a mitten-related discussion with MSWSATBD? What to do, what do do...

Since I spent yesterday at home engaged in arguments with myself over mittens, I decided to go out today for supplies. Sheepie needed munchies if she was going to keep her energy up. The Great Mitten Debate didn't look to be ending any time soon. I put on my coat and headed outside.

And it was FREEZING!!!

That did it. After coaxing the car into starting, fighting my way through the blustery breezes and purchasing my snack foods, I made my way back home. Once the heat was turned back up to crayon-melting temperatures, I did what I should have done two weeks ago. It took the realization that I was forcing poor MSWSATBD to face the winter temperatures unmittened to motivate me. I did the right thing.




I cast on for the mittens.


There are still roadblocks ahead, of course. I am not known for fidelity with the knitting and my roving eye has often been the cause of project separation. There is also the aforementioned dislike of mittens in general to be faced. Still, I think with concentration and a little self-discipline, I should be able to stay the course. As long as I don't do anything stupid.

Like suddenly decide to make thrummed mittens or something else I've never done before...

SA

16 comments:

Knitcoach said...

Don't you just hate the arguments you have with yourself. It is a very nice thing you are doing in knitting the mittens, so keep at it girl!

trek said...

Thrummed mittens. I just bet they would be very warm hand-gear.

kmkat said...

You are a sheep with compassion and a conscience. Remember: mittens have only two thumbs. What if that nice lady had said she loved gloves?

Donna Lee said...

I have one thrummed mitten done and have one more to do. They are the most amazing feeling mittens (and I really don't like making mittens. I don't know why, they take less time than socks). And it's so cold I could use them right now. The problem is that them make your hands look like you should be in a bugs bunny cartoon.

Julia G said...

The great debate reminded me of a cartoon I saw once about when you should worry, by degrees: you talk to yourself... you argue with yourself.... you lose those arguments :-)

Nice, cozy mitten ribbing -- now you can feel virtuous AND scratch the Startitis Itch. That's where I have arrived with the great Gift Conundrum -- I try to stay focused on my enjoyment of the project rather than the recipient's response, which can be fairly random, even when you have a good match-up.

Can you REALLY have enough waff-ooz??

Jeanne said...

The solution to the thumb problem is simple; make friends of people who have no thumbs. ;-)

It is sweet that you are knitting the mittens. Especially thrummed!

sophanne said...

Re: thumbs. I say break the rules and pick up as manystitches as you want . Decrease a little further up. Since I have done this, I don't hate mittens so much

Act Four said...

Smart woman! It's much better to actually knit the mittens rather than endlessly wonder if you should knit the mittens. And, by the way, that sweater your are not knitting...it's actually a "jumper," not a "sweater." ;)

Mia said...

oh geeze, don't remind me about those thrummed mittens disaster of my own.. hehehe...

you did the right thing :) Now hurry - it's FREEZING out there!

Julie said...

I knew you'd end up making the mittens (or at least casting on the mittens). I'm sure MSWSATBD will love them and you'll be so happy you decided make them.

Beth said...

Yea! I'm glad you decided to make them. Go, SA, go!

Knitting Linguist said...

Y'know, I think you may be right. It is the thumbs that make mittens a lot less fun than they could be...

Karen said...

They'll be wonderful, whatever mittens you come up with. Anything that warms your hands on a cold day are good.

=Tamar said...

Best idea I've read lately: make each mitten with two thumbs. The people who do that say it's because they get twice the wear out of the mitten (apparently they're hard on thumbs). It also has the benefit of making it irrelevant whether a mitten is a left or a right.

Elaine said...

Knitting the mittens for MSWSATBD is wonderful!! But thrummed mittens would just be so close to awesome. She will love you forever, no matter what you knit.

Teri S. said...

I knew you'd do the right thing. It must be the time of year for mitten knittin'. I've got a pair in the works, too. But they are all for me!