Thursday, September 6, 2007

Only Half Full

You know that old question that's supposed to reveal volumes about how you see the world, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" When I was asked this as a kid, I responded, "Only half full."

This is Icarus as of today.

I freely admit that it looks no different than it has for the past 7394 rows.

But this is the yarn for Icarus.

More specifically, this is the end of the first skein of yarn for Icarus. This means that, however it looks, I am halfway through! I am not the sort of knitter who allows projects to linger. I either finish it or frog it, usually within a few weeks. With the exception of the five-year baby blanket (an anomaly I choose to ignore) this is the longest-running knitting project of my life. I can "k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk" in my sleep. And that is the only interesting part of this otherwise entirely stockinette laceweight shawl. I am heartily sick of the whole thing. If it weren't for such an important event, I might be tempted to roll it in a ball and stuff it in the back of the yarn closet, never to see the light of day again. But the bridal shower is next month (gasp), so this needs to get finished. Soon. At this point, I'll take any encouraging sign I can get.

I'm (only) halfway done.

11 comments:

Kristin said...

knit, knit, knit!! You can do it, ra ra ra!
It is going to be really lovely

Tammy said...

I remember the Yarn Harlot knitting this last summer. I think she shared your pain. Here's one of the old posts I found. http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/03/my_new_hobbies.html

Mrs. H said...

You're halfway there! WOOT!

And you know you've got the Outlaw Knitters cheering you on. :)

sophanne said...

Fly like the wind, Icarus! The hog is kicking your ass.

Maureen said...

mrs. h beat me to it.... You're half way there!!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

What were you telling me… there is no project but this one… I have no other yarns… no patterns… there is no project but this one. It's gonna be gorgeous… You can do it!! (Cause if you can't there is no hope for me)

Quail Hill Knits said...

There has to be at least 7954 rows there. I am betting you can do this. And it will all be worth it when you get to present it to your friend. Hang in there! I feel your pain!

Mel said...

I feel ya. EZ's Pie R Square in laceweight is a lifetime project. But hey, you aren't a knitter if you don't take on the impossible on a regular basis. Keep on, keep on. Maybe there's something good on TV?

The_Add_Knitter said...

Can you budget time everyday for it, like you would for therapy or working out?? It's going to be lovely. And when all else fails, punt--you could always stop early and make it seem like it was supposed to be that length all along!

Karen said...

I know how you feel. I had a really hard time getting through that shawl too. But I am so glad I did and you will be too, because it's gorgeous when it's done.

Sarah said...

Half done is way better than a quarter done. I think the downhill (last skein) will be much faster.