I have a problem. All knitters have this problem. We see fabulous knit items and say “oh, I can do that!!” Or we need a quick accessory and say “I can make that!” And we have the best of intentions, but we truly CAN’T knit everything we want. There’s physically not time. But we try.
My 20th high school reunion in Northern New York is coming up. Last week, I dragged Emily, my designated shopping cohort, to the mall to help me find a dress for the reunion. Our first stop was the Gap where we found the perfect black and white graphic maxi skirt. That looked incredible as a strapless dress. Thinking it was too easy, we scoured the rest of the mall, but kept going back to the skirt/dress. My only misgiving was… it’s strapless! I’m a mom of four! I’m… well, no. I’m not old! But I need a little more cover than strapless provides.
“So get a shrug. NO, MAKE a shrug!! Seriously. You can crank that out in no time.” Emily is nothing if not an enabler. The sensible part of me said no, there’s not enough time. The less rational part quickly shut up the sensible part and said SURE! I can knit a shrug! I have LOTS of time!! It’s a shrug. That’s nothing! And with my stash? Of course I have white yarn.
Famous last words.
I found the pattern quickly, it had been in my Ravelry queue for ages. The Shetland Shorty from Knitty. I had exactly four suitable skeins of white yarn, two each of cotton and linen. Not nearly enough to make the shrug. I considered a trip to the yarn shop, but that never ends well for the wallet. I’ll still need money for vacation. So I did what any normal, rational, sensible knitter would do with nine days remaining before road tripping cross-country.
I placed a Knitpicks order.
I have plenty of time! My yarn arrived Tuesday. Lots of time. I’ve had to frog the shrug three times already. All the time in the world. I leave on Monday. PLENTY of time.