Friday, September 4, 2009

Ticking Away

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
Pink Floyd

It's only taken fifty two years, but I've come to embrace the fact that I love deadlines and the ensuing pressure to get a job done. Take those afghan squares I knit for my sister as an example. She sent me the yarn back in April or May, but I waited until right before they were due in August to finish them up completely. I didn't even start them until mid July. How's that for dawdling and denial? I couldn't knit them until the fire was nice and hot to urge me forward.

Today I looked at the calendar and realized it's September 4th. It doesn't seem like it should be, and I believe that's because Labor Day is late this year. I've been ignoring the calendar, but while looking for when the full moon falls (today), I realized that once again, I've been procrastinating. I have a deadline for a few items that are due on the 19th, and here I've been dawdling and whining saying that I just can't knit...I've lost my muse...I'm all used up after knitting Ruby.

Nonsense.

All I've needed is a deadline and now that I've let one get uncomfortably close, my needles are flying again. You see, one of my colleague's grandchildren is sick. Really sick. I'm knitting some items to raffle off at a benefit for him on the 19th of September.

First up, is a hat for him for when he loses his hair. This is his second dance with chemo, so he knows it's coming and just in time for the cold weather. Well not to worry, he'll have the hat I started last night and I've mostly completed. Forty more rows and it's a done deal. Next up will be a pattern out of Nicky Epstein's book, Knitting Never Felt Better. It's a stockinette scarf that will be felted using nuts (still in the shells) as molds to create a bubble effect. It's two thirds done. I bought enough yarn to make a pair of fingerless mitts that will be raffled, too. I'm thinking that for the heck of it, I'll throw in some felted bars of soap, a skein of handspun wool and a pattern for a scarf or neck warmer to top it off.

See? That's all I needed: a purpose and not a lot of time.




13 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Seems a very good reason to get the needles moving

SkippyMom said...

I seem to find that the more I have to do the more I get done. Otherwise I am a sloth ;).

Stephanie V said...

Dealines...yes!! The only way I can plan my time. Then there's the procrastination thing because my deadline is a week away.
I know you'll meet your knitting schedule.

clairedulalune said...

Rudee, you will do it! I think it is really wonderful what you are doing! ((hugs))

Rose said...

Wow! Impressive. Make sure to post photos, especially of the nut-felted scarf.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Good deal. That is a worthy cause. My GD and I did crocheted hat for children at Kosair Chrildren's Hosp. My GD suggested we put pom-poms on the top. That was a fun project.
QMM

Brenda said...

I knew you wouldn't stay out of the loop for long. Just needed the right inspiration!

Renie Burghardt said...

There ya go, Rudee, inspiration strikes again!

Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Renie

debra said...

I can send you something, rudee. Email me and let me know <3

Pyzahn said...

I wish I had a talent like yours to offer up. But I will send along prayers and good thoughts.

Love your vacation count down!

distracted by shiny objects said...

I'm jealous, I'm simply slip-sliding away...

Anonymous said...

great tune....

NCmountainwoman said...

There could be no better motivator than a sick child. What a nice thing for you to do.

See you on the Dark Side of the Moon!