Accountability

Another semester ends, and the dormant knitter emerges from her cave.

She looks around herself and thinks oh dear.

 

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Oh, deary dear.

 

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Something clearly needed to be done about this. Something also needed to be done about the fact that I have barely knit a single stitch in weeks. Unfortunately, something also needed to be done about the 10-page paper that was due by the end of the week.

Enter the Unfuck Your Habitat 20/10, fixer of almost all problems in life.

One 20/10 later, one basket was emptied, minor progress had been made on the outline, and very minor progress had been made on the cat hair buildup situation.

 

 

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Repeat. Another 20/10, another basket, more outline, less cat hair.

 

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(Also, if anyone can explain exactly how so much cat hair ends up all over my yarn and baskets, please let me know. I am at a loss, honestly.)

 

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I thought it would be just another 20/10 to take care of the next-to-the-couch pile as well as the outline, but there was a shocking number of unwound but half knitted skeins in that basket so I switched to 45/15′s.

I’ve had to employ some new winding techniques since giving up the swift and ball winder.

 

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This one works best when the air conditioner’s running.

Also, if you’re the type of person who likes pigtails and caramels and has unruly bangs, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you clean out your yarn baskets.

 

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Because seriously.

 

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All this stuff was in there.

 

It’s all sorted away neatly now, though. And I checked everything against my Ravelry notebook to make sureĀ  it was listed and photographed and accounted for properly.

Now comes the hard part. Doing something with it. And I need help on that one.

The semester is over and I have 11 days before classes start again and 7 before I start my summer job. I think I can get a good amount of knitting done in that time, but it’s the long-term knitting I’m concerned with. I think I’ll have more time and less stress this summer than I had this semester, and I think that will translate to more knitting, but I need something to keep me honest. I need to be held accountable to my hobby.

So, I’m going to try to post a regular update here on how I’m doing, but of course “a regular update about how I’m doing with this whole knitting deal” is basically the only reason this blog exists, and look how well that’s working out right now. So, what I’d really love is for people to check in on me. And I was thinking that some of you out there could probably use a check-in here and there as well, because I know I’m not the only person with 3 overflowing baskets of unfinished projects sitting next to the couch glaring at them every night. So, maybe we can help each other out. I don’t care how we do it – we can buddy up and promise to visit and comment on each other’s blogs to make sure we’re making progress, or if anyone wants to leave the occasional comment on my projects to see how things are going I’d be happy to do the same for you, or, I dunno, we could all tweet at each other with some regularity and demand progress pics – but I need a little external motivation and I’m happy to provide it for others as well.

And in the interest of accountability, I even made a checklist of what I will consider legitimate progressĀ  on my most urgent projects:

 

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There. Now, somebody – PLEASE – hold me to it.

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4 Responses to Accountability

  1. There you are! Welcome back. If you want nagging motherly type to, you know, nag and mother you, I can oblige. :)

    • randipants

      Oh, please do! I need ALL THE VOLUNTEERS for this! Gentle reminders, flat-out rude questioning, nagging and motherly, I’ll take any/all of it if it gets me through this backlog!

  2. Jess

    Hey! It’s been a week. What have you accomplished?

    • randipants

      I turned the heel on a 2nd sock! And I’m partway up the leg and the new semester starts on Tuesday which will mean lots of reading, so I think things are looking up for these socks! I will take a pictures in the next day or two and prove it!

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