Monday, June 25, 2012

Boring Stitching

As you've probably noticed, there isn't much going on here in terms of posting.  One of the main reasons for that is that my needlework really is boring.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my knitting and crocheting, but most of it is based on what my household needs rather than experimenting with design ideas.

I make socks when my boys need socks (need to get on that soon for the little one--he needs socks for winter!).  Right now, I'm making a lot of blankets.  My older son needs an additional blanket for the winter, and my younger son will also need a blanket when he switches from his crib to a real bed.  And my charity project is currently a full-sized afghan.  Eventually, I'll need to make some tops for myself.  I had several that never fit right and several more that were getting threadbare.  So now my functional wardrobe is down to a minimum.  I also need to darn my knit socks before I need them this winter.  If I actually get the hang of making those repairs I might even post on it!

The point is that there often isn't much to say about needlework when it is based on function.  That's not to say that it's boring (ok, making an endless succession of squares is boring, but that's beside the point).  The interest, however, lies in the execution.  Maybe I'll use a new yarn or stitch, or I'll experiment with a different technique in constructing my project.  That's how I keep the work interesting, but it still all boils down to making a blanket or socks or a top; and when you focus on the satisfaction of filling a need, those details pale in comparison.

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