Finding Fall Motivation

September 11, 2008

It’s so strange that even though I haven’t had a “summer break” since grade school, on account of working during my summers, summer is such a lazy season for me. I over-anticipate the amount of things I’ll get done, thinking that with all those sunlit hours in every day that surely I can accomplish loads of things that I love – read lots of books, sew things, knit a whole heckuvalot, travel, try new recipes and bake all the time, and just relax. Silly me. As spring ends and summer begins I never remember that once the end of May hits, my body goes into “summer vacation” mode, even if there isn’t a vacation involved. Lazing about the house; camping and lazing about the campground; eating out instead of cooking from scratch; not wanting to do anything but feeling compelled to want to do everything. At least I got a lot of cycling under my belt this summer, a few hundreds of miles even, so I guess most of you will think that I’ve done more than many others, but still it doesn’t feel like enough.

Part of me feels like so much time these past few months have slipped by the wayside never to be recovered. Maybe this was because of “summer vacation” mode, maybe this was because this summer was particularly rough, mental health speaking, and now I’ve gotten that under wonderful, happy and hopeful control, I want to grasp free time by the coat-tails and hold on for the ride instead of watching it disappear without me. Regardless, today was slightly chilled in Philadelphia and I feel motivated to do things again. Hints of autumn around the corner, lunch with my bestest friend and talks of the upcoming lovely months of cooler weather. With the hot weather packing up and heading off for another year, am I the only one ushering in the autumn season with open, motivated arms? Come on, all you knitters, as much as you love summer, you are dying to pull out those sweaters and knit large projects with thick, warm wool that cover your laps and keep you warm.

Just think…crisp morning air as you walk into work; hot coffee and cool breezes; bike rides that don’t involve sweating the entire time; cold feet at night; open windows without the need for a fan (or AC for some of you); throw blankets on the couch to snuggle under as the night deepens and the temperature drops.

This promise of the season to come has sparked an interest in finishing my WIPs that have been languishing on the needles, hooks, and sewing table for months, and embarrassingly a couple years for some of them. Quilts, afghans, sweaters, socks. Let’s get you finished and out of the “in progress” stage!

Of course, casting on to the Drops 101-3 cardigan doesn’t help this finishing motivation, now does it?

This was one of the first patterns I saw when I joined Ravelry in 2007, and I immediately fell in love with it. Finally I got around to getting some yarn, and decided to go for the called for yarn, GarnStudio Eskimo, instead of Malabrigo which I originally wanted to knit it in. This time it was wallet needs over my simple wants and desires. I picked a dark gray, knowing that this is one of my favorite colors and that it would pair wonderfully with green buttons I purchased at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar a few months back.

Green and gray

I cast on over the weekend and have already finished the back and half of the right front. Talk about a quick knit. I’m knitting it on size 11 circular needles and can see this be in the blocking and seaming stage within the next week and a half. Wooo! Perfect to sub for my denim jacket on those crisper mornings and chillier evenings. I want to make the collar a bit longer so I can bury my face in it, but that’s still a little ways off.

Drops 101-3 Cardigan

Doesn’t everyone need a new cozy sweater to wear when autumn truly arrives? I know I do…