Guys, I’m ready to be done with Starting Point (warning: spoiler photos beyond the jump)
This weekend, I worked on it with a focus approaching on frenzy. As soon as I woke up Saturday, I was at it as I drank my first cup of coffee. Ten minute ride to the grocery store? Starting Point was coming with me. Evening walk in the park? Let’s try knitting while walking!
Yesterday, I also spent the best part of the day knitting on it while binge watching Springwatch, a delightful and oddly addictive program in which British presenters talk about what spring-like behavior creatures all around a park in Glouchestershire are getting up to (I stumbled across it in a blog post by Pastry and Purls, and I’d be embarrassed to tell you how much Springwatching I’ve since done.)
And it’s not so much because I want to see what the finished shawl looks like (I do … though this has been slightly dampened by spying spoilers on Instagram, despite my best efforts to avoid them) or that I can’t wait to wrap up in it’s generous proportions … I just really, really want the darn thing finished.
It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed knitting it. I have. The constant changes of color and texture keep the knitting interesting, and it’s easy enough — as my Springwatch marathon suggests — to work on while watching TV.
But I’m ready to get my knitting time back. We’re on Week 5 of Starting Point, and I really haven’t been knitting anything else. And if you’ve been reading along here anytime at all, you’ll know that I’m really not a monogamous knitter.
The upside of my obsessive attempts to get the thing off the needles is I have made a lot of progress. Clue 4 is almost done on the second piece, then it’s time to join up.
The downside of my frenzy is: I’m much more likely to make silly mistakes in my desperation to just. get. done. Like when I decided, in this simple lace section, to just read the completely wrong rows on the last bit of the lace:
It’s the second time I’ve had to rip back the simple lace. And it’s all my own fault!
But nevertheless, I’m approaching the finishing point — a few more days will do it. Then I’ll just have the ends to contend with (let’s not talk about that). Until then, Starting Point will be by my side (meaning I keep matching it with things around the house):
Starting Point with fern and apricots:
Starting Point with rosé (I mean, how could I not – the pink is a perfect match!):
And Starting Point with some lovely flowers, sent by a dear friend:
I’m taking still lifes of this thing. I clearly need to finish.
So back to it I go. And back to Springwatch (I’m telling you, it’s addictive.)
Are you a monogamous or rotation knitter? How long can you work on a project before you want a change?