It never fails

I feel like I do this every year: I cast on ALL THE THINGS in January and I’m so excited about all the variety … and then I get toward the end of the month and feel like I’m not close to finishing anything because I’ve just been flitting about between all my different WIPs. Progress this month was also slowed because I got kind of obsessed with my sock yarn scrap blanket. I guess I shouldn’t say progress was slowed, because I made great progress on that blanket, and I do want it it to continue, but now I want to resume progress on my main WIPs.

This weekend I hope to be watching some tennis so simple projects will be the best. I think I’m going to focus on my Turtle Dove II (still in increase phase) and my Scottish Highlands Shawl. I didn’t realize how much garter stitch this one had because my eye was so entranced by the lace border, but I have at least one more garter section to get through before I get to that.

The birthday dinner with my mom last night was very nice. She seemed to have a wonderful time, loved the margarita and queso, and the company of course! I also treated myself a bit yesterday and bought tickets to see KT Tunstall, a Scottish rock musician I love. You’ve probably heard a couple of her songs – Black Horse & the Cherry Tree, or Suddenly I See, from The Devil Wears Prada? I’ve listened to her for years and can’t wait to see her live. The closest she’s coming is Des Moines, which is only about 2 1/2 hours away from me. But she’s from Scotland — who knows if she’ll ever come this close again?? I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. Life is short, friends — do the things that bring you joy! Live music does wonderful things for my heart and soul. Anyway, I’m not sure yet who will be my date. I’ve asked a friend but if she can’t come, the husband said he would. Even if the seat next to me is empty, I’ll be there!

I’m looking forward to a lazy weekend. The only thing I want to accomplish is go to the library to pick up a book for my book group (Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. So not excited about this one but I’ll give it a shot.) and maybe wash my sheets. Other than that, it’ll be knitting and tennis all day long over here. Hope you all have the weekend you want, too!

Happy Saturday!

10 thoughts on “It never fails

  1. I have a lot of KT Tunstall music! And I can relate to wanting to go see a musician (or group) that rarely travels your way. Several years ago (7+) I got tickets to see the group Lunasa (Irish music) outside Boston (at least 2 hours away) and wouldn’t you know it, when the date came we had a very bad ice storm and we decided the drive would be too risky. At the time I thought for sure I’d never get the chance to see them again, but it turns out they are playing next month at a closer (and smaller) venue. I’m not sure if we’ll go. I’m kind of ‘over’ trying to go see live music, or any form of pricey entertainment in the winter when the weather can be so “iffy.” Hopefully your experience will turn out much better.

  2. I am typically a monogamous knitter for that very reason. I will sometimes have two or three projects going but mostly just one.

    I love going to concerts too. I would totally go alone if I had to in order to see a well loved band/musician. My husband has come with to quite a few concerts in the last 5-6 years. Sadly though, it has been awhile. The last one was in 2021. Hope you have a wonderful time!

    • Three is kind of my sweet spot, to give me a variety and pick based on my mood. Six is definitely too many!

      I haven’t had to go alone yet, thankfully! My husband is a good sport, and I have a few friends who like live music too. I hope you get to another one soon!

  3. Good for you for getting tickets. (I like KT Tunstall too). Years ago, my DH and I scraped together the money for tickets to see Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and I have never regretted spending one penny of that, despite eating boxed macs and cheese for 2 weeks. 😉

    I bet if you focused on one thing and got it finished, you’d feel better about multiple WIPs. Or at least that’s what I tell myself…..

    • Oh man, I’m not a huge Led Zeppelin fan but I bet that was an epic show! Totally worth the mac and cheese!

      I keep trying to focus but then I get distracted—probably why I need to not cast on quite so many projects. 😆

  4. I sympathize with your many WIP problem! I’m doing okay on projects myself at the moment, but that’s because I tend to have my major bouts of startitis in Feb/March or so when the spring fever really hits. 😉 At least that garter stitch will be done in really lovely yarn!

  5. Glad your Mom’s birthday dinner was nice and you guys had a good time 🙂 And very cool about the concert! Life is definitely short – going to listen to music you love live is always worth doing 🙂

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