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slogerot
New Pal

41 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  8:46:57 PM  Show Profile Send slogerot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been working on this baby blanket for a couple of months now. I could easily have finished it a month ago, but...I'm so BORED with it now! Ugh! I want to get it done so I can move on to sock knitting (my new love), but I must finish this blanket so I can give it to its recipient--a friend of mind. Anyone been in this boat? I just need to suck it up and do it. :)

PuppyMomma
Chatty Knitter

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  9:34:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit PuppyMomma's Homepage Send PuppyMomma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup. Baby blankets usually take me forever. I try to give myself a few months to do them, usually starting as soon as I find out that the recipient is pregnant. I also keep a few projects OTN, so I can switch back and forth.

Right now I've got a few pairs of socks going, and the 2nd Mystery Shawl, which is the bane of my existence. I'd work on it more often, but it is not a good one to do if you are even remotely tired.

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technikat
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595 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  10:15:56 PM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, I just spent 4 months making two baby blankets. It seemed to take
forever, but I kept chugging along so that I could finally start my
tank top. I then got halfway done with the tank when I got distracted
by starting the Branching Out scarf.
Baby blankets - done, Branching out scarf - done, Tank top - not yet.
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Chemcats
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  04:46:41 AM  Show Profile Send Chemcats a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yep, with almost every project I start. And since I have completion issues, I am usually muttering and hyperventillating by the time I finish. But finish I do, because it is soooo nice to see a finished project and a set of empty needles ready for the new project that I was thinking about when I was muttering over the original project!

convoluted?

Meribeth
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YarnGoddess
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USA
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  05:47:25 AM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Me too. I've got 3 baby blankets to do. One of my co-workers is expecting triplets, or at least his wife is. I'm almost done with the first one, then 2 more to do after that. And they take forever!

Elizabeth
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Mama Cat
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  06:26:40 AM  Show Profile Send Mama Cat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always crochet baby blankets, and they work up REALLY fast!!! That might help in future if you like to crochet. I use a sport or light worsted weight cotton in almost all of my baby blankets, like Reynolds Saucy. Not too expensive, machine wash & dry but natural fiber, fast to crochet, and the recipients are generally overwhelmed thinking I put all this personal attention into their baby gift. Well really I do put a lot of thought into it, especially the colors.

As to boredom with projects - YOU BET. That's why I usually have so many going at one time. I'm just starting with socks and I think this is a very good project for when the boredom hits - a quick fix, something that works up quickly and lets you rest a bit before you tackle the big project again.
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AuntyNin
Seriously Hooked

USA
772 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  06:35:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Boredom with big projects? Absolutely! Like Mama Cat, I usually have six or seven projects on the needles, in a variety of colors, yarn weights and needle sizes.

For example, this weekend I just couldn't face the lace shawl for one more stitch, so I grabbed the sugar'n'cream and a pair of size 8s and whipped up a washcloth. Now I'm ready to go back to my Peacock Feathers.



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Dejhia
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USA
131 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  06:55:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Dejhia's Homepage  Send Dejhia a Yahoo! Message Send Dejhia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been stuck there before. I feel your pain. After my first baby blanket where I had only one other project going, I've learned. Now, if I'm gonna do something large like a blanket (baby or adult size), I always have more than one other project going. And, always something fun that I really like. This way, when I start to get board with the blanket, I can work on something new for a while, even if it's just a few hours. I go back to the blanket refreashed and ready to keep working.

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cableready
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USA
386 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  07:16:23 AM  Show Profile Send cableready a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I feel your pain! I usually make sweaters for baby presents.

Out of three afghans I have started to make one was completed, the other two have turned into long, interesting scarves. After about 10" in I got bored bound off and added fringe.

Pamela - who has great patience for sweater knitting, though.
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slogerot
New Pal

41 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  07:20:25 AM  Show Profile Send slogerot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's good to know I'm not alone. :) The baby was already born so I just need to keep truckin' and finish this thing. I think next time I'll start earlier. :)
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v-allknit
Seriously Hooked

India
741 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  08:24:45 AM  Show Profile Send v-allknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
yes i too get bored with shawls it take for ever to finish, i still have the faroese shawl i had started few months back and now i have to gather courage to re start it coz i want to wear it this winter!!! when i will do that i dont know as winter is still far off:)

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Cozy
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USA
273 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  09:27:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Cozy's Homepage Send Cozy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm also doing a baby blanket. I'm doing one of the block ones so that I can break it up; I know I have to sew all these blocks together one day, but being able to change colors & stitch patterns help the boredom a lot!

And like most others, I also have 1 or 2 other projects going at the same time.

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rainyrivergirl
Chatty Knitter

Canada
212 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  12:19:50 PM  Show Profile Send rainyrivergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started a baby blanket for my godson....fifteen years ago! It still sits there in the bottom of my basket, waiting, waiting. I should probably rip it up but for some reason I can't be bothered...So I know how you feel. At least you will probably finish your project before the "baby" is too old:)
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RobA
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  12:43:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find most baby blanket and scarf projects get boring very quickly. One of the reasons I never knit the Clapotis. Lace patterns with variations -- i.e., that use different patterns -- stay interesting but torture this careless knitter. On the other hand, baby sweaters knit up really fast!

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Vanadia
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Denmark
511 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  1:04:39 PM  Show Profile Send Vanadia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh yes, I know the feeling. I knitted the Great American Aran Afghan, which consist of 20 squares and a border, a total of 17 skeins of cascade 220. I quickly decided to limit myself to 1-2 squares pr month and knit other stuff. Otherwise I would be bored out of my mind and never finish the thing. The strategy worked successfully. Well, towards the end I got competitive and knitted a square a week ;-)
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Elaine in NJ
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584 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  1:17:19 PM  Show Profile Send Elaine in NJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always keep several projects going, of several types and at different stages of completion. That way if one thing is boring or stalled, I can switch to something else.



Life is too short to waste it on acrylic.
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scraffan
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1844 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  7:07:50 PM  Show Profile Send scraffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I keep two or three projects going. One - a simple one that can be done while chatting on the phone or after a stressful day at work.

One project that requires thinking and then another one being planned.

I want to start a baby blanket for my friend (the baby blanket in Debbie Macomber's book. Collin's toy ships) I am thinking on waiting until the baby is born though...
scraffan
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scraffan
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  7:10:14 PM  Show Profile Send scraffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As for getting tired of a project? yes..there has been more than one project that I have thought will this ever end? Surely it will...
That happens when I memorize a pattern that is short and needs to be repeated again and again
scraffan
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WendyB
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  8:11:00 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great American Afghan fatigue. That's why I'm doing anything but. Every time I chance upon the latest square that's close to being done, I look away. I even tried starting a different square. Nope. Just can't do it right now. It's almost a year old. I hope to get the urge soon...
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needles54
Chatty Knitter

USA
306 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  05:30:20 AM  Show Profile Send needles54 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have been working on the Print oWave shawl and am at the edging which is tedious and a bit confusing so I had to start a new project just to stay sane and have something else to pick up. When I had started the shawl I was doing a baby sweater and booties but they are done so now i have 43 rows of the Icarus shawl done, and already I wonder which I will work on today! Keep knitting it will get done and there is something new in the future!

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slogerot
New Pal

41 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  10:44:59 AM  Show Profile Send slogerot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finally called my friend and told her I wanted to meet to give her the blanket, so we're getting together this Sunday. Now I have to finish it! I work well on a deadline, so I'm excited it'll be over soon. :)
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