What motivates you?

Cornelia is nearly done with her Houston top in Silkystones (Worsted: 52% Silk, 48% Linen, 109 yards). She’s working on the neck shaping. Because both sides are worked at once, she has to use two skeins of yarn at the same time. We reviewed the pattern together. She’s motivated to finish this so she can move onto the next project.

This is a gorgeous cashmere vest Cornelia knit last year in Lobster Pot Cashmere (Aran: 100% Cashmere, 100 yards). Unfortunately it came out too large.  She’s going to work with the finisher to see what can be done.

Eleanor and Allison are working on their customfit sweaters knit with Kid Paillettes (Lace: 42% Mohair, 40% Polyester, 18% Silk, 136 yards). Eleanor has almost finished the back. For selfish reasons I’m looking forward to seeing their finished sweaters.  I can’t decide which color I want to knit for my own sweater!

Allison is highly motivated to finish hers before Eleanor since she started hers first. Motivation comes in many forms. She has almost finished the second front and then onto the sleeves.

She finished her Yowza Weigh It Shawl in Yowza – Whatta Skein! (Worsted: 100% Merino, 560 yards).

Allison also swatched for the Burrow shawl in North Star (Bulky: 92% Camelid – Alpaca, 8% Nylon, 109 yards).
Blue Sky Alpacas

Eleanor was enticed by the Twin Harbors Poncho in Blue Sky Alpacas Extra (Aran: 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Merino, 218 yards).  She’s thinking of black for the turtleneck and light green for the body.  She is making a deal with herself to finish the Madison poncho she began a couple of years ago, before she starts this poncho.  Sometimes we have to make these kind of deals with ourselves to motivate us.  By the by, I’m going to knit this poncho with a black turtleneck and red body. 

She just got the yarn to knit Leftie with 1 skein of Cascade Heritage Silk (Fingering: 85% Merino, 15% Silk, 437 yards) and a Cheshire Cat Mini-Skeins kit from Wonderland Yarns (Fingering: 100% Merino 640 yards).

We are all motivated by different things.  Sometimes we need to finish up old projects to give ourselves “permission” to start a new project.  Sometimes a new project can be just what we need to get us excited when we’ve lost interest in an old project.  Perverse, I know, and it happens all the time.  What motivates you?