Giving knitting a second chance

So recently I've been getting burned out on knitting. Making baby socks in a production line style for relatives and the wifes booth will do that. I found myself spending less and less time knitting and more and more time procrastinating.

That is, until thursday.

Needing more yarn for more (ugh) baby socks, I head down to the LYS. On display is my bag that I entered for the "Felted Bag" contest. Under it is "First Place". I was shocked.

Now, let me back up a little here and tell you about my contest entry. I found out about it late, and only had a week to design it and get it done. I knitted it at furious pace. Half the time I didn't even bother counting any stitches, and I'm pretty positive I had a very uneven number per side. Well, long story short, I handed it in still a little damp, but at least I had gotten it done.

I had won. HOW?! I asked about the judging, thinking I had gotten the "oh look, a guy knitting" sympathy vote. Much to my surprise, the judging was done by a local design firm thats "in the business", and all the bags were just given numbers and had no names attached to them. I had won on my bags merits alone. Very shocked. Suddenly I'm thinking more and more about knitting.

Friday comes and I get an email about a design I had entered in an open submission call for a new book on knit graffiti. They liked my design and are going to use it in the book. Once I picked myself up off the floor I quickly replied my thanks and appreciation. WOW!

Ok, so twice in two days my knitting was given credit on its merits alone. It was really the boost I needed to stick with it. I honestly can't wait for the summer to be over so I can be done with these baby socks and focus more on projects I will enjoy and learn from. Well, just between you and me, I've cast on a wicked reversible cabled scarf, but shhhhh!


grandfatherknits's picture

Congratulations on winning, twice!

Pictures!! We need to see pictures!!

mikeracing77's picture

Ok, got a picture of the bag up =) I don't have one of the graffiti design, but I'm going to be making a prototype here soon, and I'll get some photos of that up =)

crmartin's picture

Congratulations! I love it, the men are showing up the women! Fantastic job on the bag.



Kerry's picture

Well done, good for you.

Job well done! You should be proud!

KilgoreTrout's picture

Congrats on your win, and ditch the baby socks for a while! Stop knitting out of obligation and just knit things that really inspire you... you'll knit more often and faster as a result! I also find it tiresome knitting "on commission"

If wishes and buts were clusters and nutes we'd all have a bowl of granola.

mikeracing77's picture

Thanks for everyone's congratulations, and I've taken Kilgore's advice and am currently knitting myself a very nice reversible cable scarf that I'm actually excited about!
*knit knit knit*

ksmarguy's picture

Awesome! Congrats!

That is truly a cool bag...I would use it... And congrats on getting into a book. can't wait to see that as well.

scottly's picture

Gosh, you're way to good for the baby socks now. I think you've earned an uppity tude.