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Dead…er, Deadline. Plus, Another Yarn Giveaway!

11 January 2011
Imperial Stock Ranch Yarn

Wound but not knitted, this yarn from Imperial Stock Ranch wants to come live with you! Comment on the blog before Jan. 18 for a chance to win.

Those of you who know me in real life have already heard my muttering and grumbling about this thing called a deadline which I am facing right now.  Unlike Mr. Trask, who dealt with his deadline last year by drinking more Red Bull and hence getting steadily more cheerful (to the point of being a bit frightening), my first impulse when faced with a deadline is to hide in bed (this may explain my love-hate relationship with finishing things, as discussed on New Year’s Eve). These days, I am an adult, or at least I act like one when outside the house, so I have discovered new coping mechanisms for deadline trauma:

  • Singing the Indiana Jones theme to myself while driving;
  • Telling everyone I know I am on deadline, to shame myself into action;
  • Chocolate Bribery;
  • Just putting my butt in the chair and getting on with it.

That last one is the most effective, but I find I have to go through the first three stages before getting to the fourth.  Perhaps this discovery will make me more productive in future; I can get all my procrastination by driving madly to a public place while eating chocolate and humming inspiring music; at the public place I could yell out, “Deadline!” and then turn around, go home, and be butt-in-chair.  Hey, it’s possible. [You may notice that I am not mentioning the non-helpful deadline techniques I tried and discarded, such as whining, playing Lexulous, watching clips of polar bears destroying BBC spy cams, lying on the couch and eating Nutella straight from the jar, etc. As the bard said, Let the dead past bury its dead.]

Usually, my go-to procrastination technique is knitting – specifically, starting new knitting projects.  Since this deadline is an enormous one, and since part of it is, in fact, knitting on deadline, I am not allowing myself to do this.  No, even though there are two babies, and one father-laid-up-after-surgery, for whom I could be knitting (and feeling pretty good about myself for making things for other people), I am not knitting anything that is not part of the deadline.  Instead, I’m using my Ravelry queue to save all the patterns I want to make. Maybe this will make me a leaner, meaner knitter, only starting projects I truly will finish. Plus, the yarn giveaway is making my stash leaner and meaner already.  What do you guys think?  Is this the first day of the rest of my life?

Speaking of my stash, Terrye won the yarn from just before the holidays – the Lorna’s Laces sock yarn – and now we’re moving on to gorgeous, American-made Imperial Stock Ranch Columbia 2-ply yarn (rav lnk).  Worsted weight, blue as the Oregon sky, sheepy yet soft, this yarn wants to come home with you.  This is the yarn that makes yarn-sniffers swoon.  Comment on the blog before noon on Jan. 18 for a chance to win this yarn!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. thepricklypinecone permalink
    11 January 2011 7:29 pm

    Oh my how scrumptious, thanks so much for the
    chance.

  2. Kay permalink
    11 January 2011 7:34 pm

    I like that you play Lexulous!!!! Two babies!????!!!!!! I think I know of one of them but….???!!!!

    • Kathleen permalink*
      11 January 2011 7:40 pm

      …no, no, my friend Nancy just had her second child. Sorry!

  3. n2garden permalink
    11 January 2011 8:09 pm

    I am either working hard or hardly working to reduce my UFO’s. Now that I am truly sock addicted, I see a few more pairs of socks in my future before returning to my last unfinished object. BTW, first sock is finished and on my left foot.

  4. Maureen permalink
    11 January 2011 10:53 pm

    Sounds like a soft and wonderful yarn to knit
    with.

  5. ashley johnson permalink
    12 January 2011 12:14 am

    I love ravelry, I haven’t added any of my projects yet but
    hopefully ill find time soon. Thank you for the opportunity to win
    some beautiful yarn!

  6. 12 January 2011 6:52 am

    Deadlines . . . can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

    Great post.

  7. 12 January 2011 12:01 pm

    I belived I neglected to let you know I recieved the wool you sent to me. It is even lovelier in real life!! Thank-you so much! I will definately post pics of the “Trask Project” when I decide what I want to make. It is soooo pretty I want to choose the perfect thing to create. BTW, thanks for the comments, it’s fun to realize people are actually reading my blog.

    • Kathleen permalink*
      12 January 2011 12:06 pm

      Your blog is great! I know what you mean – I’m always pleasantly surprised that I’m not just writing into a big black hole. Can’t wait to see what your yarn becomes…

  8. Karey permalink
    12 January 2011 12:51 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful yarn to knit.

  9. Ivanna permalink
    12 January 2011 1:52 pm

    Deadlines are so tricky – I review plays and even though I usually have a good idea of what to write shorlty after seeing the show, the distance between that and plunking down at the computer to write – is like Magellan’s voyage!

  10. ikkinlala permalink
    12 January 2011 3:50 pm

    I hate deadlines of all types, and I’ve found that Ravelry is a great way to procrastinate.

  11. Marianna permalink
    12 January 2011 7:51 pm

    Just found this blog, I really like your post and this giveaway.

  12. 12 January 2011 9:18 pm

    Knitting is a procrastination aid? I guess making things is good, but have you tried destroying them? Like in a good, violent video game? Where does the time go?

    I am in a death grip with my feeds in google reader. One of us must die for the other to live.

    OK now that I read that back, need to cut back on the violent video games, too.

  13. MayA permalink
    13 January 2011 12:24 am

    Thank you so much for this giveaway, what lovely yarn!

  14. 13 January 2011 10:43 am

    Beautiful blue yarn!

  15. Robin permalink
    13 January 2011 12:17 pm

    ooh – new viewer – thanks for the chance to win some new yarn – especially since I told myself I will not be buying any new yarn this year (let’s see how long that lasts!)

    • Kathleen permalink*
      13 January 2011 2:03 pm

      Welcome, welcome! I do like that this stash giveaway has been able to help some folks cheat on their “no new yarn” vows.

  16. Kitten With A Whiplash permalink
    13 January 2011 2:55 pm

    I wonder if Oregon Sky blue yarn could brighten up the grey, drizzly skies we’ve had lately in the SF bay area? I guess the best way to find out is to have some sent here (hint hint). Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. bloreknitter permalink
    14 January 2011 6:09 am

    What a lovely blue! Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Terrye Kinch permalink
    14 January 2011 8:38 pm

    Nutella! Straight From The Jar! Awesome!! lol. Try it on a banana.

  19. Shenoka permalink
    16 January 2011 9:36 pm

    I love the look of this yarn!

    Oh, and about deadlines. Apply pressure with love. And focus on small goals! Good Luck.

  20. Naomi permalink
    17 January 2011 1:08 am

    It’s so pretty! That’s nice of you to give the yarn away

  21. Selenia permalink
    17 January 2011 5:52 am

    Hi, and thank you! Is this giveaway open to international participants? I live in Spain, Europe and would like to know it.

    • Kathleen permalink*
      17 January 2011 8:32 am

      It is indeed – good luck!

      • Mary K permalink
        7 February 2011 4:39 pm

        Sky blue! My favorite color!

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