Every once in a while I tie up loose ends. I finally finish that project I was collecting old plates for or knit that sweater whose pattern page was dog-eared for years. This vest is one of those. Teresa Gregorio was one of the first designers I remember seeing when I joined Ravelry. I added Corona to my library and just kept Sexy Vesty in mind. I was probably intimidated by the fact that it was not an official pattern, just notes for a size 35″. I even got extra Stroll Sport for it a year ago, but still it sat in my queue. Then I got some more books and some more yarn, and some more patterns and some more yarn, and … you get the idea.
Recently, I’ve tried to be honest with myself about how some projects just aren’t going to happen. I’m like everyone else on Ravelry. I get swept up in the current of the most recently published collection. I like seeing the forums all lit up with suggestions and modifications for the thing I’m working on. I enjoy knitting along with others, whether it’s a formal, organized group or not. The community is the thing.
Even so, I’m extra pleased when I get one of my relatively “older” favorites off of the needles. There’s nothing more satisfying than shaking a sweater in my husband’s face and saying, “See, I told you I’d do it! This yarn won’t be stacked on your side of the closet anymore because it’s a sweater now. See?” Then I promptly hang it on his side of the closet. (Actually, my husband doesn’t guilt trip me about yarn. He’s developing hazy, knitter’s eye. He can blur his vision in such a way that he doesn’t even notice the ziploc bags tucked into everything anymore. He just moves them around to get to what he needs.)
So the good feeling is really from the nostalgia of looking back to what I liked a few years ago and then using what I’ve collected, as far as tools or knowledge, to see it through to completion. Nostalgia + creativity + progress = good stuff.