I have contracted an "itis"

Call it start-itis or cast-on-itis, or call it magpie syndrome, I don't know. I seem to have quite the dominant procrastination gene. On a day-to-day basis, this manifests itself in avoidance of housework or my glorious tendency to do everything at the very last minute. But right now it's because I have made knitting a sort of job. Knitting becomes a job at certain points, and usually this has nothing to do with money or ambition. It becomes a job when I have a deadline, whether it is self-imposed or real. I have to get over this. I really do. Otherwise I will go down in flames with this whole designing business.

Right now I have two design projects on the needles. One of which I'm considering submitting to knitty in oh, just eight days. I can knit it in way less than eight days. But I'm a bit worried about writing the pattern and photographing it in eight days. So I procrastinate. Also, I think it's a really neat pattern and I don't want to be turned down.

The other project is a sock project in some luscious marble jitterbug. I *love* the jitterbug. Really love it! I have four more skeins of it in the stash, but I want more. So many more. I'm debating submitting this one to the Hot Sox contest. But there are two very large votes against this. First off I'm a knitting teacher, so my only option for entry is the "professional" option. And we all know that competition is gonna be hella fierce. And the second black mark against entry is that it costs $10. Presumably for return postage of the submitted socks. But for some reason that bothers me. Mainly because I know how much it costs to mail something, and I know you can mail a pair of socks back, priority, with insurance, and free packing materials for less than $5. I guess the other $5 is what I'm paying someone to do that? I don't know. Like I said, it's bugging me a bit. And with having to compete in the professional class, I really don't know that it's worth it. I knit beautiful socks, I pay for jitterbug yarn, I pay to mail in socks, I pay to mail back socks? Eh.

Oh you don't care about my angst, do you? You want to see knitting pictures. Here's how I spent my knitting time the last two days instead of working on my designs.

Saturday I started the Hemlock Ring Blanket and worked up to the feather & fan portion...

hemlock-start

Today I started the Swallowtail Shawl and have 6/14 bud lace repeats done...

swallowtail-start

Somebody stop me please.