The Problem With Me

The problem with me is that I cast on project after project. I have all these great intentions. I start this project for that person and those things for someone else, oh, and a few little (or big) things for me. And before I know it, I am surrounded by knitting works in progress. Actually, the road to that realization is walked when I want to cast on another really great thing, and can’t find the needles that I need because they are busy… still.

The other problem with me is that this year I was supposed to be knitting for me. I declared this the Year of the Sweater. I bought my dream yarn and had it all figured out. This year was going to be all about me. Only, I don’t get as much pleasure knitting for me. I love knitting for my kids (who wear my creations proudly and shout out to anyone with ears, “My mama made this for me!”) and Christmas gifts and baby shower gifts. So, while I have knit myself two sweaters and cast on two more, I keep getting distracted with making things for other people (mostly my kids, but whatever).

And finally, another problem with me is that I feel guilty about all of this. I feel guilty when I start a new project if I haven’t finished something else first. I feel guilty that I haven’t worked on anything for me in a while (okay, that one is weird, but maybe you can understand?), and I feel guilty for feeling guilty.

Because here is the bottom line. I knit for fun. Where do all these “I should”s come from? What is the deal with the self imposed deadlines and restrictions? Am I really that crazy that I turn my hobby, my passion, my art into something to feel guilty over? No! I am not that crazy. I knit for fun and if fun is casting on to every needle I own and surrounding myself with half finished works of art, then by golly, I will cast on!

In celebration of this new found freedom, I am going to find a new project to start. I am going to sit with all my knitting bags full of works in progress and I am going to knit a new something. Carefree. Enthusiastically. With all my great intentions of finishing it. Someday. Maybe….

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8 thoughts on “The Problem With Me

  1. Love it!

    I have a lot of things started (can’t call most of them WiP’s because that implies progress) and I do love the dream of making this or that thing… but it got to the point that I never finished anything and that made me unhappy. So I’ve disciplined my knitting quite a bit (though not so strictly that I’ve not started something before I finished something else, just not as many or as often!) and I think I’ve found the balance between knitting “for fun” and completing projects that makes me mostly happy.

    The hard ones are the deadline ones, though.

    Oh, and I have only knit one thing for myself. Ever. I really like knitting for others much, much more. So yes, just one thing for me. One pair of socks. That the cat “ate.”

    Yes. The cat still lives.

  2. Get interchangeable needles with lots of extra cables, or just buy more needles, I have about 7 pairs of size 7’s ;) but I try really hard not to have more than 8 projects on the go (hibernating ones don’t count, look it up)

    • i told my husband (when I was a new knitter) that if he splurged and bought me the entire knit picks harmony options set I would never need any more needles… Boy am I in trouble! :) Little did I know… I have recently added to that with the straight 10″ set, and every once in awhile get another set of tips in a popular size. Maybe when I buy yarn, I should just always throw in a needle or two, just to be sure! Doesn’t sound like a bad plan to me….

    • I have multiples of almost all sizes, too… probably about the same # of 7’s and at least 3 sets of size 000 – 3 dpns. I’ve never liked interchangeables, so I just keep buying more. I almost always buy needles when I buy yarn or I buy Addi’s in bulk from that ebay lady (yeah. it’s worth it and they’ve all been perfect and cheap!) You cannot have too many needles!!!

  3. Sorry, but on this one I can’t relate. The problem with me is I can’t have more than one project going without feeling stressed. Although, I do usually have 2 going, always a pair of socks that will go with me where ever and when ever, and a project that stays at home. This has been a learned behavior in an effort to get over the stress. I must say it is starting to work… a little. Maybe some day I can find the freedom you feel!

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