It is no secret that I have a serious case of unfaithfulness when it comes to knitting.
I cast on projects willy-nilly regardless of how many things are currently on the needles.
And, sometimes, I don’t finish things… um… ever.
I do feel bad about this from time to time. I get bursts of “finishitis” in which I resolve to finish something (or a few somethings) before I start something new. Often these bursts result in a few things finished and a few things frogged and are followed by rebound startitis (which is even worse than regular startitis). Rebound startitis finds me with more projects going than I have needles for (whew! I have a lot of needles, too!) and once I even bought more needles to satisfy the desire to cast on yet another must-knit-now project.
I felt the finishitis coming on right after I got all that lovely new yarn in the mail. How could I cast on something new when I had so many projects in the works? I did finish some things before the yarn got here – I got the Princess Sweater done after all, and the remainder of my hired knitting was completed in time. But, the socks are still where they were three months ago, Celandine hasn’t even been looked at for a good year (!), I’ve got a lace shawl going, and Smitten (which will be done before Christmas even if it kills me with it’s boringness! Why, oh, why did I think that I would enjoy knitting 25 of the exact same things?!?!).
Time for a compromise, time to turn over a new leaf. Here is my knitting basket as it looks today.
And this is my new monogamous knitting strategy. When I finish with a ball of The Boy’s Driftwood Cardigan –
then I will finish the Kindle Fire cozy for The Bookworm.
Once that is done, I will finish one sock in my Natalie Loves Me Socks –
and four or eight mittens for Smitten.
Then I will do another ball of The Boy’s sweater.
Then I will re-evaluate the knitting basket and take it from there.
I realize that, strictly speaking, this is not monogamous knitting. But, if I stick to one project at a time, working toward a goal before allowing myself to move to the next project, than I think that kind of counts… right?
Maybe. Just Maybe. I can get some things finished.
(Where is the lace? you ask. Where is Celandine? One thing at a time, my Dear, one thing at a time.)
Of course, this is applies to my knitting, which I haven’t really been doing much of.
Oh, dear! I knew I shouldn’t have picked up a new hobby….