Monogamous Knitting…. of sorts….

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….

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New Rules

I spend a lot of my day on the internet. Not all at once, mind you, and not in big chunks of time. But, the computer sits in the middle of the living room and I am constantly running to it to “check this one thing really quick”.

There is nothing that important online that I need to be “checking it really quick” all day long.

Even when I write a great post and can’t wait to read comments on it. That can wait till tomorrow.

Even when I private message someone on Ravelry and want to see if they’ve answered. That can wait till tomorrow.

Even when I start a heated debate on a forum and want to see how many people disagree with me. That can wait till tomorrow.

And so, I apoligized to the kids at breakfast for setting such a poor example of computer time and told them that I knew it was taking time away from them. And I made this promise. I will be online after breakfast for one hour. Then, I will put the computer to sleep for the rest of the day. (I told the kids this because kids are excellent accountability partners!)

This may be hard for me at first, and I confess I will probably sneak back on after they go to bed at night – just to check something really quick… But it is high time I started managing my time better, and spending more time doing what really matters most – knitting. HA! Just kidding. No, really. Time to hang more with my gang in the real world.

Nothing will really change as far as this blog goes, I think. But I may not get around to commenting on all your lovely blogs, though I will still read them. And I may not respond to emails and such as quickly as before. I will be too busy being a better mom, a better wife and keeping my house a little cleaner!

So, until my hour tomorrow morning – TTFN – ta ta for now!