I admit it.
I may have a problem.
Just like I did when I first started scrapbooking, I am finding that, with my knitting, I want to do and buy every project I see.
My stash of yarn and needles is growing daily – and my stack of finished projects is not growing proportionately.
I think this is a common problem, though, and that I am not alone. (I hope!)
My knitting friends talk about converted walk-in closets with yarn organizers and secret stashes of yarn and unfinished projects. It’s almost like it’s an unspoken commonality that we share – this plethora of yarn and plans for beautifully knitted goods that are currently only patterns, yarn, and daydreams.
I started this new hobby thinking I would only buy materials for a new project when I finished whatever current one I’m working on. But, that hasn’t been the case.
Between my ADD tendencies and the weekly knitting class I’m taking (where I sit in a yarn shop surrounded by beautiful projects and gorgeous yarns every week) I am finding it challenging to stay focused on one single project.
My fellow knitting junkies assure me that this is OK. That everyone needs one “mindless” knitting project you can do while sitting in a crowd or watching TV or your child’s extracurricular activities… and then you need one more challenging project to stretch your skills and learn new things. (and maybe a few more projects besides these)
So, maybe I’m not alone in this.
Right now, I have three, or maybe four, started projects.
A rotini scarf – this is my “mindless” project. It’s easy – knit 8/8 back, knit 6/6back, etc. I don’t think much while I’m doing it and it has been great to unwind with at the end of a hectic day.
Something was awry and I was annoyed and ripped the whole thing out. Now, I must start again. Except that I really want to just throw the darn eyelash yarn in the woods for the birds to line their nests. So not making much progress there.
Then, there’s the cream cotton that is so soft and snuggly. I’m working on another scarf although that project was really just practice for a pattern I wanted to learn. If I don’t finish it I won’t be upset, but it may haunt me if I don’t.And then this Saturday I’m hoping to start a new shawl pattern when I go to my class. Either that or I may ask to be taught how to make some socks. I like little projects – scarves, washcloths, things like that. Things I know I can finish quickly before my attention is derailed by some new project or pattern or yarn I see.
What about you? Are you this way, too?
Please tell me I’m not the only one!