'Cause I've got too many gifts on the needles, and none of them are Christmas presents!
1. Pink Blob (see yesterday's post for photo).
2. Blue Blob - cannot be identified as it might give it away!.
3. That '70s Sock - so named because I think it looks like an afghan from 1974.
4. My sister's wedding shawl. There has been a bit of progress on this in the past few days.
5. The Husband's Pirate Hat. Yeah. No progress since March. But when it's 90 degrees outside you don't really *need* a hat, right?
I really don't want to start thinking about Christmas knitting, but I may already have a list of possibilities.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lists. I LOVE making them. But then I get really depressed when everything on them doesn't get done. My list making mania is only made worse on days that I have five minute breaks between tutoring groups. I can only go to the bathroom or get a drink of water so many times a day. Many days I use those minutes to make lists. And more lists. And even more lists. These are the knitting "goals" lists.
Check out that picture - "goals" through NOVEMBER! I am insane.
The hate relationship with the lists also plays in here - I have all these "ideas" of when to knit things, which makes me a.) never want to knit them or b.) knit them all RIGHT NOW.
I may have also made lists of what all of the yarn in the stash was for (also making me want to knit it all right now), and a list of all the sock yarn/small projects, AND a list of all the projects I want yarn for (just off the top of my head, not actually going through the books/magazines - that's a whole other list). It's a bit indimidating.
I also think I've reached a breaking point of sorts - I think I've got too much going at once. I tried to rationalize this yesterday by telling myself that two of the sweaters on the needles are *almost* done, and that a lot of things were gifts, but it didn't really make me feel better. My goal (and y'all have to help hold me to it!) is to *at least* not cast on anything until May 1. I'm thinking this is doable - I've got a variety of interesting projects, small and large, complicated and simple. I think I should try to limit myself to five projects at a time - seems like a good number, not too big, not too small!
What do you think? Do you make lists? How many projects is too many?
have you ever had your head examined?ReplyDelete
you're a tasky person if nothing else. :)
I know lots of people who do that although I don't do it myself.ReplyDelete
I think you could hold off till May first, it's only a week.
Good luck with that!
Wow - you are a master list maker. And this is from one to another. :) I have spread sheets of all my stash, with sock yarn having it's own list of course. I also have lists of projects I have the yarn for, projects I want to knit/buy yarn for and projects I am actually knitting right now. Oh and all the lists have pictures of the yarn and pattern/project as well.ReplyDelete
I'm not a control freak. Really. I'm not.
I'm a listy person too. But lately I've realized there is some sort of therapeutic value in listing things. Then I can get them out of my head and not be juggling all these things I am trying to remember.ReplyDelete
And often, once the list is made I don't look at it again. A couple months later it surfaces on my desk and I can only shrug and recycle it. It must make way for newer lists. I know this sounds insane, but it is how it works for me. I'm working at acceptance...
Anyways, not casting on anything new before May 1 is definitely a good goal to have. That's only five more days to go! You can do it! ;) For me, having more than two or three projects on the needles at one time doesn't work. But then I'm a slow knitter.
Count me as a list-maker too! I make lists to relieve myself of keeping it all in my head. Once it's on "paper", it's there and I can return to it as i need to. Sometimes I feel the list "staring" at me, but I can usually remind myself that the world will not end, really, if such and such does not get done. So I let it go.ReplyDelete
Lists are good as long as they don't rule your life. i would say there are too many porjects when you feel overwhelmed and aer no longer enjoying the process. For some people, I suppose that's 2 projects, for others, 10. It depends on the complexity of the project, too. I have to have at least several (3-6) projects at any one time because they fill difference purposes. Easy TV knitting, complex learning a new technique knitting, etc.