Last night, or rather very early this morning, I woke up completely panicked. If I was a normal person I would be jumping out of bed because of a car alarm, a kid crying, a bear in my front yard, or that I forgot to set my alarm; But nope, turns out I am not a normal person. For some reason while, I was sleeping, my brain decided it was a good time to inform me of all my current knitting projects that I had on my needles ( also known as UFOs or WIPs). Yup, you read that right..I woke up sweating and with heart palpations because apparently, I feel, I have too many unfinished projects.
Now, to be fair to my brain, I do have a fairly long list… there’s the cascade 220 purse from knit simple, the 400 stitches squares, the NHL baby booties, a few afghans, my mom’s sweater, a pair of orange socks I’m not happy about , a shawl, 3 pairs of slippers and a baby blanket.
That sounds like a lot, right? And I’m pretty sure I forgot some. I don’t really want to go through it all right now and take a full inventory. Its probably worse then I think.
In my fantasy world ( and on my bucket list) I have no more than 5 knitting projects on the go at once.
- A weekend project – something I only work on Saturdays, Sundays ( and holiday Mondays) that is either for myself or for a friend or family member.
- a car project- socks
- a project from the current book I am reviewing – right now that would be 400 stitches or the next project from betsy greer’s knitting for good.
- an Etsy project or custom order, – usually slippers
- a designing project.- I’m dying to start writing more knitting patterns but, it always get pushed to the back burner.
In reality, its very very different; its a hot mess. Obviously, if i’m dreaming about it, it has become more of a problem then my brain can handle. So, It’s time I do a project intervention and ban myself from starting anything new. I need to cut down on the project list. Maybe do something like smallest project to largest project or vice versa. Or maybe start with the ones that are close to being finished. Either way, I have to face my fears and write it all down and make a plan.
What bugs me the most is, I don’t even understand why I feel the urge to cast on another knitting project when I already have so many on the go. I do know though, I am not the only one with this problem. Does anybody have any insight on to why knitters constantly cast on more than they can possibly knit? Or are you one of the few who actually knits one thing at a time and never ever strays from their current project? Either way, help a knitter out comment with your tips and suggestions. Clearly my sleep and my sanity depends on it….