Monogamy

Great!  Now that I have your attention, let's talk about knitting projects.  

Are you a monogamous knitter?  Do you start and finish one project before moving on to the next?  Or do you have multiple WIPs (works-in-progress)?

 Used to be the beginning of a shawl... But frogged because I can't knit two projects at once.

Used to be the beginning of a shawl... But frogged because I can't knit two projects at once.

Typically, I knit monogamously.  I am a ‘one-project-at-a-time’ kind of girl, you know?  Maybe it was boredom with a stockinette project or maybe it was the holiday blues, but recently I worked on two projects at once!  I know what you are thinking, “Kelsey, that’s not like you.  Are you sure you can handle doing two at the same time?”  I know, I know, who can handle all those balls of yarn?

Let's back up a bit.

I knit my first project, a washcloth, at age seven.  Knitting had me hooked (sorry crocheters) immediately, but for the next ten years, my brain could only handle one project at a time.  A washcloth here, a hat there.  My projects were simple, leaving time for more important teenage pursuits like going to *NSYNC concerts and watching 7th Heaven. 

 So many of my yarn cakes have been rewound after unraveling unfinished projects. 

So many of my yarn cakes have been rewound after unraveling unfinished projects. 

When I was in college, I was too busy to have more than one project on the needles.  In order to get my knitting fix, I would choose a project, a recipient, and a deadline.  Somehow, I always found the time to finish that ONE project.

One time, I gave my friend Chelsey some handknit gloves.  However, because of my tight schedule, I could only give her one glove on her birthday, December 3rd.  After walking around campus doing her best Michael Jackson impersonation for twenty-two days, Chelsey received the other glove as a Christmas present.  What can I say?  I am a monogamous knitter.

 The toe of the socks I told my husband I would make him last Valentine's day.

The toe of the socks I told my husband I would make him last Valentine's day.

The next year, while I was home for winter break, my LYS was offering a class on sock knitting, toe-up, two at a time.  Yes, I said two at a time.  In a moment of weakness, I signed up.  I casted on one toe at a time, got my two balls of yarn straight, situated my freshly knit toes on the needles and stopped.  Y’all, I couldn’t even handle two socks at the same time!  Cut to eight years later.  I just took the needles out of the toes, having not knit a single row since casting on.  Those size two needles went to casting on a different pair of socks – knit one at a time (a project, by the way, that I finished in a timely fashion).

 Those two-at-a-time toes are no longer.

Those two-at-a-time toes are no longer.

Now, I am an “adult” and I have more time (ha, yeah right), but have found that I kept my monogamous ways.  Occasionally, I will start a project that doesn't necessarily have a gifting deadline or a set recipient, get bored with it, and cast on something else that does have a deadline.  But that first WIP never makes it to the finish line.  At some point, I will remove the needles for another project and then end up ripping it out after a year of sitting in a project bag.  Having more than one WIP hasn't proved to be successful for me.

Until…

The other day, I realized that I might be changing my monogamous ways.  I casted on the Briochelicious Cowl from Drea Renee Knits around Thanksgiving but had put it down for some Christmas gift knitting.  I kept it in my project bag and would place my Christmas projects on top.  The crazy thing is - I kept going back to the cowl!  I would finish a Christmas hat and then knit a few rows on the cowl.  The brioche sections are time consuming and require some thought.  I didn't find myself picking it up all the time, especially when I needed a mindless, TV watching project.  But I haven't taken the needles out yet.  I consider that a win.

 My Briochelicious and a design I've been working on... at the same time!  What has gotten into me?!

My Briochelicious and a design I've been working on... at the same time!  What has gotten into me?!

While I might be a one-WIP girl at heart, I have found that having a side HO* or two mixes things up a bit.  It’s nice to have a change every now and then.

Are you a monogamous knitter or do you pile up the WIPs? 

*HO = half object, not that my side projects are half finished…