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)?
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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…