I’m sure I’m not the only knitter out there who occasionally suffers from knitting ADD. My attempts to distract myself from a few unpleasant aspects of life have resulted in a bit of being overwhelmed. I’m listing everything out here so I can “see” it better than when projects are scattered around my house or in my bag, and hopefully knuckle down and finish things.
I’ve got two pairs of socks on the needles. The first pair has been on the needles since January.
They’re not finished because I wanted to knit them as long as I could until I ran out of yarn. I was thinking knee highs. Except the distance from my heel to my knee is stupidly long. Apparently I momentarily forgot that I’m tall. I have other knee highs in my queue, but I think they’ll be more interesting to knit, because they’re patterned. These are plain old stockinette and kind of boring. One of them is almost to my knee, but I had to stop knitting them two at a time because they were getting too heavy and obnoxious. This is a problem I frequently have with knitting socks two at a time, and why I generally don’t do it.
I started knitting this sock last Saturday (I cast on a few hours early for the Apothecary Yarns KAL).
They’re Cusp by Cookie A, and I’m a dumbass who didn’t check the charts as frequently as I should have, so it’s a little messed up in small sections but I don’t care. I finished the charts on the first sock Thursday evening, and am just working on the rest of the foot! I hope to finish it today, but I need to work on deep cleaning my apartment.
I’ve been working on this scarf for a few weeks now, and I’m pretty close to finishing it. It’s been my travel project, mostly staying in my purse. I picked this stitch pattern out of a Barbara Walker book, as I wanted something that would not obscure the beautiful colors in this lovely skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk that was gifted to me by Maria for my birthday.
And while three projects on the needles may not seem like a lot, there’s this to consider: I’ve had to prevent myself from winding yarn and casting on for a baby cardigan that I’m going to sort of make up as I go along, because I couldn’t find any worsted-weight baby patterns that I loved and was willing to pay for—not that I don’t think they’re worth the money, but they were the same price as a pattern for an adult sweater and something about that just didn’t sit right with me for some reason. This is also why I will only buy baby clothes on sale for friends’ babies—paying so much money for something the kid is going to grow out of in a relatively teeny amount of time is ridiculous, in my opinion. I also “need” to knit a Basil the Brontosaurus (as seen in yesterday’s Friday Finds). And I want to get some sewing projects under my belt. And I have some crewel work projects passed down to me from my mom that I want to do (because who doesn’t need kitschy 70s-esque crewel work on their walls?!). And one of the bonus challenges for the Yarn Snobs Stash Out Challenge is colorwork projects, and I only have the yarn and pattern for Oh Deer, Selbu Modern, Chrysanthemms, and Pod of Cetaceans, not to mention the 170+ other patterns in my queue that are ready to go—they just need me to knit them.
I need to focus and try to maintain a one- or two-project at a time momentum and not get bogged down trying to distract myself too much. Are you a more monogamous knitter? How do you stay focused when life starts going crazy?