On ALL my needles

When I really started getting serious with knitting, back in college, I scoffed at knitters that I thought had “poor self control.”  (As a straight-A’s, honor roll over achiever-type, I scoffed at anyone who I thought had poor self control.  Not one of my more endearing character traits.)  I would never have more yarn in my stash than I could use.  I would never start a project and not finish it.  And, I would never have more than one project going on at once.

Never!

Well.

Maybe not never…

18-year-old me would be horrified with 30-year-old me.  I’ve got a room half-filled with boxes of yarn that “I will definitely use… some day.” I think I’ve got 4 or 5 projects on the needles right now, and about half of those are somewhere between hibernating and I-just-need-to-frog-this-but-I-can’t-be-bothered.

In fact, I now carefully plan my multiple projects.  I always have a big knitting project (sometimes it’s for work, sometimes it’s a gift) that I work on at home.  This is usually something awkward or complicated, something that’s just easier to keep by the couch and not worry about dragging all over town.img_3860I have a simple project- something that’s just a lot of stockinette or other mindless knitting.  I use this project for keeping my hands busy when my mind is doing something else- playing a game with friends, watching a tense movie, or something with subtitles.  (My bears are great for this!)img_3934And, I always have something small in the works, a project that I can keep in my purse and work on when I have a few minutes.  Waiting in line to get into a museum? Knit.  Got to work a little early? Knit.  Barber running a bit late? Knit.  In my opinion, there’s nothing better for purse knitting than a pair of socks (one at a time, of course, to leave more room in my purse for chocolate and a sketchbook).img_4679Do you work on multiple projects at the same time, or are you a one-and-done kind of knitter?

7 thoughts on “On ALL my needles

  1. archer1955

    I am a newbie at knitting but, I already have a rather large yarn stash ( I also crochet so, it started a while ago ) and I now have about 5 projects going at the same time. I am a Sagittarian and like a variety of things in life so only one knitting project is just not going to sit right with me.
    Richard in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  2. theramblingsofaprimrose

    I currently have 4 projects on the needles. I just completed and freed up 3 other pairs of needles so I am itching to get something else started too. I like to have a variety of ongoing projects, some more simple tv knitting kind of projects and some more challenging and requiring more attention than usual. Then I always have a hat that I keep in my purse to work on when I’m out and about.

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  3. Sue

    I currently have two projects on the needles: another hue shift Afghan for knitflixing, and a soft teddy bear in bernat pipsqueak (goes slower because I dislike seaming, but plan to power thru it this weekend). Just finished another pussyhat that I worked on when I was early for work and/or waiting to clock back onto the system at work.
    Also plan to start a science march earwarmer for a friend to wear at that event.
    Multiple projects = no boredom because I can switch it up between projects and stay alert-ish. 🙂

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  4. madgeface

    I tend to work on 2 projects at a time; one that’s easy to work on and/or easily portable, and another that’s large and/or complicated. That way I have something to work on no matter what my mood. 🙂

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  5. knittingthestash

    I usually have a blanket rolling along in the background; a sweater (that’s sometimes simple and sometimes fiddly); socks–at least one pair for toting around to soccer games and waiting rooms; and, if I’m really feeling inspired, some kind of ornate shawl or accessory that includes colorwork, lace, cables, etc. 🙂 You are not alone in your multiplicity!

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