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.
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.I 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!)And, 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).Do you work on multiple projects at the same time, or are you a one-and-done kind of knitter?