Rules for Feeding the Stash

Monday, February 22, 2016

On Restlessness

I've been feeling a bit restless the past couple of weeks. I thought it was mostly due to my enforced near-monogamy with a couple projects-last week the only things I worked on were my Cherry Pie Skirt (at my lunch breaks) and a new sweater (in the evenings), and while I really enjoy both of them, it started feeling a bit structured. Thursday night around 10pm I finally snapped and finally cast on for my Talus hat that I've been planning for ages, and everything just seemed to click.

Right now, I have a fantastic queue full of patterns that I want to knit. I have a lovely stash full of yarns that I want to work with, and I have dozens of patterns and yarns matched up and ready to cast on. I also have several baskets, bags, bins, and shelves of WIPs, numbering well into the double digits, and I want to keep working on all of those things too.

But I know that there's always going to be more. I mean, some of the things in my Ravelry queue are five years old, so clearly they've been pushed aside by new patterns. As much as I want to be able to keep everything organized and scheduled, that's not how it works.

I very rarely have as many patterns tied to yarn and ready to go except for casting on as I do right now, and I can't stand to leave what is in my mind a WIP filed away in the stash for future use. I've been very fortunate the past several months to have some delightful yarns come my way, and to have  several yarns from Deep Stash finally reveal their ultimate purpose to me, which is great for these yarns, but not so great for a girl who has trouble delaying cast-on for any reason.

Over the weekend I tried just letting go. I brought all of my main WIPs to knitting group, and worked a little bit on each one as I felt like it. I started a new scrappy cowl. I turned the heel on my first sock for the Holla Knits KAL. I reorganized my projects, and that made me feel a little better. It's tough for me to let go and just knit in the moment, but clearly that's what I need to do right now. 

1 comment:

  1. Aha I feel you, friend. I'm trying to be monogamous to the socks I'm trying to finish up, and then I have a crocheted top that is THIS CLOSE to being done that I want to finish. But I'm sick of both projects and want to start Everything Else right now!

    Good luck with your wips (both old and new and even the ones just waiting for needles) and in settling in with something once the restlessness passes. :)