The main thing I want to do is finish up my languishing projects. To that end, I'm going to try to take 1 each morning and get them to a point where I can just pick them up and knit on them, as the mood strikes me. I won't be upset if I miss some days (since, even if they were all at that point, there's only so much knitting I can do in a day), as long as I am making some noticeable progress (I may find a way to reward myself for doing so to up the incentive factor, though). If I do start accomplishing this, then I'll intersperse or exchange that goal with spending some time working on those older projects each day before rewarding myself with working on newer projects.
At the same time, I know me... I am NOT a monogamous knitter. I need some variety in order to not just stop outright (at least for a time) when I hit the saturation point with a particular pattern, or to accommodate my knitting moods, and to that end...
Here's what I'd like to end up with on the needles/hook at once (the numbers in parenthesis are how many were on the list I posted the other day):
- 1 (2) pair of simple socks
- 1 (3) pair of fancy socks
- 1 dishcloth (or similar)
- 1 (1) sweater for me
- 1 - 2 (2)charity items
- 1 (6) scarf or shawl
- 1 - 2 (5) small items
- 1 (4) afghan or other medium to large project
- (6) Gift items as needed (although as few at a time as possible)
I am going to let myself start out fresh, though. I'm going to consider all projects from that list old projects, and I'm going to start a new one in (at least a few) of those categories. I know that seems counter-intuitive to the desire to cut back on my WIP's, but now that I've figured out why those other projects got stalled, I think I can fix that problem and get myself on track. And right now, I need the motivation. I've really been holding back trying to be good, and I think the new projects will spur me on.
For New Year's, I cast on a dishrag for a gift set for a friend (hey, I didn't even have one in THAT category).
I also plan on casting on as soon as possible:
- [small] Anemoi mittens by Eunny. THIS is why I did that fair isle hat for practice... I'm just waiting (very impatiently) for the rest of the yarn and the needles. Stupid snow storms
- [small] Sheldon Turtle from knitty (the yarn for this is in the same order as the rest for Anemoi)
- [gift] The Denison Pullover from the Fall 2005 issue of Cast-On for DH. This is going to be my meditative knitting. There's a little bit of interest at the waistband and cuffs of the arms, and a decent bit of fair isle around the chest, but huge portions of it are just knit, knit, knit, knit, knit... lovely brainless stuff for when I'm not up for more complicated stuff.
- Backyard leaves scarf from Scarf Style
And YEA! This evening, I finally finished up the knitting on My So Called Scarf. I even wove in the ends (this may be the easiest this has ever been... the pattern creates almost a double thick fabric, so it wasn't hard at all to hide the ends without them being obvious and ugly. I'll have a Finished Object picture as soon as I wash and block it. I'm wearing it now. It's very cushy and warm, and it would be quite a trick for any wind to find it's way through this fabric :)
One last thought... I think the idea behind Knit From Your Stash is a good one, but I don't think I'll go that route. I do, however, have yarn for some really great projects that I really want to have in my wardrobe, so I'm just going to make a big effort to actually do them, rather than just buying the supplies and the having them sit around in my home.