I rarely have more than one project on the go at one time. I think that’s because I get so excited about my projects that I can’t bear to put them down until they are finished. I have a strong desire for everything in my life to be organised so I don’t think I could cope with multiple WIPs (work in progress, for my non-knitting readers).
The only time I have more than one WIP is if I find a project I’m so excited about I have to cast on *right now*, or if I need to whip up a baby gift.
Having said that I have
one two projects sitting at the bottom of my knitting basket unfinished. I started to knit gloves last winter but put them down when it came to adding fingers and haven’t picked them back up again. And I have a bag waiting for a lining and assembly. And I don’t know how to line bags, so that’s my excuse.
I knit for the sheer pleasure of knitting, and the FO (finished object) is almost a bonus. However, I feel like I’m shifting slightly towards being a product knitter and I’m finding it hard to give away my FOs and knitting more for myself. I have more shawls than I can wear, but am loathe to give any of them away.
Part of this is I feel that only people who really appreciate the love and time and effort that has gone into a knitted gift really deserve them. Not everyone gets it.
But for me knitting is a form of meditation. It allows me to switch off my brain and just concentrate on the rhythmic clicking of the needles.
There, I said it. I am a yarn snob. I love alpaca, cashmere, merino, silk. I love them all. And I don’t mind paying for them. I would rather spend €20 on a special skein from my LYS (local yarn shop) This Is Knit than spend €20 and get a jumper’s worth of acrylic yarn. I did try acrylic, but I won’t be doing that again.
I’m learning though. The more I knit, the more I understand the properties of different fibres. I love alpaca, I love how soft it is to wear, I love how soft it is to knit with. But it’s heavy, and it will stretch. I feel this is the same with all my favourite soft yarns. So I find myself drawn more to wools (sheep fibres). And silk, I love, love silk, knitting and wearing it. But there is no give in silk, so it’s hard to get much stretch out of it in the blocking process.
I will never stop loving and knitting alpaca and silk, but understanding their properties gives me a better idea of what the FO will turn out like, especially after a few wears.