I'm out of control. Everything about my knitting is in a state of disorganization...
my yarn statsh, my needle inventory, my moutnaints of UFO's. I think last night was the straw that broke the camel's back as I laid down another project into hibernation so that i could work on something that I want done before the holidays.
So here are my goals...
1)Organize my unused yarn stash
2)Organize my scrap yarn and leftovers
3)Organize my needles
4)Organize my UFO's.
5)Get all my UFO's into Ravelry
I think 5 wiill be key. Once i do that I will be apalled by how many unfinished objects I have that I will actually try to work on getting them done. But only after the holidays are over.
Doubt this is interesting to anyone, but i think I needed to post it for self motivation. Thanks for listening!
Before I started knitting, my mom was an avid knitter. With tons and tons of UFOs. She had to keep buying needles to start new projects.
I promised myself (and DH) that I wouldn't have more than 2 projects on the needles at any one time. For the most part, I've followed this.
Occassionally I'll deviate from this, when I have a project that's done except for sewing in ends or buttons. And when I have been taking my fair isle class, I didn't count the fair isle project as one of those two because I couldn't really work in it all the time (not portable, needed help from instructor). I like to have an easy project to take with me at all times.
I also have frogged projects that sat on the needles too long, rather than finish it. I've never regretted frogging projects. I figure if it's been 2-3 months since I worked on it, it's never going to get done. Besides, I do so much kids stuff, if I wait that long, the kid has probably gotten too big for what I'm making!
When the knitting stresses you out, instead of relaxes you, it's time to do something. I think you're on the right track.
LOL, I'm afraid of frogging! There are actually only two things I have that I would be totally fine with frogging. One was a sweater that I was asked to make for someone but its in the wrong weight yarn...i tried to make the pattern work, but i just couldn't do it. I should totally frog that, because the yarn is really nice. The toher is that I have finished baby mitten. I didn't like the way it turned out really (you can see a pic of it in my ravelry projects) and I just never bothered to finish the other one.
Honestly, what I should really do is just toss the mitten. The one mitten is done, it was a small amount of yarn to make it, and it was done in cheap Lion Brand Yarn that I don't really care too much about.
The thought of throwing away something I knit kills me though...even though its never been used and doesn't have a matching mitten. How stupid!
Make the baby mitten into a Christmas tree ornament. Crochet or knit a string, and hang it up!
Perfect solution! I love it!
Last Fall I bought a whole bunch (4!) of Tupperware type boxes and put my left over wool in them. I threw away tiny bits that were never going to be used. That really helped me look at things afresh. I also got a cheap vase (chipped) and keep all my single pointed needles in it. I try to only work on one knitting project at a time because I also have book club reading deadlines, and other goals too.
My present project for the grandchildren is a six part thing...but I can only show you after Christmas to keep it a surprise. It's a lot of fun for me...so I hope they'll enjoy it.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat