Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Being Monogamous . . .

. . . . . in my knitting life, that is.

Knitting monogamously means just having one thing on your needles at a time, which is the kind of knitting I have always done. However, lots of knitters like to have several projects going at once. Listening to knitting podcasts as much as I do, and hearing all these women talk about their various projects, I started to feel a bit strange about my monogamous state. Like I wasn't quite measuring up as a knitter or something.

And so, in anticipation of Christmas and my seemingly endless Christmas-gift-knitting list, I decided to join the ranks and cast on for several projects at a time. I began Top-Secret project #1, Top Secret project #2, a sweater for a grandson and a pair of fingerless mitts for me.

It's not working so much. I'm not very good at being a polygamous knitter. I started Top Secret project #1 and set it aside to work on Top Secret project #2 when it got to a hard part. After finishing the fingerless mitts, I cast on #3. Eventually I picked up #1 again but I totally had lost my place and ended up ripping the whole thing out and starting over. I never did get back to project #3, it's still languishing in my basket. Oh, and then I started a pair of socks, don't ask me why.

It seems that monogamy works well for me in more areas than marriage.


Nanato4 said...

Interesting concept ... one I'd never thought about before. But now that you've mentioned it, I'm monogamous in quilting. I read about so many quilters who have so many various projects going at one time. I know that I couldn't do that ... if for no other reason than I'm anxious to see the finished product ... and to gift it (since all the quilts I've made so far have been for others).

Liz said...

I have always been a monogamous knitter and like you was thinking "What is wrong with me?" after hearing from other knitters who have as many as 10 projects on the needles. I tried it and even though I had multiple projects on my needles, I still only worked on one project, then moved on to the next. You have to do what works for you and being monogamous works for me!

Dawn said...

I can't imagine doing more than one at a time, if I ever did even one. Kinda like reading several books at once. I love monogamy in both areas!

On a totally wild note - I'm sorry Coach Hawkins ended up at nasty old CSU and had such a nasty ending.