Thursday, January 03, 2008

Another ufo!?

I want to finish my secrets of the stole. I want to finish the Knitted Babe for some teenager battling cancer. I want to finish the soft scarf I'm working on, I want to finish my lace shawl from the French blog. But I want a new hat and I want new gloves and it is so much more satisfying to start a project than to work on one!

Every project has a rhythm - you start full of enthusiasm. The knitting speeds along as you create something out of nothing. An inch and then two and then three - each row is great progress. You're engaged and challenged learning a new pattern, figuring out a new design. This continues for awhile. Then you've learned the pattern, you know the design and even adding an inch seems like you've added nothing. You get bored. Your attention wanders. You see that soft, gorgeous yarn in your bin calling to you, beckoning you to knit it now, NOW! And you reach for the needles...

Is there a solution?

4 comments:

loribird said...

I suppose there is always discipline, which is no fun... or becoming a Project knitter, so that a mate-less sock or mitten appears to be an abomination... Or just get really relaxed about it and know that old project will have its turn again once the new one has lost its shine (we hope!)
Heehee, good luck with that!

Beth said...

Um, don't have a stash to beckon you?

OH, you meant a REAL solution :-) Can't help you there. I'll bet I have more UFO's than you do!

Lisa L said...

I know your pain . . .thrummed mittens are calling to me . . . ;-)

Ninou77 said...

Wowi I know that too... you define exactly what I feel at this moment...

I wonder if we can't be called the "CasaNova of the knitting" because we like much the excitement of the beginning of a new project that the satisfaction of the accomplished project!

I can't give an advise to you as we suffer from the same illness!^^