I bet you’ve been wondering where we’ve been. Basically the job of the blog has fallen to me (Julie), the queen of procrastination. Actually, it’s not so much procrastination in this case as ADKD (Attention Deficit Knitting Disorder) which basically means that whenever I am supposed to sit down and do something meaningful (i.e., that which I get paid for) I all of a sudden look up and say “Ooh, yarn!” and take off on another knitting project. This in itself is not so terrible given that I work in a yarn store but it doesn’t help in terms of getting other things (house-cleaning, cooking, general physical hygiene, pretty much anything that I have to put down my needles to do) done. I also like to consider myself an idea person, which basically translates to doing a lot of sitting and staring into space and not much else. Given these two qualities it’s amazing that I am typing even now.
Ooh, yarn! No wait…
So getting back to this ADKD thing, it seems to me that knitters fall into two distinct groups: those stalwart people who choose a project and stick to it like white angora onto black pants until said project is finished, and people who like to work on two or more projects at a time. Putting aside knitters who have something like 20 projects on needles at the same time (ahem. See above for that “Ooh, yarn!” issue) I think there is a good case for having at least three projects going at once: One easy (for TV knitting), another more challenging (to keep those brain neurons firing), and one smaller portable project for interminable train/plane/car rides.The problem for me with the one-project-at-a-time thinking is that there is simply too much temptation out there. Even if I had been a monogamous knitter, Ravelry would have killed it for me. I can never, in ten lifetimes knit all the things I want to knit. I would either have to knit like a machine or Jane Elliott (which is basically the same thing). But it doesn’t deter me from trying! However, even I have to admit that 20 projects may be too many to actually have on the needles at the same time. As such, I am turning over a new leaf and trying to finish at least 5 before starting anything new.
Julie, WY's Do-bee and store wordsmith.