Thursday, May 22, 2008
To do or not to do, that is the problem
Even though there are several projects clamouring for attention, their pitiful voices lost among the madness that is my home I still want to cast on something new. I think it must be the novelty factor I like, the opportunity that exists at that moment before it begins to look a little less perfect than I thought, or I realise that the colour isn’t quite right or that I’ve misread the pattern and I am ending up with a different garment. I know the longer a project goes on the less interested I am in it until we reach that point where it only takes a last concerted effort and hey presto you have the finished garment.
I thought that casting on different projects would keep me engaged, after all even someone with the attention span of a minus 2 year old should be able to find 5 or 6 projects to choose from interesting and stimulating. Alas all that means is I have three times as much mess and chaos with projects overflowing from every available surface and receptacle. I even tried dedicating a cupboard to knitting and sewing paraphernalia except it wouldn’t all fit in there no matter how much I tried to squeeze the door shut. It would have been easier to try and get an elephant in the fridge.
I would love to be the sort of person who sees one thing through to the end without getting distracted by the sale of some yarn or the glimpse of someone else’s project.
I am going to write all my projects on a list and see if that clears my head a bit. It might although I have a sneaky feeling that the list will be so long that I’ll have to throw in some random number generating to eliminate or more kindly relegate projects.
I have ¾s of a jumper waiting to be finished. This jumper has waited three years for an arm. What project have you had lying around for the longest? What would motivate you to finish it?