Friday, March 27, 2009

focus

So, I am the type of knitter that feels most comfortable with one big project on the needles. I can do one big project and one small (1 sweater and 1 small something) but that really is my comfort zone.  I truly lose sleep when I have too many projects started. Crazy, I know. Usually, I resist the temptation to start something new. Lately, not so much.  I have four things on the needles. That sort of makes me nervous.
Number 1: I knit with six others (non-bloggers) once a week.  I have for years.  And we decided to do a little knit-a-long. So, last week I cast on for the wool bam boo rickrack pullover. This project will be slow going as I hand out the starting/stopping points.  Last week I gave them an eight row assignment.  (See, this one will take a while.)  
Number 2: I ordered another cone of the habu merino for my kusha kusha scarf, because I ran short. It arrived last week.  (Darn.)  This may seem like a "little" project, but knitting with string sort of turns this into a big project.
Number 3:  My plisse.  Yes.  The project that has captured my attention.  Above is a shot of half of the back and one sleeve.  The construction of the Hanne Falkenberg sweaters are what keep you going.  Keep you wanting more.  Mostly done in one piece with very little finishing.  Gotta love that.

Number 4:  Well, that seed stitch throw, over in my sidebar.  I must admit that project is in total hibernation.  I wanted to knit a couple of rows a day.  Hasn't happened.  

So, I'm going to try to focus on my plisse and hopefully be able to sleep.  The rest will sit in my sidebar (with a little attention).
Enjoy your weekend!!

70 comments:

Karen said...

I've been quilting for a long time and have many projects that may never get finished :( When I started knitting, I decided not to do that, so try to finish what I start; two projects going at the most. But I am a beginner, so I may get worse as I am lured by beautiful projects! I love the rickrack pullover. Good luck with your projects!

Kelly said...

I think you will be okay. Think of it this way - sleep equals more focused awake time to knit! I always have a couple of projects and do feel overwhelmed with more - like you. But, sometimes, even if I love what a project will look like, I might struggle with the project and it needs to be set aside for a while in order to see it anew and with motivation - this is where I am at with my birthday socks. It needs to be okay. So, be okay. ~Kelly

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Jackie said...

I m sure you can handle as many as you want. Looking forward to your beautiful FOs.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

It seems that sometimes with my knitting I go through cycles. One thing on the needles or so many that I feel like it's taking over :). Your wips are looking lovely....can't wait to see them all finished!

whistlepeaknits said...

I'm a total knit monogamist too. It's nice to finally hear of someone with the same philosophy.

And it's funny - I'm knitting the slippers from the '08 Interweave Holiday Gifts and the Rickrack sweater is featured on the ad on the back of the issue and it just caught my attention. I can't wait to see yours!

Celestial said...

I'm similar with the one big one small on the needles projects. I like to have one to take with me in the car, and one more bulky or complicated for at home.

When I'm truly obsessed with a knit (or it's just that easy) is when that one large project is my car and home knitting.

Your WIPs look great.
Sleep Sweet

Kenj said...

Not crazy at all! I have the same parameters, but I think it stems back to my childhood when my mother would insist I finish one project before starting another. I love being completely done and ready to move on!

Nantucket Dreams said...

i love all of your projects and totally get the one at a time theory. i do not understand how people can have several going at once and not stress! :)

Karen L R said...

How healthy that there are many attitudes about projects! We each move at our own pace, sometimes with deadlines, or intentions or hopes. It's all OK. I try to enjoy the process as much as the outcome. Wishing you all a productive weekend...

theknittingcowgirl said...

Oh Leslie, you transmit enthusiasm!! And "willing to do"too! :-)
I have many ideas and beginned project too... And I never have enough time in my "daily life" to do everything I would like to do...!!!But, hope never die.. and I am sure I will finish every project well and with satisfaction!

APA said...

With your projects so clearly in mind and now chronicled here, I've no doubt, with deep breaths and the gentle vibe of creative friends singing in your ear, that you'll complete each with attention and time to detail, to pleasure. Grounded, focused...ALIVE!

And good things surround you, my friend! Thank you for the positive energy I know because of sharing delicious space. I think someone, too, in cyberspace perhaps needed that same energy which is why your first comment disappeared over my way! :)

A beautiful weekend to you and your family!

Maryse said...

I think that's fun that you have 4 projects going on! The all are going to be gorgeous! You seem productive, so that will not prevent you from finishing all of them soon ;-)

KeanaLee said...

You crack me up! Losing sleep over knitting projects, that's why I love ya! I love the blue of your KAL sweater!

Jane said...

I've been flitting from project to project! Can't seem to focus. Maybe if I left the computer for awhile...mmmmm

Cathy said...

they all look great--it would be hard to decide which to work on. That's great you have a knitting group. I scrapbook with a friend--that's the only way I get it done. :) Our library has a monthly knitting get together--I've to go to one soon.

Virtuous said...

Ooh yes I just finished up my Kusha scarf so I know all about knitting with the thread!! It does turn it into a big project!

Love your colors!

Poshyarns said...

I know just how you feel, I am very project monogamous, only one thing at a time, apart from the small travelling project that lives in my handbag. I get very anxious if I have cast on too many things. Take some deep breaths and focus on your Plisse, relax and enjoy.

Kendall Micayla said...

geez, you knit a lot of sweaters! They are all so pretty! I havent knit one yet... Im stuck on a pair of socks.
Everything looks lovely! Cant wait to see them finished!
Happy weekend,
Kendall

Hilary said...

I am EXACTLY the same way! Project monogamy...I can't handle more than one. I also can't handle having too much stash -- it really stresses me out and I feel like I have to knit it all immediately. All of your projects look lovely, though! The worst is having ones you don't want to work on.

Julia said...

i think it's the hint of spring weather that instigates this burst of creativity. i totally used to be the same way but right now i'm in the middle of three knitting projects and two sewing projects!

sheepish one said...

uh, yeah. i'm right there with you.
i'm working on two virtual KAL's and always kick myself after joining such things. who needs deadlines?!?
have a great weekend, and enjoy the knitting time!

mle said...

Something must be going around because I've cast on for more than my normal comfort zone number of projects lately too!

Mary said...

I just started knitting and reading your blog. I am really enjoying looking at your photos, projects, etc. They are all so beautiful and inspiring to me.

Tracy said...

oh, that rickrack pullover. I want to start that. :)

pricklypearbloom said...

oops, that was me. :)

countrychicken said...

I have way to many things going and sometimes they make me crazy so I throw one in the closet for awhile. Right now I'm trying to conquer socks - thats why I started a shell - need something for when I the sock gets to me. Love what you are knitting. Thanks for the baby hat pattern. You always seem to know what I need and pass out the pattern.

skeinsherway said...

Hehe, only 4? Just kidding, focus is great, or at least it should be, that's what they tell me... (I'm not so good at it myself...)
I have about 6 or 8 things going at once, but it is the things I focus on that get finished!

Enjoy your weekend,
happy knitting-
ali

Meg said...

I love the projects you've got going right now. I like to have a large and a small one going--that way, while I slog away at the large one, I can feel like I'm getting something finished with the small one!

Of course, right now I have two large ones going...I started my first lace shawl, and between the tiny yarn and the pattern, I needed to work on something else in a "normal" size yarn. So I cast on for the February Lady Sweater. As long as I can do a row or two of the FLS every day, I don't feel too bad about having to rip stitches back to my latest lifeline on the shawl...

Gigi said...

You always make the greatest things -- love Hanne Falkenberg sweater! I'm always inspired by your work.
I can't manage to work on one project at a time myself -- need at least 3 or 4 going at the same time. Right now, I'm knitting a little Rowan denim pinafore for a grandchild, my first pair of socks, and crocheting the market bag shown on Martha Stewart this week -- keeps things from getting too monotonous, ya know ;-)?

tiennie said...

Those are going to be some beautiful projects! I'm with you. I can't have too many projects going at once otherwise I get too nervous! Right now, I'm trying to figure out what to knit next.

lucy said...

that's the word going through my mind daily, especially when i can't sit still and do something productive. at least you have a few projects to keep you busy.

Renee said...

I always have multiple projects on the go. Big one for at home, medium for knitting when I have time to sit but not at home and small ones for waiting in the car etc. Just never been successful at being loyal to one project start to finish at a time.

chelsea said...

I hear you on the issue of focus, im usually a one-at-a-time kind of gal myself. Putting things on a list always helps me sleep better...

t does wool said...

hmmm.I am jealous of the time you have -lol!!,everything is lovely.

Trisha said...

I have never minded having a few things on the needles at the same time. You know for different situations ie: tv knitting, on the go knitting, full concentration knitting. But now that I have started knitting sweaters...anything more than a sweater and maybe one pair of socks and I feel like I am drowning.

sarah said...

i believe you aren't really a knitter until you have more than 2 things going at a time... at least that how I justify my many projects. Thanks for sharing yours.

Elizabeth said...

I'm in the same comfort zone as you - one at a time keeps me committed to seeing a project through to the end (and I'm slow enough with one at a time thank you). On the other hand, if a couple of extra projects are keeping you up at night -- you could just brew some tea and put in some extra knitting by lamplight. Hey, if you're up anyways (hee hee). Really though, this is you we're talking about. You'll get through all of these in record time and they will each look stunning. : )

Elizabeth said...

I'm in the same comfort zone as you - one at a time keeps me committed to seeing a project through to the end (and I'm slow enough with one at a time thank you). On the other hand, if a couple of extra projects are keeping you up at night -- you could just brew some tea and put in some extra knitting by lamplight. Hey, if you're up anyways (hee hee). Really though, this is you we're talking about. You'll get through all of these in record time and they will each look stunning. : )

Jessica said...

I feel the exact same way. I'm not productive at all if I have more than one big project going...a handful of littles are ok, but I quickly become overwhelmed. I can't wait to see some of your finished projects!

radioactive girl said...

I know exactly what you mean about it stressing you out. I feel the same way.

periwinkle said...

I find it really hard having more than one thing on the go -- at the minute I have 3 little things and never know which one to pick up first -- good luck, and I hope you get your seed stitch thro finished
lisa x

Caffeine Girl said...

You are focused. I've lost count of how many projects I've got OTN. I can't even get them all on Ravelry!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I'm trying to get better about not letting situations like this make me insane. But the key here seems to be that you LIKE all the projects, which is huge and tells me that you will finish them all:)

Denise said...

my knitting has come to a complete halt! but I must make an effort and get this cardigan finished, after that I'm not sure how much I'll pick up now that summer is heading our way!

iknitipurl said...

Looks like you've got quite a bit to do! :) I used to have a million projects going at once and it ended up driving me crazy too. So now I am trying to do one thing at a time, sometimes two. Socks have re entered my knitting life again so I always have a pair going on.

Meggie said...

You can take a project or two when you visit Mom.

stitching under oaks said...

I'm so similar...too many projects makes me bonkers. I like all the projects you've got going. That rick rack pullover is really nice. And I'm quite interested in seeing how fabulous you make the kusha kusha scarf. That's one of those things, I'm sure I'll love once I see yours done :).

MadMad said...

I was thinking about how you mostly do one thing at a time, and how that seems a much better plan than my... um... OK, I'm too embarrassed to tell you how many I have going. But I have a car sock, a main sweater, a scarf (or two...).. you know? I just need different kinds of knitting for different kinds of days. I sometimes feel like I have a lot going on and nothing getting done, but then all of a sudden, I'll have a few things done at once, which is nice. I don't know why I'm telling you my life story right now... I forget what my point was. (There has been some wine, I'll admit. But it was deserved, after my NY trip with NO YARN, and NO KUSHA KUSHA to show for it. Despite attempts at both. Very frustrating, that Habu store!)

Lin said...

I am the same as you with the 2 projects. But with my Gloria kit knit I am going to take so long I am allowing myself an extra knit now and then! I find it easier if I out away what I am not working on and just keep one thing out at a time, I hope that helps!

Ella said...

I'm the same way - too many projects on the needles and I get a bit (okay, more than a bit) obsessive. But so many pretty projects! AH! How to choose!

I'm excited to see your rick rack pullover - that color is fabulous! And the Hanne Falkenberg? Yum.

You can do it! Rah rah rah!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I share your scattered knitting focus, although I'd say that it could readily apply to my more general focus as well.

It seems that I never finish my projects until the season after they are meant to be worn. Ladida. It's all about the journey, and all that.

I'm so jealous of you and your six knitting pals. How I would love to be so lucky in finding fellow knitters nearby. Happy knitting!

house on hill road said...

me? one thing at a time. and right now, nothing. started a shrug for kate but my gauge was off so i ripped it out while sitting in emily's kitchen a few weeks ago. haven't started it again....

Philigry said...

great projects. I can't wait to see them all. I know what you mean about too many projects. I like your plan!

lucky knitter said...

each one is looking great! I get a little nervous when I have too many projects going, because i'm afraid I'll forget where I am and have to start all over. I don't always take good notes :) The Plisse sweater looks beautiful!

Windy Knitty said...

I lose sleep too, but I can't seem to help myself from casting on for more:)

amandajean said...

you are so funny. i lose sleep over my quilts, sometimes, too. half the time i swear that i figure out how to back a quilt when i'm half asleep at 2am. but it's fun when i finally figure it out.

you have some beautiful wips going!

Kristyn Knits said...

the finisher in me can't have too many things going or I get crazy as well, so I can relate to your feelings. but boy do you have an awesome collection of projects going. they're all beautiful but will be spectacular once you model them!

Nicki Lundeen said...

I so envy your knitting ability. I haven't knitted very long..have knitted some scarves and with your inspiration, I am tackling a sweater. Not sure I should have picked the project I did. I am making a sweater you made - Flow - out of Seduce by Berroco. I am having trouble with the first row casted on. It just looks uneven. Any suggestions?

Seanna Lea said...

Those are all gorgeous projects! I have wanted to do one of the HF projects (Mermaid) for years, but I just have never managed to convince myself to buy the yarn.

kim said...

These are all great projects. I expect to see them completed by the end of your vacation! :)

Sandy said...

My Mom always told me my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I'm kinda like that as an adult, but with knitting. I have TOO many projects on the needles and can barely finish a thing.
I have more faith in you though. :)

Journeying Five said...

everything you have on the needles is gorgeous though! so that is something to use to calm yourself!

sarah / knot another hat said...

I know what you mean about losing sleep - only for me it's when I go past the 10-projects-on-the-needles mark...oy. Love that habu piece!!!

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