Obviously I am not going to be a monogamous knitter. My lifestyle requires me to have more than one project on the needles.
For example, I have to have a church sock. In fact, I have to have two church socks because I am emotionally unable to work on the brown one right now
so I have to work on the pastel, spring-colored one instead.
I have to have a knit-in-the-dark sock for movies, SnB, and other low-visibility events.
I have the diet sweater, recently frogged back to the ribbing because of a (no-doubt stress-induced) mistake I made back in November.
I have more UFOs in the closet than Bluebeard had wives: a Vivian Hoxbro modular sweater/poncho thingie; lined Latvian mittens I started for Howard eight years ago; Lucy Neatby's Sunset Vest, which only needs about 2" of knitting to be ready for edgings; Alice Starmore's Marina Cardigan, for which some of the yarn may have disappeared in the Vault incident last year; a Koigu scarf my friend Lisa gave me a couple of years ago; a lacy baby sweater that keeps appearing and disappearing at random; a number of pairs of socks. I don't remember how many wives were in Bluebeard's closets, but I have enough UFO socks to beat Bluebeard any day.
However, I am thinking about reducing the number of active projects I have going. You know, the ones where you sit under the good light on the comfy couch in front of the TV when you work on them.
I am trying to reduce my stress level by being more efficient at the things I have to do, so I listened to Eat That Frog! on my iPod last week. One of the concepts the author recommends is working on one project at a time, all the way to completion. His reasons include that when you start a project after some downtime, you lose time remembering where you were in the project and it takes a while to get going again. Too true. It takes me anywhere from an hour to two days to figure out where I am in a complicated project, find all the materials, and get organized again.
Before I got into a kind of sock madness recently, I was alternating days knitting on three projects. But I wonder if I could just finish one project at a time, and alternate what I start next: a small, non-sock project; then a sock; then a big project?
I think I would get tired of the big project and need a break. But I could try it.
In that case, the first few projects would be:
Since I just bought all of Cookie A.'s sock patterns, maybe there would be a couple of socks in there before another big project materialized. I would kind of like to finish up those UFO's, though. And they could count as big projects even though they are partly (or even mostly) done.
OK, maybe the new project rotation order should be:
I think I would have to stop everything for the BMFA club sock when it arrives every other month.
Oh well. If this great idea goes anything like my other great ideas, such as stash reduction, don't expect it to last long. So far I haven't knitted ONE THING thing from stash yet this year.