I have a question for you all: Do you ever not enjoying your knitting because you feel like you are always trying to finish things up quickly so you can cast on for something new?
This seems to be a problem with me right now and I am determined to make some changes so that I will enjoy my projects no matter how long they take and not feel like I'm punishing myself trying to get them finished so I can cast on something new I've been wanting to work on.
As I'm sure you've noticed, I tend to be the type of person who likes to be doing new things and casting on new projects. Problem is, when I think that I have too many WIPs going I begin to feel guilty about them, and very ashamed if I cast on something new. To fix this, I set about working through my WIPs to get them wittled down to a more "reasonable" number, but honestly, who ever said there had to be a reasonable number? Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has said that there are no Knitting Police, so why do I act like there are? Where did these standards come from that I'm always trying to live up to in my knitting? This just does not seem right. What ends up happening, is that I don't enjoy or even like working on my projects because I'm forcing myself to finish them up in order to start new ones. This just creates a ton of stress and lots of frantic, "hurried up" knitting. Which equals a very un-relaxed and un-happy me.
Knitting is supposed to be something I do for enjoyment and relaxation, and my oh my, it has been anything but lately!! If I am happy and okay with having lots WIPs why is that not alright? Why do I compare myself with other knitters? Why do I start feeling bad about doing something I enjoy?
It's not like I never get my projects finished, they just sit a while first sometimes. And it's not like I'm saying that I should get all out of hand and have tons and tons of projects on the go either, I just think that I should lighten up a bit and learn to enjoy the process of working on each project instead of rushing through it.
So my plan is to no longer worry how many WIPs I have going at one time or make myself finish up a bunch of them before I can cast on for something new, but instead I'm going to just take pleasure in whatever I happen to be working on and not stress about how long it takes me to get it finished, and if I want to cast on something new, I will. I'm going to view it with the thoughts of - I knit because I enjoy it, this is something I like to do, and I am not going to stress about something that is supposed to be fun and for my own pleasure. Of course there will be times when I do need to finish something up right away, for gifts and the such, but I don't want the "hurry up" knitting to be a daily and continual thing for me anymore. It's about time I start enjoying life, and I'm going to start right now.
P.S. This all comes from a chat with my sister the other day who noticed that I was stressed out by my knitting and pointed it out to me. She encouraged me to lighten up and have some fun, and reminded me why I knit in the first place - because I enjoy it. So I have to say a big THANK YOU to her!!