Are you goal oriented or a seat of your pants style knitter?
Occasionally I knit with a deadline, usually a specific event. But as a rule I knit on a whim, it is the one thing in my life that I use as total enjoyment. So I have never given myself goals.
I have recently been rethinking this. I was inspired to finish as many UFO’s as possible and destash. Refusing to purchase anymore yarn or fiber….until….I can’t stand it anymore.
As a result, I have gotten an amazing amount of knitting done, and have lost my need to find the “perfect” yarn or pattern for a match, after all it is just yarn, (I know *gasp!*)
So I’m rethinking this strategy. After an injury, that I am still recovering from, I was amazed at how much knitting I could accomplish, (of course what else was I doing?). This began a UFO attack, that turned into a big stash bust. Soon I had set a goal to knit a top down cardigan in two weeks, I took me slightly less than three, but this was the ah ha moment for me.
I always thought I didn’t want any deadlines, I needed relaxation, but found that in setting some goals, I actually started growing as a knitter and thinking less about all of the other stuff. Now I don’t know if this new philosophy will last when I return to work, and real life, but I’m going to give it a try. I’ll remind myself to return to read this post , when I’m crazy stressed out. That is the nice thing about knitting, it’s always waiting for you when you need it.
Stash Busting Ideas..
All of the One Skein books are great.
Knitting for children, and babies doesn’t take much yarn, also knitting toys (toy patterns)
From Kristin Roach a pattern for some stashing busting socks!
And don’t forget you can donate some of your stash, see the Knitting Behind Bars article, (Interweave Knits lists of charities that accept yarn )
Now Bust some Stash….
May your knitting needles fly as fast as Dragonflies