Last fall, I took a good look at my knitting.
Like. . . at all of it. Past and present and future. Completed projects. Projects in my queue (which is entirely a queue-of-the-mind in my case; I don't utilize the Ravelry Queue feature). Yarn in my stash.
And after a bit of an inventory and some careful analysis, I came up with a few shocking revelations:
- I have three drawers full of shawls/scarves/wraps, a bin full of hats, and a bin full of mittens/fingerless mitts.
- Most of the sweaters I knit . . . have ended up at Goodwill.
- I knit things in colors I love to look at -- but never actually wear. (Although I do wear some rather surprising colors all the time. Like yellow/gold. And orange.)
- I knit sweaters I would never purchase if I were shopping - and that don't fit into my wardrobe at all. (Which explains the Goodwill thing.)
- Tom has stated out loud and on numerous occasions, "I do not need any more hats."
- My children have also mentioned, "Enough hats."
Shocking. True. And why last fall I stopped knitting . . . whatever I felt like knitting. You know . . . whichever new and groovy pattern happened to catch my fickle eye. (Because there are plenty.) Instead, I specifically asked my kids what they might like me to knit for them -- and I knit those things as Christmas gifts. I knit little gnomes -- because family and friends loved them and wanted one. I knit dish cloths -- because I needed them.
And I've been thinking a lot about . . . where knitting meets intention. (Because you know I won't stop knitting!)
So for now (and maybe for the rest of time), my goal is to knit in the "sweet spot." Which means:
- Making a careful analysis (BEFORE the excitment of casting on) of whether a given project is something I will actually wear, something I actually need, and something that will fit into my existing wardrobe. (Because I'm tired of knitting for the Goodwill bag.)
- I'm paying close attention to the kinds of knits I actually DO love and wear (and there really are many of them) as the key to where I might keep my knitting focus.
- I'm going to use yarn in my stash first. And I'm also going to give away and donate the many beautiful yarns I have in my stash that don't fit into my "sweet spot." (Remember to comment by Friday if you'd like Monday's Giveaway yarns!)
- I'm staying away from any of the FOMO kinds of projects: the"mystery" knits (which account for many of the shawls at the very bottom of my shawl drawers), "challenge" knits, or KALs. Knitting with a group is great fun -- but I'm fine knitting on my own at this point in my knitting "career," and I no longer feel the need to "bang out" anything alongside other knitters.
- I'm going to ask family and friends what they might like me to knit for them before foisting yet another hat on them.
This process was very enlightening for me. I feel good about the knitting-direction I'm headed in now -- very much like I did after my reading-epiphany last year. Knitting with focus; knitting with intention.
Stay tuned. . . we'll see where this ends up by the end of the year!
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