A MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIP?
A MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIP?
Well fellow Fiberaholics, it is time for that question we all hate. Are you a monogamous knitter?
At the risk of sounding too racy for our own good we are going to discuss loyalty to one project or an open relationship with multiple projects. Most knitters, spinners, crocheter's and so on may want to pretend that they do one project until finished and then, and only then, start the next project. Where they repeat that same single dance with the one and only project on hand. I am here to tell you that yes indeed there are fiber artists that do it that way. No I have never met one, but I have heard rumors that there is actually one out there and possibly and that a couple more may have been sighted in the wild, that how ever is speculation.
There are so many different facets to projects that not only would it be useless to ignore the call of the Siren (Greek myth, Sea Sirens who called sailors to their death), but multiple projects help to keep a fiber artist creative, busy and happy, not to mention sane. Nancy and I often have several running projects at hand. For example when we went to meet up with the Frog Pond group in Winslow we brought a couple of projects each. All were simple projects (often called my stupid knitting, not because the project is stupid, but because I can be in my busy visiting mode and still manage to not mess up the project). Because we planned ahead and thought about our choices we were able to look so very clever knitting, chatting, & eating all at the same time! For me one was a project with small needles and fine yarn in case the lighting was good. The other project had larger needles and yarn in case the lighting was on the dim side. I worked on the second project because the lighting was not bright.
There are times you want to work on a challenging project when there is peace and quiet, for instance, a lace chart. Or times the family is watching a movie together, a simple project like socks or a sweater is perfect. If you have choices at hand you can knit on a whim or when a few moments of precious time presents its' self to you. This is possible all because you have several projects in different degrees of completion. Now with this system you have a tendency to accumulate more stash and tools. After all if you have 3 UFO's on needles, (UnFinished Objects) and they all take a size 5 needle, then you need to stock up on needles, as well as markers, counters, knitting bags and other tools. So you are actually contributing to the economy and keeping your local yarn shop open! Hmmmmmmm, Sounds like our civic duty to me!
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