Summer projects or Summer therapy.

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

This summer has been busy for me. First adjusting to the the lifestyle of semi-retirement. Part of this semi-retirement comes with more time, and to fill this time I started a few projects.
My problem is if I go on Raverly, pick up latest "Knitting Traditions" I feel as if I HAVE to try that pattern out. I end up with 5 or 6 started projects but no ends.
Being slightly ADHD here, I have come to conclusions that the best is for me to complete one project in total. However difficult this might be, and part of this has been focus. I tend to see the project finished by the pictures etc, however I do not somehow attach that with my work. Life at times for me has no end. So the job here is to focus on the end itself.
Knitting has taught me a bit more about this. I have learned whenever I see a project on Raverly or elsewhere I can file it for future use. It will be there for me. I do not have to have it started at this point.
So what I have done is taken all my recent projects placed them carefully away from the chair in the living room, then keeping one project near the chair allow myself to say its ok. I have the others filed away, Nothing wrong with going back(however on some patterns especially lace this can be a problem)
And so far this has worked! I managed to finish my tea cozy and almost finishing up on West's Samen shaw. (endless series of garter stitches) I then feel a real sense of accomplishment! I also tend to hurry when i have several going at the same time. (and you all know what happens when you hurry especially with lace) This forces me to slow down and enjoy each purl, knit and stitch I do.
Sorry for the rambling, but I have really noticed over the time how helpful knitting has been for me

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ronhuber's picture

We all have different ways to

We all have different ways to keep ourselves interested and focused. I have a sock going at all times. I usually knit 10 rows or rounds of the project I am working on and then 5 rounds on the sock. That way the sock gets done as well as the project and neither becomes boring or tedious.

SAPBrown's picture

I have to agree with the

I have to agree with the common consensus here.

Two projects at a time works best for me. My primary project tends to be more challenging, consuming more time or mental focus. The secondary or "fall-back" project is usually much quicker and simpler or even mindless.
When I find myself bogged-down or frustrated on the primary project, a quick easy hat (donated to local "coats for kids" charity) gives me the confidence to dive back into my skill building primary project.
I just won't mention all the swatches where I want to test a stitch pattern or idea.

"rambling." nah,
it is "train of thought" or "stream of consciousnesses" writing. We all seem to understand easily enough.

Enjoy the free time, you earned it.
Stephen

SAPBrown's picture

I have to agree with the

I have to agree with the common consensus here.

Two projects at a time works best for me. My primary project tends to be more challenging, consuming more time or mental focus. The secondary or "fall-back" project is usually much quicker and simpler or even mindless.
When I find myself bogged-down or frustrated on the primary project, a quick easy hat (donated to local "coats for kids" charity) gives me the confidence to dive back into my skill building primary project.
I just won't mention all the swatches where I want to test a stitch pattern or idea.

"rambling." nah,
it is "train of thought" or "stream of consciousnesses" writing. We all seem to understand easily enough.

Enjoy the free time, you earned it.
Stephen

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

Thanks for the input guys!

Thanks for the input guys! Mark LOL seems like a long way to get a cowl project LOL But thanks for the offer!

ILHIKER's picture

David, we are all guilty of

David, we are all guilty of starting multiple projects and finishing few! One solution for me is to have both a big or difficult project going, and at the same time a smaller, simpler one. So far that has worked pretty well for me. If you want, I'll drive over from Chicago and you can give me your started projects and I'll send them to you once you prove you have finished one.

Mark

New York Built's picture

Wow, David...hardly call your

Wow, David...hardly call your writing "rambling." In fact, I have found in the past that one way to attempt to 'box me" into a category has been to assume a job completed in my mind is one finished in reality. Sometimes called ADHD.

Not true. Artists and other creatives will go on for hours about how that "mental completion" is merely dismissal of a derivative solution...and the search continues for another solution. It may result in a group of semi-completed projects. I call that an artist's studio with educational experiments.

Discipline and completion may be virtue...but like all other things...it's a very large continuum between started and finished. A visual pile is a great solution...I keep a list going of my art projects, as well. :-)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good approach for multiple

Good approach for multiple projects. I used to always have 2 pair of socks going at once - one more complicated; the second, a plain sock. It made for a good change of pace to switch back and forth. Now, I find myself focusing on a single project until it is done. Hopefully, I can soon find a balance again.