I have to admit, this week's LoveYourBlog prompt was not one that immediately inspired me to write a post. The obvious beginnings for knitting are either "how I learned to knit" or "how I got into designing". As I mentioned in my last LoveYourBlog post, I don't remember learning to knit, and I've talked about how I first started designing before and it's not all that interesting a story anyway.Another beginnings option might be a tutorial for how to cast on. Hmm, relevant yes but not really what I have my blog for. But that last idea led me to what I'm going to talk about here, which is the beginnings of projects.
I have a confession to make (and I probably ought to stand up for this. I'll have to let you imagine that bit but just take it that I'm standing while I type this next bit): My name is Kirsten and I suffer from Startitis!
That confession is something that would likely surprise anyone who knows me in person because I'm a pretty monogamous knitter. I usually have only one or two projects on the go at a time, depending on their size (and therefore portability). If I'm knitting socks, it's likely that's all I'm knitting until the pair is finished. If I'm knitting a sweater or a large shawl, I may have one more smaller project on the needles as well, to work on during my lunch break at work or at the school gates while I wait for my son, but that's it. I've always marvelled at people who need to participate in online challenges to reduce their number of WIPs (works-in-progress), because for me the only thing I need to do to reduce my WIP count is to finish what I'm making, and then my count is zero.
There is a very good reason for this strict control on the number of projects I have on the go at a time. I'm a product knitter with terrible startitis! I knit because I enjoy knitting, but my primary goal is the end product. I want to enjoy making what I'm making but more than that, I want to have that beautiful shawl, those pretty socks, that cosy sweater. Even small things - I want to have enough charity squares to make up a parcel to mail, or a new cloth for the kitchen. It bothers me if I have too many WIPs because I can't see the end of any of them and I need to see visible progress, and luckily it bothers me just enough to keep the urge to start something new under control.
It's the same with my designing. Once I've sketched out a lace chart or written out a table of numbers, I have to force myself to keep going after I've knitted up the sample to carry on and type out the proper version of the pattern, with the list of abbreviations and the materials needed and all the rest of it before I move on to the next one. If I didn't, I'd have a lovely collection of finished sample objects and scrappy bits of graph paper but no actual patterns!
Fight the startitis! It's largely a hopeless cause but at least I try and I do get stuff done!