I can’t believe how much knitting is coming out of me these days. I am out of my mind, beside myself, knitting my fool head off.
I’ve figured out how to knit almost constantly. You’d think I’d have analyzed this a long time ago, but recent observation has revealed some things that have upped my output in recent days.
Strategy No. 1: Three Projects, Minimum
We have long argued that there is a knitting project for every mood. Here are three categories that I typically have going at the same time:
Brainiac Knitting: When you’re feeling like a freakin’ genius.
Calgon Take Me Away Knitting: When you feel like a brain-fogged, end-of-the-week survivor and just want to let go.
Deadline Knitting: When you have a very specific thing you want to make, often for a specific person.
When you have projects to match your every mood, there’s never a time when knitting isn’t a plausible thing to be doing. You never think: Ohmahgah I can’t deal with brioche today. You think: I’ll make that hat. At least I can do that.
Strategy No. 2: Ubiquity
Strategically locate knitting projects throughout your circle of daily life. I’m not saying that a person needs a project in every single room of the house, but—OK I am totally saying that. And if you’re not stowing a Bento Bag with a pair of socks in your car, what do I have to do to explain this to you?
Basically, if you can stick your arm out without hitting a knitting project, you’re low on knitting.
Recent proof of how well this works.
Den Project: Brioche. This is the room without a teevee, which is a good thing when you’re trying to learn two-color brioche.
I am so competent now. Bristol Ivy’s Nesting Wrap has become a project I will make again—and I’m not sure I would have said that back when I cast on. It seemed hard, frankly. I had to pay attention. But I love this Jade Sapphire cashmere like a baby. Today it even looks slightly pink, which I have long believed was the color I’d chosen yet rarely ever see being pink. Thrilling!
Bottom line: a quiet corner and a pile of cashmere waiting at all times means that you can have a home PhD program percolating. And I am convinced that doing something hard in a gorgeous yarn is very, very clever. I am going to finish this thing because this cashmere deserves a decent fate.
Kitchen Project: Easy Hat
Waiting for the pasta to boil? Waiting for a recalcitrant teenager to wander in for a potato? You may get only one row done, but hey—a hat is maybe sixty rows. Do the math! Get yourself a hat going in the kitchen. This is Hunter Hammersen’s Circumvolute, a whale of a pattern that jumped out of Twitter and into my soul. The yarn? Megan Ingman’s splendid Lichen and Lace Superwash Worsted, colorway Pressed Flowers.
TV Room Project: Hadley Pullover
This is the classic, round-and-round-we-go knitting that has accompanied many a binge. Véronik Avery’s Hadley Pullover has two pieces of urgency attached to it: I need to finish Banging It Out By The End Of The Month. And I need to send it off to its recipient as soon as I can. Highly motivating. This Brooklyn Tweed Shelter may be the perfect worsted weight for binge-related knitting.
May your slivers of time be filled with glorious, gorgeous gorges of knitting.