As I come into the final stretch of my State Fair crafting time, I’m starting to feel unhappy. I have 4 projects left that I believe I can finish before the deadline: 2 sweaters, 1 skein, and a tatting project. The problem is that I don’t want to knit the sweaters. The skein I will likely finish. The tatting will come at some point. I just feel bogged down by the sweaters. I want to cast on something new and knit that, not the sweaters that I *think* I need to finish. This is a problem that I have faced the last two years as well.
As I look over my knitting for the last two years, I find that I am not happy. My two greatest loves are lace shawls and socks. There are few shawls or socks being produced. For the last few years, I have been planning and knitting for the State Fair as soon as it is over. It’s a bit like always studying for the standardized test in school. You may pass the test, but find yourself failing your classes. I have been failing myself by forcing myself to knit more sweaters and fewer of the projects I love.
I like most of the sweaters I have knit. I even find myself excited to knit some of them, but I am making the change after this year. No more knitting for the State Fair. I am going back to what I enjoy most: lace shawls and socks. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be knitting sweaters, but it does mean that I am going to knit more projects that I enjoy and not worry so much about what I’ll enter at the fair.
And, yes, I am stating this on the blog so that you will hold me to it.