Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Plenty of Quilting UFO, But No Knitting UFOs
I have realized the past few months that while I may pick up and put down quilting projects on a whim, that I just can't do that with knitting. In knitting I am monogamous, but promiscuous when it comes to quilting projects.
I started knitting the red wrap and got distracted on Ravelry with a sock knit-along. I started a new pair of socks and would generally alternate evenings of knitting on the socks with evenings of knitting on the wrap. I found that I just couldn't do it. It made both projects suffer because I just couldn't get into a rhythm of the pattern on either. I abandoned the wrap while I finished the socks. Once the socks were done, I've happily picked up the wrap again and am working on completing that.
But I don't do that with quilting. I usually have two or more projects on which I am 'actively' working, along with a variety of completed tops waiting their turn to be quilted, and other UFOs that are hiding the the closet hoping I will find a glimmer of excitement in them to bring them back into the light and the rotation of 'active' projects.
On reading the forums on Ravelry, I find it hard to imagine why anybody would have knitting UFOs. Or a knitting stash, for that matter. (OK, I do have enough yarn to make another 10 pairs of socks, but I know what they are all going to be. I never buy yarn just because I love it. Not yet, anyway.) I KNOW this is entirely hypocritical. I have absolutely no problem with buying some fabric just because I like it, thinking it will make its way into a project some day. I have no problem letting a quilt top 'rest' for a while before I take the time to quilt it. I have no problem putting a project aside because I have lost inspiration, or have no clue or are too afraid to attempt the next step. But I just can't imagine buying some quantity of yarn because it speaks to me without having a clue as to how I will use it.
I guess this means that I'm a much more experienced and comfortable quilter than I am knitter. If I had been knitting for 30 years I would have a clue as to how much of what weight yarn I should buy to make a sweater or an afghan or a baby blanket or some other project. And most of my knitting projects have been small (socks, mostly). I like that because I can play with new stitches and textures without committing to a large project. Yet I can still knit something useful and pretty.
So, I'll continue to knit projects serially and jump to wherever inspiration takes me in my quilting world.
(Just a bit of eye candy ... ) Goat Island Lighthouse, Kennebunkport, ME at Cape Porpoise - view from the restaurant where we enjoyed lunch on our anniversary.