I have three projects going in my knitting basket at the moment. I used to be the sort of person who would work on one project at the time, resisting the temptation to start a new project until I'd finished the one before. Mainly I did this because of my fear of the "out of sight, out of mind" tendency: that if I stopped working on a project, however briefly, I'd abandon and forget it forever, and never complete it.
Yet over the last year of my knitting, I've had to break this rule a number of times, for practical reasons. I've started tackling bigger, adult-sized projects, and I've also acquired a taste for complex textured knitting - two things that, I've found, don't always fit with our family life. Adult-sized sweaters, in fact, eventually reach a stage when they're too bulky to easily slip in a bag and carry around (and a lot of my knitting is done while I'm waiting around for kids, making the waiting so much more pleasant!). While textured knitting requires a level of attention and concentration that isn't always possible when I'm knitting a row here and one there while helping with homework, cooking dinner, or playing a board game.
So, lately my knitting projects typically come in threes. Having three projects going at the same time allows me to knit without getting frustrated. My ideal line-up would be:
Project 1: a portable project that I can easily bring on errands,
Project 2: an easy project that can be done while multi-tasking at home, and
Project 3: a tricky and interesting pattern to be worked on when the house is quiet (and the brain is alert).
Knitting is a very fluid process, with projects changing speed as they evolve. So the portable project may reach the sleeves, require double pointed needles, and suddenly become un-portable. Or the complex pattern that I needed to be alert with at the beginning may finally become interiorized, and easy. Or I may be working away on a perfectly easy knit, make a huge mistake, and suddenly have to apply my full attention for several hours to fix it.
Here's the fluid threesome that's in my knitting basket right now:
Hitofude - almost finished, I just have to find the time to check out (again) how to do an elastic bind-off. Though it's an adult size, this has been my preferred portable project, because the stitch pattern is very easy to memorize.
February Lady - this should really be my easy project at the moment, but for some reason I keep making mistakes, so it's forever swinging between the easy and tricky categories.
Bella - alert, alert, alert brain and concentration for a tricky lace pattern that I'm loving.
What's in your knitting basket right now?
PS Did you notice? All these projects are adult size!