When I started the year I wanted to follow intentions, but not make goals or plans. I am still going forward with that idea, but the recent FOs brought to light a flaw in my scheme. This weekend I came to a decision on how to avoid the issue.
To explain: When I finished my recent FOs I found a disturbing consequence. Having laid no foundation for the next thing up I floundered. In the past when I have no clue about what’s up next, I end up casting on hats and frittering away my knitting time. Not that charity hats don’t have value, but they take away from my attempts to clothe myself. So I had a moment of terror, not knowing what I should do next. Forgetting all those I. MUST. CAST. THIS. ON. NOW. projects I have stashed, I was unsure where to turn. Thankfully I had Woodstove Season ready to go, so I avoided catastrophe. But it made clear the problem with not having aims/goals/plans for the next step.
To avoid this problem I went through my queue and identified projects I have yarn for, or ones I am eager to do. I put them on a list, created packets, and put them in a basket.
Now, when I finish something, I have ready projects at hand. I won’t prioritize them or number them, just have them on tap for whenever I cast off a knit. On the list I have separated them between less than/more than 1000 yards. When I am in the middle of a big project and need a small one to amuse me, I have a list to draw from. If I finish a big item and need another to take it’s place, I have something to jump on the needles.
Will this system work? Who knows. Not included on the list are the items that I have promised to make for others. I think I have about 7 items I plan to make over the year, some baby, some adult. Hopefully I will keep that list to the 7 identified, unless more baby news is sprung on us through the year.
How do you work around your queue, wants, temptations? Joining Frontier to share my method.