Friday, 15 July 2011

The power of monogamy

In a strictly knitting sense of course.

I've always been a bit of a serial caster-on'er with no less than 3 or 4 projects on the go at any one time. But this past 2 weeks has seen me working on a single solitary project, finishing it and then moving on to another - strange behaviour.

I have to say though, that I have been mightily impressed by the speed at which I can knock out a finished object when my knitting time isn't divided between several projects. The baby blanket below was knit in an amazing 5 days. Granted, it is knit in aran weight yarn (Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran) and I omitted the time-consuming Honeycomb stitch that the pattern suggests (replacing it with simple garter stitch) but I was genuinely surprised by how quickly the thing flew off the needles.

Thrilled with my success I quickly cast on for an Olearia and this again was finished in a matter of days

Again, admittedly I knit the smallest, newborn size but even so the power of monogamy was impressive.

I'm not sure how long this phase of mine will last - probably until my friend finally has her baby and I cast on for some huge sweater project for me (only to run out of steam and start something new - my usual modus operandi). But for now I am embracing the monogamy!


  1. Hi MM

    For the past 2 years or so, I've tried to live by the mantra on 2 things otn. 1 big and 1 small.
    For the most this has worked and I find it a much better way of doing things. You're right, when you concentrate on just 1 project it comes off the needles much faster and you get a greater sense of satisfaction.

  2. That's a good idea. I can see that working for me I think. When I have too much on the go I can tend to feel a little over-whelmed.

  3. Yep! and then nothing seems to get done, and I get bored!