On Saturday night, the Richmond Knitters met for their annual Christmas dinner. Delicious food was eaten, many laughs were had, and some serious cheating went on in the quiz (not by me!).
At some point in the night, some (I think Catherine), mentioned making a list of future knitting projects (like the Rav queue) and sticking to it for all of next year. It was met with a general feeling of ‘yeah, right, that’ll never happen’, but it got me thinking. Would there be anything to gain from such an undertaking? Would it be an enjoyable endeavour? And most of all – would I be able to stick to it?
I can definitely think of some things I could gain – it would ensure that patterns and yarns would finally be used, my yarn budget would be limited, and I could finish birthday/Christmas presents on time. I’m sure the results would be enjoyable, but I’m not so sure the process would be. And, could I stick to it? Sure I could, I told myself as I headed home from the dinner.
Three days later I had abandoned my Waterlily because inspiration had struck for an absolutely perfect Christmas present. While I know the present is going to be immensely well-received, I was still a little sad; I’d hoped for Waterlily to be finished by Christmas. Maybe this whole queue thing wasn’t such a bad idea…
Even just considering the idea of Living by the Queue is useful. It’s really made me question what do I really want to knit next? Who do I really want to knit for? How much can I knit in a year?* Would being a monogamous knitter make me be (or seem) more productive?
I have got the answers for these questions yet. I’m still staring at my Rav queue.
* The answer from 2014 is 3 shawls, 1 cowl, 2 adult cardigans, 1 baby cardigan, 1 pair of socks, 1 lace-edged hat, 1 pair of mittens, 1 pair of tank slippers, and 12 ribbed hats. Which, when you write it in one list, seems pretty good.