Knitters’ Fallacies

There seems to be a core set of “Knitters’ Fallacies” we all tell ourselves – or at least, all the knitters I know. Have you noticed this? We tell ourselves time after time that “x” is absolutely the truth, and we should really believe it, and almost every time we’re wrong. Yet we keep believing. For instance, here are a few I’ve caught myself doing in the past week:

1. This project is boring. You could totally whip out a second, side project in no time. That 3 WIPs rule you set for yourself is way too restrictive.

carnaby swatch

I can absolutely crank out a Carnaby without neglecting my other projects. I swear.

That’s how I wound up with a Carnaby on the needles, and no measurable progress on the design I’m trying to have ready for publishing in the spring. Oops. (In case you can’t tell from the lousy webcam photo, green won in the Carnaby yarn poll).

2. That’s not nearly enough knitting for how long you’re going to be out. You’re totally going to run out. Panic!!

baseball game

This is a picture of the game progressing.

Last night I went to a baseball game. I know how much I can get done during an average hockey or soccer game, and I knew that baseball games are often a bit longer. I also knew that we had awesome seats and that it was 104 degrees outside. Somehow, though, the only part that sank into my Knitter Brain is “Baseball games are long. You are totally going to finish that whole sock.” So I looked up and wrote out the remainder of the directions for the sock in my purse and even came up with a weird short-hand code for the chart on the leg, and still worried that I might not have enough to keep me busy. Then I went to the game, settled into my seat, and melted. I did not pick up my knitting, or anything else but beer and water, until the train ride home.

purse projects

This is a picture of my sock, not progressing.

3. Oh, you have [insert event here] coming up? And it’s really soon? You could totally whip out a new sweater for that in time!

anneleterme's Pole

Pic by anneleterme, pattern is “Pole” by Joji Locatelli. I can totally get this done in time. Right? RIGHT?

My cousin is getting married the first weekend of September, and I’d been planning to wear one of my cute, summery party dresses to the (partially outdoor) wedding. Yesterday, I abruptly remembered that the wedding is in Upstate New York, and New York in September is just not the same as Virginia in September. I don’t really have any cool weather dresses, and somehow all of my cardigans just seemed too casual or too colorful to go with such brightly colored summer dresses. This is when lunacy set it. This is when I decided that the only logical option was to knit myself a new cardigan by the wedding. Seven weeks was totally enough time! Well, minus the time it will take my yarn to arrive. And the time I’ll spend knitting Carnaby. And my design samples. And the whole having a job and a life thing. Uh oh.

4. Oh, it doesn’t really matter what the weather’s like out. You have air conditioning! You’ll definitely feel like knitting with winter fibers for the next few weeks!


This is the actual temperature right now. Wool is totally a good idea.

That sweater I’m making for the wedding? Merino. Black merino. Did I mention it’s currently 108 degrees outside? I might have a death wish.

So there you have one little week’s worth of the lies I tell myself when knitting. What Knitters’ Fallacies are you trying hard to believe right now?


12 responses to this post.

  1. You could always try a cropped bolero- that’s a little less knitting!


  2. LOL! Here’s a ridiculous fallacy I always choose to believe over empirical evidence: “I can totally commit to knitting 15 pairs of socks for the whole family for Christmas! I mean, they’re small and formulaic, right?” Yeah, wrong. Size no longer matters when the total fabric you would be knitting equates to the amount of fabric for a floor-length coat. And when the repetitive boredom sets in during the 3rd pair, I fall victim to your first fallacy and start a “small and easy” side project just to “take a break” from Christmas knitting. *sigh*


  3. I am especially prone to #2. I hate to leave the house without at least two projects! What if I get caught in a traffic jam? Or my car breaks down? Can’t waste precious knitting time!


    • I know! What if I *gasp* didn’t have any knitting left?! A part of me knows I’d probably just pull out my smart phone and play games, but a part of me thinks the world might actually end. So I bring lots extra, just in case.


  4. “Full length sleeves? They won’t take long. I might as well mark this project complete now!”

    Great post. If… painful to acknowledge the truth in it. 😀


  5. […] I’ve started packing the most important things first – knitting. You may remember (Fallacy #2) my little issue with predicting exactly how much knitting I’m likely to get done when […]


  6. #2… Oh how I can relate. We are going to an air show on Saturday (EAA’s Airventure. It’s like the Disney World of air shows) and I have to take knitting along for things like wandering through the flea market area where Mr.Me spends huge amounts of time looking at tools, the boring parts (non-military planes mostly) of the afternoon air show and killing time in between the afternoon and night air shows. I am planning to take my Ravellenics sock project. And am fully convinced I will need to split my skein in half so I can start the foot of both socks. I will need the charted pattern and beads for the legs and I don’t want to mess with that so I’ll just knit the foot from memory first but I am definitely going to knit a whole foot and need to start the 2nd before the day is over. DEFINITELY…


    • IT COULD TOTALLY HAPPEN. Erm, sorry about that. Let my paranoia off the leash a bit. I have to say charts are much less of a worry for me now that I have a smartphone. Most of my patterns are on Rav, so I have them whenever I need them now.


      • Its more the beads than the chart to be honest. Not sure how to successfully manage a teeny little package of beads in an open air environment without a table. I can knit and walk, I’m not sure adding beading ends well for anyone, though…

      • Yeah…beads sound like a recipe for disaster. Probably a smart call there.

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