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.
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!!
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.
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!
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?