There seems to be something going through blogland. So many people want to knit a project 'fast' or are bogged down with projects they have started. We all have many things in the stash but this is something more. They can't seem to settle down and are almost to the point of frustration. So my question is why are you knitting? Let's give it a moment of thought. There is that desire to create, the desire to have something new, something attractive and/or warm, BUT if those were the only reasons why you knit, why not just buy a sweater or a pair of socks?
Is it the "show off" factor? Truly, few people will ask if you made it or give you a compliment on even the most complicated sweater. In fact you'll be noticed more with a new hairdo than a new sweater. And, as we know, it certainly isn't to save money. Would you knit just because your best friend does? You have to 'like' knitting to do it as much as we do. So just what is it that drives a knitter?
When knitters say "I'm bored with this." or "It's going too slow." it makes me wonder what is going on elsewhere in their lives. Knitting isn't usually fast and as my mother said "If you are bored, you are boring." Life Lesson #524 learned at an early age...be curious, be creative. That doesn't mean that you should continue to knit a project gone bad, BUT something you DO like shouldn't be difficult to finish.
Yes, there are a couple of long abandoned projects in my WIPs album, but they are not forsaken. It is more that my curiosity has caused me to venture too far and too often. As soon as the Ribby is finished that Domino Shawl will become my 'easy knitting'. And perhaps Seaweed will soon surface as she is too beautiful to leave for long. I always wish for more time to knit because of all that I 'desire' to do, but that is different than being bored with a project.
So, back to what it is that drives you to knit. What was it that captured you when you first learned to knit? It couldn't have been because it was fast, or your finished project was exquisite. It was most likely that you enjoyed the wrapping of the yarn around the stick and creating a stitch, a row, and watching each one form a fabric that became a scarf or hat. It WAS the process, it really was, or you would never have continued your quest to create. Didn't you find it mesmerizing, fascinating, rewarding? Remember that, the process of knitting, as you knit your chosen project today. It IS the process.