Originally Posted by enthusiastic novice
how many of you launch exciting new knitting projects with great enthusiasm only to come across them months later usually missing one or both needles or even the actual pattern?
Um...no...I don't do this...
I think it's common for many to do this, that's why there's the abbreviation in knitting "UFO" (unfinished object). Ironically, when I started knitting, I only wanted to do stuff that required only knitting--no purling, decreases, increases, etc.--like knitting in the round, or knitting rectangular or square items. Now when I have to do straight knitting with no patterns (cables, lace, etc.) or purling, I get really bored. Go figure!
Anyway, what I do is to keep a few things on the needles at all times. That way, I can go between projects if I'm bored with one. Usually one of the projects is smaller in size so I can get some instant gratification when it's done, too. Chel had a great idea
that I may covet
where she sets aside one day a week to work on those UFO's, which I think is an excellent way of tackling projects. Also, a project that you find that you lose interest over may turn out to be really nice. I started a shawl with a stitch pattern that I wasn't sure I liked, but I forced myself to finish it so I wouldn't waste the yarn I bought. Now, I LOVE that shawl, and have received many compliments on it. Granted, that's not always the case with a project (that you lose interest over it or just come to not like it while you're knitting it, then once it's done, you like it), but I promised myself that I would make every attempt to complete projects once I bought the yarn for them. And I've been spending a lot less time looking at patterns for future projects until I start getting caught up with projects that I've had planned and have yarn for, which helps me not to get too
behind in my knitting.
Regarding selecting knitting patterns based upon your skill level, everybody is different. For me, that particular method was the key--I started out slow and easy, and learned a new technique here and a new technique there, and I wound up doing projects that built upon those new skills. Some people are able to select something really intricate and complicated right off the bat and they do great (not me!), but I know I never could do that. I've been knitting for nearly three years, and I just finished my first garment last night, and it was only a little one (a baby garment), but I'm okay with that, because I did it at a time when I had the skills to do it downpat, and I didn't get frustrated and discouraged. This site has helped A LOT, between Amy's SUPERB videos, and all of the great friendly help here. I know when I took knitting classes, we learned many of the decreases and increases in one class, and I was SO confused and overwhelmed! I said to myself, "I'm NEVER going to pick stuff that needs increases or decreases!"
So you know how limited you can be with that restriction placed on yourself. But when I found this site and watched Amy's videos, I was able to do a lot of things I thought I'd never do; it helps because I learn by watching others "in person" (I don't do too well reading from a pattern or a book), and so watching Amy actually execute the knitting technique in question was REALLY helpful.
Don't get discouraged--you'll do great! I think that just about everybody has had a project they've lost interest in. I have one right now on the needles (a circular shawl) that I don't really care for the yarn anymore so I lost interest in it, but one of these days, I need to finish it. Perhaps I can redo the project with some different yarn some time and I'll love it? :scratchinghead: