30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 5

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?

Luckily, or perhaps sadly, I started a knitting journal when I first started to learn how to knit. I have my complete lack of dedication clearly documented. At first glance it doesn’t look that bad. My first day of teaching myself to knit was 8/11/2009. Less than two weeks later, 8/23/2009, I had finished my hat.

But, I had to bribe myself. I told myself that once I finished this hat I could buy myself a Namaste knitting bag, which I did. One measly little hat took a $60 bribe to myself. I was really proud of myself too. I journaled about how dedicated I was to spend a whole 10 hours on this one project and actually get it done. I thought I was awesome. Uhhh, not so much.

My next project, the Fetching Gloves, I finished about 2 months after I started to learn how to knit. Then the next finished project wasn’t for over another six months. It wasn’t until June 2010 that I finished my third project. I stopped journaling after that. I think I had reached my tolerance for being honest with myself.

So to recap in the first year of knitting I completed maybe 4 projects and abandoned … let me count … 15 projects. The worst part is that even though I didn’t finish hardly anything and had all this stuff waiting I just kept buying more and more yarn. I have 14 knitting shopping trips documented and some of these were not little trips. I shopped more than I knitted. It’s embarrassing.

Look at all those abandoned projects.  I have half made swatches, a sock without a foot, tiny baby socks missing their match, heads of tiny stuffed animals and more.  That white ribbed scarf in the corner was the first project I ever started and it’s still on the needles!  At least digging all this out of storage let me find some of those needles I’d been missing.

It’s a good thing my sister had her second daughter. If I hadn’t been so determined to knit that baby blanket after Molly was born then knitting would have probably been just another hobby I played with for a few months.

 

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