Finding the right project for ourselves at any knitting moment can be tricky. The right project isn’t necessarily what we typically do, what we need to do, or what we think we may be after. Not being keyed into what is the right project can lead to starting projects that might be less than satisfying, or that we feel trapped by. So if you can, take a moment to find the right project–for right now–for you.
The Right Project to Scratch An Itch
- Do you want to be challenged?
- Do you want something fast?
- Do you have a yarn you want to use?
- Do you need to work from your stash?
- Is there a project you are dying to make?
- Are you looking to hang out with other knitters?
- Do you want to be surprised?
- Do you just want to feel yarn slipping through your fingers?
- Do you want to be by yourself?
- Do you want to not have to think?
- Do you really want to dive into a (probably lengthy) project?
Knowing where you are when you are looking to start a knitting project can really help match the project to the moment.
The Right Project to Meet Your Knitting Goals
If you want to be challenged, consider stepping outside your comfort zone. Learn a new stitch or technique, or take on a more complex project than you are accustomed to undertaking.
If you want something fast, then you should pick something that isn’t going to challenge you, that is relatively small, and worked at a gauge you can make progress in.
The yarn that is really calling to you right now might be the only way to scratch that itch. Sure, you can start other projects, but if that is right there in your head all the time, maybe you should just go for it. It may end up being cheaper than trying to scratch that itch in other ways.
If you are on a stash reduction mission, consider what you have. I suggest gathering everything into one area, then choosing just a few yarns that really speak to you and consider the possibilities just for those yarns. Stash waits for you! But if you continually don’t respond to something in there, maybe you need to consider getting rid of it.
If you have been watching a project on Ravelry and feel compelled to undertake it, then that might be the best next project. If you have been watching that project, and are interested, but not really inclined toward it, it might not be the thing.
A knit-along might be just the thing if you want to hang out with other knitters. Or maybe see what classes your local yarn shop is offering in the coming weeks. Remember that planning a project and anticipating its arrival can make it feel more satisfying (like travel). There are mystery KALs for those who want a little intrigue. There are quick knits and longer-term projects, and subscriptions that go for a period of time or number of smaller projects.
Projects that you’ve done before, but want to do again, can be the perfect thing for when you just want to knit. You know the lay of the land, and can spend less time thinking and more time just enjoying.
Tackling a complex or lengthy project can sometimes require some alone time. Knitting with concentration isn’t always a participation sport!
See how considering what makes the right project–for you–right now can make a difference in your choices? Simple, complex, combined, the type of project that works for you may not always be the same thing. Give yourself a chance to try out what fits you.