But getting projects done? That’s a whole other animal.
Teaching myself how to knit one long and dull afternoon during a snow day back in 2006, I have completed quite a few projects since then. Mostly, it’s smaller items like scarves, hats, mittens/mitts and stuffed toys. But sweaters have been harder, just for the obvious reason that they take longer to finish.
There was once a time when I wanted to make some aspect of knitting my career (OK, get your laughs out now, but people actually do). I can’t design worth a darn, so I decided to do something really novel.
A few years ago, I thought about combining my love of knitting with copywriting, calling myself the KnitWit Copywriter. The name was the best thing I did about it. Unfortunately, because I was easily discouraged at the time about being a writer and copywriter, I gave up on the marketing, falsely believing that no one in the knitting industry needed copywriting (who knows, I might return to it as a niche sometime).
I was on a rampage as far as yarn went. Avid knitters say they have yarn “stashes” that grow to mind-numbing degrees. Like 10 storage bins full, or more.
I first laughed it off. How could anyone possess that much yarn, and just have it sit around? Don’t they ever knit with it?
Guess how many bins of yarn I currently have? Six, and that doesn’t count the haphazard pile I have in a large cabinet behind our basement couch.
But I do managed to get a few stitches in, here and there. This is a cardigan I’ve been working on for the last, oh, three years (it’s an extreme closeup of the front, and apologies for the washed-out color)
And a beret that’s been a work-in-progress for about two:
Here’s a shawl I’m not sure when I started, but it’s a lovely color (and 100% silk!).
The point of all of this is, if I can still be working on these projects after years of procrastination, I can still persist with my dreams, whether it’s freelance travel writing, photography or copywriting. Knitting is still something I love to do, even if I’m not the most productive person at it. And I love writing and photography too. I just need to step it up more, and not give up.