These are my favorite knitting project bags.
Star Trek and Hobbit are by Stitched by JessaLu and the British Telephone Box is by Zigzag Stitches.
I started in December re-accessing my knitting WIP's as there were many which left me feeling weighed down. They took up room, filled every project bag I own, and inhibited my starting anything new. I had heard a quote that went something along these lines "If I can stand to stop knitting on a project, it is probably not something I really truly want." Sadly, I don't remember where I heard it or the exact wording, but the sentiment is right. It got me thinking about how we sometimes really do need to let go to make space for something even better. I, like many of you I'm sure, get wrapped up in the amount of time I've already given that item and feel it's all for naught if I don't finish it. Well, if you look at it from a different perspective, that item, while not completed, has already brought me excitement in the planning process and casting on, comfort in the actual knitting and possibly it has even given me practice at some new skills. So, it wasn't a wasted effort, but maybe more of a pastime until the right project comes my way. You know the type of project I'm talking of, the one you can't put down, that seems to knit itself, or that is just what you needed to complete your wardrobe.
Thus a frogging I went through all my project bags. A couple of scarves here, a beautiful yet too small mitten there, a brioche poncho, a gorgeous sleeveless top and others met there end to my ripping back the yarn. But isn't that the lovely thing about knitting though? That you can reuse the yarn (well unless it's mohair then you might just be stuck throwing it out.) I do think it's the reason I've stopped stressing as much over my knitting. When yarn is recoverable to make anew with, unless it's the aforementioned mohair, the "risk" of wasting money is slight and that eases my mind. The only thing truly gone is your time and as I mentioned previously that's really all in how you look at it.
Now, looking at the projects I am carrying over into this new year I find they are ones I really do want. The double knit mittens to match the hat I already finished and wear all the time, 2 sweaters that will add to my wardrobe, a stole which is such a perfect match for it's yarn, a pair of vanilla socks as I always take some with me as my on the go project, a late Christmas gift scarf (it's a bit of a boring knit, but the recipient can sure use it) and lastly a cowl out of the remainder of my handspun yarn. So yes, there are still quite a number of projects crossing over into the new year. I am not a monogamous knitter by any means, yet I do hope to get back down to only 3 projects at a time: socks, sweater, and a neck or home accessory. Thus, I am hoping to restrain myself from casting on anything new until a few more WIP's have become FO's.
So, while I have no fresh cast on with which to begin the new year I feel as if I am starting fresh with my freshly sorted WIP's and future plans. Now, on to re-accessing the yarn stash which is due for a good tossing. How do you start the new year with regards to knitting?