Why I Plan and Then Don’t Do What I Plan to Do

Casting on a new shawl.

This isn’t what I was going to knit next. Less than 24 hours ago, I had an entirely different plan. My poncho was fresh off the needles (I love it! Eep!), and I was thumbing through my stitch dictionaries, getting all inspired and organized for the next project. Once I finished Architexture, I wandered back to my monogamist-knitter ways (unless you count a little sock action on the side). I needed to come up with another project.

I have a short list of my stash prioritized in my head: knit this; then that; next knit this.

I also have this Order of Operations written in my knitting book. Yes, I have one of those too, for the days when my head fails me (uh, every day?).

But then I go ahead and waste my own time, throwing all that nice orderly thinking and writing out the window. Poof!

Plan revised.

Because, yes, last night I had a plan (in my head) to knit one thing, (to my defense, it is a good plan, actually, and I will knit that up soon, too), and now I have strayed to knit something entirely different.

I am not sure if this is what is colloquially referred to as Creative Genius or Schizophrenia. Here’s thing that just hit me: the poncho I just finished was grey, and the project I was about to knit was also grey.

Now, yes, I am particularly partial to grey yarn. It is neutral and wearable, and I find it quite suitable. It wouldn’t have been the first time I knit two grey projects back to back.

Not this time.

This time, I am going for the skein of handspun wool, gifted to me and shamefully cast aside for far too long. It has colors that aren’t just grey, and it’s going to be a very simple crescent-shaped shawl with not so much as a single yarn over. I am going to let the yarn speak for itself. No frills.

At least that’s my plan for now.

A few administrative notes:

*Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along (Congratulations, Ginny, on beautiful Mae). I just devoured My Brilliant Friend and moved on to the second book in the series last night (The Story of a New Name). If you haven’t heard of the Neapolitan Novels, get thee to a bookstore immediately. I am hooked! (Yes, those are affiliate links for Amazon. Thank you for being you!)

**I was so startled and touched to log into Ravelry to discover that more than 100 of you joined the This Knitted Life group seemingly overnight. I have started a weekly chat over that way, which I hope will morph into a weekly cocktail-knitting session (nonalcoholic cocktails are yummy, too) as soon as I kick this head cold that has been holding me back for way too long now. Please join the fun.

***The summer Olympics are starting on August 5th. Now, knowing how incredibly unathletic I am, it might surprise you that a sporting event might actually interest me. Oddly, I LOVE the Olympics. I plan to host parallel knitting events over the in my Ravelry group during the Olympics, with prizes and everything. I will share a post soon with all the details (once I figure them out…). In the meantime, you’re on notice. Scurry off and do what all athletes must do to make it to the Olympics: stretch thy fingers and start training AKA knitting!

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10 Comments

  • Reply stephanie young June 29, 2016 at 5:31 am

    oh yes…..i know exactly what you are saying here. i ALWAYS have a plan in my head (like knitting the icelandic cardi and the bressay dress….i even have the yarn for both) and I end up with a second cowl and more socks on the needles. Not. even. in. the. same. frickin’. category! i often feel how a kid with adhd must feel—gotta do it, gotta do it, gotta do it!

  • Reply Alina June 29, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Planning is great, but throwing the plans out of the window is even better 🙂 So liberating! Looking forward to seeing what you will create!

  • Reply Donna Fiore June 29, 2016 at 6:43 am

    That yarn is beautiful! I am far from athletic but I love the Olympics and haven’t quite figured out which project I’m going to take on yet. Thank you for the invite to join your group. I am going to do that right now!

  • Reply Caroline June 29, 2016 at 7:19 am

    That yarn is beautiful! I did laugh at your last minute change of plan because of course that happens to me all the time. I am so undecisive when it comes to the next project, and then I dither until i’m at least a fifth of the way through it! So looking forward to seeing the poncho ta da post

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Oh the planning!! It is almost my favorite part of knitting -browsing patterns and wandering around on ravelry looking for just the right thing! Glad you decided to ditch the plan and go with what sparks joy!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I delight in your posts 🙂 I am nearly cast off on the cowl (LOVE!!) and soon the blocking will happen. You sound happy which makes me incredibly happy 🙂

  • Reply Annie June 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I just posted the same thing! I had all kinds of plans about exactly which unfinished project I would pick up next, and then all it amounted it was exactly what I didn’t do….

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple June 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

    oooooooh boy, do i hear you, the best laid plans!!!!

  • Reply knittedblissjc July 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I think it’s liberating to chuck out the plan and go with the thing that you want to knit most that moment- it feels indulgent! I’m dying to knit a poncho, too…. I need more hours in the day for knitting!

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