What kind of creator are you? Do you create for the joy of creating or do you create for the desire of a finished project?
For the longest time I was a process knitter and a project crocheter. I frequently knit to knit and crocheted when I have something specific (usually a gift) to complete with a deadline. And by knit to knit, I mean, I started a LOT of projects and abandoned them when something more interesting presented itself. Sure, I finished projects, but not as many as I started.
Since I’ve seriously started designing this year, I’ve seen myself become a project knitter as well as a project crocheter. I have project milestones for pattern design, and these require focus. Even though I’m transitioning to a project-focused creative process, its not a monogamous project situation. I need at least 2 active projects going at once. In a perfect world, I would have a knit and a crochet project going. But it all depends on what deadlines I’ve looming.
Right now I have 3 projects: My Faire Stripe Sweater (fall release??!?!?), my Currents Scarf (an old, unreleased pattern of mine that I’m re-knitting and releasing), and a giant Randclaw blanket that I started this afternoon.
Since my knitting has changed to project focused, my yarn buying habits have changed as well. I’m still working toward minimizing my stash so I can purchase specific for design, and not have to be worried about storage. Seriously, I want ALL of my stash to fit into one area without overflow. I have ideas for MOST of my stash, sweater quantities for 3-4 (adult) sweaters, a handful of cowls and scarves, the obvious sock. I also have some mohair (not kid silk, but worsted/bulky grayish/brown stuff) to de-stash. I have NO idea what to do with it. I can’t wait to keep working through my stash (and my overflow trunk stash) and get everything stored neatly in my closet where it belongs!