Attention please: I’ve had a small but significant breakthrough in my knitting life.
Last week I wrote about how I’d gotten distracted from my year-long temperature blanket project, in which I’m knitting the high temperature from each day of 2022 into a Garter Stripe Shawl, using 22 colors of Felted Tweed. As of early May, I’d just barely gotten through March.
In my defense, in the meantime, I’d started and finished a whole Stepping Stone Throw, a land speed achievement even for a knitter with strong tendencies toward overfocus and overambition. But I felt like my temperature blanket was in danger of getting bogged down in shallow water, and I asked readers for their tips on reviving a flagging project. The comments were super insightful. (Thank you!)
And then: I had a breakthrough. Maybe the reason I’d gotten stuck on my blanket was because I’d been trying to knit on it little by little, every day. Maybe the very practice that I thought would keep me knitting on it was preventing me from knitting on it! Every day was start and stop. I couldn’t get in a groove, and keep knitting, because I didn’t know the high temperature for tomorrow. And with only a single garter ridge to knit each day, I couldn’t take advantage of my usual strategy for project progress: carrying the project around with me and knitting on it in life’s liminal spaces: Zoom calls, public transportation, veterinary waiting rooms…
But now that I’d fallen behind, the temperatures for April and the early days of May were all in the books—literally in my bullet journal.
I went through the daily color chart for April, and saw that there were only 7 colors for the whole month. I put the 7 in a Bento bag, snapped a picture of my color chart for April, and voila: portable knitting! Seven colors are a lot easier to haul around than 22.
The first day of this new system, my day included a 90-minute Zoom and two 20-minute subway rides. I blasted through the first 11 days of April in no time, and haven’t stopped since.
In the immortal words of the Indigo Girls, “the hardest to learn is the least complicated.” Put the colors in the bag, and tote it. Problem solved.
Blues begone! Everything above the pink stitch marker is April 2022. I love those wide stripes of Mineral (yellow) and Electric Green.
And I’m all packed up for the first half of May, which will see the first appearance of the acidic green Sulphur, and of the long-awaited Pink Bliss.
Olive (who was pronounced “perfect” by the vet) approves.
Here’s a clip and save, in case you want to try this approach for any projects that are languishing at your place.
How To Make a Big Multicolor Knitting Project Portable, in 3 Easy Steps
- Fall behind on the project (so you can see which colors are ahead).
- Pack those colors and the work-in-progress into a tote-able receptacle, such as a lovely Bento Bag.
- Snap a photo of the list of upcoming colors.
And off you go!