Wow. That was a big week of knitting (and blogging!). I had to have a little break. In fact, on Tuesday night, I spent two whole hours sitting down in front of the tv NOT KNITTING! Amazing!
Looking back on each of the 7 projects I started, I've noted the following:
-3 garments - a skirt, a vest and a ... hmm, I'm not sure how to describe the Tantric Puzzle top!
-2 pairs of socks, one toe-up, one cuff-down
-2 shawls, one circular, one triangular
-5 lace projects
-1 cabled project
-1 fair isle project
-1 entrelac project
-1 new trick learnt (latvian twist cast on) and a couple practiced (emily ocker's cast on, knitting backwards (or purling from the knit side).
I'm pretty happy with that variety. I'm also pretty happy I've got multiple sets of 4mm KnitPicks tips and a bunch of extra cables!! A couple of things have not been as successful as I'd hoped, for various reasons, but that's ok, they all contribute to my GAAK!
What a wonderful, liberating and fun experience it was. I was interested to see how many people thought that so many new projects would overwhelm them or worry them as to how they'd keep track of them or get them all finished. Everyone has different comfort levels. Me, I love having options. And I choose not to worry about the number of things on the go or how I'll get them done. It's only knitting. I figure there's more important stuff in the world to worry about - although to be honest, I try not to really worry about anything anymore, because my worrying doesn't change anything except the amount of grey hairs in my head. Of course, I don't always succeed at this "not worrying" thing though! Like everything else, it's a work in progress.
As to finishing wips, I have a plan of attack. I am going to try to work on one of the new projects and one of my already existing WIPS during each month, with the aim of finishing both in that month. And that way, when I go back to the next "new" project, it will be just like starting something new but with all the planning and casting on and the annoying first row done!