Deadline Knitting

*sigh*  ‘Tis the season for deadline knitting, isn’t it?  The holidays are coming up, and I’m sure a lot of us are on deadlines we’re scrambling to meet.  For me, the deadline I’m scrambling with is not actually in December, but in the summer, and I’m *still* having trouble with it.  I keep setting ambitious goals, knowing that I’ll probably fall short, so I want my “falling short” accomplishments to still be enough that I’m not totally screwed.  Is this weird, or do other people do this?  Even weirder, I think, is that when I fall short of my goals, I revise the goals to be even crazier instead of scaling back to more reasonable expectations.  I make all sorts of bargains with myself to work on the deadline project because, for some reason, just because it has a deadline I seem to be less motivated.  I say things like “oh, I just need to get this baby sweater done because so-and-so is due soon, and a winter baby will need a sweater right away” (never mind that it isn’t really a newborn size) or “Oh, you like those glittens?  How about I make you a pair” (yes, I think it would be a fun project, and my aunt would love them, but next winter would be a little more reasonable).

I think part of the problem is that it’s such a large project, and I’m feeling stuck at the beginning.  Maybe when I finish this first section I’ll be more motivated because it’ll feel like there’s less left to do, and I’ll feel like I’m actually making progress?

How do you handle deadline knitting?  I could definitely use some help here!

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3 Responses to Deadline Knitting

  1. Lin Snow says:

    No advice, but commiseration! I’ve also taken on too much and I keep piling on more. I have a wedding shawl I’m working on (my first major lace project, due in June), a baby blanket in a new pattern (due in April), and a stocking for Maya (due… well now) all on the needles! Plus I just ordered yarn because I want a new pair of socks.

    There just aren’t enough hours in the day! We could get all this knitting done if we didn’t have to do other stuff… ;)


  2. Mira says:

    It’s good to know I’m not the only one! My one saving grace has been my yarn diet — I basically haven’t bought any new yarn for two years. It helps a lot, because I’ve basically made a deal where I can buy more yarn once I’ve used up everything I have :)


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