As I write this, I still need to cast on one more project for today, Day 12 of the 12 days.
First, I will unabashedly say I love this Most Wonderful Time of the Knitting and Crocheting Year, and this is my third time around. I will continue to participate as long as I have stash (so, forever.)
I understand that some of you think the whole idea is CRAZY and would never in a squillion years attempt all of the starting of new projects. It’s okay. We all like different things. However. Getting out of your comfort zone once in a while can be a good thing, so perhaps in the future you might give it a try. Never say never, and all that. If you do try it and get to Day 3 and feel like puking, then you can always stop.
I did a few things differently this year:
1. I had many projects in mind before the event started. This was good in that it
forced me gave me a chance to organize my Ravelry queue and my yarn stash. Before the 12 Days, I picked out more than 25 projects that I really thought I wanted to make and moved them to the front of my queue. In years past, I woke up each day not knowing what I would cast on, and many of my ideas were straight up copied from other people who were participating and posting their projects with the #12daysofcastinon hashtag and Rav tag.
2. I did more crochet. Crochet is fast. Some yarns are cuter in crochet than they are in knitting.
3. I did not try to post all of my projects during the 12 Days. I at least snapped a phone pic of each one on or around the day I started it, and will eventually post them to my projects with the appropriate tags, if only to remind myself that I tried it. Doing the thing and then also reporting that I did the thing kind of felt like work.
4. I gave each project my attention for at least a few hours on its day, and if at any time I found myself not loving the process or the yarn/project combination, I ripped it right out. No one said that you have to finish all of the things. As with other things in life, sometimes what seems like a good idea in the beginning turns out to be NOT after a while. One of our dear customers gave us the phrase “You don’t have to live like that,” and I made that my motto on this go-around. If you have a problem with “too many” WIPs or with UFO guilt, The 12 Days of Casting On might be just the medicine you need.
In a way, I’m sad it’s over. Touching All the New Yarns is fun, darnit! On the other hand, now that I have this extreme startitis out of my system, I can, with renewed commitment and no regrets, turn back to the several items that I feel are successes and get them done.
Many people make resolutions or set new intentions at this time of year. For some, this takes the form of only knitting out of stash, or not starting anything new until all other projects are finished. I have never tried either of those, and I doubt I ever will. I will never be a project monogamist, and this I accept about myself. Do I have longer term WIPs that went on hiatus during the 12 Days? Certainly. See here and (really old school) here. Now that I have given myself this little break, I can go back and pick up where I left off, and it will be like catching up with an old friend, which sounds quite nice, doesn’t it?