Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em

I don't think I'll ever come to terms with the fact that I'm a terribly slow knitter. I'm still hopelessly optimistic. Hopelessly ambitious. Hopelessly...hopeful. I still add numerous patterns to my Ravelry favorites and queue, with the belief that someday, someday, I will knit them.  I still cast on for far too many projects and bite off more than I can chew.

But, every once in a while, I'm realistic with myself and realize when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. The whole "out with the old, in with the new" energy of this time of year has probably aided the fact that in the last couple months, I've frogged a lot. I said goodbye to a Frais Hat. (I still want to knit but in a color that will be flattering to the recipient and without a wonky brim.) Ripped out a Divinity top. (Again, I do want to knit it someday but with a heavier yarn.) And I'm currently unraveling a Jane Eyre Shawl. (Far too many mistakes to stomach and a realization that I won't wear it as often as I might have thought.)

Still hibernating are a Saco Stripes Tank, which just needs a bit of finishing. A Straw Cowl which is coming along nicely but the stitch pattern is a little time consuming. A pair of Cozy Morning Mitts. My tension when knitting the second one was off compared to the first and I'm still thinking about what my next step should be. (Any tips? Will blocking solve it?) And then there is my (almost) three year old Buttercup Top, which has earned the nickname 'Bittercup.' I think it's best it's just stays at the bottom of my knitting basket until I can approach it with a level head.

Right now I'm trying to get myself organized, prioritize and avoid casting on anymore than I can handle.

PS: For those of you who joined in the Mystery Hat Swap: Your partner's preferences have been sent so if you didn't get them, please contact me. I've created a thread at the Buckaloo View group to share sneak peeks of your hat progress and you're welcome to use the hash tag #mysteryhatswap to find each other on Ravelry and social media!