Yes, I am crying Uncle! KAL fail. I watch a few lot of podcasts and belong to a few lot of groups on Ravelry. Almost everyone is hawking a KAL (knit a long). I tried. I really did. I tried to keep up and join most of the KALs.
My nonknitting life is a zoo. I use my knitting to relax and decompress. However, trying to do all the KALs has caused my eye to twitch and me to lose sleep. I am a pretty conservative knitter with usually only two projects on the needles at a time. One simple and almost mindless and the other quite complicated and time consuming.
With the KALs, I had 7 projects on the needles and have been waking up in the middle of the night, obsessing about one or more of them. This is not going to work. Knitting is no longer fun!
I am, as of today, taking charge of my knitting. I am going to still watch the podcasts and ooh and ah, but will not be Knitting A-Long. Whew! how liberating.
Some of the barely started projects, I have abandoned and sent to the frog pond. I have placed the yarn for other, to be started projects, back in the stash closet. I have bagged up some others that I will work on when they call to me, not because there is a deadline for them to be finished, but because I really want to touch the yarn and knit the mittens or baby blanket or socks.
I am going to review the goals I set for 2012 and see if they are still doable. I am going to lovingly knit my Lucy Cardigan and enjoy the idea of being able to wear this cotton cardigan all summer and into the fall. I am going to pick up the Locke St. Cardigan only when I am relaxed and can work the cabled sleeves two at a time rejoicing in the twisty goodness of the forest green baby alpaca.
Well, look at that! Two projects. Only two. Two I love. I can feel the knitting mojo returning, the shoulders relaxing, the eye twitch lessening. I can feel the joy returning.