Procrastination. It’s a word we all know intimately. For all my knitters out there, I know you can relate. Getting started on a new project is not as simple as it sounds.
You have to choose your pattern. Next, you have to decide on yarn, fiber, and drape. Then there’s needle size, type, and material.
The need to decide can feel so permanent. I mean, you want to create the perfect something and it has to be perfect. You may even spend the whole day agonizing over what to knit and for whom. And then you have to decide if they’re knit worthy.
Yes, there are a lot of decisions to make. But it's important that you don’t get so lost in the details that you don’t knit at all.
Sometimes you have to kick procrastination in the nuts and just knit by the seat of your pants.
Here are 5 ways to help you overcome your knitting procrastination:
Tip 1: Get Off Your Computer
Ok, you can go ahead and finish reading this but after that, get off the computer. Seriously.
- No more searching your Facebook groups to see what your fellow knitters are knitting.
- Quit checking all your fave local yarn shops to see what’s in stock or what’s on sale.
Stop overthinking and just start knitting.
Tip 2: Work With What You Have
Can’t decide on what to do or where to begin?
Start by picking a color from your yarn stash that speaks to your mood. If you love the color, you’ll be more inclined to continue with your knitting than with a color you feel just meh about.
Tip 3: Get Out of Your Own Way
Forget about knitting the perfect whatever for your favorite whomever. Just start knitting.
Not a fast knitter? Use larger needles and chunkier yarn. You’ll finish your project in no-time and feel accomplished.
Tip 4: Get Out of Your Head
Stop being your worst critic. Surrender your fears. Don't let imposter syndrome get the better of you.
Just start knitting. The more you knit, the more comfortable you’ll be, and the more you’ll learn.
Tip 5: Have FUN!
Remember when you were a kid and the only worries you had were simple ones? Like, do I want to make mud pies in the front yard or the back yard? Hmmm.
Yeah, that’s what knitting should be like. It should be fun! We know you didn’t decide to learn how to knit just to be tortured by it.
Like Groucho Marx said, If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.
So stop procrastinating and start knitting!
You’ll be glad you did.
Did you find these tips helpful? Did we inspire you to finish a project? Share it with us below. We'd love to hear from you.
*Editor's Note: First published in March 2017, this post has been completely updated. - October 30, 2018