Deadline Knitting

So many knitters dread deadline knitting, and yet, we all create crazy deadlines for our knitting.  It seems that most knitters hate deadline knitting but I kind of thrive on it.

I find when there is no deadline I have no incentive to finish the project (hence the number of UFO’s languishing in my house).  It’s all well and good when the deadline is reasonable.  For reasons unclear to me knitters lose all grasp of the realities of time and space when it comes to knitting projects.  For me, there are 3 types of deadling knitting – 1. KALs; 2. projects for me; 3. gifts and/or commissioned pieces.  I take KALs the least serious – I try to get it done but if I don’t it just joins the rest of the UFOs.

For projects with actual deadlines I go about it two different ways depending on the type of project.  For shawls, other projects where the rows will continue to grow as the project grows I take the total number of rows in the project divided by the number of days I have to complete it.  Bearing in mind that if I can jump ahead when the rows are short it will make up for the time when the rows become a slog.

On the other hand, if the project is a finite width I will time how long it takes to do a row and then figure out how much total time it will take to finish the project.  And then I divide the total number of hours by the number of days I have to knit it.  If I know I won’t or can’t get to it every day I will actually schedule the knitting in my planner so I know which days I need to work on it and how long that day I need to spend on it.  This has worked very well when I’ve done mermaid lapghans.  I can’t knit on those every day because the bulky yarn and large needle size bothers my thumb so I literally schedule time over the course of weeks I have to complete it.

I’m currently working on what I’ve been calling Project Crazy.  I cast on the Arrosa shawl from the Spring issue of PomPom Quarterly and was just knitting on it when I felt like it. And then I found out I had a spring event where I would like to wear it so I went into deadling knitting mode.  It’s currently the only thing I knit on and I figured out that I need to knit 4 rows per day to finish in time to block and wear.  This weekend I’ve had some extra knitting time and so have really knit ahead as it were but I’m also nearing the end so those rows are getting long and I know next weekend me will really thank this weekend me for plowing through now.  Either way, I know it will be done and will not be languishing so I do enjoy that aspect of deadline knitting.

2 thoughts on “Deadline Knitting

  1. Like Andrea, I probably need deadlines too! I am guilty of having lots of WIPS and no deadlines. I used to think ‘knit summer stuff in the winter’ (and vice versa) then at least it gives you time to finish before the suitable season arrives. That doesn’t work out for me – oops!

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