The Ideal Number of Knitting Projects to Work On at One Time
More than five knitting projects, you don't make noticeable progress on any project. Decreases your desire to knit.
Less than five knitting projects, you are susceptible to buying random yarn. Increases your desire to spend money.
Exactly five knitting projects, you knit all the time, because you just could finish one project today or tomorrow and that would be glorious knitting warm fuzzies.
Variety is Key.
You need to have a variety of types of knitting projects for this formula to work. I recommend:
1. A small-gauge Stockinette-stitch project, like fingering-weight toe-up socks
...for knit-without-looking opportunities, like reading or watching a movie
2. A project you have to look at but for which you don't have to count
...for talking on the phone
3 and 4. A couple small accessories you can work on at knit-night
5. A counting/attention-heavy project you work on by yourself
What I Want You To Do Now
Take a look at how many in-progress knitting projects you have going right now. Make some decisions about old projects you haven't made progress on in years - if you don't really want the end project anymore, or if you're NEVER going to knit it, retire it!
Let yourself use the yarn for something else, or give it to someone who will finish it.
It can be such a feeling of relief when you narrow down your number of knitting projects to a manageable amount.
Caveat: none of this applies in December!
What's Your Ideal Number of Projects?
I think I have seven projects in progress right now. Some of them are feeling left out, and I will attend to them shortly (probably when I finish about two projects).
Do you have a number of projects that feels just right for you? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!