I go through phases with my knitting. Sometimes I'm obsessed, and sometimes I have absolutely no motivation to pick up my needles. One thing's for certain, though, and that's that I rarely travel without some form of knitting. It goes on planes, in cars, on camping trips and business trips.
Frankly, I also knit a heck of a lot more before I discovered the iPhone and iPad, which is pretty shameful. I read more books then, too. Hmm. May need to give that some more thought.
I love yarn. I love needles. Love knitting bags. I love winding up a ball of new wool on the dining room table with my swift and ball winder. I love everything about knitting except a) projects that I have to pay very, very close attention to and b) finishing. I HATE weaving in ends. Hate it. In fact, I added fringe to my most recently completed scarf just so that I wouldn't have to weave in the ends. I don't make a habit of this, but still–it happened. (OK, so it's not quite 100% complete–it still needs blocking.)
My love affair with knitting tends to be a December-May romance. I prefer knitting in the cooler months. Once we start hitting the 90s in Southern California, I really can't stand the thought of sitting with a pile of wool in my lap. And wool is my favorite fiber to knit with, so there we go–needles back in a cupboard until I find myself holed up in an air conditioned hotel or lounging in front of a campfire in the mountains.
I also have a short knitting attention span. I have never knit a sweater. Not because I don't posess the skill, but simply because I don't posess the patience. The shaping, the charts–I just don't have it in me. I'm perfectly content with my hats, fingerless gloves, scarves and occasional odd bits here and there.
Actually, those fingerless gloves in that top picture were supposed to be a gift for my MIL two Christmases ago, but they still need a thumb. Just a thumb. It would take me no time at all to finish them, but I haven't. In fact, I'm pretty sure the needles from those gloves are already in use on ANOTHER pair of gloves.
I can't be the only knitter out there who has such an extreme form of knitting ADD, can I?