Over the past few weeks I have been knitting, on average, an article a day. Of course, these are small articles: fingerless mitts, which I knit on metal dpns (hard on my hands due to their inflexibility), alternated with cowls, which I knit on wooden circulars.
Generally I knit these to my own “go-to” patterns. Both are knitted in the round. The fingerless mitts are mostly in stocking (stockinet) stitch which means, except for the ribbing, there is no need to purl so they are very fast to knit.
The cowls have been started and finished with a garter stitch edge and have three rounds of garter stitch for every three or four rounds of stocking stitch simply because I liked the look (and the garter stitch edge means they don’t roll).
Then I started knitting the Alexstraza Cowl (Ravelry link) designed by Robbyn Kenyon. I love the look of the cowl and it knitted up beautifully.
But it took me three days to knit, which got me thinking: is it a productive use of my time to spend three days on one item when I could knit three items in that time frame?
You see, winter is rapidly approaching in this part of the world. The charities for whom I knit are mostly involved with caring for the homeless and disadvantaged. I have deadlines to meet but no obligation to send any specified number of items. So, should I knit three cowls and warm three people or knit one cowl that requires concentration and constant tinking? I love the process of knitting, even simple stocking stitch; and I get a little frustrated with patterns that require constant attention (because I knit in front of the television). But I also get great joy from conquering a pattern and doing something different – variety is, after all, the spice of life.
Tell me please, I really want to know (even if you’re not a knitter, the principle is the same for any craft): what would you do?