I'm trying to be more Zen in my knitting. Balance and completion... I've been prone to ridiculous bouts of Startitis, casting on everything in sight. I've finished knitting a project, and left the finish work for weeks or months. I've modified a pattern, not made notes, put it down for months, and gone back completely perplexed as to what the heck I was doing.
I'm still prone to all this, but I'm doing better. I'm not a Zen Monk, though. I haven't gotten my knitting journal anywhere near up to date, but I make notes of my modifications on post-its attached to the pattern. I do my finish work. I never have more than three things on the needles at a time, one portable, one for home, and one for a class or testing out one of my new designs. Usually.
Recently I didn't buy any yarn for a whole year, committing to working through my stash. Why did I do this? Was my stash threatening to overtake the oven, kitchen cupboards, and shower? (Only a little.) Was I cutting back on my knitting? (Perish the thought.)
No. I enjoy my knitting more when I savor the current project. As much as I hate to admit it, I can't knit as fast as I can find beautiful fibers to buy. (Dammit.) I still feel some backlog pressure, but it's more vague: I look forward to working on that brioche rib vest, I want to get those mittens done for my husband, and I can't wait to test out this punk sweater for my daughter. Someday I will either covet less or knit faster. For now, unrequited yarn lust is building character. At least, that's what I tell myself.