I can definitely see where both words fit as opposites and I am clear that distraction is a big part of why I let myself plan 28 different projects before I woke up and put the brakes on. I'm not sure where procrastination fits exactly. Maybe starting a new project is a way of procrastinating from finishing a current one. Maybe I was just looking for the magic one that would bring creative joy and make all this worry recede.
At any rate I've been thinking a lot about how to implement criteria for starting something new.
GGMadeit wrote a blog post on how one plans for their next make and it made me realize I am one for becoming totally enamored by the photo. It might be the mood, the color, or the setting that makes me fall in love, but is less often the practicality. I live in San Diego, I don't need a full length knitted wool coat! ok, that was an extreme example, but you get the idea.
Wearabilty should at least be one consideration when becoming enamored with the next project. I have three really long rectangular shawls. They don't actually wear that well. One of them is a dk weight and so it can be doubled and worn as a scarf, but the other two are bulky and heavy and don't stay put. They were fun to knit at the time, but had I thought it through there could have been better uses of my time.
I think color should be an other consideration. For some inexplicable reason I don't have a nice neutral, wearable grey scarf. A cozy neckwarmer type that takes the chill off a cool evening. I also inexplicably do not have a nice white summer sweater which is always fresh and bright and welcome in a California summer.
So, new projects are going to go through some kind of thoughtful filter to see if they are a fit. Unless of course I fall head over heels in love, like with this sweater, Syrinx by Stephanie Earp
Given my starting something new rules I can't buy the pattern or source the yarn for this quite yet, there are other things that are in the queue, and I must finish Ranunculus and His vest first, but isn't it dreamy?