I thought it could not happen to me
Startitis - Genus: Caston, Species: multitudinus. Symptoms of infection: The overwhelming impulse to cast on knitting projects regardless of the number of projects already started or the shortage of knitting needles.
I thought I was immune.
I thought I had sufficient self-imposed rules in place to inoculate me.
Rule #1 - Only one large project and one small project on the needles at any given time.
Rule #2 - No more scarves or other items that are seldom used.
Rule #3 - When on a deadline focus solely on the deadline project.
These rules make sense to me and keep me from the frustration of too many WIPs.
Somehow I became infected by a virulent strain of startitis.
I have had one small outbreak so far - a Noro scarf. I started this last night while trying to focus on work.
Oh, and I want to start Clapotis - I already have the yarn.
And of course there is the Bee Fields shawl that I am going to start as soon as I get the proper needles.
And before too long I need to start Thermal.
Oh, and there is that sweater (Notre Dame) from Interweave Knits that I want to be able to wear this winter.
Not to mention the garter stitch vest I want to knit (no pattern) out of the Yorkshire Tweed leftovers.
This may seem minor, but it only takes one small step and then it is a slippery slope down the road of 'too many WIPs to finish in my lifetime'. I mean, I have the Rogue sweater that has to be finished in less than a month!!
Now having said all that, I am enjoying this Noro project immensely. I cast on 31 stitches, 1x1 rib, alternate colorways every 2 rows. There is a beautiful example of it here and here.