It's hard for me to truly enjoy the summer when I'm trying to think of fall/winter items. And in the winter, I want to snuggle up in the warmth of what that season brings, not looking ahead at what's happening come spring. It feels like I'm rushing my time. It's easier when I'm making items for a specific person, but just to curl up and grab the next season's palette of yarn...not happening.
So what do I do? Sometimes I find myself making items just because I want to and holding it until the appropriate season. Sometimes I do make seasonally appropriate items. And sometimes I put my yarns away altogether (gasp) and pursue another craft.
What's my long-term goal? To create beautiful items that aren't dictated by the season. More on that in due time. (Again, I'm keeping secrets here).
Originally I started a yarn stash because I lived too far away from decent yarn stores, but now that I realize my rhythm is off-beat, so to speak, and if I had to do it over, I would purchase as needed with the exception of your basic colors. Live and learn. But in the meantime, I'm going to work my stash down like nobody's business. :-)
To read how others knit or crochet according to the seasons (or not), Google the code 3KCBWDAY4 or just click here: 3KCBWDAY4.