From the Urban Dictionary (a very credible source):
Before you laugh, startitis is a real thing that fiber enthusiasts struggle with everyday - it can't be cured, only managed. It's got its own wiki and everything.
There is even controversy as to the correct form of the word:
I keep hearing the word “startitis” used by knitters when referring to a person who cannot seem to stop casting on new projects. Technically, according to accurate medical terminology, such a word should be “startosis”: condition of starting. “Startitis” actually means inflammation of starting.Either way, I can tell you, I've got a fever and the only thing I need is a-new-project-on-every-set-of-needles-I-own. Seriously. They'll catch cold, too, if they don't have wool to keep them warm. It's a fact, people.
I don't know if it was 2 months of crazy overtime at work or the time change or spring or knowing that I was going to be watching a lot of basketball while sitting still and my hands would need to do something, but I HAD to cast on all the things this month. Like an itch I had to scratch, I just kept grabbing yarn, needles & bags and starting things. It was irrational, but there are worse things I could have done.
|Ninja Chop! yarn by KnitMona|
|Worsted weight socks are my new favorite things|
|Wait - self-striping is still a favorite thing, too.|
|And while we're at it, this again...|
|Sweaters are good too.|
|Featherweight Cardi, finally and approx. 12 years after everyone else who knits|
|More socks. You can never have too many socks.|
|And last, but not least, a cowl...|
|... that does this when light hits it!|
I am happy to report that my startitis has calmed down, for now anyway. I like to use startitis because you never know when it's going to flare up again. I have finished 6 socks (but only 2 pairs... another story for another day...) and the cowl. I've made significant progress on the Nuvem and I'm finished with the first skein on the Sprig sweater.
My needles are nice and warm, thankyouverymuch. Also, I'm totally gonna win Stash Dash this year - the gaunlet has been thrown! I think I can finish 5K worth of projects over the summer, especially if April means casting on all the things just like May. I do have some empty sock needles...