A choice that seems to come up early in both knitting and brewing is the question of whether it’s better to repeat the same pattern or recipe over and over until you fine-tune and then perfect it, or if variety is truly the spice of life. I have found that while most people can see the value of repetition, more often than not people typically choose the path of variety.
Which one you end up choosing really depends on what you hope to gain from each craft. For some people becoming familiar with a single pattern or recipe – to the point where you know longer have to refer to the instructions – is very calming and stress-free. They don’t want to have to worry about whether or not the project will come out as planned. They’ve made it before and can feel quite confident that there will be no problems.
Others will find that they get bored with the crafts when attempting the same project more than a couple of times and are looking for the challenge and skill-expanding qualities that tend to come with variety.
The desire for repetition vs variety may change with your mood, your goals, or the current stress-level of your life. So, whether you decide to make socks or pale ale over and over again or decide to learn something new every time you start a new project, there are benefits in both approaches.