2017 Fiber Resolutions

It’s that time of year - again. Are you a resolution maker? I’m usually not. I like the idea of resolutions, but don't understand why January 1st is the time to make them. But right now, due to circumstances, I’m carting my fiber projects back and forth, daily, between home and the shop. In the past I had some here, and some there. Sometimes I toted one back and forth because I was trying to meet a deadline - real or imaginary - or it was part of a shop related CAL/KAL, workshop, or class and I needed to keep up with the other participants. Some things, like my spinning wheel, and Cricket loom, remained at the shop so that I could use them when inspiration struck, or a customer asked about them.

This carrying my projects back and forth has left me overwhelmed by WIPs (Work in Progress). The actual number of WIPs isn’t much greater than it’s been in the past, but it’s the fact that I’m toting them and looking at many of them at one time, that has me feeling like it’s a greater number than it should be. Ok, ok, I’ll admit, I’ve got more than just a few - 3 knit hats, 1 crocheted shawl, 2 fulled/felted bags (1 crochet, 1 woven), a knit sweater vest, and 3 scarves (2 knit, 1 woven) - but I doubt that I’m alone in that.

Another factor in my growing number of WIPs is my newer habit of plotting stitches, counting repeats, and planning patterns when I’m daydreaming, sitting in traffic, drifting off to sleep (I've yet to make something for a zombie or monster in my dreams), or making dinner. Hey, some people daydream about their favorite celebrities, I daydream about crochet and knitting patterns, and I suspect I’m not alone in this either. Because of this, I have a tendency to start new projects more often than I should, just to see if my idea is actually functional and works. FYI - the ones that work will make it to pattern status. So hold onto your hand stitched hats!

I know many of you feel the same way about your WIPs - that they are out of control! I even suspect that a few of you may have forgotten about a WIP or two and will be surprised by it at some point this year - these are more along the lines of UFOs (UnFinished Objects). I also put those ongoing projects - the temperature or sky scarves or the projects (often blankets) that use up scraps - in the UFO category. Mainly, to me, the difference between an UFO and a WIP is the status - UFOs tend to be forgotten about, or have a much longer time line from start to finish. But some of you use UFO/WIP interchangeably, and that’s perfectly acceptable.

So one of my 2017 resolutions is to clean up my WIPs - finish them, frog them, or document them for pattern writing, but clean them up! Part of this resolution includes reorganizing my stash and supplies so that when I do have fewer WIPs I can chain or cast on my next projects in an organized, timely, fashion. And believe me, my queue is quite long (there’s that tunic, the back to front sweater, the hats I promised someone, the twiddle muffs….) and is constantly growing because I also love to spin, and spinning creates yarn - beautiful yarn for which I now need projects!

Thankfully, there are two groups each week (Tuesday morning from 10 am to noon at the earliest; Thursday evening from 5pm to 7 pm at the earliest) that can help me with these resolutions. I use these groups as a time to get as much stitching done as possible, and I hope you will too. Bring your WIPs or UFOs (the old ones and the new ones that you are still excited about) and we can clean up our WIP list together while discussing our other fiber related resolutions.

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