Earlier this year, I posted a blog about New Year’s Resolutions (2017 Fiber Resolutions, 1/13/17) and I’d like to report, that like most resolutions, I’m failing miserably at working down the number of WIPs (work in progress) in my que. I did finish my long list of hats that I was gifting, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts...but I’ve added two baby blankets and the class projects for the next few months. I really don’t have enough time in the day to get through all of the necessary projects and to work on a few that are “just for fun” or me.
Some people have “startitis”, meaning they like to start new projects but they rarely, or never, finish them; or in the case of “one sock-itis”, a very similar stitchers’ ailment, the second sock never gets completed. Not me, I enjoy the start and the finish. There’s something about popping that completed hat on your head, wearing your just finished shawl to an event, or gifting that special item that motivates me.
It’s the middle that bogs me down. Especially when I’m learning something new. I tend to start a project, then in the middle, when I get the hang of it, I just want to get to the end so I can a.) show it off, b.) start the same thing again to share in a class or workshop, c.) duplicate what I did so I can share it as a pattern with others, or d.) try the new technique with a different yarn or pattern. This sometimes causes me to have multiple versions of the same item in the WIP pile.
This is a double edged problem, as with startitis, I end up with a pile of projects in various stages of completions. I enjoy all of the projects in my que. However, I like some more than others, but the favorites aren’t always the ones that I need to get done in a timely manner. Some of the projects are more complicated than others, and those projects tend not to get picked up for a quick work session between other things and they tend to pile up and languish as WIPs.
And then the UPS man brings me a box… and I start day dreaming again. Which is ironic, because I know what’s in the box. But it’s not until the yarn is here, in my hands, and I’m oohing and ahhing over the yarn’s structure or color(s) that I get inspired to come up with ways to use the new yarn - Crochet? Knit? Weave? Will it felt? Colorwork? Do I need a gift for someone?
And I’m not just daydreaming about having the time to get projects done, or the peacefulness of sitting on the porch while stitching. Oh, no, not me, that would be to ordinary of a daydream for me. Instead I’m forgetting what I went into the other room to do or I’m driving past the gas station when I know I need to fill up because I’m calculating the math to make a pattern work - if I get x stitches per inch, and I need it to be this tall, but I need to work in a multiple of 5 for the pattern to work, that means I need to cast on/chain Z and work A rows with a border of B stitches…So I get home, or stop what I’m doing, and pick up the hook or needle and start working it out… and another project is born.
So what’s on my needles and hooks and in my WIPs right now? I’m not even going to tell you, it’s too overwhelming, let’s just say I’ve got all the bases covered - spinning, weaving, knitting, and crocheting, cotton, acrylic, silk, and wool... Lent’s coming up, maybe I can switch my New Year’s Resolution into a casting on/chaining fast for Lent. Nah, that’s just silly.