Welcome to day 2 of our 31 Days to Get Organized series. Today we’re digging out all of our knitting and crochet works-in-progress (otherwise know as WIPs). Some of you don’t have a pile of unfinished projects. You may be a one-project-at-a-time kind of person. Or you may never have more than a couple projects going at a time.
But some of us are overwhelmed by the growing number of projects that we’ve started and can’t seem to finish. There are many reasons that keep us from finishing a project.
- Running out of yarn
- Getting bored with the pattern
- Starting a new project you’re more interested in
- Getting stuck with some part of the pattern
- The person you were making the project for outgrew the size you were making
- You no longer like it or you never liked it
- You took out the needles or hook and can’t remember the size you were using
- Holiday or gift making took over and you never picked up the project again
- You have finished all the pieces, but hate seaming.
Whatever reason you’ve dropped a project, it’s ok to not finish it if you don’t love it anymore. Give yourself permission to let it go.
You can see above the Berroco Eastlake sweater I started 4 1/2 years ago. You know a project has been around awhile when the yarn has been discontinued. (Here’s hoping I have enough yarn to finish the sweater, otherwise it’ll be a short-sleeve sweater). This is my oldest project. My knitting gauge may have changed over the years. But I still really like this pattern and love the yarn. So it’s a keeper.
I recently looked at a multi-block afghan I’ve been knitting for years and realized I hate the yarn. Every time I picked up the afghan to knit, it made me grumpy. But I do like the pattern. So I gave myself permission to give away the blocks I had knit and the rest of the yarn too. Then I picked my favorite yarn and started the afghan over.
So your task today is to pull out all of your projects, old and new, and decide what you’re going to finish, and what you’re going to frog (rip out). If you can’t stand the idea of frogging it, you can also pass it onto someone else to finish.
What’s your oldest WIP? What project are you determined to finish in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
p.s. Sorry about the late post today. I flew back home from Minnesota and got sick from my family on top of that. But I did get nice knitting time on the airplanes!