Why so many WIP’s?

DSCF2609The cat is already finished.

First, I should explain what a WIP is. This stands for Work in Progress – in other words, something I haven’t yet finished because something more interesting caught my fancy and I abandoned this current project for it. Temporarily!

One reason I have so many WIP’s is that I do both knitting and crocheting, so I would have to have at least two things going at once. Another reason is that I primarily make blankets, so they take more time than other projects and I get bored with them.

I will make a few arguments against having so many at once:

Sometimes when I go back to a project, it takes time to see where I’m at in the pattern. I have to make sure I take good notes about what row I’m on when I put something to the side so I can get back into it at the right spot. Other projects go out of style if they are hidden away for too long. And even they can become too small. I was helping someone with a sweater for her son, and it was getting close to being too small at the time. She never finished it for him, but had to send it to a nephew who was much younger and smaller. So sometime you really do have to get some things finished before working on something else.

However, some projects are more intense than others. An intricate pattern requires more concentration, and maybe after one repeat, it is time to take a break, whereas others are simply back and forth.

Switching around different projects keeps things interesting. I might do a stripe of a particular colour on one project, or on another I might do a repeat of the pattern. This creates a natural break point to switch to something else. I might do 10 rows on one project. I might do a square or motif on another project.

A very legitimate excuse is when you run out of yarn. You have to stop what you are working on until you can buy, or find in your stash, the yarn to carry on. Sometimes, if it is something you ordered online, it may take a while to get more. Meanwhile, you have a good excuse to work on something else.

People who only have one thing on the go at a time are highly disciplined. I’m not one of them!

More on WIPs

DSCF2613I guess another downside to having so many WIPs is that I don’t seem to finish anything. I get so enthused about a pattern that I have to start it right away and that just adds to the list.  If I do a little bit on several things, nothing gets completed,  but if I took all those bits of time and worked on one project, I would finish it that much quicker.

I know there are things that I just lose interest in.  There was a scarf that I was knitting and I really disliked the yarn I was using, so it was not fun to finish it, but finish it I did.

I actually worked on that been-in-the-cupboard sweater yesterday. The thing that tripped me up about that one is the neckband. I had finished the back, sleeves, and the front, except for the neckband, and had already picked up most of the stitches already, so why I didn’t just pick up the stitches from the back and gotten on with it I don’t know. It was a struggle – that may have been the issue, but it’s on its way to getting knitted.

I always believe I will finish the project, so why not strike while the iron is hot?