I have a confession to make. I am really, really good at starting projects. I am able to drum up a massive amount of enthusiasm and really get stuck in. Then I get bored. Or distracted. Sigh…The compulsion to start a new WIP (Work In Progress) rears its head, and I simply cannot help myself. It normally starts with the discovery of a scrumptious yarn I cannot live without, or a pattern I simply have to make. I will say that I have become better over the years and certainly have fewer than ever before, but it’s something I have to keep a handle on constantly. And I don’t think I am the only one. Many of the crochet groups I belong to on Facebook show hordes of crocheters with exactly the same problem. Do you do it too?
Let me share with you a picture of my present WIPs.
Some WIPs are seasonal. For example, the ripple blanket in the back is for my husband, and because it is made with a wool blend, it is simply too hot to work on at any time other than the dead of winter. I’ve tried. It’s been three years in the making, but I’m 7/8ths of the way there. The rest are less than a year old, and it is my goal to get the lot finished before the end of December (with the exception of the ripple, which is scheduled for next July).
One of the methods I use to get projects finished combines sheer bloody minded determination and not allowing myself to even look at yarn, books, or pattern websites (I have a real thing for buying patterns on Etsy). I plow through the project, whether it induces blood, sweat, or tears (sometimes all three) and do not do anything else until it is finished. Then I reward myself. It’s the only way I can do it.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you have many WIPs? How do you keep things under control?
Until next time, have a great week, everyone.
3 thoughts on “WIPs…WIPs everywhere!”
Love your blog Gina, and can identify with the WIP problem! I do find that I need to have more than 1 project at a time eg at the moment I’m making a knitted baby shawl, which is very complex and needs my full attention, and I need to also have something simple to work on in between :-).
Thank you, Deidre. I also like to have at least one teally simple project that doesn’t require concentration. Happy crocheting!
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