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WIPS Whipped

I’ve had a particularly productive few of weeks here. I’ve managed to finished 4 projects!

There’s not one but two hats for my brand new niece. A Yoda hat and a viking hat.

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As well as a cowl, which is yet to be photographed and my first ever pair of socks.

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So what do you do when you’ve finished a project? Cast on another of course! I’ve cast on another cowl – both cowls will get sent to their intended victims recipients at the same time. I’ve also wound the yarn for a carnaby skirt but so far have resisted casting it on. And I’ve decided on a pattern for my next pair of socks, again resisting the urge to cast on just yet (have to choose the yarn anyway).

This leaves me with 4 and a half current fibre WIPs (the half has been on hold for over 2 years and I’m debating whether or not to frog or to try to salvage by combining what I’ve done so far with another pattern…) I mentioned this fact on twitter today and was promptly labelled a lightweight. I didn’t mention the two sewing WIPs, I don’t think that would have improved my standing! Apparently the grown up knitters have oodles of WIPs, which I find stressful just thinking about although it must be said that one of the grown up knitters I know is craft-monogamous.

I started out being craft-monogamous myself, only allowing one WIP per craft. I found that it helped me to get things finished as I was hitting the boredom slump and the other patterns started to call my name. Eventually I relented, I think it was when I realised that the can’t start until I’ve finished was sapping some of the fun as I doggedly avoided the project-from hell yet couldn’t start the next one. Boy was that a slippery slope! Still I try to stem the tide by searching for the next pattern, that tends to kill an hour or so of cast-on itch.

So how about you? Are you craft-monogamous or WIP happy? How many WIPs do you have on the go? Any chance you’ll ever finish them?

6 thoughts on “WIPS Whipped”

  1. WIPs have been bothering me a lot lately. Well actually 3 of them have the rest not so much. First being my mom’s shrug that is half done, it so easy it is boring. The second is a prayer wrap for a relative who thankfully is in remission. Still it was meant for her so that is where it is going. Last is a sweater for my Maltese it too is half done. It, like my mom’s shrug, is my own design is going to have a much better fit than her other sweater and is needed before cold weather arrives. These are all knit. Until they are done I’m trying to keep myself from starting or working on anything else unless it is my ‘take along’ project which is always kept in my purse and is a hat for someone in need. Newborn. Chemo patient. Underprivileged. Homeless. That is how I’m dealing with it right now.

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