How do you keep WIPs in check?
I have been knitting for a couple of years now, and it has definitely become part of who I am, a knitter, and I knit most days. I love that there are so many different techniques and ideas around creating fabrics using 2 sticks and some yarn. The creativity of all the different designers out there inspires me and makes me want to try new patterns, techniques and yarns out all the time.
This of course results in many started but no finished projects. And recently this started to stress me out a bit, especially as more and more lovely autumn patterns were coming out, and I haven’t even started the summery ones I wanted to make. How do you deal with WIPs?
My current method:
I try to limit myself to 3-5 project max. And if I go above 3 then the other two will be something small like a hat or sock. Like a quick palette cleanser.
I have ripped back a few projects to remove them from my WIP queue especially if the thought of the project doesn’t excite me anymore. This more often than not is to do with the pairing of yarn and pattern. I am getting better at this buts watching really does help.
Do you rip back WIPs? I have spoken to other knitters who have had projects in progress for over a year. It has taken me 9 months to complete a project but I did knit it at least once a month. I did not just ignore it for a month.
Currently my WIP include a brioche shawl in countess ablaze DK, my first cardigan in a combo of fingering yarns from Blacker yarns and countess ablaze, as well as a mystery knit along shawl, that no longer is a mystery. haha!
I am itching to cast on socks, 2 hats and about 5 jumpers that I have the yarn for but want to at least finish one of the bigger shawls.
Is it bad to have so many things in progress or are you laughing at me because currently my WIPs are just 3 and you have like 10 on the go? The three I have on the go are ones I do want to see finished, but there is no real urgency apart from wanting to cast on new ones.
Maybe I am overthinking this, but it is not making me feel good to not have finished anything in a while. Which is kinda wrong because in Late August/early sept I finished this jumper.
This is leading me to another point. Social media. I am starting to feel bad that I am favouriting and buying so many patterns but cannot make all of them.
At the same time social media is a great place for inspiration but maybe I just need to have a break to focus on what I have and enjoy that rather than focus on what I do not have. I already uninstalled things like Facebook from my phone but maybe I need to also uninstall instagram and limit my time on revelry.
How do you deal with the constant stream of inspiration? Currently I just feel tired. I feel like I cannot keep up. I do love sharing and seeing what my friends all over the world are creating and join in with their achievements and support them through not so great times.
But I feel like as much as people focus on detoxes of the physical we do not focus on the detox of the mind as much and my mind is overloaded with inspiration and desires to make all the things.
So with that I may distance myself for a while until I get a bit more focused and actually enjoy making again rather than be making for the next project.
Making should be about something you feel good and for me social media has taken that away currently. I kinda of feel relief already saying I will check less and post less. Let’s see how long this lasts. Ha! I will keep the apps on my tablet which I only check once a day and delete them off my phone to focus more. 🙂 This sounds like a good plan. Let’s see how I do. I will do this until Christmas and maybe longer if it is working. 🙂