ok, let's all admit it, the majority of us has a stack of wip's just sitting there waiting for us to come and pick them back up. they sit in the corner and watch as our excitement for them gets replaced by new and fresh projects, as our attention wanes and fades, until the day, which could be weeks, months or years from now, when we finally...finally...come back and pick them back up. you know them. most of us have them.
and for those of you who never have a stack of wip's i bow down to you. the gemini in me cannot stand not having new projects on the go at all times.
in fact i get creatively claustrophobic if i'm stuck working on the same thing and only one thing for a long period of time. it makes me cringe just typing it. so for this year's summer sweater knit along i thought to myself let's tackle those wip's and give ourselves the encouragement to quit procrastinating and get finishing them. let's cheer each other on as we struggle with sleeveitis (oh how i suffer from a bad case of never finishing sleeves), or seaming or button sewing and any other thing that keeps us from finishing those darn wip's.
when thinking about what to make myself for this years summer sweater knit along the thought of a new sweater made me nervous. i just don't have it in me to start yet another wip. so for this years sskal i'm going to "attempt"...haha...attempt being the key word to finish at least 1 of my wip's. you see, i have 3, yes 3, sweaters on the needles at the moment. i know, it's sad right? those poor, poor sweaters. one of them has been there for 2 christmases now! i really would like to wear it for this xmas but then again, i say that every year...lol.
i also started to think about how i can manage my wip's more. here's some of the things that i'm going to aim for now with my wip's.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR CONQUERING YOUR WIP'S
SET LIMITS FOR YOURSELF
i'm going to try to set limits from now own. for example i will allow myself to "try" to have say only 2-3 accessories and 1-2 garments maximum on the needles during any given time. any more than that and projects go to the wip graveyard. set your limits for what will work for you.
KEEP YOUR YARN STASH UNDER CONTROL
try buying yarn only when you have a project/design/inspiration already in mind for it. try to buy yarn for projects that are current for you to work on. not ones you will be making "maybe" in the future. and of course, this is what works for me - this one (all of you who have gorgeous & large yarn stashes) may not work for everyone :) you could also go on a yarn diet until your wip's are done. good incentive to splurge on new yarn!
USE RAVELRY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
regularly update and organize your stash and project wip's in ravelry. i find that when i go in and actually look at the amount of projects that i have as a wip it's easier to control new projects being started and to re-inspire me to pick back up my wip's.
give yourself a realistic timeline to finish your projects when you start them. you can also throw some time in there to add in special projects that catch your eye so you can easily put a wip on hold and whip up a new one in between.
MAKE FINISHING UP WIP'S FUN
find a kal, or knit along that makes finishing up wip's fun. or pick a time in each year that you allow yourself to "only" work on wip's and fall back in love with them. i hope this years sskal is a fun way for you all to get some wip's finished up.
which wip's do i have on the go? here they are in all their glory!
|| THE OATMEAL PULLOVER ||
|| AUDREY ||
|| LEVENWICK ||
here's hoping i get at least 1 of them done! you can see all my wip's on my ravelry page here.
are you working on wip's for this years sskal? how are your projects coming along? fill me in! i'd love to know your tips on controlling and finishing wip's!
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