Coming clean & taking charge

WIPsI can deny it no longer: My WIPs list is out of control. Clockwise from top left:

  1. Crocheted alpaca sweater: Front and back done and blocked, one third of a sleeve. The annoying thing is that I really want to wear this soon, it’s lovely and soft. I just can’t seem to work up the interest.
  2.  Crocheted corkscrew scarf: This is almost done, although one row is now 800 stitches long… It’s a Christmas present, so no urgent deadline. But I’m flirting with the idea of finishing it just to strike it off my list.
  3. Sharfik: For my husband, with a two-week deadline (gulp!). I love knitting this, the pattern holds my attention and the yarn and needles are great to work with.
  4. Branching out in grey handspun laceweight yarn: The yarn is very hard to work with, and the pattern requires every ounce of my attention. I do want this to be done by Christmas, though. Haven’t worked on it seriously for weeks.
  5. Alpaca scarf for myself: Started this spring, I have completely lost interest in this, and it is technically a UFO – I haven’t touched it in months. It’s a simple sc through front loop stitch, and even though it would be quick to finish, I just don’t want to.
  6. Sock: I work a few rows on this almost every day, as it’s always in my handbag. It’s definitely not a quick knit, and the simple ribbing is not the most fun of patterns, but I look forward to turning the heel.
  7. Ripple blanket for my son: I like this, and I like seeing how the colour changes work out. It hasn’t seen a lot of work recently, though.

I’m wondering what to do about this. One solution I’ve seen is to assign each WIP to a separate day of the week, but I’m not sure that would be so wise. I don’t want knitting and crochet to feel like a chore. I will implement another idea from the same Knit Simple article: I will not start another project before at least one of these is finished (famous last words).  

I have, however, taken one small step towards an emptier crafts basket and a more organised life: I just frogged two old UFOs and unravelled four partially frogged skeins, steamed them to straighten the fibers and will rewind them into balls tomorrow when they’re completely dry.

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1 Response to “Coming clean & taking charge”


  1. 1 Sheila 13 November, 2006 at 2:24 am

    You did a good job on the sweater and the color is perfect.


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