Last week we talked about our different perspectives on knitting. It’s amazing how many different perspectives there are when it comes to how we approach this beloved activity.
Just as we all think of our knitting journey differently, we all seem to have our own approach regarding the handing of wips (works-in-progress). We each work at different paces and in different ways.
Some of us work steadfastly on one project at a time, stoically suppressing all urges to cast on the shiny new patterns with that springy new yarn. We want to give our full attention to the task at hand and bask in the feeling of accomplishe=ment once it is complete. Only then may we line up the next project.
Others cast on with abandon, eagerly gobbling up new inspiration and churning out more wips. Why deny yourself the pleasure of that thrill that comes when you cast on for a new project?! We enjoy knitting for the process, and may or may not be bothered by the fact that finished objects are few and far between.
A lot of us fall somewhere in between, working on projects until something more interesting comes along. Then we eventually start slogging through the older projects because we want that finished sweater before it’s summer, dang it!
Want to know how the Stash Enhancers handle wips? We’d love to share.
I have the ideal WIP line up at the moment. A lace project, a light fair isle project, and an auto-pilot project. I have a sweater going that is currently only miles of stockinette, so it’s been great when I need a grab and go project that I don’t need to concentrate on. Some of you know I’ve been on a sock kick, so I have a sock going that is just the right amount of lace where I will stay entertained, but don’t need to consult a chart for every row. And my final WIP is a 1940’s fair isle beret. There are only a handful of rows with fair isle; I’m knitting this to prep myself for an upcoming fair isle sweater, so the small bits of color work are perfect.
I like to have several types of projects going. Typically one complicated-ish project, one mindless project that I can pick up and still have a conversation, and possibly another project or two. Currently I have 4 projects on-the-needles including my shop project. The first and most complicated is a sweater for me that has cables on both the front and back. Sonia and I are doing a Happy Street KAL together, so my Happy Street is perfect for just picking up and mindlessly knitting garter stitch (though, whoa, those rows are getting long!). I also have a baby sweater going as a gift for a friend’s baby.Some days I work on all my WIPs and other days or sometimes several days in a row I get obsessed with making a big dent in a certain project and the others are ignored for a bit. The only time my WIPs make me a little crazy is if I have deadline knitting (holiday knitting, I’m looking at you…).
Fun fact: I currently have just 1 wip, a rare occurrence! Oh wait, I do have a shop sample on the needles, but that’s been going for 4 months give or take. Does that count? Usually I have 2-3 projects on my needles at any given time. Like the others I tend to have some auto-pilot project going alongside a larger or more involved pattern. Add that to anything that’s serving time in exile or needs finishing, and the number is realistically 3-4. After that I tend to actually feel a bit distracted and stressed by the unfinished-ness of too many projects. And because I wholeheartedly believe knitting should be Fun, I will rip or slog through things to get back down to a comfortable number.
With only 1 project on the needles, I am spending a lot of time daydreaming about a Fall Sweater. I have the yarn all picked out, and am stalking multiple patterns. One day I will wake up and have that undeniable, gotta-cast-on-right-now moments, and then I’ll commit to a pattern. Until then, I’m enjoying the novelty of being a monogamous knitter.
All of this is to say that we knitters are some interesting folks. We take something that is joy and function, art and craft wrapped into one cozy package, and we create a set of expectations around it. And that’s perfectly alright, whatever gets and keeps you excited about your projects.
Because without the thrill of discovering a new pattern and matching it to the perfect yarn, of stumbling through a complicated pattern and figuring out, and without creating something tangible from raw materials, what’s the point? You might as well go watch tv.
But while you’re at it, pick up some knitting, why don’t you? You even have our permission to cast on something new for the occasion.
Everything’s better with a little knitting in your hands.