Taking control of the WIPs.

About 10 minutes after I sent off my last post, I started to feel completely overwhelmed by the ridiculous amount of WIPs I had going. I didn’t even tell you about the lace stole at the bottom of my knitting basket (the one I only knit a few inches at a time every 6 months or so), or the socks I’m not sure I want to continue. Um, or the quilts and rag rug I’ve got started and not finished. Enough is enough. Every once in a while, I do this crazy thing to myself where I start a million projects for fun and then am almost immediately overwhelmed and bummed out by them. Fellow crafters, why do we do this to ourselves? Why?!

So I decided I better take back control of at least the knitting. I’ve started to work on new designs and the last thing I need is guilt from my knitting basket slowing me down. My usual method is to put aside the larger projects for the moment, and intensely focus on the things I can finish quickly and get out of the pile. So I haven’t knitted anything on Terra all week (though did luckily bump into someone destashing the exact yarn I’m using for that one, so now I should have plenty to make a nicely large shawl), or Umaro (which, unfortunately, hasn’t been so lucky – the long-since discontinued Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky is absolutely impossible to come by now, so it looks like I’m going to have to start over with fewer stitches to get a suitable lap blanket length), or my brother’s cardigan.

Instead, I focused my attention on my Primavera Socks, started back in my Christmas knitting binge. As is often the case, the second sock was less exciting than the first, and they’d been lingering too long. I took them to my knitting-at-the-pub group last night and announced that I wasn’t allowed to go to bed until the pair was finished. One repeat later, I really wanted to switch over to a new project. But The Knitters encouraged me to finish and so I did – before bedtime, even!

FO: Primavera socks

And so glad I can finally just wear them already. I’m totally madly in love with these socks – the pattern’s genius, easy to work but oh-so-pretty to look at, the yarn (Trekking XXL) is so warm and bright, and they fit absolutely perfectly. And even better, this was stash yarn, waiting for a use since 2007. Oy! I’m not officially stashbusting or anything, but I am trying to knit from it as much as I can right now. No particular reason, just trying to find the perfect uses for those yarns I loved enough to stash in the first place. It’s very satisfying when you finally find just the right project.

FO: Primavera socks

Also from the stash is the Big Herringbone Cowl I mentioned the other day. This Noro Cash Iroha was also stashed in 2007, bought during one of those awesome John Lewis yarn sales. I bought all they had, 3 skeins, which turned out to be a really odd amount. Not quite enough for most shawls, too much for most cowls. This project was finally the exact perfect one – it won’t be quite as huge as the original (I cast on 10 fewer stitches and I’m estimating it’ll be about 11″ wide in the end) but is a dreamy match for the pattern.

WIP: Big Herringbone Cowl

I’m concentrating on this one next, because I only started it Sunday and I’ve already started my last skein of yarn. I knitted the first two up in about one evening each, a little longer. It’s such a fun pattern, it just flies by once you get the hang of the herringbone stitch. So I’m not sure it’s totally possible, but I’m going to set a can’t-go-to-bed-until-it’s-done goal on this one today and see how far I get. Think I can do it?

6 Comments on Taking control of the WIPs.

  1. Genevieve
    February 25, 2012 at 10:16 (6 years ago)

    You can do it!! :)
    Beautiful beautiful projects. LOVE that yarn you used for the Herringbone cowl! I really want to try that pattern.
    Good for you finishing up those projects!


    • julie
      February 25, 2012 at 15:43 (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Genevieve! I did do it, actually – I finished the bind off and then rolled right into bed. My arms were exhausted from those giant needles! But I love it, and will show it off as soon as it’s blocked and all pretty. :)

      And go for it with the Herringbone Cowl – it’s a great pattern, though I’d recommend looking for a different bind off. To be honest, I’m not terribly happy with how mine looks, but more on that in an FO post!

  2. Scrapiana
    February 26, 2012 at 11:04 (6 years ago)

    Beautiful! Well done on finishing those gorgeous socks! I admire your knitting so much and can’t wait to see that finished cowl.

    • julie
      February 28, 2012 at 08:15 (6 years ago)

      What a wonderful comment to receive! Thanks so much – I will be showing off the finished cowl soon, it’s pinned out and drying as we speak!

  3. lindsay Nichol
    February 28, 2012 at 16:10 (6 years ago)

    Well done you. I am a newbie knitter but I have already collected two WIPs as they have bummed me out & I feel I need to knit something fun which I plan on starting this week :D I don’t think I will be a monogamous knitter TBH :) Your projects are amazing I can’t wait to be that good *fingers crossed*

    • julie
      February 28, 2012 at 18:22 (6 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m sure you’ll be knitting the projects of your dreams in no time – once you get the yarn bug, it doesn’t take long to get obsessed enough! :)


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