I’ve been pondering WIPs/UFOs lately, how we, as knitters, view them and react to them. I admit readily I have a fair few. I get urges to cast on – either because I really want to see how the yarn turns out (Anemoi), or because there is a technique I want to try/figure out (Mad Color Weave). Looking at my projects, I tend to knit in two patterns: 1) obsessive knitting focussed on the sole project, usually finished in a week or less (this is also how I read); and 2) interested knitting, non-monogamous, leaving the project as something else piques my interest. Very few of these, in my heart of hearts, are abandoned – to my mind they are ‘resting’. Single socks are evenutally paired but sometimes it can take a while (Kaw Kaws were a year in the making). I’m pretty self indulgent with knitting – I always go with what my knitting muse tells me, and can’t deny her! She’s too persuasive. Besides, knitting for me is supposed to be fun, and that means doing what i like! 😉
There are times when too many WIPs overwhelms me; I feel like there is so much i want to knit, but too little time to knit it all. Existential crisis! But on the whole I find it pretty exciting to have lots of colour and different projects to choose from. I do know however that this is not true for all. I know others who cannot have too many WIPs and instead of a source of glee they become a source of stress, or guilt. How do you find WIPs? Source of unbridled joy? Guilty pleasure? or plain old stress?
David is working late again – so tonight it’s just me and the monkey. He’s being very clingy today. He thinks that my lap is his right! Today I got my STR order – Oma Desala! Yay!! Waiting now for Wollmeise… and a big treat in the post – a letter from my goddaughter with a Socktopus and a Whale! Thank you Sophia!! 🙂