I don’t have them – multiple Works in Progress, for my knitting. Having seen numerous posts about clearing out WiPs or deciding to complete them, I feel this is possibly a confessional statement.
I am very much a monogamous knitter. I realise that I am probably in a minority here. I really don’t like starting another project till I have one almost ready to cast off. I panic if I don’t have the necessary wool, though but it also means that I don’t have a ‘stash’ either. I cannot envisage any situation where I would buy wool that I didn’t have a plan for. What if I needed more?
I usually plan quite a bit in advance and much as I am keen to get going with future projects, I make myself resist the temptation to start before I’m really ready. My mother who was not capable of finishing anything that she had bought, I was at University before I saw the bottom of a shampoo bottle, was strict in her completion of any knitting project before starting another. It must have been part of my informal education by osmosis. I can’t ever remember any discussion about it. I didn’t even know that not finishing something and starting something else was a thing. I’m a keen ripper out, though, but I think that ‘s another thing, I’ve frogged a whole jumper in the past.
I am currently doing some wool reviewing and planning, and will most certainly get a large order sent off this week. I am increasingly buying undyed wool as I like dying it myself and am tending towards only wanting to work with undyed wool. I am sure this will pass, but I’m happy to go along with the idea at the moment. All the plans I have for the next few months involve undyed wool in a variety of thickness from aran to 4 ply – unless someone comes along and suggests a multicoloured commission.
My daughter has a multitude of projects ongoing as do many other crafters. What I do have is a pile of finished objects that don’t have a pattern written for them yet. But they will!