How many WIPs at once is a topic that invites endless discussion from knitters and fiber artists all the time. Today, it’s my turn.
I’ve always been one of those knitters who’s got two or three, max of about five or seven (around the holidays) projects going on at once but lately (late·ly/ˈlātlē/ – (adverb) the past three or four projects’ worth of time) I’ve only had one on the needles. This isn’t to say I’ve been working on a single project for the past three or four projects’ worth of time, just that the past three or four projects have been the only one’s on the needles at the time they are being knit.
I almost think it might be healthier for me at this point to have more than one project going at a time but can’t seem to bring myself to cast on for anything new even when forcedinspired.
I’m not sure if this is an evolution in my knitting and I’ll continue to be this way for the forseeable future or if this is just a cycle coinciding with so many exciting, spectacular, behind-the-scenes awesome things in my knitting world.
What side of the debate are you on?
I’m going to go try to cast on something new *right* now – wish me luck!
This yarn came in the mail the other week and, really, isn’t it gorgeous? The story behind the color is that with a sad ending and as a result a percentage of the sales of this particular limited edition colorway went to families who have lost a baby.
I’m happy to have supported such a cause and now all that’s left is designing a project suited for such special yarn.
The yarn is from Three Irish Girls and it’s my first experience with them but the communication was pleasant, the yarn is gorgeous and the merino/nylon content should hold well against wear.
Ok Jena, you motivated me (you may wanna go read hers too, it might make more sense of mine hehe). Today I’ll share some of my secrets – the things that I’m not comfortable sharing with the world, with total strangers and with my readers in an effort to push the bloggy world into a “real” world where people make mistakes and have confidence issues, where not everything is the perfect picture we all feel comfortable sharing when things go right and the less than perfect picture we keep to ourselves the rest (or majority of) the time. So, my secrets, my fears, my less-than-perfects:
I compare myself – even though I’m the world’s hugest promoter of owning yourself and never comparing, I do it too. I compare myself to other bloggers, other designers, other knitters. As is the result with most comparisons, I always come out on the bottom when I do this – my pictures aren’t as good, my knitting isn’t as interesting to look at, I don’t have as many readers. Fuck jealousy.
I’m impatient – I know what I want, I know where I want to be and I want to be there right freaking now damnit! I want to make a career out of my knitting and designing and I want to be working for myself right now and not have this day job where I’m somebody else’s minion. I should just be enjoying the ride (and I am, really, I just want it to be fast enough to need one of those full-body-harness-seatbelts) Fuck impatience.
I don’t think I’m good enough – I critique my own designs, that could have been cooler, I should have added that, why didn’t I change this? Why can’t I just leave it alone and love the project the way it is? Fuck doubt.
I’m afraid of my readers – yes I love you guys and I truly do want you here, but I’m afraid that you won’t like me, that you don’t think I’m interesting or cool. I want you to think I’m cool, I think you’re cool and I just wanna fit in. This is probably one of my biggest secret fears fo’ reals, without you guys I’d be talking to myself online and in my kitchen. Fuck worrying about what other people think.
Whew. So now it’s written….and hitting publish may be difficult but it’ll be done…I think. I think it’d be cool if ya’ll participated – we may get a bit closer knowing that we’re all going through the same things, thoughts and complexes…or maybe it’s just me out here all alone…. 😉