I think there are 2 things fiber artists of all kinds (knitters, crocheters, weavers, quilters, seamstresses) try not to think about or talk about except maybe in the back alleys and rooms of yarn shops to other addicts …..Our Works in Progress and our Stashes. Today I am officially bringing out my personal WIPs. Let me first define a WIP – these are projects that have been started in some shape or form. You know on the needles, loom, fabric cut out or in some stage of completion. Not to be confused with your stash which might include projects bagged with the pattern and yarn next to near each other but not started.
I got to thinking about this and wondered how many I had and what stages they were in. So when no one else was home I went on a search. I searched my office/studio and pulled out all the knitting bags, baskets, decorated boxes and ziplocs with projects. Then I went to the basement and pulled out those plastic see-through storage boxes. Well I must say that was the most fun, discovering all that yarn waiting to be used in so many projects. All that yarn yearning to be rearranged by color, fiber content……oops sorry I digress. That’s for a discussion of stash another day. Now where was I? Oh yes, storage boxes looking for WIP. I only found one and I don’t really think it should count as a WIP because I have no intention of finishing this hugemongous afghan knitted using 5 strands of yarn at one time on really big needles. What was I thinking? Anyway I officially re-classified this project as stash.
I gathered all the projects pulled them out their bags and laid them out on the coffee table. It didn’t look too bad. The picture is below. I was thinking maybe I should set a goal of finishing all these by the end of year. And then I thought of the projects in the immediate queue patiently waiting their turn, plus the projects I am actually working on a daily basis. (Yes I said projects with an s. I can’t just work on one thing at a time! Yikes!) I decided to work on ONE of the WIPs and finish it by the end of year, probably, maybe. Oh crapadoodle who am I fooling I will work on these WIPs when the mood strikes. Ha how’s that for honesty. I had a great time looking at all the projects and the yarn. Anyway I pretty sure there is no law regarding the number of WIPs a person is allowed to have. Thank goodness for that!
Here’s to all our wonderful WIPs!
Happy Knitting and Weaving…until next time… – Caroline
From top left clockwise:
1. Log cabin afghan – 1 square
2. Black alpaca hat – finished since picture.
3. Shadow shawl
5. Sock yarn shawl
7. Entrelac shawl
8. Silk shawl
9. Double knit coasters
Not pictured because I just remembered it: 10. Dish rag I designed.