Monday, September 16, 2013

Coming Clean

There comes a time in every knitter's life when she must come to terms with her WIP basket.  That time came around 4 pm yesterday afternoon, when I suddenly and inexplicably felt the need to Finish All The Things.  And so it was, that I blocked a shawl and a cowl and grabbed a shawl to "knit the last little bit of".  Seven hours, six billion picot bind offs, and a facial twitch later, I have a brand spanking new Taygete ready to be blocked.

IMGP9245 IMGP9222 Untitled

It wasn't until yesterday that it fully hit me, the sheer numbers of my works in progress.  For the last couple of months, whenever anyone asks how many projects I have on the needles, I think for a minute and say, "Um, about eight.  Yeah!  That sounds like a big enough number."  Yesterday, my confidence was rocked.  Apparently I don't know how to count, and also have the memory of a goldfish when it comes to where all of my Addi Turbo Lace needles have gone.

IMGP2588 IMGP2933 IMGP1572
IMGP3026 IMGP9443 IMGP6721

Because there are - count 'em - 15 projects there.  3 sweaters, 1 pair of mitts, 1 hat, 1 pair of socks, 2 cowls, and uhhhh 7 shawls.  How did I let it get this bad?  How is possible that a totally finished object that I cast off almost a year and a half ago was only waiting for a wash?  How?  How?!?

IMGP9446 IMGP5013 IMGP9448
IMGP9492 IMGP9182 IMGP9454

Friends, I have no better answer than "I get distracted by pretty things".

So in the next few months, I'm going to try to whittle it down.  Knit a sleeve here; block a shawl there.  I can't promise that I'll be able to start off the new year with a clean WIP slate, but I would like to get down to a reasonable number, like 10 or even 8.  (A more mature and well-adjusted Cory scoffs at this definition of reasonable, but let's not shoot for the moon here.)

No comments: