Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Unfinished Business

My hands have been feeling achy and off lately so I'm forcing myself take a few days off from knitting. I'm trying not to get too hung up on this because, you know, I've gots things to knit! But don't we all? I'm also trying not to get too tempted to just knit through the pain. This, of course, is NOT a good idea. So don't worry, I'm not going to do that. I might be crazy, but I'm not that crazy.

Instead, I'm making myself use my knitting time to do the things I should have done long ago. Things that I should be doing either right away or when I finish a project, and that is to complete ALL the finishings that are required to make a project truly completed. I have WAY too many WIPs that have had the knitting part finished months, sometimes years, ago but neglected even the simplest finishing tasks, like weaving in the ends. I have shawls and cardigans that I have yet to wear because of this. 

Yes. I'm a lazy, lazy knitter!!

I keep telling myself, especially if it's a project that involves stripes and/or a lot of ends, I should weave in the ends as I go to save myself the work and trouble later on. But do I ever listen to myself? Obviously not. Do you weave in ends as you go? Or do you wait to the very end? Or are you like me and wait forever and then realize the pile of knits is getting outrageously big and it's just time to do it? I spent the last two days weaving in the ends of two shawls that were finished last year and am currently weaving in the ends of a shawl I had finished two years ago. I know, I's insane. And this shawl is gorgeous. I have no excuses. And yet here I am procrastinating like a mofo.


I'm also determined to get to at least one of the cardigans this weekend. I have to shake my head at myself because the reason I'm not wearing these cardigans that I once coveted and couldn't wait to wear, is because I couldn't be bothered to sew down the pockets, weave in the ends, and sew on buttons. Completely ridiculous, right? And I could really use these cardigans now while it's still sweater weather! I have a strong feeling that for the next few weeks I'll constantly have a knit drying on the living room floor. Oh well, at least knits are getting the attention they deserve. Not to mention that maybe it's a good thing that I have such a backlog of FOs because if I take a little longer to pick up the needles again, at least I have something to share still.

That is, if I ever get off my butt, pick up my tapestry needle, and start weaving in those pesky ends. Oh ends, you are the bane of my existence! 


  1. I hear you! I've a cardi WIP for two years and the last time I picked it up was two months ago when got both arms done. The weather is perfect for it but I can't get my butt in gear to finish the button band and collar!!

    1. Haha!! It's nice to know I'm not alone! It's funny how we're quick to cast on new projects but can't be bothered with something so small and easy like button bands and buttons. You'd think the joy of finally being able to wear our hand knit would urge us to do the finishings!! (and I say this as I STILL procrastinate on weaving in the ends on a few projects...)

  2. Your hot water pot is cute. Sorry your hands are bothering you again. I can drag my heels toward the end of a project. I'm horrible at sewing back on buttons on shirts or coats.

    1. Thanks Stefanie!! :) Yes! I'll admit I have a coat or two and a few shirts that are missing a button because I couldn't be bothered to sew them back on. That never prevented me from wearing them though. Yet, I did go for over a year not being able to wear a hand knit cardigan because I didn't sew on the buttons!


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