Friday, August 18, 2017

Picking Those Needles Back Up

Sometimes, there comes a time in a non-monogamous knitter's life, when they realize that they really can have too many projects on the needles. I know, right?? This sentiment rings even truer for *this* knitter, when discovered, upon opening interchangeable needle set case after interchangeable needle set case, that there were no needle tips or even cables available for use. Um...what??

Thinking that maybe, just maybe I simply didn't put them away when I finished a project, I checked all the usual spots where I typically leave needles, notions, and measuring tapes. Nope. I checked all my knitting baskets and went through all my project bags because sometimes laziness takes over and I just want to keep knitting, so I'll leave needles in a project bag and over a span of a few projects the bag can accumulate practically half of a set of interchangeable needles. Yeah, no dice. But I did notice as I was going through all my project bags just how many projects I have yet to finish.

It was overwhelming.

I always tell myself that I can't cast on a new project until I get a WIP off the needles first. Obviously, that's not what's been happening here. And I have no one to blame but myself. So what's a knitter to do in a situation like this? Well, for one, I quickly closed the PDF for a newly purchased pattern and then I went to my pile of WIPs and grabbed one. The lucky WIP that I'm determined to get off the needles before the summer is over: my Exploration Station shawl that I had cast on about a year and a half ago.

I have absolutely no idea why I stopped knitting on this project. I remember how excited I was to finally be able to knit this pattern up. Looking over my WIP, there was nothing that was stumping me, I was and still am liking how this pattern and the colours are knitting up, I didn't run out of yarn, basically, all lights were green. Even more perplexing to me was that I had stopped knitting mid row. What was I thinking?

Luckily for me, this shawl involves different colours and sections so I was able to easily and quickly figure out where I was in the pattern and continue on knitting without any issues because I didn't even leave myself a note as to what I was doing. I know I have several WIPs where I won't be this lucky. And a part of me knows that's why I'm dreading and avoiding picking up some of those WIPs.

So the goal for this weekend: to keep knitting away on my Exploration Station...and to not think about the millions of ends that will inevitably need to be woven in if I want to consider this project completed when the knitting is all done. 

Just keep knitting...just keep knitting...just keep knitting...

What are you working on this weekend? Are you guilty of having way too many WIPs on the needles as me? Do you have any rules, tips or tricks to keep your WIPs at a reasonable number? Please let me know!

♥ Happy weekend knitting! ♥

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