I run pretty much every day and I love listening to podcasts while I run. Podcasts kind of make me feel like I’m running with a friend… except I don’t have to work around anyone else’s schedule and I can just run straight out of my front door. 😛
This morning I was listening to the Pardon My Stash podcast. They were discussing the number of WIPs that each person has and whether or not they’re monogamous knitters.
First, for anyone who doesn’t know, I am NOT a monogamous knitter. Far from it, I often have 30+ WIPs at a time. I know this number realllllly stresses some people out, but it feels pretty great to me. For my first 10 or so years of knitting, I felt guilty for having so many projects, and I’d work really hard to reduce the total number. As soon as I’d get down to single digits, I’d hate it! I love variety and I love having lots of options to choose from. I also don’t particularly like casting on (although that might not seem very believable with the number of projects that I have.)
One thing that I’m learning in my 40s is to lean into the natural flow of my life/brain and not fight it so much. For one thing, fighting it never really works… the only real difference is whether my internal chatter is accepting and appreciates the way I work or if my internal chatter is telling me that I’m wrong.
OK, so back to the title: I was running and listening to the podcast and thinking about how no one on the show had nearly the number of WIPs that I do. It was interesting to hear their individual takes on everything. I love hearing how brains work and I love how fiber arts are so flexible and can be approached in so many different ways.
This afternoon, I was knitting on my couch and my beautiful pit bull, Layla, was working on a bone beside me. (BTW, Layla has at least 30+ WIPs going at any time too. There’s a reason we’re best buds.) I realized that if I photographed one WIP a day, I think I could make it until October. For some reason, this really cracked me up. I thought it might be fun to write a little more about each one and share why it’s a WIP, because there are a lot of projects that I have NO intention of finishing anytime soon. A lot of them are scrappy and the scraps just don’t exist yet. Plenty of others use funny techniques that I like working on sometimes but also don’t want to do all of the time. Some just get forgotten for a bit or make me bored and then I pick them back up later.
Today’s WIP that I’ve been focusing on is a Sockhead Hat made out of a beautiful sock blank from Gale’s Art. I let it sit in my stash for way too long. I had started to use this yarn for a pair of socks in this year’s Sock Madness, but they ended up too tight and I liked the yarn too much to waste it. I frogged the socks and decided to make a hat instead. I was actually going to make a Musselburgh Hat (my bajillionth), but my 13yo and I were heading to see Theater Camp in the movie theater earlier this week and I didn’t want to do increases in the dark. I’m pretty good at reading knits and purls by feel, so I figured the ribbed brim would be easier to work on than the crown of the Musselburgh.
Sure enough, I feel like I’m flying through this one. I mostly just worked on it in the theater and then for a little bit today. It’s fun to watch the color develop and I think it’ll make a really happy hat. It’ll probably be knit night/purse knitting for a few weeks, because I’m almost to the stockinette section and then it’s entirely mindless.
I’m going to try to photograph and talk about a WIP a day until I get through all of them. I’m not too stressed about being perfect, so I’m ok if I miss a day here or there. I really like seeing older projects from other people, because there are often really good patterns in there that I’ve forgotten about. It’s easy to get swept up in the latest-and-greatest on social media and forget about other gems that are out there. If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting them on Instagram too.
If you want to share any info about your number of WIPs or your philosophy on WIPs, I’d love to hear it! Feel free to comment, DM or post and tag me. Like I said, I think it’s fascinating to see how brains work.