The Office is OPEN.
Now that school has started, I get daily design time in the afternoons. I have decided to call this time Office Hours (capitalized because it seems more important that way.) and to use this time to work on current designs, research and develop future ones, and offer knitting advice. Today’s letter is from Too Many WIP’s in Detroit.
Dear Dr Trisha
I have too many projects
and I am not liking any of them right now
what should I do?!?!
Thanks, Too Many WIPs in Detroit!
Thanks for writing in, Too Many. Can I call you Too Many? This is a problem that many knitters in my aquaintance have these days, including myself. I have found several ways to deal with this. First, assigning yourself some Office Hours is a big help. 2-3 hours every day after lunch to just knit will help tremendously. Second, and more seriously, take a good look at each WIP and evaluate the following things.
1) Are you enjoying knitting it?
2) Will you enjoy using it?
3) Is it more than 90% done?
4) Is this item required for a specific purpose?
If you are enjoying knitting it, finish it. If you aren’t too excited about it, but would get a lot of use out of it, finish it. If it’s almost done, finish it. If it’s for your good friend’s birthday that is coming up in 4 days, finish it. And put it in the mail, right quick.
If the answer to either of the first 2 questions is yes, keep knitting. If you answer no to 3 or more questions, rip that baby apart.
Don’t evaluate all the WIP’s at once. Look at them one at a time over the next few days. Forget about the other projects as you evaluate each one, because you might be more excited about that gift for your friend, but actually really need the other thing that you have been working on. You don’t want to frog it because it’s less exciting, you might regret that when you want to wear that multicoloured Elvis jumpsuit to work this winter.
If you do decide to frog, go ahead and do it guilt free. You should enjoy your knitting. Even if something is for a KAL, or Camp Loopy, if you don’t need it or love it, why spend what little knitting time you have struggling through it?
Hope that helps!