Finish what you start, so the maxim goes. It’s easy enough to follow the principle with those projects that fly off the needles. Others require more commitment, like a slog through acres of garter stitch or the sort of colorwork which can only be knit with a clear head and good light.
Sonya is wearing: Gold Rush Shawl by Amy Christoffers in Rowanspun DK; 100 Acts of Sewing Dress no. 2; Pants no. 2; and socks in Trailing Clouds Nimbus Self Striping Sock.
Then there’s the unfortunate variety: the discard. It’s most often found stuffed deep in some basket. No matter what the craft, if there’s fiber associated with it, there’s usually a basket involved. Sometimes those are just for display and there’s a large plastic container tucked away in some closet.
Wainwright by Bristol Ivy in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire; Dress no. 1; and Pants no. 1.
There are many reasons to abandon a project. Maybe you end up disliking the color or feel of the yarn. Maybe the instructions are literally in another language or the charts make your eyes ache. Then there’s the most basic one of them all, just plain losing interest. All too often because some shiny new yarn winks in the most tempting way from a computer screen or shop shelf.
February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne in Beaverslide Drygoods 2-ply Merino; Earth & Sky Shawl by Stephen West in The Fibre Co. Road to China Light; Dress no. 2; and Pants no. 1.
Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre in A Verb for Keeping Warm Toasted; handwoven scarf by Kiki Hall in handspun Spunky Eclectic; Dress no. 2; pants (own pattern); and socks in Zitron Trekking XXL.
In the year of knitting, January is seen as the amnesty month. In an ideal world, all the projects would be sorted, blocked and finished. But most of us lead busy lives, and those expectations need adjusting. What we crave is the ability to wipe the slate clean and what we likely end up with: good intentions, some re-shuffling, and continued project hibernation.
I have many more ideas than time. I also have this habit of starting hobbies and accumulating supplies. I only have two projects on my needles at the moment, because a cranky elbow has stopped me from knitting as much as I would like. The sewing on the other hand is a completely different story. There are two quilts and untold numbers of half-finished garments.
Bubblestar by Misa Erder in Greenwood Hill Farm 2-Ply Worsted; Diagonapples by Anna Maltz in Appletons Old English Crewel Wool; jacket (own pattern); and jumpsuit (own pattern).
You have permission to finish, frog, find a surrogate or repurpose that albatross of a project. Or projects. Sit yourself down to finally weave in those five hundred ends while half-watching a murder mystery. Crochet together those half-finished sweater parts, your dog will love the new blanket. Unravel that scarf and make pompoms with the kids. The first responsibility should be pleasing ourselves. After all, this is meant to be something we enjoy.