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Finishing stuff

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

I realized a couple of weeks ago that I have way, way too many unfinished projects. Not real UFOs that have ended up in the land of the unloved and that won’t ever be finishes, but actually nice things that I really want to get done when I have time…

Half of me dreams of being the sort of person who dutifully finishes one project before she starts the next….my sister-in-law is like that. I’m full of admiration. But then she also only buys the fabric she actually needs for each project. She is an absolute model of self-discipline. I really thought that nobody could possibly do that until I visited her in Canada many moons ago and saw it for real. She lives the sort of simple waste-free life I can only, in my undisciplined jumble, humbly aspire to.

And believe me, I do aspire….but somehow over the years the problem has become so huge and out of control that I’m really running against the tide. I have been trying very hard for quite a while to use up what I have and not add any more to the stash. There was a little bit of a blip at FQR (which I think is perfectly understandable, don’t you?), but on the whole I’m doing OK, sort of. Actually lack of space often makes up for lack of discipline. I have a big old fabric cupboard and everything has to fit in there and if it doesn’t, well then we have a problem. (At this point I usually make another rag rug out of the old uglies….that uses up 15m a pop and gives me another few inches!)

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Anyway enough burbling. This week I’m on my hols and although the family think I’m stark staring bonkers, despite being in a very hot place I have finally finished my plain vanilla sweater: Lightweight by Hannah Fettig in Quince and Company Chickadee yarn in the leek colourway. It is fab, if I say so myself….it’s just too hot to try it on…..

Roll on the autumn….

More anon….I will try to do better….

Helen

11 Responses to “Finishing stuff”

  1. Elisabeth Says:

    Well done for finishing your sweater, it’s gorgeous!
    I’m sorting through my stash at the moment, trying to get rid of as much as I can but it’s not easy. I admire people like your SIL I’m sorry to say I’m a bit of a hoarder.

  2. Lun Says:

    In January this year when my stitching friends were round I pulled out most of my works in progress to shame myself in front of witnesses and declared I was not starting anything new nor buying any fabric until I’d finished at least half of them. There were at least a dozen and a half items and I didn’t get every last one out. Here I am in mid August, having gone down to a four day week, so with much more time to stitch, and how many have been completed? Not one. I have worked on nearly all of them during the year, but I think my problem is that I’ve flitted from one to another rather then stick to one and finish it. Ah well, four months to go til the end of the year and I haven’t bought any new wool nor fabric, and the only new project I started was a gift. I like the idea of the rag rugs to use up fabric. How do you make them – braiding or pulling strips through hessian? Love the colour of the jumper by the way.

  3. Annabella Says:

    I love that you took your knitting to a hot place – it means I’m not the only loon who does stuff like that! šŸ˜‰ Hope you are having a wonderful time.

  4. Mary Says:

    The jumper looks great! I always take knitting to hot places, although it’s usually socks. I aspire to less clutter, but I think I have to be realistic and realise that I’m not that sort of person šŸ™‚

  5. Katy Says:

    My mum was knitting kilt hose in Provence, so you’re not the only nutter that takes their knitting to hot places šŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a lovely time on your hols anyway!

    As for the WIPS, well I started the year with 38 (or so) and I’ve been pretty good at finishing some of them – the cubby they were in is down to half full now, but I would be lying if I said I hadn’t done any new projects in that time, because that way insanity lies šŸ˜‰

  6. jan Says:

    I so would like to be able to live like your sister-in-law. Not least because I have so little space to store anything. But I’m not that good! Your jumper looks lovely and I hope you’re having a great holiday.

  7. Jo @ a life in lists Says:

    Gorgeous sweater! The neckline looks lovely. I am similar to you – I dream of a world with only one WIP at a time, and a neat and minimalist stash, but in reality I am just not that person.

  8. Catherine Says:

    I think your SIL is a one off person and that 99% of crafter’s have more than one project on the go. Love your jumper. Enjoy your week off

  9. Vreni Says:

    I’ve also tryed from time to time to manage my “stuff” better, be less wasteful, buy only what I need, etc, but it goes so against my nature that I have soon given up. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are people who are only happy if their life is orderly with no, or at least not many, pending and unfinished projects and then there are others (like me) who need a bit of creative chaos and tend to “flit” from one project to another. So don’t feel bad and enjoy the ride. Love your new sweater and don’t worry, Autumn is here before you know it! Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

  10. Flying Blind Says:

    Great jumper – bikini knitting eh!
    I am all about the minimal, but that is my bank balance at the end of the month having cleared it out buying fabric!!

  11. Diane stanley Says:

    There you go knitting beautiful sweaters again. Something I can only aspire to. This fall I am going to attempt to conquer sucks. Miss you my fellow Angel.