Mikey making the prototype of the Fluffy Unicorn Afghan to figure out yarn quantities.

When You Feed the WIP Pile

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

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14 thoughts on “When You Feed the WIP Pile

  • June 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I am a beginner to crocheting and would like to know what WIP Pile stands for?

  • June 4, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Absolutely! Oh my, I have faaaaar too many WIPs. And not just for crochet!! Occasionally I get a bee in my bonnet and do a mission to finish some things off, but that only makes a small dent…!

  • June 3, 2017 at 6:04 pm


    Oh you are sooo right about yarn! I am obsessed with it! I saw your video on how you organize your yarn by manufacturer and I was so in sync with you how you were so moved about your yarn! Right now I’m going up to JoAnn’s to get some more (hey, 30% off today for Team Members, of which I am one)! Yes, I work p/t at JoAnn’s about 25 miles from Boston. Can you imagine working there? With all that yarn just calling their siren song to me??? And I get to stock the yarn when the weekly delivery comes in!

    After 40 years of secretarial work I have now retired and can really get into my yarn passion! And I also want to thank you for your wonderful YouTube videos. I was deathly afraid of a ripple afghan because I ALWAYS got the count wrong, but after watching you several times and referring to ‘Crocheting for Dummies’, I actually got it! And it is looking great! (Wool Aran with Lion Brand Tweed Caramel). Right now I have a 6′ x 3′ shelves full of baskets of yarn. It is so soothing, and I can sit with my cats and watch TV and crochet. Clean the house? Do the dishes? Run errands? Ha! Not when I have 3-4 baskets of projects surrounding me! Do I need more yarn? That’s a rhetorical question!

    Don’t know what I’ll do with all these afghans, but I’ll figure out something. I need to learn amigurumi, Bavarian crochet, and possibly some lacy stitches.

    Again, thank you, Mikey, for all you do for The Crochet Crowd. I have even recommended you to my customers at the store.

    All the best to you and keep up your most excellent work!!! (And, oh yes, the WIPs!!! – I have many of them!)

  • June 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

    mikey, I need help with the fluffy Unicorn in your photo how may I ask a small question?
    in the pipsqueak video, and the unicorn video , I have watched both, when using one yarn , do you slip stitch over on both rows or only on the SC2TOG row? Thank you in advance

  • May 31, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Love this! I have lost count of my WIPs. ….but someday it will be done!

  • May 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I always thought to be considered a true crocheter, I needed at least 27 wips going and now you’re telling me that isn’t true?? **sigh, as she puts down wip #28…..

  • May 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I think maybe we should add a WIP board!! We could list our items, TENTATIVE finish date and plan when to work on it! I added to my calendar that UFO day is Tuesday. Work on at least one thing, maybe investigate what hook or yarn you used. It has reminded for 3 weeks and I haven’t done a darn thing…..baby steps, 12 step program? I’d make the perfect leader for procrastinating the longest!! Mikey I don’t know how you read minds, but you always have the best answers at the best time!

    • June 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Grammy2,

      I agree with you on a WIP board. It would do wonders for all of us to finish our WIPs (unless we keep starting other projects). Yes, baby steps; I don’t know if you would be the leader for procrastinating the longest, but I’m sure some of us would run a close second to you! Let me know if a WIP board is in the making and I’ll join.

  • May 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I have a WIP pile and I challenged my local crochet group and even put it out on YouTube for anyone who wanted to join me to complete one project in that pile sometime in 2017, even it it isn’t the same colors now or even if it’s not the same concept as you originally intended. I have yet to finish mine but I think I finally know which one I want to finish and how I want to finish it. My oldest WIP is 26 years old 😉

  • May 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    My WIP pile is many years old and quite big! It is my hope to clear at least some of them up this summer, oh wait I just bought some amazing bernat blanket yarn that is trying to tempt me away from my WIPS! Will power must come in to play!

  • May 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Hi. When I gonto the store for yarn for one project, I can’t do that. I always left Wish more yarn Thatcher I need because I find so beautiful color and texture. My husband smile and close is eyes. I love that

  • May 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Oh man were you listening to me this morning when I was saying to my daughter – “I really should finish that afghan. I only have to do 2 1/2 rows of border to finish it off!” And yes it’s been laying on the end of my bed for months waiting for me to get inspired again. Thanks for the push to get in there and finish it – well maybe…….lol

  • May 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    *huge grin* Have you been inside my head – or rather my craft space(s)? You see, I not only crochet, I knit, and embroider, and quilt, and sew. My WIPs are epic! But ya know, I will get around to finishing them some day. Right?!?

  • May 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Oh Mikey! You slay me! Your article is so funny — because it’s true!!! Loved it! Keep on being you, Mikey, you make my day! 🙂

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