For most, WIP stands for Work in Progress… then there are those where it is more aptly defined as Wild Imagination Procrastination. You know, the products that are produced, or should I say partially produced, because your wild imagination works way faster than your hook!
Okay, fess up… you’ve been there, right? You have found that amazingly cool project and you dive into it with the utmost enthusiasm. “This is the one!” you might say to yourself. You envision the finished project and all the ooh’s and aah’s you will get when it’s done. You get a few hours into it, or if you are really good perhaps a few days before temptation kicks in. It’s not your fault, really! One quick glance through your Facebook feed and you’re hooked! What’s that? The Crochet Crowd has a new challenge up! Did you see that amazing project on the wall? Oooh, that hat would make the perfect gift for my sister-in-laws-nephew’s-great aunt’s-co-workers- friend! That reminds me of an idea I wanted to try…
Before you know it, you are back to work, but not on the project that was on your hook an hour ago! Wild imagination procrastination at its finest.
Beyond Wild Imagination Procrastination, there are those projects that get started and you end up disliking or getting extremely bored with them. I guess you could call them Weakly Interested Projects. Admittedly, at least half of my WIP pile consists of these types. Crocheting is, for a good majority of us, a means of happiness. We long for the moments when we can lose ourselves in a hook and some fiber. Cheap therapy if you think about it! So why would you ever want it to be a source of stress? So many projects, so little time! The way I look at it, there are only so many projects we will be able to do in a life time. If I start a project and my heart and hook aren’t into it, I let it go. (Ha Ha, are you singing Frozen now?)
No matter what the reason a project ends up on the WIP pile, eventually you’re going to have to conquer that mountain! Here are a few strategies that might help you divide and conquer.
Create Two Piles
- “Frog it and Forget It!” This pile is the projects you decide you will never pick back up again so you will “Rippit, rippit, rippit!” and recycle the yarn.
- “Worth the Work!” This pile is for the projects you may have temporarily lost interest in, or set down for some reason, but still have a spark of interest in.
When it is time to start, be ruthless and be honest. Ask yourself these questions:
- Why did you put the project down? If you didn’t like it when you started it, chances are you aren’t going to like it any better now. Put it in the Frog pile. If you are still interested in it then move onto question two.
- Do you know what hook size you used? Do you still have the pattern? Do you have, or can you easily get the yarn to finish it? If you answered yes to all of the above, there is hope for the project! Gather everything you need to finish the project, put it in a ziploc bag and date the bag with today’s date. Place it in the Worth the Work pile.
Once you get your WIP under control, use the same guidelines to keep it under control. Those projects you don’t love, let them go and recycle that yarn into a project you love! For those you just need to put away for a bit, be sure and put them aside in a way you can pick them back up. Store them with all the info and objects you will need to pick it back up where you left off. Date them, seems silly, but time slips away and if you return to your pile and realize a project has been sitting there for a year maybe it’s time to rethink what pile it should be in.
I showed you a bit of my mountain, now I want to see yours! Before and after…is time for you to conquer your mountain?
Casting off until the next time we hook up,