WIP, what does it mean to you?

Sheri Goad

Crocheting is my addiction. I'm a mom, wife, home daycare provider, crocheter, writer, youth director, crafter and more. I like trying new things but only stick to those that I love. Life is too short to be doing things you don't love. I blog regularly at Frogging Along, and I am a Guest Blogger at Knot Just Yarn Blog for The Crochet Crowd.

19 thoughts on “WIP, what does it mean to you?

  • December 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Hiď love your site! I was looking on your Facebook site and saw a picture of a “Frozen/ or Elsa” outfit- cape & hat. Thete was a reference to WIP along with the photo.. But i have been unable to find any pattern. Can you help?
    Thank you! My granddaughter would love this & be adorable in it!

  • November 13, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I made it part of my news years resolution last January to finish my WIP’s this year. I have mostly finished, but now I have some new WIP’s. So this might be a yearly goal 😉

  • November 13, 2014 at 3:53 am

    This is so me. “Shuffles off to clean”

  • November 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I have very few crochet hooks and, I will be honest, one pair of knitting needles and one set of double pointed needles. Nothing ever stays a WIP for long unless I’m determined. If not, I rip it out, usually when it’s still in the very early stages, and I need the hooks for something else! Don’t you just hate having to rip something out to be able to do something else because it calls for the EXACT same hook size and you don’t ever have an extra? I think I have managed to make two blankets and kept a single scarf as a WIP for a long time, forgotten about actually. Cleaning really does help you to find things. What may surprise some is I’ve been crocheting, cross stitching, knitting, and using a sewing machine since I was 8 years old, which was only 10 years ago, and I have been sewing by hand since before I was in elementary school. Ah memories….

  • November 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’m glad to see I’m not alone! After crocheting as long as I have (57 years, give or take), you’re bound to have a few WIPs. But, I was cleaniong a storage room not too long ago, and I found something really intriguing. YARN! Of course I had to stop cleaning and check it out. At the bottom of the yarn, I found something that looked like one row of an Afghan. As I was looking at it, I remembered when I was doing it. It was a concept that I’d made up, but got tired of it. Actually, as I remember, I couldn’t figure out how to finish it-maybe 20 years ago? or 30? Anyway, when I found it, I wished I’d continued because it was nice looking, and I really liked the colors. But., alas, if I couldn’t figure out how to finish it years ago, what hope was there now? I think I ended up just pulling it apart and used the yarn for something else. But, who knows what I may find next time?

  • November 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I call it my PHd . So if anyone asks I reply I’m working on my PHD they all think I’m really bright and don’t realise its my sense of humour and I’m actually working on projects half done which are either crochet or quilting

  • November 12, 2014 at 2:00 am

    So I’m in the average group! Just last night I posted that I am a Crochaholic and have Crochet ADD – These are my WIP’s that will be finished by Christmas!!! I have an Owl on a Branch Afghan for my Granddaughter, The Breaking Amish Afghan for my bed. A Groovyghan for hubby. An Amigurumi red Dragon for my eldest Grandson. An Amigurumi Elephant keyring for my 2nd son. A BBDoll needs a face for my Granddaughter. 2 crochet bags need linings; one is for my Daughter-in-love.
    BUT: I also have a Work in Planning list: Another grandson needs a pressie too, so I’ll probably start something for him soon!!! Eldest sons needs a keyring – I’m planning a Basset for him. A Chef keyring for 3rd son. .
    Will it end?
    BTW These are just the Crochet WIP’s; I also sew …….

  • November 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I have a whole LOT of cloth bags with WIP’s in them. When i realize that I have honestly been putting them off too long, I sketch what I had in mind, or if it is a pattern or picture I make a copy, add the hook size I worked with and make sure all the yarn I will need to finish it is in the bag too! Sometimes when I finally get back to it, [ It can even be Years!] I have progressed so far in learning, that I am disgusted with what I started. So I RRRRip it and start it over again, sometimes with a complete change of approach and sometimes with a change of color too. WIP’s can be a look at how you are growing as a hooker, a peek into changing trends in styles into your life, and sometimes even a reminder of the past. Wip’s can be a good thing. But boy they can sure take up room! I do occasionally drag out the biggest WIP and just do it so I can use the room…. probably for a couple more WIP’s! LOL

  • November 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Bang on! I’m having trouble finishing my Stitchcation afghan. Think I’ll frog it and work on something else. Currently working on a ripple afghan using Caron United and can’t wait until it’s done

  • November 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    This article is bang on! I’m slowly trying to whittle down my WIP pile. I do however have a granny square afghan that I apparently started December 2nd 2012…whoops. I do love it and I will finished it, but I usually set it aside to work on things for other people.

  • November 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Loved your article! I have more wool in bins and bags right now than I could use in the next 6 months! How many WIP – regardless of the definition – too many to count in my head. This article has challenged me to so the sort – and that will take considerable time, believe me. But at least when I do it this time, I will make two piles and commit to frogging many of the projects that are stored in some of my large plastic bins. Right off the top, I know I started a KAL afghan a year and half ago, got half done and put it down as I didn’t like the look of the squares – they were very sloppy and unstructured looking, weren’t uniform in size and I got frustrated. I am an experienced knitter and cable and lace work are among some of my favourite things to do, but this afghan looked like a beginner was making it. But I couldn’t bear the thoughts of ripping it all out. Now I will – and I will use all that yarn to make another project on the Red Heart site or that I see on this newsletter!! Thank you for motivating me to dig in and reduce and reuse some of my yarn.

  • November 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I currently have 3 blankets and one doll in my WIP bin. The blankets usually make it there because instead of reading to the end of a pattern and being done it’s a repeating pattern where you go as big as you want it which is discouraging since I just keep wanting it larger LOL! As for the doll, I forgot which hook size I used 😛 One day I’ll just persevere and finish them!

  • November 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Love the article. This is so me. I have 18+ WIPs of varying degrees. Two in particular are trying my patience. One is a scarf for my mom that I cannot seem to get a pattern or color combination that I like and the other is also a scarf–for some reason I cannot count when it comes to this particular Tunisian pattern. I will crochet 5 rows, check the stitch count, find out I skipped a stitch somewhere and have to rip back 4 rows. At this rate the scarf is going to take about 15 years to complete.

  • November 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Bang on. I thought I was the only one with this problem. Thank you for making me feel more normal. Love The Crochet Crowd, the blogs, the patterns, the newsletters and all the rest. Thank you for all of the hard work.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Bang on for sure, my problem is that I love granny squares or motifs you have to sew together, but hate sewing it together! I’m semi working on an octagan & square afghan in it’s 2nd year..only have 4 more to sew tog, I just can’t… HELP!!!

    • November 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

      I found that sewing squares, etc. together with the “invisible seam” makes it SO much easier! Just Google it, and you’ll find videos and written instructions.

  • November 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    it’s pretty much, WELL I’M PISSED…something that isn’t turning out the way i want it too, usually. there’s also the Who Is Priority…stuff that gets set aside because i have to make something else, usually a gift

  • November 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Thankfully I only have one thing in my pile. However, it’s been there for 4 years. It’s a granny square afghan I started when I was pregnant with my son. It’s for him, so I doubt I will frog it. I don’t have a whole lot left to do, just finished sewing them together, and do the edging. I put it down the day I went in to labor with him, and haven’t done anything with it since. He’ll be 4 January 16th.

  • November 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Great article!! I had just gone through my WIP pile and finished up and frogged all I needed to! I have some amazing finished projects! One week later, I have half a pair of fingerless mitts, some Christmas projects that are multiple pieces in a pile, a sweater on the hook, and ready to buy more yarn! It feels amazing to clean up, but the world isn’t right without a few WIP, or something on the hook!!

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