Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Best laid plans, and all that...

Sadly, I can't remember who mentioned it on her blog, (little help?), but someone had said that it would be nice to have a WIP (Work In Progress) Wednesday, showing pictures of what we are up to.  I was going to start it today. 

Well. Uh.

Pictures...

Which are on my camera, at home, I am here at the substation, holding down the chair and phone...  So.  I guess I can do a picture free version, right? 

Meh.  It just isn't as fun.  So I will try and remember to start it next week. 

It will be a sporadic thing, or you will be watching the proverbial paint dry.  I tend to start a lot of projects, then work on them as the mood strikes me.  I note this is not a problem for me, but drove Husband nutcasers for a while. 

How can you start so many projects? 

I replied, well, I have usually a simple project for travelling, or when I have a bad case of Fried Brain.  A complex project, usually one that I design myself, generally a baby blanket for the NMCRS, but not always.  Then there are the "OMG, love that _______ I saw in the latest issue of  X knitting magazine, and I have needles and yarn for it.  Gottastartgottastartgottastart!" 

Then there are the projects that defy my best efforts, and are put in time out, while I decide the fate.  Some come out, and I continue.  Some come out, I continue working, to come upon new and interesting hairball messes complications, and they get thrown put back into time out until I can figure out if I even WANT to continue on them. (Some are recycled, usually after I realize life is too short to tear your hair out over something that is supposed to be FUN.) 

A few are (for me) are highly complex patterns, and I have to do them when I know that I will not be disturbed, or a certain male in the household won't start counting or doing other highly annoying things, especially with lacework.  He has an INTERESTING sense of humor, at times. 

Let's just say, I had a 400 stitch lace pattern, and after the 5th time I had to pull out my work after Husband started saying random numbers, I not so gently reminded him that I did have 14 inch # 8 needles that can double as shishkebob skewers.  Not taking the hint, I had him count the 400 stitches, and I turned on the weather, and started counting backwards from 100.

He got the hint.

At least he doesn't play with my row counter...

14 comments:

  1. LMAO don't get my started on WIPs lol...too many to talk about...some will probably never be finished but I get too bored with just doing one and I don't know it's just something about starting something new with the good intention this one I will finish. Can't wait to see your WIPS.

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  2. Tina:

    Ah, a kindred spirit. Good intentions. Hmm, isn't there a road somewhere that is paved with that? Oh, well. Give us something to do with all that spare time we have, right???

    Cat

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  3. My whole life is a WIP. I am like Tina I too have so many things to do and Distraction is the keyword I think. Nice to have found you through your comment. Much love to the world, Mal

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  4. I believe I have "retired" more WIPs than I care to count. The thing is - I can't seem to just throw that stuff away. My DH is a counter too, what's up with that? Is it a man thing?

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  5. Interesting to read about how you can have a lot of different things going on at the same time. I used to try and do that, but decided that I do better at finishing things if I concentrate on one project at a time. You are amazing.

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  6. Nekkid Chicken:

    Actually, my life as a WIP might be a future blog... :) Distractions? I never get distract- hey, look, a chicken!

    Cat

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  7. Sharon:

    WIPs, throwing stuff away, eh. I just get a bigger room! ;D

    And yes, I think it is guy thing, however, my husband can even tell how fast I am knitting, he literally counted stitches per minute... (He also has figured out that if I am listening to rock, I knit faster than my classic country albums. Gee, big surprise there...)

    Cat

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  8. Callie:

    No,not so amazing, I just try to limit my starts until I have some finishes, I just try not to have one project because I get bored with it, then it WON'T get finished...

    Cat

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  9. OMG Cat, you are too funny...hey, look, a chicken! LOL
    I usually limit myself to no more than 5 WIPs at a time, but it sure is hard sometimes. I wish I could just stay up with the seasons like the fashion industry does! (No, I'm not already working on next year's bikini)

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  10. I can fully relate. I have so many irons in the fire somedays I can`t recall where the darned fire is my irons are resting in! =)

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  11. Often it seems we start something, and, once we see how to work it out and how it is going to go, we lose interest. It is no longer a challenge, and we want to be on to the next new thing, working on some other technique.

    At least it seems that way with me. The finished product is less a thrill than the learning how to do it.

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  12. KnitNurd:

    I too, try to limit my WIPs, I think I am down to 4 in the living room. We won't talk about the UFO area in my craft room, it could be in the dozens... (Bikini? Eh... Rather knit a sock.)

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  13. Feral Female:

    Yes, that does sound familiar, although I think it was put another way by my dad, I have so many irons in the fire, I think I put the fire out!

    Cat

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  14. messymimi:

    I suppose it's the idea of a "process knitter" vs. a "product knitter". The process knitter is fine if it's not finished, it's the idea of doing it in the first place, as opposed to getting an end item. I remember reading about a "performance knit" where the person knitting had a yar that would dissolve not long after having been knit. The ultimate in "process knitting"!

    Cat

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