When I get a quick minute to work on a project, I first grab what's on the couch and work on it. If there is nothing on the couch, I think, "Let's start something new!" Of course, there may not be a project on the couch because I cleaned up and put it in my WIP (work in progress) drawer or the project is in my craft bag or one of a million other reasons. It's most definitely *not* because I'm fresh out of WIPs.
Most of the time I willingly submit to the siren call of starting a new project because the lure of a new project is like smelling cookies cooling in the kitchen. How do you resist walking into the kitchen and eating an ooey gooey freshly baked cookie hot from the baking sheet?
The point being that if I want to finish projects, I need to keep them in my face either literally or figuratively. Since I can't rely on being able to festoon the couch with my WIPs, I've added a big note to the corner of my To Do notebook titled "Featured Craft Project" and under that I write the name of one of my WIPs. This is how I got myself to finish the blue lace scarf
in record time. And then the cream simple lace scarf
So when I consulted my list of WIPs to choose the next Featured Project, I picked some gloves I started about six months ago as a gift. I'd just started a new page in my To Do notebook, so I created my fancy Featured Craft Project corner and wrote "mustard gloves" in the space.
And then I went in search of them. I had a feeling there wasn't much left to do on them. When I unearthed them from the WIP drawer, this is what I discovered ...
I had 12 stitches to bind off. That's all the knitting that was left. Seriously. For those of you that don't knit, I had already bound off half the stitches in that thumb tube ... I was *this close* to finishing.
Obviously I set them down mid-bind off. I probably had the thought, "I'll be right back to finish this up," but I never came back to them. They probably hung out on the couch for a week or so where they were ignored or were hidden under other projects. And eventually they were moved from the arm of the couch. And then they sat in a drawer for, who knows, maybe 4 or 5 of the last 6 months.
I bound off the stitches right after I took these photos. And after I finish this post, I'm going to weave in all the ends. And then I'm going to pick a new WIP from the list to become my Featured Project.
Who knows, maybe some day I will run out of WIPs. Ha! Just kidding ... that would never happen. I'm too much of a glutton for the new project high. :)