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« on: May 23, 2007 08:21:59 AM »

I've been spending a lot of time reading knitting blogs and the like, and I just feel like the ONLY person in the world who refuses to have more than one WIP at a time.  Granted, I have a couple UFOs that might remain so for a long time, but I've never actually been working on multiple things at once.  I just can't grasp it.

For those of you that do, how many do you usually have going at any give time, and how do you manage to finish ANY of them?  I only work on one thing at a time because if I had more, I'd pick favorites and only work on that one.  I can understand the appeal of novelty mid-way through an afghan or sweater, but I know that if I stop a project I'm not too fond of, I'll never pick it back up again.

Is there something magical to multiple WIPs that I'm missing out on?  I guess I'm just way too monogamous.    Lips sealed

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007 08:54:33 AM »

I don't know, I think I would consider myself lucky if that were the case for me.  Lol.  The reason I have so many things going on at once is because I'm like ADD or something.  I start something and then the moment it gets to a boring part (like lots of stockinette or something) I move on to something else.  A lot of times I never end up finishing an item, because I'll lose interest or I will look at a new magazine and decide to frog a WIP so I can use the yarn for something else.  I'm hopeless. Smiley   To answer your question, I probably have 6 or 7 WIPs going on right now.  And I feel completely disorganized. I envy your ability to focus.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2007 08:57:08 AM »

I used to be a project monogamist, but then I started knitting socks! I usually have 2 projects going on at one time, a sock and something bigger. I usually manage to work on both in a day. Anymore than 2 and I feel like I start to lose focus and nothing will get done.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2007 09:10:56 AM »

I have four WIPs, but usually I have more.  This is because

1) Sometimes I get bored in the middle of a big project, or frustrated
2) I like playing with different yarns, and different yarn weights
3) I like to have different projects for different knitting times - small, simple things for knitting on the bus/walking/in class; a big ol' blankie for zoning out in front of the tv; a small but more complex project to take to knitting club, like socks; and, occasionally, something that's a challenge for when I want to REALLY 100% focus and knit.

Do projects that I have the yarn, idea, needles, and pattern for, but haven't cast on for yet, count? 'cus I've got two of those, too.

Oh, and sometimes I have different projects for travelling long distance or on holiday, too.

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2007 09:20:23 AM »

I have a self imposed limit of 5 wip's. I have multiple wip's because if I work too long on any one project, I get really bored. If I were a monogamous knitter, then I would never finish anything. I would get bored, set it down and it would never get worked on again. Having multiple projects keeps me interested. I work on one thing for a while, then another when I get bored. Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz.....LMAO!! I like to have a variety of projects OTN. I usually have a big lace project, some other kind of large project (aran sweaters, afghans...etc...), a couple of pairs of socks, and a baby/child project.

At the moment, OTN I have 2 pairs of socks (embossed leaves from favorite socks and twisted flower from cookie a) , a shetland tea shawl (from a gathering of lace), Monica (from knitty), and a throw I'm making using the kerry blue shawl pattern (from traditional knitted lace shawls) using worsted weight yarn instead of lace.

« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2007 09:21:55 AM »

I've got three going right now. That's the fewest number I've had in a  while. A long while.

Different projects for different moods and situations, I guess. Plus I get bored working with just one texture or color for a long while. And sometimes different needle sizes hurt my hands when worked for too long - so I switch it up to give myself a break.  And sometimes its just a rush to get things done quickly or a deadline that must be met.


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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2007 10:25:02 AM »

I usually have two WIPs going at any one time.  I carry a small project (knitting, cross stitch, or needlepoint) in my work bag, and work on it while I'm on the commuter rail.  Then I'll have a larger project at home.

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2007 10:33:08 AM »

I now limit myself to 2.   I have actually finished because of this Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2007 10:50:53 AM »

i have 4 right now. i like to divide my time between them so i don't get bored with one thing.

i tend to have more than 3 at any time.

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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2007 11:03:26 AM »

I ususally have at least 2 going on at a time. A big project and a smaller little project to defrag my brain on when I hit rough spots or boring parts in my big project.  Roll Eyes
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