In the spirit of Spring cleaning, I have rearranged my stock (to make room for more), sorted out my stash (gently depriving myself of some) and very gingerly approached my WIPs. I am totally convinced that everyone’s WIP pile is a very telling story of their personality and life. I have taken a long hard look at mine and can’t for the life of me work out what my WIPs say about me. So I thought I’d throw open the closet and with a few helpful pictures seek your help.
Item 1: Bulky yarn rug for my son’s room
I had a very large stash of beautiful blue (yes, it IS blue, I know the pictures are not very good) bulky yarn that just didn’t want to knit into anything useful. I came across the idea of crocheting mats for the home and with the help of a little extra investment (!) in contrasting bulky yarn, these little circles started to grow and be joined. I have come to a total standstill and haven’t touched them for about six months. My guilt is high with this one as I promised them for my “baby” son, who excels at tugging at the heart-strings. I know that some time soon I must finish this project as it is useful, I can’t frog the work as I’ve cut the yarn into small sections to make the circles and in its current state this is taking up an inordinate amount of space. Maybe a summer holiday project….
Item 2: Wrap for Me
I love this pattern. I adore the texture BUT the pattern sends me loopy with boredom. I just can’t ever face picking this up ever again. It is such a shame as the yarn is perfect for it – body with good drape, subtle change of colour tone and beautiful sheen. What a waste.
Item 3: Jumper for Me
I have a favourite jumper that isn’t hand-knitted by anyone I know. It’s from a large Spanish fashion chain store (no names) and I have loved it to stretched and bobbly bits. It is made holding a chunky woolly yarn with a wonderful girlie sparkly one. It has a basket weave pattern all over with a very large cable running up the middle of the front. Fake polo neck and very fitted. That’s it. A while back during a rather quiet (read boring) Easter break away from home, I popped into the local yarn store and bought some bottom end durable yarn in a beautiful olive green with a lovely green sparkly one and cast on. The work you see is what I produced that night. Since I knitted “blind” i.e. whilst watching TV with the boys, I dropped a stitch and that threw the basket weave pattern. At that stage I thought I just miscounted and soldered on. Now of course I can see the mistake and not only does it bug me, I just don’t have the heart to undo it and start again. So it’s just sitting there making me feel bad.
I do have to admit that this is not all but I just refuse to count experimental work for new patterns, impulsive attempts at something new, inappropriate use of yarn which I have now all frogged. I also have to admit that I hide my WIPs in one large basket which is very decorative and I don’t like opening it too much. Like a Knitter’s Pandora’s box. Now that must say something about me!
What are your WIPs shameful or not? I would love to hear from you and see pictures. It is very therapeutic to “come clean” with WIPs in closets.