Wednesday, April 6, 2016

knitting and reading

Guys, I have a problem.  I am not a monogamous knitter.  Now, I know a lot of you are not monogamous with your knitting, but I think this year I have taken it to another level.  I keep starting projects, but never finish them.  I have a basket full of WIP's that may never get done!


I realized that it specifically encompasses pairs, but not exactly how you would think.  I know of the dreaded "single sock syndrome."  You finish a sock, and then never get the second completed.

My problem is getting the first of a pair *almost* done, but not quite.


Take this pretty sock I started knitting for Emma.  I did the pretty pattern, I turned the heel, and now I just need to finish up a bit of length and shape the toe.  It wouldn't take long to finish the one sock, but I put it aside and start something different.


Then there is this wristlet that I started for my mom, all I need to do is make the button hole for the thumb, and knit a few more rounds and it will be completed.  

These pieces are almost finished, but not quite, and I can't seem to figure out why I keep starting, stopping, and starting something new!

Don't get me started on the scarf that I started at the beginning of the year, completed one skein of yarn, and then set aside.

Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, because my goal is one finished knit object a month, not one started.  I have a lot of WIP's, I need to complete them.  So for April, I plan to finish the wristlets for my mom, and hopefully finish the one sock for Emma, then maybe the second sock will come in time for her birthday in May!

My reading has slowed down a bit.  I received these books in the mail yesterday - The Goodbye Bride and Siren's Song.  Siren's Song especially looked good to me (I always judge a book by its cover), however, it is the third in a series, so now I need to find the other two before I can read this one!  I hate when that happens.

We are reading about the Revolutionary War in our homeschool right now.  I love this time period, and watching my children learn about the founding of our country, and how they feel about the different events is really interesting to see.

Do you continue to start new projects before finishing the last, or are you good about completing a project before starting a new one?

38 comments:

  1. I used to hate getting the second sock finished but now I knit them 2 at a time and toe up.....I find it works better for me and no second sock syndrome! Good luck getting your seconds finished!!!

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  2. I usually have several WIPs going on - personal project knitting, knitting for pattern, crochet and machine knitting. I don't like finishing a project and have nothing going on, but I never abandon my WIPs for a long time, trying to work on each little by little. This way I don't get overwhelmed.

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  3. I thankfully have yet to be hit with SSS, but I know it's out there. Gulp!

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  4. I've got more WIPs than I can count and tend to cast on new projects as if that massive pile of unfinished projects didn't exist. And I made a plan at the beginning of the year, too. Silly me. :)

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  5. I used to be rubbish at finishing a project off before....ooh look something new! I've been better for about 18 months but it's SO hard. Gather all your half done projects and try do a finishing school, if none of them grab your attention then jsut put them aside for a bit longer. I got really excited about finishing a load of things last year and that's when I realised I needed to be more focused!

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  6. I am working on two pairs of socks right now, along with a shawl and having that many projects going at once is driving me nuts! I think I need no more than two projects going at a time.

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  7. I am right there with you - socks are the bane of my knitting existence. Key to sock success for me is to cast on both socks. at. the. same. time. On two sets of dpns. Voila - in about 3 weeks, I have a completed pair of socks.

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  8. I love to have lots of projects to pick from to knit based on my knitting mood. Love your beautiful projects and I say cast on one more :)

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  9. I'm not much of a sock knitter but I do have a few sweaters with one arm hahah! First time stopping by for a visit :) Tricia @ farmishmomma.com

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  10. I love to have lots on the needles, but I generally don't allow myself to cast on a new project until I finish one (one out, one in!)

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  11. I am horrible at finishing projects, so I force myself to finish them - as in, I can have at most two things on the needles at a time (and same goes for crochet, though it'd be on the hook, ha). I'm allowed to put something aside and not work on it a while, sure, but I can't have anything *else* to work on when I don't want to work on that thing, if that makes sense. Or else I'd have a bunch of projects started and nothing finished!
    I have found, though, that I'm a better deadline knitter than I thought I would be. I had a shawl that I was meh, maybe 1/3 of the way done, and wanted it done by this Saturday (the 9th), which was just under two weeks out and oh man, I wasn't going to be able to finish! Except, uh, I knew I wanted it done, so I hunkered down, and it was cast off early Tuesday morning/late Monday night.
    I'm wanting to cast on a new pair of socks (I've even got the sock yarn for it - thank you, 30% off sales at Michaels!) but I also know I need to make a sweater for my dog...and he's been waiting for it since, well, September xD And even though it's April, he would get some use out of it before summer hits for real, so there's no sense in putting it off any longer!

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  12. How funny! I often start most projects...but I actually learned how to knit years ago and started a scarf (which has yet to be completed...in a drawer...and I forget how to knit now). Often I get excited to try out new things, but then sometimes lose my steam.
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  13. Oh man, bummer about it being the 3rd in a series. I hate when that happens, too!

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  14. I love reading and I totally understand your heart break for coming to an end of a series. Keep in mind, when one ends, another one begins!! Great post xx felinebykatsaris.com

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  15. That is how I feel with books at the moment. I feel like I am reading 200 books at the same time lol.

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  16. You are so creative! I love seeing what projects you are working on, so the fact that you aren't monogamous is totally okay in my book ;)

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  17. I always have many books started. That way whatever I am needing at the moment, romance, mystery, religion, I have a book to fit every need!

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  18. I want to learn how to knit. I just need the time!

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  19. I do this all the time! I am terrible at finishing my projects. I just keep getting excited about new ones.

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  20. I almost always complete one project before starting another. I'm trying to break the multitasking habit. We'll see how it goes.

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  21. I've had knitting and crocheting activities back in my home economics class but never really got much into it. I actually preferred cross stitching back in the day but this post is making me want to try knitting again.

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  22. Well ... I have to open a secret, please don't tell anyone ;)
    I wear different color and pattern knitted socks at home and I absolutely love that. I don't do that on purpose, that's how it is ;)

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  23. Monogamous knitting is no fun at all. In fact, I keep telling myself I should cast on MORE things so if I don't feel like working on the one thing I've got in front of me, I can still make progress on something!

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  24. I wish I could knit. I know how to crochet but knitting is beyond my scope. I'm sure you'll be able to fulfill your goal but so far I love what your socks.

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  25. My nieces absolutely love those wristlets. My sister makes them all the time (because she got all the talent for yarn crafts and I did not). ;)

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  26. Monogamous knitting is no fun at all. In fact, I keep telling myself I should cast on MORE things so if I don't feel like working on the one thing I've got in front of me, I can still make progress on something!

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  27. I used to started projects but ended up unfinish many of them. But now I force myself to finish the projects that I start especially, the ones that I once so eager to do at the begin.

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  28. I do the same thing with random craft projects. I end up finding them a year later and just trashing it! D:

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  29. Don't beat yourself up. I have never even knitted! At least you are doing it. I like to think that one day i'll give it a try.

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  30. I have a lot projects going on, all of the time. I tend to get around to finishing them, but sometimes it can take awhile.

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  31. This always happens to me. I go from reading one book, to starting another. And oddly enough, that's how I've worked in all my projects in life. Always starting one thing while working on another, and eventually finishing them off together. :)

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  32. I never use to start new projects! Use to be a major pet peeve of mine but now that I blog I'm Notorious for it -_-

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  33. I have tried knitting so many times, crocheting, you name it! I cant seem to get the hang of any of those methods of creating. But if you give me paint, or anything to draw with I can work with it!

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  34. Good luck and stick with it. I would be lucky if I could complete one since I don't knit at all.

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  35. Ha, I have no idea. For me it's shawls. They get abandoned when the rows get Long, in favour of kiddie things which are fast!

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  36. I have the opposite problem - I keep finishing things then spending ages deciding what to make next, despite having a list the length of my arm! I love what you've done so far, you can power through, good luck!

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  37. I've seen the Sirens Song around and I've been meaning to pick up a copy to read. I can definitely relate to not finishing everything lol

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  38. I don't know how to knit. I'm bad about starting a new project before finishing an old one.

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