Friday, November 11, 2011

My Life in Stitches: The Cure to WIP-itis

I try not to have more than one knitting project going at once. There are times that I have two projects going at once, but it’s for a good cause (see previous post) but not often. I also don’t have hibernating projects. If I don’t like them, I rip them out. But I think I figured out why. I think I’ve discovered the cure for WIP-itis.

First, let me give you some more information about WIP-itis (Work-in-Progress-itis). It’s a debilitating condition that causes you to have more than three knitting projects going at once. These projects sit for months, and sometimes years, untouched. It occupies spare needles everywhere and causes great distress when unfinished project are spotted around the house. It afflicts both new and seasoned knitters all over the world.

My current love affair. Jared Flood's
Daybreak made with Spud and Chloe,
color 7803 (brown) and Sweet
Georgia's Autumn Flame.
Now that you know what it is, are you ready for the remedy?

The cure to WIP-itis is love.

The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins, but it also cures WIP-itis. When you love your WIP and everything about it, you won’t start another one. It’s the same principal with marriage. No other man can catch my eye because I’m completely in love with my husband. And for me, I am completely in love with each of my knitting projects, and if I'm not, I rip it out and make something I love.

And you have to love everything about the WIP, the yarn, the pattern, and the needles.  I don’t buy yarn unless I love it. If I just like it, then it will just sit in the bin. But if I love it, it will hold my attention through the entire project.  And I love the patterns I make. If I just like them and then I come across something I love, I ditch finish the first one. And I'm not talking about infatuation. I talking about full-blown-puppy-eyed-I-am-comitted-to-you-for-the-rest-of-project-till-blocking-do-us-part love.

Now I realize that this cure might only work for people like me, but it’s worth a try. Love your WIPs. 
*Love cures writing WIP-itis. If you don't love your novel, you won't finish it.

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