I currently have a quite large selection of unfinished projects (the ones I can recall are):
- a woven shawl with overshot pattern.
- a pair of brightly coloured socks – I’m knitting these simultaneously but they are still stalled half way through the feet.
- a green jumper for my husband to my own design.
- a pi are square shawl in very chunky yarn.
I realised, as I worked towards the finishing line on my daughter’s knitted dress, that I often stop working on projects when they are very close to completion. The woven shawl, for example, is stopped half way through the second band of patterning (there is a wide band at each end of the shawl). I probably only have another 6 inches to work and it’ll be off the loom. So why have I stopped?
I realised that somewhere near the end of a project, I start to doubt that it’ll be as good as I imagined it at the start. So, instead of facing disappointment, I simply stop working on that project and move onto the next one. This is daft, because when I do finish things I’m usually delighted at the result. If I’m not delighted then the item can usually be modified or embellished or given away (if it’s a poor fit for the original intended recipient).
Anyway, I was motivated to finish my daughter’s dress because:
- If I didn’t finish it quickly it would be too small.
- It’s a one ball project – so I wanted to use up as much of the yarn as possible.
- I wanted to see what the wavy pattern would look like once it had been blocked.