So many WIP’s and HO’s….
It’s November and as Mim mentioned in her last blog post, it’s NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month)! There was a lot of banter about how crazy we would have to be to start a sweater with all of our other ongoing projects and life obligations and expect to finish it by the end of the month, so of course we decided that we must cast on. Who doesn’t dig a nice knitting challenge? It turns out that a lot of us here at Over the Rainbow and our beloved Over the Rainbow Yarnies (that’s what we nicknamed our loyal knitting group participants; we’re so clever) do in fact enjoy knitting under pressure. I want to give a shout out to Karyn, Barbara, Katie Ooooo, Martha, Kristin, and of course Mim for being such adventurous souls and joining the knit-along.
Casting on a new sweater made me reflect on all of my sweaters that have been patiently waiting to be finished over the last year and all of my other WIPs (works in progress) and HOs (half objects… this is a super fun new term that Katie Ooo let me in on). I try not to think about how many things I have chillin’ on needles because no good can come of it. I have cast-on-itis and it can’t be helped. I’m not a one project at a time kind of gal (I suppose that I’m actually a 12-15 projects-atta-time kinda gal). I recently moved and the state of my WIPs and HOs would horrify most knitters. They were truthfully in tangled heaps, shoved in among stash, and generally neglected. I had to break the yarn from most items to remove them from their HO purgatory; it was a sad sight. I decided that it would be a good idea to put them all in one box so that I could clearly assess the situation.
Behold the box!
This box is filled with a lot of awesome things that will someday be lovely garments. It contains 19 items… 9 adult sweaters (Only 2 of them aren’t for me! Have I mentioned that I’m a super selfish knitter with an addiction to cardigans?), 1 baby sweater, 3 socks, 1 set-o-slippers, 1 neon orange doggerchief (for Eleanor Beans, my pretty lil pooch who wants to stay safe during hunting season), 3 blankets, and a pair of mittens.
Surprisingly, this pile of knitting madness made me feel better because it’s now contained. Only 19 projects to finish! I realized that most of my WIPs and HOs are just lacking sleeves. I hate knitting the same thing twice. For me, knitting the second sock and sleeve is horribly painful, which is why I need to have 12 other projects going. By the time I get back to a second sleeve, I have forgotten that I knit the first one. It’s all very logical and helpful in assuaging WIPs and HOs guilt. I’ve decided to finish at least half of the heap by the new year. I’ll keep you posted!
In an attempt to finish my “not so light but still delightful”, Still Light Tunic, I’m contemplating short sleeves instead of 3/4 sleeves (check it out below). What do you think? In honor of today’s big event (this is my tactful reminder that everyone should vote today!), let’s do a little more voting. Short sleeves or 3/4, it’s such an important question.