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Sep 13, 2018 11:35:33   #
Finish what I start. Unless it truly is a fail. I have been knitting long enough to be a good judge of what will work for me.
Sep 13, 2018 11:36:35   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
I have numerous wips on the go, some only need a bit of work to finish, others need a lot .... I have Frogged a few items after they have sat for awhile.
I like having a few items on the go, it's good to have something small to take out with me to appointments etc then something easy to work on...then I love something more complex for when I have time on my own
Sep 13, 2018 11:36:49   #
Sep 13, 2018 11:38:55   #
crochetknit Deb wrote:
I don't need no stinkin' rules.

Sep 13, 2018 11:54:16   #
I do the same. I have a list of projects from knitting to cross stitching and I can’t move on unless I finish the one I am working on.
Sep 13, 2018 12:00:42   #
GrannieAnnie F
Jessica-Jean wrote:
Rules? As long as I'm having fun with the tool and yarn in my hands, all's good. Do I have WIPs? I do, and I don't know how many. I don't even care how many there are. If I don't live long enough to finish them, some shopper at Goodwill will be delighted at finding them. No problem.

Same here. I have a really nice sweater (no sleeves) that's been waiting to be put together for 30 years. I will get to it when I get to it. I have reduced some things to nothing, but other way. : )
Sep 13, 2018 12:24:04   #
No wine drinking while knitting! (Leads to the frog pond😉)
Sep 13, 2018 12:27:34   #
GrannieAnnie F wrote:
Same here. I have a really nice sweater (no sleeves) that's been waiting to be put together for 30 years. I will get to it when I get to it. I have reduced some things to nothing, but other way. : )

30 years, good to know there are others like me! I started knitting 20 years ago and gave one unfinished sweater to Goodwill still on the needles along with the directions. I didn't like the yarn enough to use for something else. I have unfinished cross-stitch and knitting projects that I still like and want to finish eventually. I also don't feel obligated to finish reading a book if I don't like it.
Sep 13, 2018 12:53:28   #
Wow if I had your rule nothing would ever get done. I can hardly remember the last thing that took me less than 30 days. No rules really. I knit for pleasure.
Sep 13, 2018 12:56:56   #
I'm only allowed to have either a pair of socks or comfort doll on the needle and still have one more project that is more involved. Any more than that isn't allowed.
Sep 13, 2018 12:57:27   #
I knit for fun and relaxation. So no rules apply, whatever moves me is it. If a project wants to sit for month after month as a WIP, so be it. If it tells me to frog it, so be it.
Sep 13, 2018 13:11:49   #
colleenmay (a regular here)
Why be so hard on yourself. You sound like my husband. I don't need anyone being heavy-handed with me, even myself. I knit for my pleasure and to gift others. If it isn't giving you pleasure, give it up.
Sep 13, 2018 13:26:11   #
Well, there are other solutions, depending on how far you've knit a project. If you really don't like the item, then, yes, frog it. However, if you like what you are knitting, perhaps put it aside for a short while and work on another WIP. I find knitting smaller items (such as booties--which I'm so much fun with or infant or adult hats), and switching these with my "major" project really helps.

I truly love to see a project finished--but, sometimes, this doesn't always work. Do what you feel more comfortable with--if you like the yarn, you may find something else to knit with it at another time!
Sep 13, 2018 13:33:03   #
KnittingNerd wrote:
I'm tired of procrastinating my knitting. So now, I made a rule for myself. If it's on the needle for more than 20 to 30 days and it's not a gift . It will be frogged. No far I'm following my rules.

Do you have rules you abide by when knitting?

When I first started knitting, it was one project at a time. Last year, for #ome reason, I ended up with 5 wips, I started to feel anxious So I stopped, took a breath and sat down and finished all the wips. I resolved from then on only to do one project at a time. I then started to run into the problem of finishing a project before my Thursday knit along and then scrambling to find something to have on my needles. I didn’t like that feeling either as I was putting projects on my needles that I wasn’t interested in. So to resolve that I have 2 projects on my needles. As I get close to finishing the first project I am looking to see what I want to do after the second project. I have time to browse patterns then wind my yarn and swatch while finish8ng project #2. Right now I have a pair of socks for my younger son and a hat for my oldest son on my needles. The hat is taking precedence right now as I need to get a couple of measurements for the socks. After that I am knitting another sweater for my grandson and crocheting a project bag for my SIL.
Sep 13, 2018 13:41:38   #
elliekluge (a regular here)
My newest "rule" is to put a 1 year expiration date on all new purchases. If I can't use it in 1 year, don't buy it! My yarn stash is legendary, and I'm trying to get it under control. Of course, the "old stuff" doesn't have an expiration date! Strange as it may sound, it seems to be working. I mentally go through my current dated stash before I reach for that new yarn, just because it's pretty, on sale, etc. Bonus is that I have finish 3 sweaters for MYSELF so far this year! WAHOO!
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