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Aug 25, 2019 09:46:56   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
For the last 3 weeks I can not seem to finish any of my wip item. I currently have a sock, bib, cowl, lap afghan, afghan all on knitting needles and I have on crochet hooks a blanket and a preemie hat which have been on the hooks for months. And I can't seem to get myself to finish the items. I will pick up something new to start on. Has this happen to anyone else? I ordered yarn from Ice yarns and received the package on Wednesday and will not let myself open the package since I know I will start another item to use with some of that yarn.

The sock started it all. I am doing my Favorite Vanilla socks by Meaghan Schmaltz on 9in circulars and I hated doing the heel flap and turn. I am on the instep and can't seem to finish it. With the bib I only have the last shoulder to do, but I am not happy with the way it turned out, the cowl is what I am currently working on. The afghan I only have 3 rows done and put that down to work on weekends when I do not get interrupted by friends calling. I can not seem to pick that up and start on it. Which I really need to since I was planning on giving that as a wedding gift in Oct. I was hoping to make some hats and scarves as Christmas gifts for my family and friends but I feel I should finish what I started before I start on that.
Any advice on getting me to finish the items I have started or should I just start working on other stuff? Since I got stung by a black wasp on my ankle yesterday and it still is a little swollen and sore it is a good day for me to just sit and knit as much as I can.
 
Aug 25, 2019 09:58:41   #
romagica
 
I like to listen to audiobooks while I knit. Perhaps you need a little side stimulus?

What will finishing a WIP create for you (self-satisfaction, pride, relief, generosity)? Perhaps by tapping into your “why,” you can get past your barrier.

I hope you recover from your sting quickly. That sounds painful.
Aug 25, 2019 10:00:32   #
babyrose (a regular here)
 
It depends upon your personality, take either the easiest, quickest item to finish or the most detailed and put everything else out of sight. That's the only thing you touch until you finish. Once you get one done the rest should follow.
Have you had a major upheaval in your life? When my husband died I went for almost 2 years physically unable to complete anything at all, though most of it was cross stitch.
Aug 25, 2019 10:04:11   #
GrandmaJJ (a regular here)
 
I am also a quilter and find myself in the same boat more often than I care to admit to. What I find does help me though is to pick up the item that I know will take me the least amount of time to finish & work on that project. Just the satisfaction of finishing something helps motivate me. I also listen to audiobooks when doing all of my needlework. I think we find ourselves in this situation when we have too many deadlines and it gets to be overwhelming. Hope this helps.
Aug 25, 2019 10:06:12   #
babyrose (a regular here)
 
Favorite music with a fast tempo helps as well.
Aug 25, 2019 10:07:44   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
I knit while I am watching tv. So I am working on easy stuff. My job is stressful and has always been that way. Life is getting easier for me since I get to work from home 3 days a week now. I will put a show I like on my kindle and continue with the cowl and work on that till it is done. Thanks for helping me to get my mind set. Happy knitting
 
Aug 25, 2019 10:33:44   #
KnitterNatalie (a regular here)
 
babyrose wrote:
It depends upon your personality, take either the easiest, quickest item to finish or the most detailed and put everything else out of sight. That's the only thing you touch until you finish. Once you get one done the rest should follow.
Have you had a major upheaval in your life? When my husband died I went for almost 2 years physically unable to complete anything at all, though most of it was cross stitch.


I would work easiest to most involved...that way the faster-to-do projects get completed and you can stop thinking about them...the bigger, more involved project will still be there (until it too is completed) but at least you don't also have all the others as well! Just the way my brain approaches choices like this!
Aug 25, 2019 12:21:52   #
martina (a regular here)
 
I’d choose the one I most wanted to do, finish that then see which you’d like to do next. Till you’ve finished them all or until you get to one that you don’t want to do then unwind it and make something else or just donate the yarn.
Aug 25, 2019 13:36:02   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
30 minutes on each project?
Aug 25, 2019 13:49:02   #
deshka (a regular here)
 
Happens to me too, I have exactly no idea how many projects I have no needles, I do know it's way too many and I have brand spankin new yarns I want to get my fingers into right now. Still gotta wait a while so I can build up more strength in my wrist after breaking it, along with other body parts. Am doing better but got a long way to go yet. A few times when I had a whole sh--load of started projects I got a lot of them together and made them back into balls of yarn--knowing I would never get back to them.
Aug 25, 2019 15:20:33   #
JeannineAnne (a regular here)
 
I do the exact opposite..one of those things my Dad told me..always do the worst first, always eat the worst first and it has stuck. I find it harder to get going but..once I do I can fly through the others as the satisfaction of worst first is very strong.. good luck. You just need that first kick to get going. you have knitters block LOL come on gal , you pick anyone easiest or not and I will be the cheer leader for you . I am sure the gang will join in XX Jeannine
 
Aug 25, 2019 15:35:23   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
 
Sometimes I do that with larger projects, but not the smaller ones like bibs, headbands, etc. I have a few things that are still sitting unfinished for years. I need to get them out and finish them. One is a pretty crochet blanket. It has oblong and square squares and all I have to do is sew them together. I am embarrassed to tell you how long it has been sitting. I just unraveled one sweater that I got a start on and set aside. It would be too big since I have lost so much weight. Am going to find a different pattern for the yarn. I have another sweater that I was working on when we were in Kauai in 2016. The gauge did not come out and it was turning out to be too big. Now it would be huge on me, so I am going to unravel it and start over in a smaller size. So, you are not alone with having the UFO's.
Aug 25, 2019 20:20:59   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
Thanks for all the feed back. It was such a beautiful day I sat outside for a while and knitted. As far as my wips I have decided to work on a different wip each day until the knitted ones are done. Hopefully this will help me get them done. Since I am not happy with the bib I will frog it and start over after I finish the other items.
Aug 26, 2019 06:25:07   #
NanaFran
 
Sometimes you just lose your mojo. It will return.
And speaking of stings, I stepped into a yellow jackets nest and got stung quite a few times, and in the process of trying to swish them away from my ears, which were being stung, I flipped my hearing aid out and it went into the bushes somewhere. Can't find it. An expensive sting!
Aug 26, 2019 06:47:46   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
NanaFran, I am so sorry to hear you got stung so bad by yellow jackets and lost your hearing aid. Hope you were ok from getting stung so much.
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