- Put all of your projects in one place and make a list, maybe in a notebook, or on your tablet. (I prefer large art paper and large script). I find it helpful to put the items that are near to being finished at the top of this list. On the list I have the name of the pattern and the percentage of completion. You could order your list differently, perhaps there is one thing you are anxious to gift or start wearing? Put that one on top.
- The pile o' WIPs and UFOs might be culled. Ask yourself if you truly want to continue on with the project. It might be so old that you could unwind the yarn for something in the future. Don't be afraid to frog or rip out if you don't love the pattern or progress so far. No one will judge you, I promise.
- Put the list in a spot where you can view it easily each day. I have a bulletin board near my knitting spot, as I knit I look at the list and it actually inspires me to stay focused on these projects.
- Consider putting your viewing of patterns and knitting magazines on a short hiatus. Each day I normally look at "Hot Right Now", Ravelry's Top Twenty Patterns. This does not help the "Wanna cast on all the things" fever. So I commit to no viewing, but for one day a week. (I can't lie to you....)
- Suggest to your knitting group that they join you in finishing up lingering projects. There is strength and encouragement in numbers. If you don't have a knitting group see #5.
- Join Ravelry's One Day a Week For UFOs group. The members post their progress and conversations can be encouraging, you get what you give. If you post comments, you'll probably hear cheering-on from others.
- I have dedicated Sunday and Thursday as my "Knit on the Malingerers" days. I might work on just one project, or I might knit for an hour each on a number of them. I do try to work on one that is mostly finished to help with fostering the gratification of completion.
- I block groups of things at one time, so I count it as completed when I weave in all of my ends. Another way to feel pride in completing another knitting project.
|Spate by Jane Richmond|
Yarn: Elderberry Yarns Aran (gifted to me at the Maine Knitting Pipeline Retreat by JuniperGrace) on size 6 and 7 needles
|Stockholm by knittedblisjc|
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage Amber Trinket on size 8 needles
|Wholehearted, Erika Flory|
Yarn: Yarns on Stage, Sweet Pea and Happy Feet on size 6 needles
|Antrorse by Shannon Cook|
Yarn: Louisa Harding Ca d'Oro
|Skinny Mitered Scarf by Susan Mills|
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Oinling on size 8 needles
|Noro and Alchemy scarf|
Yarn: Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation Juniper and Noro Hotaru on size 10 needles
|Thorn by Bristol Ivy|
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the Almanac colorway on size 5 needles
Yarn: Swan Island Natural Colors Merino and Indigodragonfly Merino Silk in the Not Your Average Heart Medication colorway on size 4 needles
|Blue Whale by Stephen West|
Yarn: Sheep Shop Yarn Co., Sheep Feet on size 6 needles
|Derry Raglan Sweater by Cecily Glowick MacDonald|
Yarn: Berroco Vintage
So there's my walk of shame, ten projects in projects bags waiting to be finished. Please don't go looking on my Ravelry tab at what is hibernating.... that's a whole 'nother post!
Share with us how you tackle so many projects lying around your craft room, please!
UFO means unfinished object
WIP means a Work in Progress