3.25.2007

Yes, I have a problem

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step so here goes.

Hi, my name is Robyn and I am a compulsive project starter. Nothing in life excites me more that the idea of starting a new project. Unfortunately, that is where my enthusiasm seems to end. I am horrible at finishing all of the projects that I love to start. This week I started four new knitting and crochet projects even though I already had several projects on the needles. I cast-on, get a little way into the project, and then I start looking for a new pattern or design to work on. It's not that I don't care about the projects; I always experience guilt when I toss a project aside for something bigger and better, but the guilt is not enough to stop my project cheating ways. This isn't just a knitting problem, but for the sake of simplicity and my sanity I am going to try and just address the problem how it relates to my knitting and maybe I will be able to apply the solutions to other areas of my life.

My first step is to take an inventory of my outstanding projects that I want to complete.
1. Sweater- 20% finished
2. Bamboo Ballerina- 25% finished
3. Brimmed tam- done!
4. Chinese charm bag- 95% complete
5. skull tote- 50% complete

Next, I need to come up with a plan to get these projects finished and out of my life. The problem I have with all of these projects (excluding the sweater) is that I became bored and thus detached myself from them. To remedy this problem and to try to get them out of my life as soon as possible I came up with a plan- I am going to knit 4 rows on each of these projects every day until they are all complete. Within 3 weeks all of these projects (excluding the sweater) will be out of my life and I can move on to bigger and better things. I am also making a rule that I can only start one new project per week until I really start getting things done.

On that note, today I finished this hat for my friend Chelsea. I actually finished crocheting the hat a few days ago, but I put off weaving in the ends until today.

4 comments:

CraftyGirl83 said...

Cute hat! Is that Noro yarn?

robyn said...

No, Chelsea picked out the yarn at AC Moore. I think it might have been Moda Dea brand, but I am not sure. It's mostly acrylic, but it looks and feels really nice and the color changes are long and subtle like Noro.

vania said...

I like your plan - 4 rows of each daily, i should try it! I have a few projects on the go too, but mainly sewing projects. And look, you finished a hat! I think you're doing great, though i can relate about getting bored with things; i just love having a project in my hands when i'm watching TV - makes me think i'm being really productive!

Anonymous said...

I love it!!!! You are the best, the very best Robyn! Thanks so much, there both so freakin awesome!

-Chelsea