As I approach the pulling my hair out phase with the latest afghan from the Cabled Afghan Knit Along on Creativebug—– I always wonder how can you keep ANY project that takes awhile to complete fresh, interesting—– pleasurable??? Instead of being bored, tossing aside the project or moving on with a UFO to your credit? It really doesn’t matter to me whether it is KNITTING, CROCHETING, QUILTING, or something from the SEWIST category, you need to plan the end game before you get to the boring and/or frustrating part!
- Keep the Goal in sight. I like to have a beautiful photo of the project in it’s finished state to spur me on!
- Use sites such as Ravelry (for knitters) to keep you on track and accountable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to post even another 2% completed!
- Set interim treats at specified times. I do NOT like to add another project into the mix— but prefer to be project monogamous. Some knitters/quilters/sewists have many projects in the works and switch between them when they get bored. For me it’s a personal choice—- if I have too many projects going I love faith in myself to finish even one of them! I may buy something for a future project at a certain point. For example, when I finished the last block in the Cabled Afghan I bought a piece of yummy knit fabric to make a new top. I sketched out the top using my personal sloper from Cal Patch’s class when I finished the LAST block. What can I say, I know myself! :) I had so much fun designing a top I wanted to make knowing that it would fit perfectly—- thanks Cal! Now, I can’t wait to sew it!
- I have a chalkboard with projects listed in the studio. That way I can see what creative things I’d like to do next…… future thrills as it were. This keeps me moving on the current project. Because I don’t cheat on one project with another I know the only way to get to fresh unbroken ground is to finish what I have going on!
Mostly I press on. Sometimes I give myself the treat of a fresh unbroken bag of M&M’s. HA! Doesn’t the latest cabled square look crazy in it’s unblocked state? All wiggly and windy!
The last two blocks in bias garter along with the finished XO Panels & Ensigns Braid Square. This intrticately cabled square reminded me that vigilance in knitting is always key—– and to keep an eye on the pattern as well as to ‘read’ the knitting. It’s a cool block. I’ve just begun this weeks block, Honeycomb Trellis. When this block is complete there will be three more cable blocks and then the assembly. That’s 17 blocks completed and it leads me to the biggest foundation of all:
- PRAISE YOURSELF FOR WORK DONE!! KNOW YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB SO FAR!
Which leads me to another FOUNDATION I have ignored and am now hating myself for. I have not woven in the ends. Not one. Some blocks have 4-8 ends loose as a couple of the balls of yarn had a lot of knots/joins that had to be cut. Because this is an acrylic there was no wet/spit splicing so the ends have to start at the edges and need to be woven in well. Lots and Lots of ends to weave in. The plain blocks are all done so I’ll use the time in between weeks when the new cable blocks are released for the knit along to weave in ends.
It’s been 108 with the heat index….. I don’t run the a/c out in the studio when it gets that hot so I’ve been inside doing more knitting and less sewing. However, the fall sewing plans are almost made, swatches are being assembled and the plan is coming together. I’ve even been perfecting the fashion sketch with methods to use for sketching for kids, even men. Coming soon!
Have a fantastic weekend!