Tip of the Week: Visualizing Your On-The-Needle Projects
So somehow it is already February; how have your new year’s resolutions been treating you?
I’ve had a few that I have been considering: uncovering more great fibre arts podcasts, aiming to complete a sweater per month, making my tips-of-the-week more weekly! Some have been successful, and others are a work-in-progress. Something I hear a lot of while working at the yarn store is the tug-of-war that people play with themselves over continuing on with the projects they have already started (lovingly called WIPs in the knitting world; short for ‘works of progress’) and validating the cast-on of a new project.
Remembering that knitting, like all fibre arts or other artistic pursuits, need to have an element of inspiration, here is one solution (resolution?) to this potential struggle: allowing yourself to happily work on multiple projects at the same time. In my recent post about Fab Podcasts I mentioned the Lovetosew episode on Resewlutions, and one of the suggestions they made was to set aside a small area to visually house your current project or projects. I ran with this idea and put together three projects: one new sweater project, one new small easy project, and one albatross WIP that I have been working on (and off and on for over three years).
They are in separate, pretty and easy to grab-and-go project bags, and all serve a different purpose: currently my sweater project is a long, seemingly endless stockinette that I can work on without much mental energy, the small new project gives me inspiration, and the WIP reminds me of the satisfaction I will feel when I can soon take it off my needles and into my wardrobe!
So here’s a suggestion: the year is still fresh, so find any surface in your house that will provide you with a visual daily reminder that there is joy in knitting. This could be your night-table or a shelf in your bookcase, and then find a way to show off your current on-the-needle projects you want to invest in this month. And treat yourself guilt-free to some nice yarn or a project bag that makes your heart sing!
And don’t forget to celebrate the small victories!