Before January closes I have a goal of FINISHING 24 projects in 2024; Join me? They can be big or small, new or old, and in any fibre craft; just get ‘er done.
Today’s topic: Hello WIPs (work-in-progress) my old friend.
Refamiliarizing yourself with a 2 year old WIP in its project bag requires a bit of homework before you can get back into the rhythm of the knit. With my #baaad24in24 goal and the added grease that new year resolutions help kickstart I dusted off this 3/4 finished sweater from its crypt and put it on a salvage yarn so I could try it on, give it a soak to let the colourwork relax, and finally resize. All these helped me map out how I could adjust it moving forward in order to work it into a 2024 FO (finished object) that I would love.
This exercise reminded me why it ended up on the WIP (work-in-progress) shelf: the back had more material than I was worried I wanted, leaving a slight warp to the overall shape. With a bath and air-drying, I could see I could make some small adjustments to the fit going forward that would cancel out some of what was previously bothering me.
I learned two things from doing the work: (1) A bit of legwork helps determine the path forward, and (2) next time I get the urge to knit a round yoke top-down sweater I can adjust where I place the arm divides (I DON’t have to blindly follow the pattern to create a custom-sized garment with a made-for-my-body fit!).
AND now to knit, knit, knit as I just got a headstart on another finished sweater towards my goal of 24 finished objects in 2024! Turn WIPs into FOs and you’re halfway there!!!
Are there any WIPS in YOUR time-out worth doing the homework on?
Here’s an inspiration photo from another of our staff, Cheryl:
we unveilied a WIP (work in progress) collection that spans from the newest to the oldest, and oh boy, it’s a yarnful ride!
At the bottom right, a project just cast on this Jan 1st – the beginning of a fresh creative year! Moving left, you’ll encounter another CO (cast on) from last Jan 1st, a year full of knitting adventures.
But wait, there’s more! Spot those familiar yarns from Baaad Anna’s past? Some unfinished gems still waiting to transform into beautiful creations. The journey of stitches continues!
Join the fun and share your own WIP journey with the hashtag #baaad24in24. Let’s celebrate the beauty of the process, from casting on to the final bind-off!