Not all WIPs are created equal. Just like not all yarns are created equal. While some people may be project purists and be devoted to that one project until the final end is sewn in, the finished item is blocked and gifted or in use, that is not me.
There are many benefits to having multiple projects on the go, and I would like to highlight the value of having different TYPES of projects on the go.
If you find that you are struggling through that king sized, all the same stitch blanket, or that you just can’t uncross your eyes from looking at that stitch chart, have a think about starting a new totally different project as a palette cleanser.
For me, I need to have a few different types of WIPs in progress at one time because the moods of 4 tiny people greatly dictate my ability to concentrate on any given day, especially in lockdown, my moods and the moods of my kids are fluctuating greatly at the moment. Between home schooling and missing their friends, the kids are understandably up and down all the time.
So to combat that, I have different types of projects that vary in difficulty and concentration level required on the go at once. Here are the different categories my WIPs fall into:
Mindless ‘JUST MAKE IT’ project
I have two of these at the moment and they are both Tunisian Crochet projects. These projects require little to no concentration, I just pick them up and stitch away.
Mindless but need to count and follow along with a pattern
Another category of WIPs I have 2 of. You need to keep track of row numbers, or stitch numbers, but the stitches are simple and for the most part you can just switch off and make. I love these projects as a car project. Simple enough to take with you as long as you have the pattern with you or on your device and can keep track of row numbers. (In the sweater project photo below I have a row counter ring helping me keep track.)
Intricate and need to pay attention to every stitch
This type of project is perfect for when I need to feel skilled and do something detailed and hard. These projects stretch my skills and abilities.
Currently I am making The Graphite Mandala by Lilla Bjorn Crochet using Lion Brand 24/7 cotton, this is my favourite yarn for overlay crochet because of the incredible stitch definition.
Designing and need to be in flow and have a notepad next to me
Not surprisingly I generally have a few of these on the go at once. But surprisingly, I don’t at the moment. I have started a new mandala pattern a few times, but I’m having a bit of a mental block with designing at the moment. So I have the yarn there ready for me to design, it just hasn’t been the right day for it yet.
And so that I don’t get stuck wallowing in my designing rut, I make sure I have more projects to get on with, whether mindlessly or in deep concentration mode, because making is my go to self care and it really frustrates me when I can’t just grab a project and go.
This also allows for me to quickly pick up my mindless project when the kids are playing and I know I have 20 minutes of quiet time before inevitably someone gets hurt or needs to dob on their sibling and Mum needs to intervene.
And I save the concentration projects for the times when the kids are actually at school, or when they are in bed and I actually get to concentrate on myself!
I’d love to hear if you plan your WIPs like this too, if you just have 37 current WIPs of any type or if you are one of those elusive project purists.