Trollop, slattern, floozy, tart
If you were to ask me to describe myself as a knitter one of the first words that would come to mind would be monogamous. I would tell you when I start a project I see it through from beginning to end. But, dear readers, I have a confession to make: this is a lie.
At one point it was true, but sometime in the summer of 2010 I went off the rails and never got back on. Oh sure, I would tell my current project they were my one and only, that I loved them above all others, but a look into the darker corners of my closet would reveal
projects started but never finished.
unfinished project multiplied into four. Why wouldn’t these stupid projects finish themselves? The WIPs pile kept growing deeper and deeper until I was forced to admit I had a problem.
The thrill of the
cast on. This sweater filled my daydreams. It was going to be so cute, cropped with big buttons and a little sunburst pleat on the back. I pined for it.
I was really
happy with the cardigan at first. But as I went on, the magic waned. It became just another project, and in the end I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.
Like many other relationships that come to an end, it was messy. There were
unseamed sleeves and loose ends to weave in. And I let them stay that way for over a year.
In all seriousness, I’ve hated having this sweater (and all the other WIPs) out there, unfinished. I prefer to be a monogamous knitter, for no other reason than trying to figure out where I was on a pattern when I quit knitting is a giant pain.
The only reason this sweater stayed unfinished for so long is because of laziness. Blocking and weaving in ends are admittedly not my favorite part of a project, but I don’t loathe it the way some people do.
Lesson learned: complete what you start. I would rather have taken a few hours in 2011 to finish this up then wait over a year and miss out on wearing a cute cardigan. Better late than never!