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Trollop, slattern, floozy, tart

Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

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.

One 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!

Trollop – Ravelry link

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessie permalink
    Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 8:15 am

    I am so with you on this! I am currently trying to finish my 5 WIPs before I cast on anything else. The sweater is lovely!

  2. Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 11:20 am

    Super cute! You’re inspiring me to dig out a sweater I started last year… 🙂

  3. Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 2:26 pm

    I am the complete opposite of a monogamous knitter. I am probably not as bad as some people, but I start things sometimes and don’t finish them for months/years…sometimes I just frog things instead. I’m okay with it, though, because it always means that I’m knitting something I really love knitting and not something that I’m telling myself I “have” to knit (except right NOW because of the Ravelympics haha!) …That said, I love your sweater! The color looks great on you, and that little pleat on the back is perfect! Will there be a pattern??

  4. Tuesday, 7 August, 2012 3:56 pm

    So cute!! Good on you for getting it done. I would like to be monogamous, and lately I pretty much have been, but I have a slew of unfinished WIPs lying around, including at least 3 sweaters that I would love to finish for fall!

  5. Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 12:55 am

    Oh man, I am such a monogamous knitter. It’s good to know I’m not TOTALLY alone out here. 😉

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