Saturday, January 02, 2010

Do You Have Project ADD?

Suitcase of Dreams - 2/365 YIP

Yesterday I mentioned my procrastination problem. Some days I'm afraid I might have a terminal case, and one of the symptoms is what I call 'project ADD'. Also referred to as "startitis", this is an altogether too common crafter's affliction.

To wit: I currently have 16 knit/crochet WIPs entered on Ravelry. This number doesn't include the projects I'm spinning for, or the projects I've started a page for but haven't actually started yet, and it doesn't include the other 10 projects (that I can find) that never even got entered into my projects page! I'm drowning in UFOs - & this is just the knitting & crochet projects!

Also on my plate: testing my warping board made with love by Cole to dye self-striping sock yarn; spinning for 3 overdue handspun swaps; drop-spindling the yarn for my Spinner's Lead shawl & Hatsie; 555 items in my Ravelry queue; finishing 2008 AND 2009 xmas gifts (sheesh); 3 partially-completed embroidery projects; sewing a needle roll; writing patterns for 3 of my designs... Will it never end???

How do you choose/manage your projects? I need to re-think my strategy for crafty to-do'ing. Having this many projects -- abandoned or looming -- is waaay more stress than a hobby is worth.

I've decided that 2010 will be the year of the crafting equivalent of fish or cut bait: time to Finish or Frog! This week I'll start culling from the "suitcase of forgotten dreams" - at the very least, I'll get some "new" yarn to add to my stash. First up on the block: Valentine Elf-Topper.

6 comments:

  1. I'm feeling your pain! Most of my UFO's are nearly done, making it all the more ridiculous! Good luck finishing or frogging!

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  2. I can't answer the question of how I manage MY creative habits, because I don't, really. But here's a thought about the suitcase items: Set each one by itself in a place you'd normally pick up your knitting/crocheting - one at a time, I mean, just maybe one per day or something. Then when you sit there, or walk by, or glance at it, see how you feel. If your mind goes, "Ugh - not THAT thing!" then it's decidedly a froggie. If you get itchy fingers, then it's a finishie.

    Life's too short to work on things you no longer love! On the other hand, finishing the ones you do love will feel good.

    Tracy's Two Cents, TM ;)

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  3. P.S. I'm so glad you're back on the blog :)

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  4. hahaha, you a project add-er, a procrastinationar (had to read that word 5 times back) ?? Noooo, who would have thought :-)
    I am glad I'm still in your thoughts!


    have a great 2010 with lots of FO's and no hobbystress!
    tebbis, your swapee from Holland

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  5. I, too, have project ADD. I have spent a goodly chunk of last year having a stare-down with my stash. I have decided the the best approach to my scads of undone projects is to take an archeological approach: take the top layer first and finish it. To that end, I have four projects currently in my knitting basket, one in my bag and a bin to hand of mostly done things that I plan to arrange weekend play dates with. That is, block out a good 3-4 hours where I sit down and do the sewing up, lining, blocking, etc. We'll see if this works. Until then, no new projects! Good luck on your end and Happy Hew Year!

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  6. Dh will tell you emphatically that I have project ADD...that, added to my tendency to horde fabric and fibers, makes for a very crowded art/sewing/crafting room that tends to overflow into the rest of the house.

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