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7 Reasons Your Knit/Crochet Projects Aren’t Getting Done

Hey Crafters! I've seen so many jokes on Pinterest about how crafters can end up with several WIPs. This week I have three knitting projects! 

Why do crafters always seem to have more than one thing to work on? Here are seven good reasons to have several WIPs.

1. You love your craft!

Just think for a moment about how much you love knitting or crocheting (or both!). It isn’t just a skill that you use. It’s a hobby! First you want to make a cowl. Maybe some mittens. You know you have a friend that has a birthday in the near feature. They’ll need a gift! Wouldn't you love to see this yarn worked into that pattern?

2. Yarn? Yarn.
This is also a yarn issue. You love yarn! Yarn is soft, warm, it works up beautifully, and it comes in so many wonderful varieties. Your yarn-craving creativity takes over your will to only have one project going. There is just too much yarn to love!

3. Why Did I Start This? 
Do you ever get the feeling, in the middle of a project, that your reasons for starting it might not be as valid as you hoped? I do! At first we are all gung-ho, and then the reality of how much work it’s going to take sinks in and we become less excited.

I got this reason from listening to a Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. She tells the story of how a poet gets ideas for poems. It’s like a wind that comes rushing through you and then it's gone. Or, it is slightly less exciting
4. Distractions
This is an obvious one. Life gets in the way. Since crafting is a hobby, and not a necessity—even though it could be argued that it’s necessary for therapy reasons, it’s often the first thing to be abandoned on our to-do list.
5. Guilt

This might not apply to everyone. You might feel guilty admitting that you’ve neglected to pick up your projects for so long. I know it’s silly! But maybe true? 
I love this paragraph from Hyperbole and a Half. This blog always has a humorous way of explaining things! This paragraph is from a post called “This is Why I Will Never be an Adult”. 

"The longer I procrastinate on returning phone calls and emails, the more guilty I feel about it.  The guilt I feel causes me to avoid the issue further, which only leads to more guilt and more procrastination.  It gets to the point where I don't email someone for fear of reminding them that they emailed me and thus giving them a reason to be disappointed in me." -Hyperbole and a Half

6. You Forget 
This also might seem kind of silly. Forget? Well, you are a creative person. Lots goes on in your craft room. Who knows when a long lost WIP just happens to show up?
7.  Productivity 

No games here. Look at all the things you plan to do! You must be a talented crafter. And you are! There is honestly nothing wrong with this. How can you limit yourself to one project? Keep having doing what you love. Don’t beat yourself up over all the projects not getting done. At the end of the day, crafting is for fun, and you are making the most of it. 

Thanks for Reading! 

Stay crafty!


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