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5/2/12: A Million and One Things to Do


Is it common? I’m talking about the number of crafting related projects I have going at one time. “Oh, it can’t be that bad!” people might say. But what do you say to this list?

Works in progress. . .

Do you think I have a problem here?

My sister has said in the past that I start too many things. I chuckle to myself and think, “Me? Nah!” But then I look at the five or so tote bags that I have sitting on a shelf. They are chock full of forgotten works in progress that are usually remain in that forgotten state until the kitten curls up on one of them.

Most days I don’t find this bothering me. But there are certain days when I just feel like I’m swimming in too many things and have bitten off more than I can chew. I think this culmination of “things going” is caused by the worry of being bored.

If I was asked if I got bored often I would say, “No.” The secret to this is having 101 choices at your finger tips. If I feel the onset of boredom coming when I’m knitting I can switch to sewing. Or if I can’t stand inserting another sleeve, I will work on a quilt. And it goes on and on like that. That’s why I have those tote bags and a Ravelry queue full to the breaking point. I love the word “queue.” I use it all the time.

I listen to the Knit Picks podcast (which I talked about before), often when I’m crafting away and the host, Kelly, is like me. She doesn’t have tunnel vision; she needs multiple projects. She really only knits but she knits lots of different things at once. She has on-the-go projects like socks, lace knitting when she wants some mind stimulation, and just lots of stuff on the needles. . . Just so she doesn’t get bored and always has fun knitting.

So in conclusion: I’m not going to change this predicament I’m in. Having a long list of crafty tasks to do suits me fine. Most of my crafting projects do not have deadlines and some might not even see the finish line. But I think that’s OK. Crafting shouldn’t become a real chore and should be treated more as your haven. I know for a fact there has, and always will be, moments of frustration and monotony, but that’s OK to. As Kelly from the podcast would say, “It is part of the process.”

Other parts of life can be trimmed, downsized, and scheduled better, but for my crafting, well, it is going to stay its sporadic, crazy self.

What about you? Do you share the same style of crafting as me and have a long list of things to do? Do you think less is more or more the merrier?


  1. That sounds so much like me! I have a long list of projects that I will finally be able to work on since I’m done with school for the year. I definitely think the more the merrier. As you said, if you get bored with one thing you can always turn to a new project.

  2. I find that the longer your to-do list the more you’ll get done in the end. Sure it seems like you’re in the middle of a ton of projects but if you never started anything you’d never finish anything either. I always have a mile long list and for everything that is finished and gets crossed of 2 new things get added.

    I’m the same as you. If you have many projects going on at a time it is easy to switch to something new if you get bored or, usually as in my case, frustrated.

    And your list isn’t too long. I can think of 10 projects I need to do just off the top of my head!

  3. Oh, it is a wonderful feeling to know I’m not the only crazy project list creator on the block. I read your blog often, Dixie, and I can well imagine the lengthy list you have!

    I was following your blog as well, Elizabeth, and was wondering why I wasn’t getting any updates. Just discovered that you changed your blog name to College Seamstress. Now I need to do some catching up!

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