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. . .
- Crocheted Cable Afghan
- Log Cabin Throw
- My Quilt
- Holi Mitts
- Straight Skirt for Catherine and for Etsy Shop
- Video Tutorials for FaveCrafts and AllFreeKnitting
- Felted Purse
- Crocheted Baby Afghan
- Alterations and Mending Jobs: Seven
- Jeans for me
- T-shirts for me
- and I’m sure there’s more!
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?