Stash management and the WIP pile

It seems counter intuitive that these two things should go together.  To manage my stash, I need to shop from the stash and cast on new projects. I’ve been saying this for the last three years.  In fact, I started this post about that long ago. I can’t say that I’ve exactly been faithful to my cold sheep promise, but I’ve been better. Stitches West is coming to Salt Lake City in a few weeks and I’m sure to come home with more fabulous things. I should make a plan of one thing I want to make and stick to purchasing for that one thing. This means more Internet surfing and magazine browsing at Barnes and Noble to find the project I want. There’s nothing quite like getting a magazine, a chai tea, and settling down with friends at knit night.

Since I’m not a monogamous knitter, this would add to the WIP pile that I also need to manage. However, I do need to get started on Christmas projects and if I have them kitted up and ready to go right where I can see them (in the WIP pile) I’m more likely to grab them and work on them.

Can I share the picture of the WIP pile again? Here it is when the craft room was downstairs.  I was going to call this The WIP Pile of Shame, but I changed my mind. I have a lot of WIPs.  It’s who I am, I’m not ashamed. It seems to be an ADHD thing that I have a lot of projects going at once to stay interested.  Right now, I’m in school, so the WIP pile doesn’t take precedence. Full disclosure: The pile is a lot bigger than this.

Since I moved everything from the dining room craft room to the new craft room, my WIPs are closer at hand now that I spend a lot of time at my desk doing homework. Or writing, surfing the web for more yarn and patterns.  Tomato, ToMAHto.

UPDATE:  I wrote some of this in September and then school got in the way.  In a good way but still crafting has slowed down a little.  *snork* Like I ever craft quickly.

I needed to stay on a budget so I stomped down feelings of regret and didn’t go to Stitches West. I’m glad it was a great success and hopefully it will keep coming back to Salt Lake. More later on what is on the needles.

2 thoughts on “Stash management and the WIP pile

  1. I’m trying to knit from stash as well. I have more yarn than I’ll use in 2 lifetimes. As far as WIPS, I used to be more monogamous, but I’m just fine having several things going at once. There are different types of projects for different moods, right?

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