project prioritization: managing WIPs


With both Jen and Karen writing about handmade wardrobe planning in the last week, I can’t help but find myself thinking about the things I’m wanting/planning to make as well. I have fabric and patterns ready to go for a Deer and Doe Chardon skirt and a Grainline Linden sweatshirt, and the list of sweaters I want to cast on for right now is only getting longer (I’m also seriously thinking about joining in on Andi’s Selfish Sweater KAL, because I really want a Chuck, not to mention the cabled fisherman’s cardigan I’m dreaming of knitting with Snoqualmie Valley Yarn, neither of which I actually have the yarn for, but let’s stop while we’re ahead…).

Still, having just finished a pretty serious Paper Tiger studio overhaul in which rearranging the space became a catalyst for some serious and necessary organization and sorting/purging, I also find myself wanting to set more practical and useful goals for the coming months.

I posted over a year ago about wanting to finally finish some long-suffering WIPs, and while five of the six projects I posted there are actually finished now (hooray!), my habit of having way too many projects going at once has only gotten worse. Last year I hovered around 12 projects going at once for most of the year. I think I’m finally under ten (personal, not work) projects, which feels huge, but having so many hibernating projects is really starting to get to me. While there are many things I’d like to be knitting and sewing for my own wardrobe right now, I think my own to-knit list should really involve prioritizing these WIPs, so I can get back to focusing on just a few projects at once.

I’d love to hear any advice about managing projects and WIPs. Do you have a system? Do you put a moratorium on casting on for a certain amount of time? Do you ever end up just ripping anything out? I’m all ears!

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