On the 17th, after we got back from Blackpool, I went to the Huddersfield branch meeting of the Knitting & Crochet Guild. The theme this month was unfinished projects - we all brought along an unfinished project that for some reason we were having trouble finishing, and talked about it. Hence, the title of the meeting, WIPaholics Anonymous (WIP = Work In Progress). Marie, the convener, acted as a kind of Alcoholics Anonymous facilitator, and had even compiled a 12-step plan for us to work towards completing, or otherwise dealing with, our problem projects. The stories of the unfinished projects were often very funny, and occasionally sad.
So what was my unfinished project? It featured in this blog in 2011 here, and it had already been unfinished for more than 25 years (!) at that point.
I had kept it for all that time - the piece I had already knitted, and the rest of the yarn. When I wrote the previous post, I couldn't find the pattern, and thought that I had lost it, but I've since looked harder and found it. So in theory, it could be completed.
|Patricia Roberts' Dolly Blue design|
I have had this project hanging around for a serious chunk of time, but I think it had just become one of the fixtures in my life - I rarely thought about it, and never thought about it hard enough. But it was an obvious project to take to the meeting (and would have won the prize for the oldest WIP, if there had been one). And in listening to other people talking about their unfinished projects, I got to thinking properly about mine.
The photo doesn't show the design very clearly because of the jacket over the top (it's a sweater with a collar and a buttoned front opening). I can see why it appealed to me at the time, and I still like it. I love the colours that I chose, too, though I don't wear black as much as I used to. I showed everyone the pattern, and what I have knitted so far, and there were lots of helpful suggestions for completing it, and general encouragement to do that.
However. If I wanted to finish the sweater, I would have to start again, and rip out what I have done so far, and I hate doing that. I'd have to figure out why it turned out so small the first time, and fix that - maybe adjust the pattern. And there would still be the problem with the cables dragging holes in the fabric. And most of all, I now realise that it just feels totally stale. I don't even want to use the yarn for anything else - it would just remind me all the time that it should have been this sweater.
So I am abandoning it. I left what I've knitted so far with someone else at the meeting who wants to try felting it, and I'm going to give the rest of the yarn away. And I think I feel better for having made that decision. For me, it was a very helpful evening.
Of course, I've got a few other unfinished projects too.....