Some projects seem to go on and on, like the Doctor Who scarf. That scarf easily took up a month’s worth of my time, and it was only garter stitch. I thought I’d pick something easy after that from my WIP pile. After scouring through it, though, I found all of my projects were temporarily abandoned because they felt endless.
Let’s take the scarf I finally decided to work on on Monday. I think that’s half the problem with my current WIP pile, too — too many scarves. On March 22nd, I cast on the Linen Stitch to the Rescue pattern by Audrey Knight using a mystery fingering weight yarn from my stash. I like to hold onto yarn until I find the exact project it needs to become, and this yarn screamed to be made into this scarf. I just didn’t take into account how long of a process a linen stitch scarf knit in fingering weight yarn would be when I started.
It’s now August 28th, and I’m closing in on two feet long. I try to pick up the project whenever I need something relatively mindless but that still needs a little focus, like waiting at doctors’ offices or just watching TV. I think I manage an inch each time I sit down with it, but I haven’t really measured that. All I know is that it feels like it never gets any longer.
The cure? My cure is to just take a deep breath and keep knitting. I distract my mind with something else, like TV, and let my hands work. I know that when this scarf is done, it’ll be one of my favorite pieces for so many reasons. I’ll remember the hard work and all the time it took to create, and I can admire how beautiful the yarn looks in this pattern. It’s just going to take some time.
Do you have projects like this? What’s your cure to beat the exhaustion of an endless project?