I’m really bad at finishing projects. Often, once I cast off, I consider a project done. That’s not entirely true. There’s more work to be done, but I tend to put off the finishing for as long as I can.
I finished knitting all the pieces for the Seed Stitch and Cables Bag by Patons way back in July. I blocked all the pieces and then ignored them until yesterday. That’s right. I put off finishing this for three and a half months. I just decided on Sunday, after having cast off the last sweater piece (YAY!!), that I really needed to work on the bag.
It’s not that I don’t like the finishing. Well, maybe it is. Proper blocking feels like work to me, and I’m still getting the hang of seaming. I love the projects after finishing, though, which is why I really try to not let three and a half months pass typically.
The bag isn’t done yet. The pieces are all seamed together, but I still need a button of some kind and lining to make the bag more functional. I’m also toying around with the idea of a crochet edging around the flap to give it more stability. I probably didn’t block it properly in the first place, so the cable in the middle is pulling the center edge up. I’m not a fan. Just a simple crochet might hold it in place. We’ll see!
I also pulled out my Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving by Stephen West yesterday. I finally finished clue one (I know, well over a month late) and started clue two. I really wasn’t a fan to begin with. Because I didn’t know where the shawl was going, I just imagined this line of holes going down the spine. I peeked each week at the spoilers, and it wasn’t until the last week that I really started to like the shawl. I know, I’m bad at MKALs. In the end, I decided to cast on because I was curious and because I already paid for it.
All of this was kind of a way to avoid finishing Ken’s sweater. Yep. I’m avoiding it. It’s like a good book. The closer I get to the end, the slower I progress. All of the pieces are now knit. I just need to block everything. I was going to do it Saturday, then decided Sunday was better. Then I decided maybe Monday was better. I need to just do it this evening so that everything can block and dry in time to seam and then add the neck.
Do you have finish-itis? How do you motivate yourself to just get things done?