Spring Clean Along

March 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm 5 comments

So how many projects or “works in progress” do you have? I have more than I care to admit. I am sure there are some projects that have been “in progress” so long that they don’t really count anymore.  Those projects are just in total suspended animation or “hibernation” as Ravelry allows you to classify them. I know that this is true of many knitters, crocheters and just about any creative endeavor you can imagine (there would be my unfinished scrapbook projects). It is an oft stated goal to finish these WIPs. So we enter spring this year, let’s spring clean together. So the next Polkadotsheep Along is helping each other towards the goal of completion of this projects.

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Look familiar? Oh, that would be my Northman Mittens!

Some years, spring cleaning strikes me differently. I might get the urge to reorganize spaces like closets or drawers, other times I have been to known to scrub walls (this is extremely rare) and other times, I end getting rid of things I know longer use or want. You might be a cleaner of gutters, painter of ceilings or maybe just the give the house a good dusting sort of person. So let’s bring that energy and mindset to our WIPs.

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My sister’s birthday Color Affection shawl, her birthday is on October 5th.
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock – Composition Book Grey, Posy, and Mica

As you pull out your WIPs, it is easy to start feeling overwhelmed. If you think this will happen to you, just pull one out at a time. Just dig past the first layer in your knitting basket or pile and grab something. If you find that you really can’t imagine what you were thinking when starting the project, then just rip it out and re-purpose that yarn. Life is just too short to knit or crochet projects you hate. If you put it down because of a problem, take this opportunity to expand your skills and figure out the answer. If your project just needs seaming or blocking, just do it. Find those perfect buttons and sew them on.

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My increasingly impatient daughter’s tall socks, they have been at this point since October!
Sweet Georgia BFL Sock in Hummingbird

I am starting a thread in our Ravelry group for you to  share your WIPs and what you are going to do with them. If you have a problem to which you need an answer, ask away, chances are someone may be able to solve your dilemma right there. Trying to decide if you want to frog your project, talk through the pros and cons with us.

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An yet another WIP! Rowan Cowl in Berroco Comfort. At least no one is waiting on this project.

Now if you are one of those more unusual people who does not have any WIPs, you can spring clean along with us. You can organize your needles in one place, take stash photos and load them into Ravelry, or if you are desperate you can scrub your walls.

The WIPs shown in this post are the priorities for  me to finish. They are NOT the sum total of my WIPs. Finishing the shown projects will get me far down the finishing road. So you don’t have to list all your WIPs because I didn’t.

Start excavating those WIPs and join us in the next Polkadotsheep Along – Spring Clean Along 2013.

Starting Date: Today, March 1st

Ending Date: March 31st, 2013

Share your projects in the Ravelry thread or in the comments.

Have a fabulous weekend! Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

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Northman Mitten KAL: Many Beautiful Mittens Knitting Foxes

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  • 1. Mary Hertz  |  March 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I probably have six or eight UFO’S floating around. But I did finish a big UFO a couple weeks ago, it was a pair of selbu gloves. So glad to finish them was thinking they might not get finished…..(:

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  • 2. Mary Koster  |  March 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I started a pair of fingerless mitts when I was in Whitefish. Got one done and then went to knit 3 pairs of slippers, a felted hat, 4 stocking caps, and the NEVER ENDING BLANKET!! So I need to finish the mitt. I will most likely see how I have changed knitting in over 6 months. It might now look too pretty!! Also I have a scarf that I started for my daughter. Everyone else has gotten something COOL (my words =) knitted from me and not her. So she is going to get hers next.

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  • 3. doulecreations  |  March 2, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Reblogged this on doulecreations and commented:
    “Life is just too short to knit or crochet projects you hate.” So right Angela M! #icandothis

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  • 4. Spring 2013: Sea of Dreams KAL | polkadotsheep  |  March 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    […] those needles and cast on with us April 1st. In the meantime, finish up any WIPs with our current Spring Clean Along running until March […]

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  • 5. Spring Clean Along 2013 Wrap Up | polkadotsheep  |  March 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    […] Spring Clean Along 2013 has been a success. In fact, I am thinking it should be an annual event. We all get struck with “startitis” as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has named that irresistible urge to start new projects even while knitting other projects.  We get really frustrated with a project and end up stuff into the bottom of our baskets or bags. Babies come into the world and must be knit for so everything else get put on hold, somehow we don’t make it back to those “on hold” projects and they languish. Whatever the reason, the vast majority of stitchers of all persuasions have WIPs. Ask a sewer or quilter and you will find they have them too. So a yearly clean up or at least a chance to rediscover those projects seems to be an excellent idea. […]

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