Yarn Along: Attempting to Focus

At one point over the weekend, I emerged from the bedroom with all my WIP project bags in my arms. My husband took one look at me and then took half a step backwards, his eyes just a little wider than normal. He may have had a point, and the first step is admitting you have a problem.

a long line of project bags on the floor of my hallway
[this isn’t actually all of them – there’s a blanket bag down the side of the sofa.]

With this many things on the go right now, I decided that while project planning as a displacement of stress is fine, starting project after project was actually getting counter-productive. So I sat down with a piece of paper, a pen and a floor full of projects, and tried to put my thoughts in order. In the end, I have still eight things on the go. I think. It might be nine. But I think it’s eight. And I decided to concentrate on finishing the things I really really want before starting the ones I really want.

Well, it seemed logical at the time. And it does mean I’m seeing actual progress on one thing rather than minimal progress on lots, which makes a nice change. The first project I want to finish is my gloves. The weather in the UK has been incredibly mild for the time of year, but it will get cold eventually and I don’t want to be caught out.

a pair of gloves, the left one missing a thumb and half a finger

I don’t have a pattern for these, I’m just trying them on as I go and adapting the pattern accordingly. They’re not perfect – some of the fingers are too tight and others are a little loose, but I’ll block them into shape once I’m done.

close up of an unfinished glove

A more serious problem is the amount of yarn I’ve got left, which turns out to be “not very much.” At the moment, as long as it gets the fingers and thumb of the second hand done, I’ll be happy. There are enough sock-yarn scraps in my stash that I should be able to finish the cuff somehow and frankly, they already look like Frankenmitts. A little colour contrast isn’t going to make them worse! I mean, look at them.

a half-finished glove next to my hand for comparison

No matter which way I tilt my head, they look more than a little strange when I’m not wearing them. On the plus side, they fit me like…er… Well. I’m sure you can guess.

For reading this week, I’ve been dipping into a book on Ancient Libraries. It was my research interest when doing my Library Masters, and while I’m finding the academic language hard-going (I’m out of practice!), it’s nice to exercise some different braincells.

the half-finished gloves lying on top of a book on ancient libraries

I’m joining up with Ginny as usual 🙂


4 thoughts on “Yarn Along: Attempting to Focus

    1. It’s easy to be in denial when you can’t see them all together! At least this way I know where I stand 🙂

      Thanks. I’ve got half a finger and a thumb to go, so I should know by the end of the day if the yarn will last!


  1. 8 or 9 WIPs is alright 🙂 I am with you in thinking that finishing up one project and seeing significant progress just might me a great way to tackle those! Can’t wait to see the gloves finished up. They look very cozy 🙂


    1. 8 feels manageable. If I’d started everything I wanted, it would have been a couple of dozen, which doesn’t!

      The gloves are wonderful, really warm and well-fitting, even if they are tricky to photograph 🙂


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