Today, I want to show you something:
This is my knitting area. As I’ve mentioned to others, it’s an archeological dig. There are layers:
That’s the top, or working layer. It holds current projects, as well as my Hopes and Dreams (aka inspiration and motivation).
This is the second layer, projects that have been put aside (temporarily) for one reason or another. Sometimes there are bits left over of projects finished that I haven’t tidied away yet (see the red alpaca scrap on my cabled number?)
The deepest layer holds projects that are truly hibernating (and, I can see with annoyance, more bits that haven’t been tidied away from finished projects).
It’s messy, but it’s reasonably organised. See this?
That’s my tools box. It sits right beside the knitting chair so that can find everything I want in there, thanks to the ingenuity of a little boy who said to me one day “Mum, why don’t you use this box, and you can put all your tools in there so you don’t lose them?” Isn’t he smart?? He’s obviously witnessed me raging about missing needles and scissors and measuring tape once too often… ;p
And you know what? I don’t feel an iota of guilt that I have so many WIPs piled up. Nope. It’s the only space in the house with ‘mess’ if you want to call it that (not including the boy’s toys piled on the coffee table, and the Teenager’s Room, hmm), but it’s my creative jungle, and that’s the way it is.
Knitting is my path to sanity, and I knit what I need to get there (most of the time). If something isn’t ‘doing it’, I might sit on it for a while (see archeological dig), or it will go to the frog pond. My knitting is not a Job. It’s not the supper sitting in the fridge needing to be cooked. It’s not a mess on the floor that needs vacuuming. It’s not the ironing. It’s not something that has to be done. These days, it’s not even like it needs to be finished so that someone can be warm, or clothed.
It’s my joy, and my relaxation.
So I have let go of the guilt of not finishing a project before starting another. When I get to finishing it, I will. It’s a ‘go with the flow’ thing. My daughter once called my WIP pile tidal – it ebbs and flows. Sometimes there is only one layer, and then I’ll get inspired and just have to start a new thing…
After I took those photos yesterday, I had a bit of a tidy, and got rid of all the ‘extras’ floating in the layers. And just so you can see it’s a work in motion:
They’re done. They’re the gloves you see as WIPs on the pile.
Everyone does what they need to do to be happy and comfortable with their creative process. I just thought I’d share mine today. 🙂