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Knit and Purl Grrl
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 08/12/2006 :  10:07:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knit and Purl Grrl's Homepage Send Knit and Purl Grrl a Private Message
Okay, can anyone explain why I am sitting here staring at a completely-finished-Sally's-Favorite-Summer-Sweater-except-one-sleeve?? It's been sitting on my armoire, staring at me, for almost a year! WHY CAN'T I BRING MYSELF TO FINISH THIS?????


Lain
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mokey
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Posted - 08/12/2006 :  10:29:49 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Do you like the parts of the sweater you have finished? Usually when I have something sitting aorund that long it is because I no longer like it as much as I used to.

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KathyMarie
Chatty Knitter

USA
125 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2006 :  05:59:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit KathyMarie's Homepage Send KathyMarie a Private Message
Lain, I hear you. I've got about 4 inches left around the yoke of Tempting (from Knitty) and ...I just can't. I'm currently blaming the weather, so we'll see what happens when it cools down.

Good luck! (or Happy Frogging?)
KM

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Knitrageous
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Posted - 08/13/2006 :  06:56:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
Take the other sleeve off and...it's finished!

It happens to me all the time. I don't know why. Weather...yes, and sometimes boredom. The initial high from starting has worn off.

~~~~Jamye

I don't have a problem with authority, I just have a problem with people telling me what to do.
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JeanneL
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USA
394 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2006 :  08:05:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit JeanneL's Homepage Send JeanneL a Private Message
I have a sweater like that in the stash - its a half sleeve away from being finished. I just got really bored with it, and just couldn't stand knitting it. But I decided this week that once I'm done with my current project, I'm going to finish it - otherwise its there staring at me while I rummage around it looking for yarn.

Jeanne

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yarnyamy
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Posted - 08/13/2006 :  12:11:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message
Don't feel bad- I have left things to linger for years at a time- some I never finish. Try to devote a week to finishing it- you're so close, and if you hurry you'll be able to wear it before it gets too cold.

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HoJo
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Posted - 08/13/2006 :  1:33:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit HoJo's Homepage Send HoJo a Private Message
Hi Lain:

If its because you're not enamored with it, perhaps you can repurpose the yarn into something you like better. I've been known to finish things and then decide I don't really like them - it gets torn out and turned into something else.

Perhaps you need incentive. Set yourself a reward system. Work 15 minutes on it and then you can work 15 minutes on something NEW! Before you know it, the sleeve will be done.

If all else fails, bring it here on Monday nights. We'll all oooh and aaahhh over it so much you'll be inspired to finish it. We'll cheer you on!

HoJo

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marji-in-tc
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Posted - 08/14/2006 :  06:47:27 AM  Show Profile  Send marji-in-tc a Yahoo! Message Send marji-in-tc a Private Message
Lainie, every project I've ever stalled on has ended up being one that I had real problems with liking, and never wore when I did finish. Take a critical look at it and figure out if you will wear it when finished. I'm getting better at identifying that factor sooner and ripping. See my blog for the latest casualty.

Marji,
whose stash surely exceeds life expectancy
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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/14/2006 :  07:52:26 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Finish the sweater. You have the hard parts done.

Wanda
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abt1950
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Posted - 08/15/2006 :  10:22:10 AM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message
If you still like it and want to wear the finished product, just grit your teeth and do it. Maybe the thought of a reward at the end of the tunnel--say a trip to the LYS?---might help.

Note: I have no business giving anyone any advice on this topic since I currently have 7 or 8 non-current WIPs sitting around waiting for attention.

Anne

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myshelle10
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Posted - 08/15/2006 :  9:04:39 PM  Show Profile Send myshelle10 a Private Message
I have things that linger.

I let them "marinate" a bit, and when I'm excited (or impatient to finally wear the darn thing) I finish them.

Maybe take a break?

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kpc19011
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Posted - 08/17/2006 :  11:00:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit kpc19011's Homepage Send kpc19011 a Private Message
I had that same problem with my first sweater...followed the pattern, loved the yarn, but I wasn't loving the out come. I frogged the whole thing and picked a different pattern and it was knit and finished in no time. There is nothing wrong with a re-do...your the designer, if your not loving the sweater, then you probably wont even wear it if you complete it.

Good luck! and happy knitting.

Kris
SouthSub-Chicago

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Isis Rising
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320 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2006 :  5:12:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Isis Rising's Homepage Send Isis Rising a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Knit and Purl Grrl

Okay, can anyone explain why I am sitting here staring at a completely-finished-Sally's-Favorite-Summer-Sweater-except-one-sleeve?? It's been sitting on my armoire, staring at me, for almost a year! WHY CAN'T I BRING MYSELF TO FINISH THIS?????


Lain
Knit & Purl Grrl
visit me at http://knitandpurlgrrl.blogs.com/my_weblog/



When this happens to me, it's because I've either become completely bored with the pattern. . .or once I started to get it finished, there was something I didn't like about it.

Is the sweater for yourself, or for a gift? I have an "unfinished" item, only because I am no longer friends with the person it's supposed to be for. I can't seem to even frog it, or finish it and give it to charity! It sits in the bottom of a rubbermaid tote. Like your project, it wouldn't take much effort to finish it.

I do like the suggestion to remove the finished sleeve, and call the sweater done!

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NuttyKnitter101
Chatty Knitter

338 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  08:00:36 AM  Show Profile Send NuttyKnitter101 a Private Message
I once started an afgan from a book entitles "7 day afgans". Excited, I worked nonstop on it for 4 days straight, and I was 3/4 of the way done, when I suddenly grew completely and utterly bored with it. A year passed with me working on and off on it until I finally came to the final row. I think it was another month before i did that. The moral of the story is that projects are like wine. you can't have it all at once and they age wonderfully with time.

Not every Mary in the world has a lamb like mine
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gwtreece
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Posted - 08/18/2006 :  09:17:30 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I will have to remember that one. Thanks Nuttyknitter.

Wanda
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cadavidson
Chatty Knitter

USA
108 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  3:58:02 PM  Show Profile Send cadavidson a Private Message
Lain
I can totally relate. In fact I finally finished a coat that I had started about 5 - 6 years ago. It's been in various stages and I pick it up and work on it. For the longest time it just needed to be sewn together. Knitting is fun - enjoy it!

Claudia

Love what you do and do what you love
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momofgirls
New Pal

5 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  5:23:50 PM  Show Profile Send momofgirls a Private Message
My friend and I are the biggest culprits when it comes to starting new projects while we have 12 others going! All it takes is the two of being together and we're searching. I have a Noro Iro sweater that's 1/2 of a sleeve from being finished, another sweater that's 1 sleeve from being finished, a Pure Silk bolero that's 1 sleeve from being finished, a one piece little girls shrug that's so close to being finished, a Chinchilla throw about 6 inches from being finished, a beaded sock that has the tiniest bit of toe shaping before it's finished...I could go on. On the good side, I do also finish a ton of things too. And I eventually finish everything I start. It's just that starting new things is so much fun!

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Knit and Purl Grrl
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
414 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2006 :  7:28:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knit and Purl Grrl's Homepage Send Knit and Purl Grrl a Private Message
Heehee, thanks for all the posts, ladies...
I think that I'm gunshy. The two other large items I've knit for myself (a tank and a sweater) did not turn out and it was such a waste! I think I'm afraid that this will be the same. I do like the pattern, and LOVE the color. HoJo, I think I need to do what you suggested -- show up at FTA with ONLY that project. Then I'll be forced to do it!!
xooxo
Lain

Lain
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Knit and Purl Grrl
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
414 Posts

Posted - 09/03/2006 :  8:12:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knit and Purl Grrl's Homepage Send Knit and Purl Grrl a Private Message
I FINISHED!
Thanks, everyone. I actually like it a lot! I think I was afraid after all that work that it would suck. But it's something I would really wear! Wahoo!
xoxo
Lain

Lain
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dschmidt
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Posted - 09/04/2006 :  2:04:29 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message
We want pictures!

Donna in VA
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ozknitter
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Australia
3291 Posts

Posted - 09/17/2006 :  9:25:13 PM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message
Hi,

I used to always knit the sleeves together on one needle, but unfortunately I have gotten out of the habit.

I should start it up again.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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