I cast on a lot of stuff last year. Every project I spotted on Ravelry promised to teach me new techniques and generally make my life complete, so an impractical number of them were started and a shamefully low number actually finished. This won’t be new to a lot of you, Castonitis is a serious problem, but maybe some of these valuable tips I’ve learned this week can help you out.
The following tips were all inspired by my Strappy Stella Gloves project, which is coming together nicely. Sort of. If I can find some buttons.
1. Make a note of what needle size you were using!
For some reason I stopped entering needle size in my Ravelry project pages about a month into knitting, and now trying to pick up old projects and find the right needle is a bit of a trial and error situation. Maybe I promised myself it wouldn’t matter because I’d definitely not get distracted and start knitting something else halfway through. If so, shame on me for believing me.
2. While you’re making notes, the cast on is important.
This week’s WIP is the second of a pair of fingerless gloves started over a year ago. Apart from starting it over twice to figure out the correct needle size, I also had to do some detective work to figure out wtf kind of cast on I’d used in the first glove. Turns out a newbie non-stretchy one, but it does just about fit over my hand so it’ll do and I’ve made the second glove to match.
3. Don’t use the yarn for something else by accident.
Maybe this means having a particular shelf for WIP yarn, or putting a sticker on the ball band to designate that yarn as “booked up”, or whatever. I somehow convinced myself there was enough yarn left from that one glove to not only make the second glove one day, but in the meantime to use it for other things too. Nup.
4. Make sure your pattern collection is organised.
Whether it’s a binder full of print patterns or a magazine collection or just, like me, a ton of PDFs stored on Google Drive, keep ’em organised. It’s enough of a hassle finding all the other bits and pieces related to a project from months ago without finding you’re missing a page of the pattern or can’t actually find where you filed the pattern away in the first place.
5. Take time to finish things properly.
This one is very much easier said than done. At least two of my “WIP” projects are basically finished, but I got bored and left off at the very end. One of them needs a little mistake correcting, ends weaving in and a good blocking, the other needs to have the bind off taken out and another pattern repeat put in because I was so excited to move on to something new I convinced myself shorter was ok. It was not ok.
At least I’ve learned my lesson(s) now, right?
p.s. for those of you interested, the Boyfriend’s neverending DNA scarf is now officially past the 4 feet mark. It’s never going to get to 6ft by this time next week, but hopefully it’ll be just long enough!