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Episode 60: knitting + crochet + all the wips in the world

It’s a new year, and I have far too many unfinished projects – help! In this episode of my studio vlog, I do a WIP (works-in-progress) audit, and announce the second edition of the Crimson WIPalong: a community makealong project. (More information about the WIPalong below.)

My knitting, crochet and embroidery projects are now in the double-digits – which is more than I’m comfortable with! There are projects which are several years old, covered in dust and cobwebs…more than a few misbehaving sweaters…and generally, a lot of plans gone awry, and designs in progress.

Working on our WIPs together as a community is such great motivation, and I hope that you’ll join me in tackling our to-make list together.

Show notes

How to join in the Crimson WIPalong

Taking part is simple, and you can take an approach that works best for you. The basic guidelines are:

  • Write a list of all of your current works-in-progress (WIPs) and unfinished objects (UFOs)
  • Commit to finishing or discarding at least 50% of these over the next 6 months
  • Resist the urge to start any new projects until you have halved your WIP-list
  • Share your progress and cheer others on, through #CrimsonWIPalong on Instagram

The Crimson WIPalong will take place on Instagram and on The Crimson Stitchery’s private Discord server. Just join in by posting photos of WIPs and using the hashtag #CrimsonWIPalong and #thecrimsonstitchery.

If you don’t have an Instagram account, or you’re looking for other knitters to chat with more, then the Discord server is the best place to be. This is a private members’ forum which you can access by joining my Patreon. It’s an exclusive perk which is available to all tiers of supporters. As the Discord server is not open to the public, it’s a more intimate space to share, ask questions, and get to know other makers.

My WIP list

  1. Crochet granny bag
  2. Crochet scrap haori
  3. Blue ribbed hat
  4. Red bomber jacket
  5. Grey chunky shawl
  6. Lion embroidery
  7. Red flamenco yoke
  8. Blue cotton button-up polo t-shirt
  9. Nettle crochet net bag
  10. Red socks – art pieces
    Plus my bonus WIP, which I discovered after I finished filming
  11. Grey tweed cable beret

My plan for the Crimson WIPalong

I’ll start with some quick and easy wins, by finishing the knitting projects which don’t require a large amount of work. Hopefully that will give me enough momentum to deal with the trickier projects which will take more troubleshooting.

I’d be happy with up to 5 projects on-the-go at one time. I can see that my WIPs have mushroomed due to a combination of lack of time to concentrate on problem-solving my knitting projects, and a touch of denial!

The last time that I hosted the WIPalong was a few years ago, and it was lots of fun and really motivational. I’m looking forward to having more knitters and crocheters around, so that we can help each other to finish some projects and finally get a chance to enjoy them.

See you at the WIPalong!

This video is possible thanks to my wonderful supporters on Patreon! If you enjoy my content, become a Patron at www.Patreon.com/TheCrimsonStitchery

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