One of my 2014 knitting goals is to cut my WIPs in half. I am not a monogamous knitter, and I don’t want to be! I enjoy having projects going for various moods and knitting situations. I can’t knit complicated lace and/or cables while watching movies, so I need a relatively simple project for that. At knitting group I can watch my knitting, but I don’t want anything *too* complex.

So while I do want to have multiple projects, I think that 37+ is a bit much. And as I go through the process of reducing my WIPs, I want to understand what got me into this predicament in the first place. So I’ll ask myself a few questions:

Why did I start this project?
Why did I put it down?
What was preventing me from finishing it, and do I really want to finish it?

If I don’t really want to finish it, I’ll go ahead and rip it out. If I do, I’ll try to figure out how to get started on it again so it can soon become a finished project!

Today I’ll discuss one project that is no longer a WIP… my Lucy Hat.

Why did I start this project?

My friend Karen was wearing one that she knit, and I tried it on and thought it actually looked cute on me unlike most hats. I decided to knit one for myself.

Why did I put it down?

For the Lucy Hat I really don’t have a very good answer to this question. I’m pretty sure I was knitting it at movie night and started the crown decreases, and then the hat became too small for the 16″ circular needle and I needed to switch it to DPNs or Magic Loop.

The thing is, I could have done this as soon as I got home. I own both DPNs and a longer circular in size 6, which is what I was knitting on! But… I didn’t.

What was preventing me from finishing it, and do I really want to finish it?

The answer here is pretty silly. I think the only thing really preventing me from finishing it was that it was out of sight zipped up in a project bag. There was really no problem with the hat, and I had the needles necessary to finish it. So today I opened up the bag, grabbed my longer size 6 circs, and had the hat finished in less than 30 minutes. That included finishing the decreases, weaving in ends, and tacking down the brim.

Lucy Hat

It’s a little crumpled because of its long stay in the project bag, but nothing a little blocking won’t fix! One down, ~36 to go.