Crochet Project Overload: Tips for Tackling Your Mountain of WIPs and Avoiding Burnout

So… you’re addicted to starting new projects, too, huh?

 

I can’t remember the last time that I completed a project start-to-finish without working on or starting another one (or two or three) in the middle of it. I actually have one that’s been in the works for TWO YEARS and I’m seriously considering just frogging the whole thing.

It’s an 8-bit Mario blanket. It’s really heavy, like not even exaggerating at least 20 pounds because I decided to make it queen sized. I don’t even want to think about how many skeins of yarn I ended up with. The squares are all finished, I just have a few more rows to sew together and make the border. At this point I’m so done with it. I can’t sell it because it’s copyrighted, and it wasn’t even my own pattern. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe I’ll make a video of myself frogging the whole darn thing and call it “UNRAVELLING 300+ HOURS OF WORK”…

I could use the scraps for amigurumi or even a scrap blanket of some sort.

 

Then, the icing on the cake. I decided to make another granny square blanket that is also queen sized. Hello, my name is Abby, and I am criminally insane.

In the middle of all that, I learned (finally) how to do the corner-to-corner stitch. And I love it. So I have finished 3 blankets with that stitch, and have a fourth on the way. They work up much faster than granny square blankets though.

 

Here are some tips on how not to become what some Instagrammers are calling a “WIPaholic”. This also applies to making large amounts of items for gifts, orders, or craft fairs.

 

Set an approximate “to be finished by” date.

This won’t be the easiest solution for some, but try to give yourself a “deadline” as if you were making the item for a client. It works better than saying “ok I can’t work on anything else until I finish this” because you’ll end up just not working on it at all.

Reward yourself.

Give yourself a treat after finishing X number of rows/rounds. I will sometimes be eating candy or a snack when I am crocheting, and I will allow myself to have a piece if I finish half of this row, or the whole row if it’s a small item. (This also prevents tummyache from eating all the candy at once…).

Limit your projects to a certain container.

I keep my WIPs in a under-bed storage box. Which is full at the moment. So if I want to start another project I will have to finish at least one other one. Don’t think Sophie’s going anywhere any time soon.

Remember to let yourself rest.

Sometimes we can get too excited about a project and go too fast, and end up with a hurting wrist or a cramped hand. Make sure to give yourself breaks if you see sparks flying off the hook. Going too fast can slow you down in the long run, because you’ll want to take the rest of the day/week off to recuperate.

Bring projects on the go.

I was reluctant to do this for a long time. Now I always carry a tote with me to work. I even crocheted on the plane to and from vacation this month. I got so much done by doing a few stitches here and there between clients and on lunch breaks. (Just make sure your boss is cool with it first!). There are also some people who bring a WIP to work on while they are waiting in traffic… not sure about that one myself.

Save that pattern for later.

We’ve all been there, you’re scouring Ravelry for a certain pattern, when you come across so many pretty things you could make. Instead of forgetting the main goal, put those other enticing patterns into your queue to save for later. Don’t even open the link or print it out yet. Then when you’re at the other end of the spectrum and want to make something but don’t know what, you can browse the queue and find something!