My crochet wipor work in progress list …Ooops!

I am a  chronic ‘starter’…always have been ie. I am hopeless at finishing projects are you?

take a look at this pile of work in progress…… big and bigger OOOPs

I really do know I must finish something before I start something new, as my  Mummy always told me 

But ….its sooo hard is it not?

(this is one of my oldest crochet wip at least a year old and counting…)

…. all those lovely pattern to be found in all those lovely mags and blogs.

….(this one is only 7 months old ‘ish)

just begging to be started in new colours… with new yarn to be perused…then purchased.

No no no more…!

(a little something for my Mum…shhhhh its a surprise)

and this my latest blanket wip. from this months issue of Simply crochet

I may have to bribe myself not to start anymore….chocolate or wine? hmmmm

How do you cope with being a ‘starter’ ?

In other news have you seen Attic 24 Lucy’s blog and the new yarndale project?

something else to start then?

…..and has anyone noticed that little mention at the top of her post…I feel so honoured (really,truly) to be included in an Attic 24 post well I am speechless actually!

Right then….starting a mandala for Lucy right now!




  1. 12th May 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Well there are just too many lovely things to make aren't there?! I like your idea of a chocolate bribe, I may try that!
    Yes I saw that little mention, so exciting but i'm not at all surprised x
    love Jooles x x x

  2. 12th May 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Hi. It was lovely to see you over at mine! Yes I understand that buzz that gets you started….I keep getting it before I've finished the other stuff! I'm acumulating quite a pile! All your WIPs are beautiful and they will get finished…one day xxx

  3. 12th May 2014 / 11:27 am

    O you are so not alone! All your WIP's look really lovely, and looking forward to seeing your Yarndale mandala. x

  4. 12th May 2014 / 9:33 am

    Sadly I have no staying power so my life is full of 'if only I had finished..' :still you have lovely edging (is it ok to say that in a public setting?).

    I have always found these profound words to be of comfort: "'Tis better to start many things than not to start anything at all" © La Cootard circa 1968

    Best wishes

  5. 11th May 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Ha! I think many of us are the same – I blame it on having too many ideas in my head but not enough time to complete them all. Perhaps we all need a therapy group! Love your blanket in the first photo and the subtle colours of your second blanket
    Caz xx

  6. 10th May 2014 / 8:52 pm

    oh! dear! I just know what you mean! I have so many WIPS on the go!!! However I blame it on all those fabulous makes I see constantly in blogland …..they will display them so nicely for all to see…..and I am weak!!! 🙂

    keep well

    Amanda x

  7. 10th May 2014 / 6:16 pm

    I wouldn't worry, I have about 7 started and unfinished blog posts. It's the curse of being creative – at least that's what I've concluded! Have a great weekend.

  8. 10th May 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Makes me feel better there are others out there whose minds are faster than their hands, (embarrassed to say think I can beat you though) I have a child's cardigan still waiting for the 'right' buttons after more than five years, oh dear. x

  9. 9th May 2014 / 6:49 am

    I've got at least four things on the go, including a mandala for Yarndale. x

  10. 8th May 2014 / 9:25 pm

    I was very tempted by that blanket in Simply Crochet magazine too! I love the colours you've chosen for it – so pretty – it's going to look gorgeous!
    Maria x

  11. 8th May 2014 / 7:59 pm

    At least us starters are never bored!
    Have a creative and lovely weekend chuck x

  12. 8th May 2014 / 7:01 pm

    I start loads then hit a wall and say no more because I want the buzzy feeling of a finish. You can tell, that is why I do many crafts so that I can get quick fixes too! I am mulling over my mandala patterns but I have a commission to finish first. Jo x

  13. 8th May 2014 / 11:41 am

    I do so recognize your story…but…I'm learning and trying to change my life 😉
    It feels good to know that others have the same 'finishing' problems…
    Love all your projects so I understand your problem, haha…

    Sweet regards, MJ

  14. 8th May 2014 / 7:38 am

    Ahum… I am very good at starting things i have to say… but actually finishing it is another story!
    Love, Mirjam.

  15. 8th May 2014 / 1:15 am

    Love the Catherine wheels one for your Mum. I am a chronic starter too. I see a flower square or pattern and go straight to my stash pull out yarn and yet another project is born. I am too embarrassed to count my WIP's.

  16. 7th May 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I think there should be a project for every mood, for every time of day, for every kind of light…. the more the better. I am in need of more projects, I have only got 4 going just now (but no crochet). I love your crochet work, so varied in type and such lovely colours.

  17. 7th May 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I spotted you on attic 24 and new you'd be pleased as punch!! xx

  18. 7th May 2014 / 7:48 pm

    all your wip's look amazing, problem is there is so much inspiration out there……….I tend to spend a lot of time perusing knitting patterns.

  19. 7th May 2014 / 7:13 pm

    I've only got two WIP's at the mo but not starting any more until I've finished at least one of them. Your crochet is gorgeous but I especially like the vibrant colours in the first piece.

  20. 7th May 2014 / 5:32 pm

    If it can console you, I have an embroidery WIP here, dating from…. 8 years ago…
    It is a huge work (and I mean really huge…), and only the last bits are to be finished, but I cannot find the energy to finish it…
    Sad, isn't it 😉

  21. 7th May 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Yes, another chronic 'starter' here, like you I've got several things on the go with one that's at least a year old and I've just bought some yarn to start something else! The Mand-along and Sew-along worked a treat, I got those projects finished, so perhaps we should have a WIP-along? :o)
    Jane x

  22. 7th May 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Your work is beautiful ! I rarely get very far these days unless its a small project!

  23. 7th May 2014 / 3:33 pm

    I did notice Lucy's mention! You will have to make another mandala to submit to Yarndale!! I'm not too bad on startitis as I tend to keep going with things when I start them, but I do have several things on the go at once and I wonder if I should stick to just one, but I find that I get bored and stop completely if I do that. I really like your blanket with the blue edges to the squares – the seven month old! Hope that you can get some things finished soon!! xx

  24. 7th May 2014 / 3:22 pm

    I love the colour of your 7 month old blanket, I was tempted by the blanket in the Simply Crochet mag then backtracked as it is a little beyond me at the moment. I've got a cushion & cardigan waiting to be finished but am ever so tempted to start a ripple blanket.

  25. 7th May 2014 / 3:18 pm

    4 WIPs isn't a lot! you should take a look at how many WIPs quilters tend to have! you shouldn't feel bad, 4 is a very low number.

  26. 7th May 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I actually started my blog to help me keep track of – and occasionally complete – all my WIPs! But I finish one and three more projects get started…but oh! What pretty WIPs you have! Cxxx

  27. 7th May 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Everybody knows by now that I am a Mandela fanatic, lol. So come and join the madness. It is exciting when even Lucy gets in the spirit of it.
    Otherwise sadly I am like you and have way to many projects going at once, but as you say, we see some new yarn, new color or new pattern and we are just forced to try them. You are not alone.
    Wishing you a good day!

  28. 7th May 2014 / 2:34 pm

    It is so, so hard not to start new projects when we are bombarded with so much lovely inspiration and ideas from all directions – other blogs, Pinterest, magazines and books – too much lovely stuff that we just have to, want to make! And that's just the crochet….then there's all the sewing stuff! Surely our Mum's can't expect us to finish everything off before starting something new? I think they'd understand.
    Congrats on the link on Attic 24! Wonderful idea for Yarndale and helped by you and others fuelling the mandala craze.
    Gill xx

  29. 7th May 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Wonder how many times it'd go around the world if we laid out all our collective WIPs end-to-end? I've been dying to try a mandala for ages but kept telling myself I had to finish a few more projects first, but have just read Lucy's post too and quite honestly, how could one not take up the challenge – especially as I'm really hoping to get to Yarndale this year too.
    Happy mandalaling! 🙂