I used to wonder why properly finishing my knitting or crochet project is so much harder than starting a new one.
Well, I wonder no more!
I blame it on the AFYP Syndrome! What, you never heard of it?! For my readers who have no idea what this acronym stands for (and this means for all of you since the said acronym is my own invention) it means Aversion to Finishing Your Projects Syndrome.
I know I got it! And anyway I have to blame my tendency to produce lots more UFOs than FOs on something.
Here are the symptoms of AFYP:
1. Indefinite postponement of finishing the last few rows.
2. Strong aversion to weaving in the ends.
3. Willingness to do anything (even housework and grocery shopping) to delay dealing with seams.
4. Spontaneously starting four new projects instead closing up the toe on the second sock.
5. Convincing yourself that the project’s intended recipient does not really need it this week or this year, or this century.
Now am I the only one here who has found AFYP interfering with proper finishing of my projects?
What do I call “proper finishing”? Oh, you know, those tasks that are so tedious but so needed if we really want our creations to be useful… Weaving in the ends, sewing the seams, grafting toes and even (gasp!) blocking projects.
Why, oh why are these, sometimes really tiny jobs make me procrastinate for days or even weeks? Actually there is a toddler sweater I made for DS 3, when he was 2 years old, yes nine years ago. Weaving in the ends and sewing on buttons would probably take me no more than 30 minutes, but for nine years and three kids I have been telling myself that it is not feminine enough for my girls and so I do not have to finish it. I think it is time to start looking for it. If I find it soon enough DS 4 might have a chance to wear it.
Talking about The Baby and his knits – he is not even 4 months old yet, but I have already three UFOs to our credit. There is a pair of baby booties that he outgrew before I Cast on for the second one, a baby blanket that needs another ten rounds for the edge for the past month and as of last week Summer cotton overalls.
Truth to tell I have not given up on any of these. I will finish the booties one day, if I will remember the number of stitches I used on the first one. And I keep working on my Son’s blanket every day. It should be done. By Winter. Probably… But as to the overalls, I finished knitting them a week ago.
Because I was trying out a few experimental things on them they had lots and lots of ends to weave in. And since I want my baby to wear them in the Summer they are made from cotton blend yarn so spit splice is not a solution to end all ends. Today I decided that the time has come to start using them. I have been weaving in the ends (one at the time) all day. Right now, close to 1 A.M., as I am writing this post I only have 4 more to go. I will finish them before I go to sleep. I am determined to do that!
Unless I fall asleep first.