Looking at my WIP-list, you could be forgiven for thinking ‘that’s not so bad. Work on that for a while, you’ll have a clean slate.’ Except I won’t. That list just shows the things I am working on right now. It doesn’t show the mountains (well, boxes) of supplies I have for projects that are queued up to be made. That is where the real problem lies. Not just 11 WIPs, but 20+ WIQs.
It’s a bit like that guy who started an IndieGoGo to ‘bail out Greece’, with a goal of 1.6 billion. That seems like a lot of money, but also like an amount that you could reasonably imagine people getting together when the stakes are so high. What that person, and many donors, didn’t grasp was that 1.6 billion was just one payment. That was just one overdue payment to the IMF. It didn’t even come close to the total debt of Greece and would have been a drop in the bucket if they had managed to collect it. The real problem is all the problems that are not immediately apparent.
… okay so maybe that comparison is reaching a bit. What I’m saying is: There is no end in sight. Right now, I have 13 knitting projects queued up, and at least 7 sewing projects that I can think off at the top of my head. These are all projects for which I have the supplies, not ‘I’d like to make that one day’. I am not even close to being allowed to think about ‘I’d like to make that one day’. I’m not even sure that, when I’ve finished those 20 projects, I’ll have created enough space to reach my goal of emptying the last of the moving boxes.
And of course, there are always projects that come in between that will slow down my progress, if we define progress as ‘clearing out boxes’. There will be ‘social projects’, like the Happypotamus crochet-along I’m currently doing. There will be gifts to make. There may be Halloween costumes.
All in all, I will be at this for a long, long time. If I wanted to speed things up, I could just sell off most of my stash. However, that is not the path I have chosen. Now I just have to learn to accept that the way I chose is the long road, not the easy one.