Too Many WIPs?
It's that time of year when I start making plans for my new starts for next year. But this year, I actually sat down and organized and counted how many Works in Progress (WIPs) I already have. I made a spreadsheet. It's there in black and white on the printed page. And I have 31 WIPs right at this moment (and many of the WIPs have multiple parts - I didn't count each individual part because I know it would be a REALLY scary number). Two of my WIPs are from my Etsy shop. The rest are by other designers. You can see a list of my Current WIPs here.
Thirty-one WIPs are just too many, at least for me. I work in a rotation and this is my method. I have my WIPs listed and stored in alphabetical order (except for the Connie Gee's ones). I work down the list alphabetically, and stop after every 5 regular WIPs to finish a design from my Etsy shop. Depending on how large the Etsy design is, it can take a couple of weeks to complete it. After that is done, I go through the next 5 WIPs on my list, then stop again for a Connie Gee's project and rinse and repeat until I get through all 29 "regular" WIPs - aka, not my designs. This means that my many WIPs don't get as much attention over the course of a year as I would like.
So, in 2017 I am starting the year by kitting up ZERO new starts. (There are a few things that are all kitted up which will be new WIPs when I get to them, but I already have them listed in my rotation so they won't count. That's how my logic works - lol.)
My goal for 2017 to get the number of regular WIPs I have down to 20. If I can get them down to 20, I will allow myself to start Death By Cross Stitch by Long Dog Samplers. I have my floss ready to go - I just need to decide on which fabric I want to use.
It would be really great if I can get the number down to fewer than 20 WIPs over the course of 2017. I haven't decided what my optimal number of WIPs is yet, but I think I will know it when I hit it, but right now, 31 WIPs is just too overwhelming for me. Maybe 15 will be the magic number or even 10 - but I don't see myself going much lower than that because there are so many projects I want to start!
Do you make stitching goals instead of New Years Resolutions? What goals do you have for next year?