wip-down for Lent

img_20170227_150605_676This is a simple idea, not really deserving of a whole blog post, but we thought it made sense to articulate it somewhere more fixed than an Instagram post. So what does everybody think about doing a wip [work in progress]-down in Lent? That means we spend the next six weeks working on finishing off projects that we have hanging around, rather than starting new ones.*  Most of us probably have a sad wasteland of half-finished projects and it’s easy to be tempted by new projects instead of revisiting that place and giving the old projects the attention they deserve. Let’s encourage each other to go to the desert of unfinished things and spend some time working on them this Lent!

Lent is a season for fasting, self-examination and preparation before Easter, and a wip-down is not the only way we will be trying to fulfil those Lenten demands (Hanna will also be attempting to give up sugar – yikes!) But it is an appropriate Lenten challenge  because it will involve both discipline, in forcing yourself to pick up that boring old half-done sock. and self-denial, in ignoring that luscious new skein that’s begging to be cast on.

There’s nothing religious or denominational about the wip-down, sp whatever your reasons for wanting to keep Lent (or tackle the wip mountain!), you are more than welcome to join in with us in resolving only to work on old unfinished projects from 1 March until Easter (Sunday 16 April). We can use the hashtag #lentenwipdown on social media to cheer each other on, and we will check in here intermittently to keep a record of our own progress.

So who else is in? Let us know in the comments, or pop over to Instagram, where we are @hannapatchaesthetic and @lucypatchaesthetic. And good luck!

*Unless they are urgent gift projects – Lent is about denying yourself, not denying others. And if you have so few wips that you finish them all off before the end of Lent, you are entitled to feel very smug and then of course do what you like afterwards .

 

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3 thoughts on “wip-down for Lent

  1. This is such a good idea! For about 3 seconds I considered no knitting at all during Lent..(well, the point is not to make yourself as miserable as possible, idea quickly dismissed). So I counted my wips: 10 projects equalling an unfinished sock desert. Lenten demands have a lot to do with self discipline and perseverance (for me that is) so this fits perfectly!

    • Not knitting at all?! No, that would indeed be unreasonable. Very glad you like the idea of the wipdown – hope you get some of those socks polished off.

  2. I love the idea of this and you have inspired me to try finish at least one of my crochet blanket wips, currently sewing in many wee woolly tails…The list of gift knitting still seems rather long but my Emelie cardigan (which was being knitted for the Blacker of kal) is at least for me so whilest making for others I can still enjoy some knitting for me.

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