This weekend past, I was watching indie movie “Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity” about 12 year old Mindy who was a “practitioner” of Taoist magic. The goal of Mindy’s magical spells was to change her mother’s financial situation and her love prospects. At some point while practicing magic, Mindy’s attempt to locate her friend’s missing turtle ends in her finding a rat. (ugghhhh … shudders). His response to her magic … “you’re such a poser.” In his mind, Mindy failed as a magician and the likelihood of her ever using magic to find his turtle or conduct a successful spell was slim to none. So what does that have to do with me and my crafting?
To tell the truth, honestly, I feel like a craft poser. I start projects and once I get any new technique down that I’m learning, I lose interest so the project ends up not completed. See Exhibit A. 😳 That scarf is just laying there … mocking me every time I walk by it … which is daily. 😳
I even at one point, created a workspace AND came up with a list of projects (complete with a fancy title) that would become FO’s (finished objects) in 2011. See Exhibit B. Aye Vey!!!! Someone save me from myself.
Welp, just like Mindy (in the end her spell did work) I’m going to, once again, try to shed my poser cloak. On Ravelry, there’s a group of knitters doing a meme series — Come Blog Along: A Year of Projects. I’m not sure if I’m going to join; I feel like I should. While I make up my mind, I’m going to consolidate my 20 in 2011 project list with some other knit projects I want to do in between and do my own Year of Projects list. I might even make my own banner. 😀
Now all I have to do is finish all the projects and like Mindy, not be a poser. 😳
I agree with marushka a bit about the learning process. I also have several ongoing, unfinished projects going on at once and I think I probably always will. With crafting, I just try to go with the flow and work on what moves me. If your heart isn’t in it, forcing yourself to finish turns the project into a task and you miss all the fun in between.
Hey Lady. Thanks for dropping by and contributing to the discussion. I feel the same way as you and Maruska. Since I wrote that post, I’ve reconciled myself to the way I craft and it’s become fun again. Now that I have my yarn stash even more organized, I’m energized to start a couple of projects I’d initially put on hold.
Maybe you just enjoy the process — especially the learning something new part? — and don’t need the product so much? I am like this a little, too, and find that I finish more if I have three or four projects going at a time so I can switch between them and never get bored.
Mostly though i want my crafting to be fun and not a chore, so i try not to flog myself with too many ‘shoulds’ about it. Sometimes i get energized to finish WIPs, other times I’m all about the adventure of starting new ones.
Thanks so much for understanding and explaining in a way I just couldn’t seem to. I’m going to try working on multiple new projects and see if that helps my inattention.
I want crafting to be fun too and I really do enjoy it. It’s still so fascinating to me to see a series of stitches develop into something wonderful. My other crafting passions also give me a sense of accomplishment too; sometimes I feel like a little kid and have these — “wow, did I do that moments!!!!!”