Well, to be completely honest, it probably never left in the first place.
As part of me trying to get some craft projects actually finished instead of lurking around my craft room or piled in the closet, I made a list of what I know I’ve started and haven’t finished yet. And I gave myself an ultimatum: no spending money on craft supplies until I finish a good chunk of these projects.
Yes, that’s right – The Crafty Nerd isn’t going to buy craft supplies. It’s scary, right?
How many of you out there have startitis? I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about…
I know I’ve got one heck of a pile of unfinished projects stashed in my closet – in fact, this post is going to showcase some of the more interesting projects I’ve got stashed away, thanks to the ridiculous case of chronic startitis I have. (I think it’s terminal, to be honest…)
First off, the knitting/crocheting projects – there are so many of them, they’re not even getting their own individual introduction – I’ve just lumped them all together here for convenience, haha. It’s just so easy to start a new knitting or crocheting project! All you need is some yarn and a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook – sometimes, I don’t even need a pattern. I just wing it. (I also love how I have two scarves in the same pattern there, and didn’t even realize it until I went to dig out all these projects)
Next is the massive pile of punch embroidery projects in various stages of completedness – I sometimes get struck with an amazing idea, work on it with wild abandon for a few days, then get distracted. Often by another craft project. Told you my startitis was terminal. Especially for many a project that just ends up languishing in a closet or a bucket. Projects of note in this pile include the Doctor Who punch project I’ve been working on for… what, four years now? I really should finish that and turn it into a pillow or something… Also, the fact that there are three pieces that are just outlines on fabric, well, that’s a travesty.
Then we come to sewing. I am actually SO CLOSE to finishing this apron, too! I’ve been working on it for about three years, which is depressing, considering I turned out the skirt for my Pinkie Pie cosplay in what, an afternoon? I need to get this one done too. Besides. It’s coffee themed. How can I not finish it?
I think needlework projects, especially those of the counted cross-stitch variety, are the ones that end up victims of startitis the most. I’ve got, what, four or five projects here, in various stages of completion, and one of which that’s been hanging around since 2007. They just look so pretty in their packages, and I think “oh I can get this one done while I watch TV”, and it never happens…
And I have one project that doesn’t even involve sewing or embroidering or anything – and that’s not done yet, either! This one hasn’t even been started! I may work on this one this weekend, though. Because the world needs more no-sew blankets. Especially with Rainbow Dash and Applejack on them. You know it. 😀
I end up starting way more projects than I finish – if this post were about the projects I’ve actually finished, this would be a much shorter story. In the past year, I think I’ve finished… let’s see here.
the Doctor Who scarf for Bryan’s 4th Doctor costume
my Pinkie Pie costume for GenCon last year
a Pinkie Pie counted-cross stitch kit, which I then turned into a pillow
an embroidery sampler, which usually lives on my desk in the office
a Christmas quilt for my mother-in-law
THREE Toothlesses (sewed, crocheted, and sculpey’d)
a baby blanket
two scooter blankets
a scooter basket cozy
Wilbur Wellington the amigurumi corgi
Scootaloo and Trixie, the amazing crocheted ponies
Well, at least that’s something, but it nowhere near equals the amount of projects I actually STARTED last year. My friends keep bringing things I’ve finished to my attention that I’ve forgotten here – everything added in green is something I made and I forgot to add. Which means maybe my case of startitis isn’t as bad as I thought it was? Anyway… when I get bored and whiny about not having any craft projects to do, I’m just going to look at my startitis pile and work from there, instead of getting anything new, no matter how tempting it is…