If you do any kind of yarn crafts at all, you might know about two odd-sounding phrases.
For those who don’t know, or if you’re new to yarn crafts, let me explain a little bit.
Frogs, toads, and the like make a ribbit sound. When you make a mistake or the pattern isn’t working or the yarn isn’t right for that pattern, you rip it. It sounds a lot like the sound a frog makes, rip-it. Pulling back/unraveling a project is said to be frogging it.
This one is sometimes scary. I experienced it just two days ago. Yarn chicken is not a chicken made out of yarn. (Though there are some cute amigurumi chicken patterns available.) No. Yarn chicken is when you think you might not have enough arn left to finish your project without buying more, but you keep going. Sometimes you win. Simetimes you lose. Two days ago, I lost. But the project was large enough that I can call it done and it’s fine.
A Few Other Terms
HOTH/HOTN: Hot off the hook/hot off the needles – a project you just finished
WIP – work in progress
UFO – unfinished object
CAL/KAL/MAL/SAL – crochet-along, knit-along, make-along, stitch-along
I’m sure there are other terms that I’m not remembering at the moment, so if there’s something you don’t know, leave a question in the comments.
This morning, I opened up WordPress to see if I had any comments to reply to from yesterday’s post. And there were none. Then I noticed there weren’t any because I didn’t publish it.
I went in to publish it and it hadn’t been written.
So here is what I had intended to post yesterday.
How Much Is Too Much?
When do you know you have too many projects in progress? For me, it’s usually when there are more than two that are currently on the hook (for crochet).
I can juggle two projects without too much problem. One is usually a big project and the second is a smaller one that I can finish quicker and get that sense of “it’s done” satisfaction while I’m still working on the big one.
Right now, though? I’m not sure how many I have in progress.
- Serenity Shawl by TL Yarn Crafts.
- Peach Hana Triangle Shawl by BustingStitches.
- Monsters for Operation Monster Drop.
- A Study in Texture: Planet Earth by The Crochet Crowd.
- Headbands for my Etsy shop.
- Coasters for my Etsy shop.
I think that’s it. I’m not going to count the things I’m wanting to design that are in the thinking/planning process. Those aren’t on the hook yet, so they don’t count for this.
Ordinarily, I would say that this is too many projects. But… It doesn’t feel like it. It feels just right. I’m loving what I’m doing right now and I think that’s the key. When it starts to feel like it’s too much or overwhelming, that’s when there are too many things going and it’s time to pare back.
What about you? When do you know you have too many projects going? It doesn’t matter if it’s crochet, writing, painting, or something else entirely. Leave a comment and let’s chat.