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Marg in Mirror
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Canada
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Posted - 06/08/2003 :  7:52:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
I've noticed that I finish a WIP sooner if the project in question is for someone else, rather than for me. I have 4 WIPs going right now --a pair of sox, a sleeveles top, a striped sweater that I am doing in the round, and a jacket in Gedifra "Dandy". All for me (which is unusual). And so I tend to put them off if I get side-tracked to do something as a gift.

D'you suppose it's that a gift has a deadline? Or just that it's for someone else (and therefore seen as more important than one for self)? Or a combination of both? What do you folks think?

-- Marg in Calgary

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mtchen
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:34:01 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Yes I do that too. But usually it's because the gift is to be given in short notice. Whereas if it's a project for myself, I can take my time and enjoy it more. Another reason is that I already have the yarn for the gifts in mind, so I know what I'm making and can get started. As for yarns I bought for myself, I need to take more time to contemplate or decide on what I want to make...I keep asking myself, "What do I need? A hat? A pullover? Another scarf?" And this takes a lot of going back and forth...

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mtchen
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:34:01 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Yes I do that too. But usually it's because the gift is to be given in short notice. Whereas if it's a project for myself, I can take my time and enjoy it more. Another reason is that I already have the yarn for the gifts in mind, so I know what I'm making and can get started. As for yarns I bought for myself, I need to take more time to contemplate or decide on what I want to make...I keep asking myself, "What do I need? A hat? A pullover? Another scarf?" And this takes a lot of going back and forth...

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mtchen
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:34:01 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Yes I do that too. But usually it's because the gift is to be given in short notice. Whereas if it's a project for myself, I can take my time and enjoy it more. Another reason is that I already have the yarn for the gifts in mind, so I know what I'm making and can get started. As for yarns I bought for myself, I need to take more time to contemplate or decide on what I want to make...I keep asking myself, "What do I need? A hat? A pullover? Another scarf?" And this takes a lot of going back and forth...

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mtchen
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:34:01 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Yes I do that too. But usually it's because the gift is to be given in short notice. Whereas if it's a project for myself, I can take my time and enjoy it more. Another reason is that I already have the yarn for the gifts in mind, so I know what I'm making and can get started. As for yarns I bought for myself, I need to take more time to contemplate or decide on what I want to make...I keep asking myself, "What do I need? A hat? A pullover? Another scarf?" And this takes a lot of going back and forth...

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moxie
Seriously Hooked

844 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Yes ma'am!

Not counting the scarf I made when I was 9, I've knit two things for myself so far:
1 pullover (took 4 years to finish)
1 cardigan (7+ years, still not done though finally getting close)
I've recently bought the fiber for many other personal projects but who knows when they'll ever hit the needles?

On the other hand I started a pair of socks for myself last night and I'm almost done with turning the first heel, so at this rate I could be done in less than two days. Though it's possible that I will never get around to making the second sock.

I think I finish things quickly as a combination of both deadline and also because it's more fun to think of how nice the giftee will look in the gift, and how happy they will be to receive it, than to think of how I will look in the completed item. Plus, if it ends up not being the right size/color for the intended one I can usually think of someone else whom it would suit.

On the other hand, when knitting for myself I seem to develop a hearty loathing for the project by the time it is almost finished.
Because I can try the item on as I go along, I have a tendency to get jaded and dissatisfied with the look.

Moxie
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moxie
Seriously Hooked

844 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Yes ma'am!

Not counting the scarf I made when I was 9, I've knit two things for myself so far:
1 pullover (took 4 years to finish)
1 cardigan (7+ years, still not done though finally getting close)
I've recently bought the fiber for many other personal projects but who knows when they'll ever hit the needles?

On the other hand I started a pair of socks for myself last night and I'm almost done with turning the first heel, so at this rate I could be done in less than two days. Though it's possible that I will never get around to making the second sock.

I think I finish things quickly as a combination of both deadline and also because it's more fun to think of how nice the giftee will look in the gift, and how happy they will be to receive it, than to think of how I will look in the completed item. Plus, if it ends up not being the right size/color for the intended one I can usually think of someone else whom it would suit.

On the other hand, when knitting for myself I seem to develop a hearty loathing for the project by the time it is almost finished.
Because I can try the item on as I go along, I have a tendency to get jaded and dissatisfied with the look.

Moxie
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moxie
Seriously Hooked

844 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Yes ma'am!

Not counting the scarf I made when I was 9, I've knit two things for myself so far:
1 pullover (took 4 years to finish)
1 cardigan (7+ years, still not done though finally getting close)
I've recently bought the fiber for many other personal projects but who knows when they'll ever hit the needles?

On the other hand I started a pair of socks for myself last night and I'm almost done with turning the first heel, so at this rate I could be done in less than two days. Though it's possible that I will never get around to making the second sock.

I think I finish things quickly as a combination of both deadline and also because it's more fun to think of how nice the giftee will look in the gift, and how happy they will be to receive it, than to think of how I will look in the completed item. Plus, if it ends up not being the right size/color for the intended one I can usually think of someone else whom it would suit.

On the other hand, when knitting for myself I seem to develop a hearty loathing for the project by the time it is almost finished.
Because I can try the item on as I go along, I have a tendency to get jaded and dissatisfied with the look.

Moxie
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moxie
Seriously Hooked

844 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Yes ma'am!

Not counting the scarf I made when I was 9, I've knit two things for myself so far:
1 pullover (took 4 years to finish)
1 cardigan (7+ years, still not done though finally getting close)
I've recently bought the fiber for many other personal projects but who knows when they'll ever hit the needles?

On the other hand I started a pair of socks for myself last night and I'm almost done with turning the first heel, so at this rate I could be done in less than two days. Though it's possible that I will never get around to making the second sock.

I think I finish things quickly as a combination of both deadline and also because it's more fun to think of how nice the giftee will look in the gift, and how happy they will be to receive it, than to think of how I will look in the completed item. Plus, if it ends up not being the right size/color for the intended one I can usually think of someone else whom it would suit.

On the other hand, when knitting for myself I seem to develop a hearty loathing for the project by the time it is almost finished.
Because I can try the item on as I go along, I have a tendency to get jaded and dissatisfied with the look.

Moxie
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moxie
Seriously Hooked

844 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  8:40:59 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Yes ma'am!

Not counting the scarf I made when I was 9, I've knit two things for myself so far:
1 pullover (took 4 years to finish)
1 cardigan (7+ years, still not done though finally getting close)
I've recently bought the fiber for many other personal projects but who knows when they'll ever hit the needles?

On the other hand I started a pair of socks for myself last night and I'm almost done with turning the first heel, so at this rate I could be done in less than two days. Though it's possible that I will never get around to making the second sock.

I think I finish things quickly as a combination of both deadline and also because it's more fun to think of how nice the giftee will look in the gift, and how happy they will be to receive it, than to think of how I will look in the completed item. Plus, if it ends up not being the right size/color for the intended one I can usually think of someone else whom it would suit.

On the other hand, when knitting for myself I seem to develop a hearty loathing for the project by the time it is almost finished.
Because I can try the item on as I go along, I have a tendency to get jaded and dissatisfied with the look.

Moxie
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