As inhabitants of the internet, you’ve surely heard of Inbox Zero, a semi-mythical state of one’s email inbox which increases productivity, reduces stress, and makes everyone around you ooh and aah in admiration.
It’s not a state I see very often; I find a blank screen a little unnerving, I do find it harder to remember things if they’re not right there, and I’m really lazy. Things pile up. It’s just the way I am, and the best intentions cannot fight my very nature.
But I can’t deny the thrill of a good clear-out. File the receipts and interesting articles and fun conversations. Archive all the notifications and marketing emails. Delete everything else. It’s even simpler with RSS feeds. Get behind? Declare RSS bankruptcy. Mark all as read. Done.
It’s not quite so easy with WIPs. It’s more of a wrench to decide that you’re never going to finish that pair of knee-high comedy Fair Isle llama socks, and undo the whole lot. And you can’t often just sit down and finish a bunch of things in one day.
However, that’s exactly what happened yesterday.
First, I cleaned up the photos of my oldest WIP and finally marked the project complete (17 months after finishing).
Then, I finished the ends on a shawl that’s been finished for ages, taunting me with all two trailing threads (five months since cast-off).
Then I finished the last row and cast off on my winter socks (14 months after I cast on).
And finally, I added the ZOMGSPARKLEBUTTONS to my new favourite cardigan in the history of ever, Oxide (only 11 months from cast-on to buttons).
Then, all was quiet. No WIPs. My mind was free to think of other things. I was released from the torment of 12 month WIPs nagging at me to finish them.
I lasted about half an hour.