Welcome to the Land of Unfinished Projects!  Partially strung beads, half-baked Christmas ornaments, mostly empty sketchbooks, scrap books and photo albums.  Two tattered duvet covers waiting to be patchworked into one usable one, a file box of semi-sorted medical papers, the “One-Year Bible” I got five years ago, its bookmark still wedged somewhere in Genesis.  I suspect the Road to Hell passes through this closet, albeit an unpaved section, flanked by stacks of perfectly good intentions the construction workers haven’t gotten around to laying yet.

Years ago, I started crocheting an afghan with “found” skeins of yarn from a failed sweater project.  When the “afghan” reached the size of
a super-long, super-fat scarf, I realized I’d need more yarn in order to finish it.  JoAnn’s had long since discontinued that brand and carried nothing with a similar blend of wool and acrylic.  Not to worry, folks, I found it on E-Bay:  36 brand new skeins at a price I couldn’t pass up.  The package arrived and I dived in with gusto, diligently adding a few rows every night.  Until summer came and it got too hot to work on it.
I bought an XL Tote at Dollar General, put the afghan and remaining yarn in it, and shoved it in the closet.  I unearthed it during my recent decluttering spree.  It was below zero, perfect weather to snuggle up under the wooly beast and get my crochet hook moving again.

The poem below is a LIRA.


Thirty skeins of bargain yarn
tucked away in a box on a closet shelf
for an afghan, thick and warm
one that won’t crochet itself
tucked away in a box on a closet shelf

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  1. Tippy Gnu January 27, 2019 / 9:49 am

    That’s a familiar poem, for it reflects the lives of many. I hate unfinished projects, yet they have a way of hanging around in dark corners, tops of shelves, and in the back of drawers. And when I get to poking around, they stick their scary little heads out and haunt me, pleading “finish me, please finish me.”

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    • Just Joan January 27, 2019 / 10:16 am

      Thanks, Tippy. For some reason, starting projects is a lot more fun than finishing them. One of my 2019 resolutions is to not buy any more materials or start any new projects until the ones in my craft closet are done. My afghan has grown by leaps and bounds this winter; there are just 12 skeins still waiting to be added. If I use them all, I’m guessing the finished product will cover my king-sized mattress, another layer to keep us warm when the nighttime temp is in the single digits, or big enough for two to share while watching a movie on the couch. After that, maybe I’ll sort the rest of those insipid medical notes and work my way through Exodus. Or just shut the closet doors. 🙂

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  2. LTodd January 28, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one with unfinished projects stuffed in closets.

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    • Just Joan January 30, 2019 / 12:31 pm

      At least in an RV, the closets are a lot smaller! 🙂 Glad you are doing well. -5 degrees here in Ohio today, too cold to even go out of the house. Felt sorry for our trash guy, even in an insulated suit, he’s got to be freezing his patooties off. 🙂


  3. Quirky Girl February 8, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    I love projects! Or maybe more accurately, I love going to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby to stock up on supplies for projects that I’m so excited about that I procrastinate to get started on once I get all the aforementioned supplies. 😀

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    • Just Joan February 8, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      I see you are familiar with the crafting process, Quirky. Get an idea, get fired up, buy the supplies, start, realize it’s going to take forever or it isn’t as fun as you hoped, stuff everything in a bag, box, or tote, shove it in the closet, and hope it will assemble itself or disappear. Give my love to Jett, and get back to work on that sweater you were going to make for him. 🙂

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