The blinds are up! Yes, finally I’ve completed the project on my procrastination list that I was most reluctant to work on.
However the blinds aren’t the only thing on my procrastination list that I’ve finished. I’ve also finished the knitted slippers from my pile of UFOs. As I victoriously crossed them off my list, I reflected on why they had taken so long…
The slippers were intended to be a Christmas present for my daughter. I started knitting them a couple of weeks before Christmas 2012 from some wool left over from knitting coats for homeless dogs. Once I got going, I realised the top front and back leg were lined and absolutely huge. Recognising I didn’t have time to finish them in all the pre-Christmas pandemonium, I abandoned them.
The half-knitted slippers remained skulking in my knitting basket until summer 2013, when I had a long car journey to go on and they were the only knitting simple enough to be worked on in the car.
A couple of long car journeys and the knitting was finished. But instead of sewing them up, I put the slippers back in my knitting basket. And there they stayed for over a year.
It was only my mission to complete all my UFOs that finally made me face up to finishing them.
When I finished, I realised I had left them incomplete for so long, because I looooooove knitting, but hate sewing up – I had also been questioning the final result, and that also put me off completing them, but I was questioning that for a long time while I was knitting and it didn’t stop me then.
My realisation made me think,
Sewing up is a real point of resistance to me finishing, just like writing a one page synopsis for a book is something I struggle with far more than writing a whole book.
This got me to wondering about points of resistance in other creative projects. Do all creative endeavours involve a task we like least; a point of greatest resistance that particular to the creative medium we’re working in? Furthermore, if I’m aware I’m resistant to a certain part of a process, I can coach myself to steam on through, rather than allowing myself to slope off and work on something else.
I’m certainly going to address this in my knitting and my writing . I’m also going to keep an eye out for what I’m shying away from as I work through other creative projects.
Do you have points of greatest resistance in your creative processes?