Vickie Howell told of a shawl she finally finished. It had sat in her Bordeaux Cezanne for six months patiently awaiting attention. It was a shawl she was working on just for her–not a work project or a gift. It was purely for her enjoyment. We’ve all been there, right? I bet you can think of a project, maybe two, that has been sitting for around for months. You really want to finish it, but other projects and well, life, seem to keep getting in the way. For me, it was Annie. I can’t even remember how many years ago I started working on Annie. Maybe three years? Five years? Let’s not focus on that. My mom had asked me to make her Annie so I purchased the yarn and decided it would be the project I’d work on in between projects. I’d work a few rounds, forget about it and find it again, each discovery being monumental, like I’d discovered gravity. The cycle would continue. Somehow all the balls of yarn got divided among my many knitting bags and I kept wondering what had happened to my size 3 circular needles. This last time that I found the project, I decided to measure it. I was just 3 inches from the armhole (it’s bottom-up). I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and told myself, “just finish it, Jordana.” So I began (again) and it turned into that obsessive knitting. You know the kind where you stay up to 2:00am for three nights in a row because each time you’re trying to reach that break in the pattern. At last, it is done. I tried it on and was reminded why it’s on my favorites list for patterns I’ve designed. I thought, maybe with all the years that have passed, my mom would have forgotten about it and I could claim it as my own. Nope. She saw the work in progress on instagram and instantly knew it was hers. As it should be. I think it looks great on her! What’s the project in your knitting bag begging for attention? Here’s my suggestion. Just finish it! Finishing a project is satisfying all by itself. Finishing a project you’ve been working on for months or years–that’s a satisfaction that will put you on top of the world and give an extra umph for life’s next challenge.