There's a disease out there folks, and it's bad. It leaves you with an unsettled feeling, a vague sense of nausea, and at its worst can result in a splitting headache and high levels of anxiety. The medical term is "Finishitis" and I have it bad.
In the dictionary of knitting related illnesses Finishitis is described as follows: " the inability to finish one project before beginning another, particularly as it relates to knitting. Reasons for this could range from the insatiable need for the thrill of the new to Attention Deficit Knitting Disorder (ADKD). Finishitis can be triggered by yarn trunk shows, fiber arts festivals and yarn crawls. People who work in yarn stores are particularly susceptible."
I live in a perpetual state of Finishitis. Unfortunately I have the chronic version so that it actually applies to all other areas of my life so that everything gets about 75% done (well, except food). Laundry, ironing, cleaning, gardening all sort of linger in that perpetual state of unfinished-ness. And don't even get me started on my other passion, painting. The only way I ever finish one of those in a timely fashion is if someone is waving a check under my nose. (Note: money is a powerful cure for Finishitis but doesn't always apply.)
Now those of you who have been following the blog know how susceptible I am to "Finishitis". It's an outgrowth of a genetic disorder I have called "Procrastinatia". Basically, that means I have trouble starting things AND finishing things.(How do I get through life, you ask. I don't know. It's a question that has been baffling science and my family for years.)
Unfortunately there is no known cure for "Finishitis". It is spread easily through the arrival of new yarn and is the first known disease to be transferred through the ethernet, via Ravelry. Fortunately no one has ever died of this disease (although some, like me, have been threatened to be crushed by the weight of their own projects). So if you are like me, and you are faced with many unfinished projects on needles and are tempted by another, do what I do:
Buy more needles.
Julie, WY's Do-bee and store wordsmith.