I'm coming dangerously close to having (in my opinion) too many WIPs.
Here is my WIP philosophy. I need:
1. the 'mindless wip': something to knit when I'm reading. This must be primarily a knit stitch, and if it is in the round even better. In a perfect world, this is something that will be felted since it can be a bit sloppy if the book is good.
2. the 'tv' wip: not as purely mindless as the mindless wip but something with a memorizable pattern repeat. This can be a cable pattern with a chart but not a big chart. can also be knit in the car if the mindless wip is too big to tote along.
3. the 'concentration' wip: a challenging knit that demands quite a bit of attention (although something like a football game on tv or, say, 'What Not to Wear" could be one). For me, this category includes lace and cable patterns with big charts.
So that said, i should be fine with three WIPs to cover every situation in my day. But no. The 'x' factor is the love of starting projects and casting on. At this point, I'm itching to cast on more projects! Here is my inventory:
Mindless wip: a felted bag
TV wip: I currently have two: I designed (and I use the word very loosely) a linen stitch evening bag using angora with beads from SW, and mermaid socks.
Concentration wip: a lace shawl that I've just picked up again (it has a pretentious name that i'm too lazy to look up).
So I have four. And I am itching to cast on for the Lotus Blossum Tank (a concentration wip).And I've hoarded enough Cotton Ease for a cotton ease cardigan (top down, single row stripes, sort of designed by me) that would be a mindless wip.
The problem with too many WIPs, as you know, is that it takes so long to turn them into FOs.
Especially the concentration wips.
so that's my dilemma. New projects are like little diamonds just out of my reach, sparkling and seductive. I. Must. Be. Strong.
So. I finished "the Stolen Child" which was interesting to read. Not my favorite fairy book of all time (and THAT would be Jonathan Strange, just so you know). I started "The Templar Legacy" which is another DaVinci Code wannabe, that is actually pretty good. More cathars! Hooray!
How many wips do you have going? And am I insane to think about it this much?