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The No-Particular-Destination Project. and Why It's Awesome
I've been showing off a lot of finished projects lately, but today I wanted to share this one – which may never, ever get finished, and that's a very good thing.
I started making these half-hexie stars back in March, as an airplane project on my way to and from Craftcation. At that time, I had a finished item in mind: a kind of freeform table topper. But I had so many other projects going on at the same time, once that trip was over I didn't make much progress.
As the year progressed, I found myself picking up my bag of stars-in-progress only rarely, for long train rides or rare afternoons off. For a while I berated myself about not moving faster toward my table-topper goal (we all know how that goes).
But slowly, something else happened. I realized that these stars had become the project I turned to when I needed a respite from all my other projects. They were, in fact, my form of doing nothing – as "nothing" as it gets for an extreme Type A.
And so now, instead of berating myself, I find myself fiercely loving my little WIP that will probably always be "in progress."
Every time I get a scrap of fabric in these Froot-Loopy colors, I chop it up and add it to the bag. I might make 15 more stars or I might make 500. I don't really care – this is much more about the journey than the destination.
A lot of my making time is spent operating on two tracks at once: making the things, and meta-thinking about the making so I can translate it into clear processes for others. That's always interesting and challenging and I love it, but too much of that dual state will fatigue you on making altogether.
…So I'm very thankful for this one little act of pure craft without any endgame.
Do you have a no-particular-destination project in your stash?