Let's be honest. Somewhere in her house, every knitter has this: some sort of container full of wips (works-in-progress) and ufos (unfinished objects). (Can I just say that we, as knitters, have developed our own odd language? Anyway...). Whether or not you will admit it to anyone else, you know there are some projects that you just might not ever finish or have not worked on in months, possibly years.
Non-knitters do not understand. Why don't we just sit down and finish them all? Or just rip them out? Why leave them lying around, taking up space? (Don't even try to explain why you need so much space for your fiber love. They just don't understand).
We hem and haw, mumbling some incoherent nonsense about deadlines and new projects and a lack of time.
But your fellow knitters understand. Sometimes the pattern and yarn combination was just wrong, no matter how much research you may have done. Sometimes a pattern is just badly written. Maybe the yarn was too splitty. Maybe the shaping just didn't look right and you will get around to fixing it someday. Maybe you were distracted from that sweater on tiny needles by a new design you saw on Instagram. Whatever the reason, there are just some projects that were not meant to be, or at least not right now.
We feel good when we do finally finish these projects. We weave in that final end, finish that seam, attach that button. We give it away, keep it, or sell it. We feel accomplished and productive.
But until that day comes, remember that you are not alone. No one else who lives with you may understand why you insist on keeping that basket/drawer/box/shelf full, but we, your fellow knitters, understand.