Everyone has their own definition of process knitting. My definition incorporates all the aspects of knitting; the ups and downs, frogging and forward progress, the good, the bad, the ugly…the all of it. If I thought anything else Sprössling would be stuffed at the bottom of a bag, tossed in the deepest darkest corner of the closet, or she'd completely frogged, the beautiful yarn banished to the bottom of the stash bin.
None of this would not be her fault, it would be mine, but it's unthinkable for me to give up at this point. Sprössling means too much to me and our quest must continue. We have been through the fire, our friendship forged like steel, and we can never say die, we will never, never give up...we do not try, we do.
There is a difference between a WIP and a project that's going nowhere, the dreaded UFO. As part of the process I make a thorough assessment and, if I really don't like the project, or the process, if I know it will never grow no matter how long it sits around...the project is frogged. "Grow or go" is my motto. This may seem ruthless or reactionary to some, but too many WIPs feel like albatrosses and I don't believe in UFOs. The focus stays on the process, on each step of the process and it's the journey that matters, not the destination. As the proverb says, your mileage my vary.
When a yarn is heaven, when the pattern is worthy of the effort, I continue to work towards the goal of finishing. Finishing as part of the process, not "just" the end product. There can be multiple errors, much back and forth knitting, many said and unsaid "technical terms", but there is progress.
It may be hard won, but I do not try, I do, and Sprössling grows. (See? A sleeve!)