Brand new at this, I went hard for about a month and a half. I was up late (or early, technically) several times a week, since I would work on gear after the rest of the crew went to sleep.
The more I learned, the more interesting it all got... but it was all new so I was able to dig into one item or concept at a time.
Then I started having a problem.
As I learned more, I've found that I have WAY too many cool projects to work on, and not nearly enough time to work on them all. And to make things worse, sometimes I would start something, then read or discover something before I finished that would make me set that project aside. ie. I have a HH clone ala HC4U's tutorial that has been cut, hemmed, ends joined, folded, ridgeline attached, suspended... but I can't decide which method I want to use to attach the bug net, so this project has stalled. My son sleeps in it 2-3x weekly, but I'll have to sort it out so I can finish it at some point before spring when the bugs get more active (they never go away in NC).
-I made my son a GVP G4 Scout backpack, but it is too big for him. Need to make him a new one by spring when the cub scouts start camping again. Too many ideas on how to adapt the design to him, or other designs that I want to try.
-still haven't seam sealed my DIY HH Hex tarp, added Grizz Beaks, figured out what type of tie out lines (shock corded) to add, added pull-outs, etc.
-need to make a few sets of whoopies. Haven't found a fid that works well for me. been procrastinating this one in hopes of finding a better fid solution.
-Have sil for one or two tarps, but can't decide on HH Asym clone, Ogee clone ala Gargoyle, or a few other options.
-Got a batch of OD 1.1 rs from Nacra and can't decide which hammock design to use with it. There is about enough for 2 single layers or 1 DL... can't decide which to do. What basic design to start with? etc.
-about 15 different alchy stove designs I want to try
-2 different stove windscreen designs to build
-and I try to write up whatever I make for my website, and to share here. There's a dilemma... make something new, or write up a project.
-oh! speaking of write-ups, JJ mentioned a new hammock sock design. I've been just about to pull the trigger on a hammock sock for about a month, and trying to sort out how to best accommodate my FrankenBird hammock design (similar to WBBB) into a sock. Or maybe something like the HH SS on bottom, with a BBO on top, or a SEEP design ala MacEntyre? Anyhow, I want to see his design before starting mine.
So I often find myself in a sort of "analysis paralysis" mode, where I can't decide which item to work on... and I end up just surfing posts here on HF instead.
Not getting much gear made that way.
How do YOU sort out what project for any given night/day/week/month/etc. ?