Thanks to everyone who commented or posted their thoughts on UFO’s on Twitter or Facebook. I really enjoyed the discussion and everyone’s point of view! Seems like it’s about 50/50 in terms of those of us who have lots of projects going all at once and those who have three or less at any point in time.
Several of you noted that you thought I was brave to show my UFO’s. For me, showing the ones I’m walking away from was not hard at all. In fact (and as I commented) it was quite liberating. Saying “no, I just don’t like you that much anymore and I’m not going to give you another second of my time” felt awesome.
This next part is what I consider hard. Sharing the WIPs that I am determined to finishing is much more intimidating. This is committment – public committment. It’s like saying “I love you” out loud for the first time, especially if the other person hasn’t said it yet. My success or failure will be out there for all of you to see. That my friends, is scary to me. So, are you ready? Not sure I am but the time has come.
Here are the UFOs, that are officially WIPs that I will do my best to complete:
This very sad piece is my Tilted Duster. What is concerning is that I could swear I had completed both sleeves. If I did, one is lost. I hope that is not the case because that could result in a yarn shortage and trust me, this dyelot is long gone. I’ve seen lots of Tilted Dusters around the shop and especially at Stitches shows. I admire everyone of them and get a little pang inside about mine. I love knitting with Peruvia – it’s a wonderful yarn. Not sure why this never was completed, it just wasn’t. Norah – please forgive me.
Next up is this little beauty:
My first (and only) top down sweater. Now, I know Kirsten (our design coordinator) and prophet of the top-down technique just died a little inside seeing this sweater incomplete. Again, this was another project I was enjoying immensely and I have picked it up from time to time. I still have a ways to go, but the knitting at this point is very simple so I really have no excuse. I’m using Dive Autunno which is lovely. I know at one point during the year I panicked a bit when I thought I was short on yarn. In cleaning out all my projects, I found additional balls, so I know I’m good to go.
For those of you who listen to the podcast, this one will pain ALL of you:
It’s my Staghorn Cable Tunic. Oh gosh, I can hear you all yelling at your monitors from here! I know! How can this not be done? I love the pattern, I love the yarn which is our own Northampton. I pushed Kirsten to make this design come to life and here lies mine, life-less. I’ve just got a bit on the front to finish then off to the back.
Here is the only yarn/project that our cat Abigail has ever shown any interest in:
This is a scarf out of Misti Alpaca Baby Chunky (yum!) and the design is my own. I was inspired by a scarf in a catalog that was knit with cashmere and cost some obnoxious amount of money. So I picked a cable pattern, figured out the math and off I went. I often kept this project in my Lexie Barnes Flo, which has a hinged opening. Anytime I left the bag open, I would find Abigail in the bag, on top of the yarn purring. She has never done this with another yarn. Maybe I should knit her a little cuddlie out of the yarn? Oh, look, there I go again! Thinking about starting something without finishing anything!
There’s nothing magical about this one, it’s more about principle. It’s knit in Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted. I liked the yarn and the color and wanted a scarf. Nothing more, nothing less.
Then, there’s this:
This one hurts my heart that it’s in this state. Hard to tell, but this is my More than an Apron from Crochetme.com. I LOVE the design. I started it almost immediately after it was published back in Spring of 2007. There, I said it. APRIL 2007. Ugh. I’m using Valley Yarns Southwick and despite my love of black, it was probably not the best choice and probably part of the reason it has yet to be finished. I’ve frogged it a few times and now I need to figure out where I am.
Finally folks, I give you this:
Not a WIP yet, but it has to stay on the list. Why? It was intended to become a Log Cabin blanket. I have been jabbering about wanting to make a Log Cabin blanket 4-EVA. Originally, I was going to make on from Mason DIxon Knitting. These colors were chosen to knit the Valley Log Cabin Blanket which uses our Valley Superwash (which is the yarn shown). I picked different colors so that it could be used as inspiration for an alternative color combo. One thing I know for sure, a log cabin blanket will be knit by me. Might not be the one I was planning or in the same colors you see above, but I will do one. I must.
Well, that’s that. Now you know what I’ve got to do. Not sure what I’ll tackle first. I have one other project on the needles that will come to TNNA with me. That’s one I cannot share just yet and has a deadline.
So, what WIPs are you going to re-commit to this year? C’mon, I’ve shown you mine, the least you can do is tell me about yours!
P.S. Sorry for the blue hues in the photos. Not sure what is up with that. My Staghorn Tunic is charcoal grey.