Saturday, January 09, 2010

Dirty Little Secrets

My mojo seems to be in hibernation mode and I'm in one of the rare moods where I actually feel like blogging. Can you believe it? I haven't finished anything crafty in a while so I don't have anything cool to show. I'm spinning some stuff but I'd rather wait until its finished so I can give the full story about the project. So I'm willing to put my business out there for the sake of this blogs.

The start of a new year usually prompts reflection on the past. I'm choosing to start this year off by posting my throwbacks, also known as UFO's. These are the items that I've put in that deep dark corner with the slightest hope of ever finishing them. I'm hoping that by outing myself maybe it might kick start my mojo. In no particular order:

Circle Shrug
I started this this past summer after seeing a fellow Sit n Knitter working on a black one at a meetup. Like most projects it started out great. The yarn is some old Woolworth type lionbrand yarn that someone gave me from their stash. I thought the color would be great as a shrug so I casted on and worked on it exclusively for a good month. I lost steam when I came to the part where I had to increase twenty billion stitches evenly in two by two ribbing. Its been sitting in the corner ever since and I have no idea if I'll ever finish it.

Handspun Socks
I have no idea when I started this sock, 2008 maybe. I know the fiber I spun was from Crown Mountain Farm but other than that, I know nuh-ting. I have no idea how many stitches I casted on, what pattern I'm using or why I decided to change the pattern to a regular rib on the front leg portion while keeping with the instep pattern on the back leg. Then I switched it back. What I was thinking.



I did it not only once, but twice! This yarn was also spun from Crown Mountain Farms fiber but I'm stumped as far as any other info. All I know is that I casted these socks on a while ago, saw that they were coming out way too big and thew them in a corner. I'll probably end up frogging this project and make something completely different.




Handspun Scarf

I had orginaly started a shawl with this handspun yarn made from Spunky roving. I designed the shawl pattern for this contest knitty had a couple of seasons ago. I was about halfway through the shawl when I got distracted and dropped a stitch and that's all she wrote. I got so frustrated that I ripped the whole thing that same day. I felt a little bad afterwards because its not the yarns fault I dropped a stitch. I casted on for a scarf thinking it would help me feel better but it didn't really. I'll probably end up frogging again.


Two-Tone Saddle Shoulder Sweater for The Boy
According to Rav I started this in March of 09. It started out great but I got stumped when it came to the edging. I can't decide if I want to do a hemmed border or a rib, and if I do choose rib then what kind, 2X2, 4X2, argh! I probably need to add a couple of inches anyway because this boy grows like a weed.




Chocolate Hat

I think I started this hat last winter knowing full well that I didn't have enough yarn to finish it. What was I thinking and why haven't I frogged this yet?



Kettle Dyed Scarf
I scored this beautiful wool yarn about 3 (maybe 4) years. Only problem is that I was only able to get one skein of it so I didn't have many options as to what to knit with it. I decided to cast on a sideways scarf and I promptly put it down somewhere and forgot all about it for no reason in particular.


Japanese Jumper

I started this jumper for my fiance's godson who was born in July of last year. This was quite an undertaking being that I am using a pattern from a Japanese knitting book. I know what the character for stitch, row and gauge are and I can follow along most of the schematics so it wasn't too bad. I missed finishing this in time for the shower so I figured I would have plenty of time to finish it. I'm afraid it may be too small for him once I'm finished.


Big Green
Last but not least, I started this sweater in May of 2008. I finished knitting the pieces by July 08. Its been sitting there all this time just waiting for me to seam it. Yeah, I know, I'm lame. I should just go ahead and finish it already.




So those are my dirty little secrets. Maybe I'll finish them, maybe I'll rip them, who knows. I hope you've been thoroughly entertained. Now go forth and knit!

8 comments:

moemoe said...

and you said my hands dont sit still Im still behind you in this race.

moe modst

LaBean said...

Wow that's one heck of a confession!! I thought about putting my knitting UFO's on blast but I just don't have the guts. Besides. I think I did that already and I still haven't made any progress. I think that is part of why I'm not getting ANYTHING done, and just slowly adding to the pile of UFO's: guilt about starting new when I haven't finished.

The thing is, that I'm afraid to juts let them go, having already documented them on the blog ya know? some of them, I even put into Ravelry and people have commented and favorited them! I can't stop now!. Ugh. At least get that last one done. And as for the socks that were too big, why not just rip and restart with a smaller needle?

cici said...

that was a great confession. I do have some dirty secrets myself. I so agree with LaBean♥ my progress is soooo slow.. Not sure how that happens. Thanks for sharing♥

Christie said...

Girl, I have so many wips it isn't funny! I'm glad I'm not the only one taking stock. At least most of your you can frog! I think I may have one that will be frogged...the rest I am actually considering finishing. Before 2011.

Virtuous said...

Gurl you are relieving and releasing me at the same time about my dirty little UFO secrets too! :) Hey it at least we are being productive in the process of knitting whether we finish them or not!!

Deborah said...

Love seeing your UFOs!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tilly,

Ha, Ha, Ha, I hear you honey, I have one of the ziploc XXL bags filled with UFO's and I have no desire to post them at this time but I will say that the ones I eliminated from the bag were frogged and now I can close the bag with a small amount of stress on the ziploc. (LOL) Keep up the great work and remember whatever you decide to do, I feel you! (LOL)

Afroknits

Shameka said...

I have a few dirty little knitting secrets tucked away in my closet still, that I have yet to divulge. Now that you have Aired it all out, you can re-evaluate your priorities and start fresh.

Here are my suggestions (and you don't have to follow them if you don't want to)
1. Finish the sweaters because they are over 75% done.
2. If you can't find enough yarn for the hat, rip it out and make a calorimetry with it, or a Cowl. Maybe you have enough yarn for that.
3. The scarf....hmmm...if you are not feeling it, then frog it.
4. If the shrug is pissing you off, toss it.
5. Handspun socks with no pattern... toss it. You can use that pretty handspun for a shawlette.

6. Once all the frogging is done, cast on something new immediately!