When knitting in public, I often have perfect strangers share with me about that one project they have shoved in a closet. Always a little sheepishly they start explaining about how, once upon a time, they started a scarf got a few inches done, and shoved it away somewhere. Especially when I was housesitting, part of the home tour would be to drag out that several year old WIP and exclaim "I really should finish this".
I knit every day, and I mean for at bare minimum of a couple of hours. I have been knitting, crocheting, and spinning between 2-6 hours a day for several years now. So, many people think that I don't have the same problems that newer knitters do.
I drop stitches, when I don't read a pattern thoroughly I get halfway done only to find that I messed up big time, and I have the dreaded shameful timeout projects.
I find that most projects fall into two distinct categories. Ones I work on continuously until they are complete, and the ones that never seem to get done. So today I celebrate my slow burners.
My most shameful timeout started when I found the amazing Octopus Mitts and decided to try my hand at not only color work, but double knitting. It was one skill too many to learn at once. I meant to finish the project by Christmas and now it's been over 2 years.
I've made several stranded patterns since them and have fallen in love with the process of changing colors to create delicate patterns in the yarn. Now that I have dragged this project from the recesses of my work basket I have decided to rip back to the cuff and work the pattern as written saving my double knit experience for something like a scarf or cowl.
Next on my list is Ravet Blanket from Skacel Collection, Inc. This pattern came out in Volume 4 of Skacel Spring/Summer 2014. The dense blanket features the gorgeous linen stitch. I imagined this to be a perfect summertime picnic blanket but only ever got about 3 inches done in almost 2 years.
The inspiration for this blanket was the gift of multiple skeins of Cascade 220. I thought that the complementary colors in the delicious linen stitch texture would make a marvelous blanket. With all of the ultra soft merino, cashmere, and alpaca blends I have in my stash, I frequently distract myself with a softer knit on my hands. I have decided to set aside a scheduled time for this project every week and a checkpoint deadline. If I'm not halfway through by my birthday (April 20th), it's time to take it out.
Every time I see posts about finish or frog it February I get a little panicked and cast on another project to distract from my two time out pieces. It's time to stop the procrastination and complete the multiple WIPs I have in my room. I'm using this mini confessional as inspiration to either finish them or give in and rip them out.
So what are your UFO's? How do you get inspired to complete them, or decide it's time to let them go?