Monday, January 30, 2012

Brutally Honest UFO Post

It's time to admit what a fickle knitter I am. I long to be the type of person who can work on one project until it is done, but it will never be. Here is what is on the needles. (Oh, and some of these have not been touched since I last took a picture so I'll be recycling a few photos.) I have included where each project lives, just for fun.

1) Cestari Stripes, Cast on 1/27/12

Yarn: Cestari 2 ply sock
Pattern: n/a
Where this project lives: In a small green bag atop my jewelry box.
Notes: I cannot explain why I cast on yet another pair of socks. No, really.
The plan is to make very tall tri-color stripey socks. Notice how I don't even have one stripe done yet. This project has been sitting exactly like this for 3 days already.

2) Catching Butterfiles, Cast on 10/22/11

Yarn: Pingouin Laine Nylon
Pattern: Catching Butterflies, by Stephanie Dosen
Where this project lives: For a long time the solo mitt lived in a purse under my bed. Since I found it and cast on the second, this has been sitting on my dresser to remind me to work on it.
Notes: Made the first of the pair in October. When I made the second they did not match and I had to make a third mitt. Now I am finally trying to match the gauge for that first mitten. Forcing myself to knit tightly is not very fun.

3) Calcetines Azules, Cast on 8/30/11

Yarn: Lion Brand Sock Ease
Pattern: Los Pequenos Relojes de Arena
Where this project lives: In the green bag atop my jewelry box, accompanying the Cestari socks.
Notes: Not enjoying the pattern because it is not as mindless as a normal sock. First time attempting toe up socks. Do not like the yarn so it is very slow going.

4) Hexipuffs, Cast on 8/1/11

Yarn: Various- lots of Koigu, Happy Feet, and Crock-O-Dye
Pattern: Beekeeper's Quilt by Stephanie Dosen
Where this project lives: This project sits in a basket on top of my dresser. The stuffing, needles, and current puff live in a small green pouch that generally sits with the basket. Except when I feel like bringing puffs with me. It is a very portable project.
Notes: Not knitting very often on these. Want 100 by the end of the year. I have 50 now.

7) Ski Sweater, Cast on 11/11/11

Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool
Pattern: Ski Sweater in Color Patterns by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Where this project lives: Black tote bag in closet, where I hear it sobbing every night.
Notes: I don't know how to use a sewing machine, otherwise this would be done already. All I need to do is machine stitch and then steek. :(

8) Crazy Pants, Cast on 1/9/12

Yarn: Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Pattern: Nethergarments by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Where this project lives: In a Buddha bag between my bed and my nightstand. I take it out at night while Vyvyan is winding down. These crazy pants have watched a lot of Blue's Clues.
Notes: I love these. They are going to be so warm and comfortable. I am keeping notes for the second leg in a composition notebook that stays in the bag, along with The Opinionated Knitter, the other 3 Zauberballs, and a pen.

9) Mom's Shawl, Cast on 6/8/11

Yarn: Bryspun Kid n Ewe
Pattern: Mara
Where this project lives: In a Great Gatsby bag in the closet. In the Depths of the closet.
Notes: See that ball of yarn in the middle there? That entire ball was already worked into this shawl when I noticed a mistake and ripped back. That is why this project is in prison. That and the fact that my mom recently shrunk 2 pairs of socks AND a fair isle vest I made her.

10) Baby Blanket, Cast on sometime in 2011. (Whenever I found out Lauryn was pregnant.)

Yarn: Bernat Baby Boucle
Pattern: n/a
Where this project lives: In the hall closet. With all the cotton. (I really only open that closet to get my swift)
Notes: I think this has been sitting in a closet since the day I cast on. It's okay though. The baby ain't coming out till March. Hm. March is pretty soon. Maybe I should start working on this again....

11) English Pastry Socks, Cast on 1/20/12

Yarn: Angels and Elephants "Mansan"
Pattern: n/a
Where this project lives: In my purse. Proper place for a sock, i think.
Notes: 50% Alpaca 50% Merino. Not sure why I decided that would be a good idea for socks, but they are feeling SoOoOOooo soft.
I started it in the movies (The Artist, in case you are wondering) and my gauge was nice and loose. Then I tried working on it at home (covered in baby) and my knitting tightened up a lot. Not sure if it's enough to merit ripping...

12) Vine Yoke Cardigan, Cast on 1/26/12

Yarn: Berocco Ultra Alpaca
Pattern: Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague
Where this project lives: In a cute black bag with poppies on it. The bag lives nowhere. It's sitting on a chair right now, but is just as likely to be on the couch, by the door, on my lap, or on the kitchen table.
Notes: Scared to keep knitting on this because I'm afraid I will run out of yarn. Although it sounds retarded, it is technically true that if I never work on it I will never run out of yarn.

13) Cecil the Computer Monster, Cast on 1/30/12

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Pattern: Cecil the Computer Monster
Where this project lives: This one is sitting on my vanity, next to my hairbrush. Not sure why I put it there. I guess I intend to finish it soon because I haven't given it a bag, yet. His ears are in a completely different location... Perhaps they should meet up.
Notes: I just wanted to knit this one because my name is Cecilia. ;-) Well, I guess also to get rid of some of the stash.

13 projects.
That is a lot. Luckily I recently went through my WIPS and frogged the ones that weren't working out. Well, actually that is a lie.
I just saved the needles.


  1. I love the looks of that ski sweater. You're almost there on so many projects!

  2. Wow! I was feeling bad about my 5 sweaters. :) I knit and frogged the Vine Yoke-- waaaaay big. At least some of your ufo's are small projects.

  3. You have just become my favorite "starting-then-putting-in-pretty-bag-for-future-reference-because-I-can" knitter! LOLOL - I feel SO validated!

  4. Hello! I'm new around here. I can totally relate to having a bunch of half-finished projects. I wish I had the dedication to work on one project to completion. I wish you luck in finishing and in your knitting goals for this year.



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