Well, it's a new year, a clean slate and a fresh start and whatnot, and as I started to clear out drawers I haven't opened since Hector was a pup, I saw the corner of something under a bag of those little balls left over from socks through the years. "Oh my goodness, it's that Setesdal scarf!" Right, I thought, it's time to do something about those unfinished projects still sitting around. Yes, they have come bubbling up to the surface of my conscience with uncomfortable regularity -- it's just that until now I haven't had the nerve to publicly out myself. So, snagging the idea from Rose Red, I am instigating my own WIP-apalooza for this year. With a button, of course.
Nine works-in-progress to finish in twelve months -- I can do this! Here they are, I think in order of ancient-ness ...
Setesdal-style scarf, in fine black and white wools. I bought this wool at Super Yarn Mart, which tells you how long I've had it. The WIP isn't quite that old, but nearly. In my own defense, I misplaced it for quite some time, but I had set it aside in the first place because although I like knitting at a fine gauge, I had got to the "dull" lice section, and the idea of another mile and a half of it was starting to get me down. This -- I will get my confession out of the way up front -- is by far my oldest UFO, probably twenty years, maybe 25. Shameful -- especially because I still like it. I'll photograph the ball band next time, for those of you who remember Super Yarn Mart with affection.
Mother-in-law socks, the Blueberry Waffles, in Shepherd Sock's "Purple Club" colorway. I chose this pattern partly because it was touted elsewhere as being good for avoiding the pool-and-flash problem, and partly -- I admit -- because Purple Club in this pattern looks just like mashed blueberries and cream. I got distracted by something else, can't remember now what, and put these away out of trouble, and forgot where they were.
Cousin socks in Shepherd Sock's "Pink Blossom". I had grand plans of cables and patterned legs to make a splendid pair of knee socks, and gradually realized that all of the already-written patterns wouldn't fit M.'s shapely legs, so gradually got plainer and plainer, and more and more disappointed with the results. If they had been for me, I wouldn't have minded -- I like vanilla, after all -- but when you've got a reputation to uphold, well. Of course, now my reputation is as a dawdler! Part of the trouble is that I was also beginning to suspect that I do not have enough yarn....
Garter Heel Socks, from the Vogue sock book, started in May 2009. This is Chameleon Colorworks Bambino superwash merino/bamboo/nylon blend, in Viridian. These didn't quite speak to me at the time, so I felt little compunction in pulling out the needles when I wanted them for something else, and here they still are. I don't know why I felt so indifferent about them, as I like the color, and the pattern goes well with the yarn.
Klaralund, for a friend, who has either shown enormous patience or has completely forgotten I ever offered to knit her one with this yarn, which is the fabulous Noro Silk Garden #39. I had got pretty far along with a Rosedale cardigan and decided that I looked like a blimp wearing a Noro cardy, so I frogged it and the yarn sat in the drawer for a long time until I'd made a Klaralund for myself, and thought, "hey! that stash of #39! --"
Muriwai Bath Mat, by Mel Clark in her Knit 2 Together book. Another rather dull project, miles of garter stitch in the round. I set this aside for two reasons, actually, one because I was knitting it at a purposely tight gauge so that it would make a thick, absorbent bath mat, and it made my hands ache if I worked on it for very long, and also because it was getting so big that I needed yet another circular needle to hold all of the stitches, and I'd already incorporated all of both mine and my mom's. (Sorry, mom, I still have your needles!)
Selbu mittens, also -- coincidentally -- in that same Super Yarn Mart wool. I was working on these in January 2011, I see. Love these, but because I loved everything about them so very much -- the colors, the feel, the Norwegianness -- wanted nothing less than perfection, which because I was making it up as I went along, kept eluding me.
This is number 6 of a set of felted place mats in Araucania Nature Wool, in a funky random stripe. Mats 1-5 have been in use on the dining-room table for some months, and I like them a lot. I've started to run out of colors, though, so I wasn't sure if I should just carry on in the narrow-stripes manner, make them considerably wider, or just go for broke and make a solid -- I have lots of green wool left.
Yoga socks, not strictly a UFO since it's only been about a month since I started them -- but technically, yes, they are still unfinished. This is my former Invercargill scarf, which rolled mercilessly. I don't like the yarn that much, as it has a weird squishy feel to it, and I don't especially want acrylic on my feet -- and then I had the brilliant idea of yoga-style socks, which I could wear over regular cotton ones. I still haven't got to the halfway point of the ball yet, and it's nearing knee-height ...