Let Us Give Thanks (For UFOs)
November 24, 2003
If as you read along you start to feel a little woozy, please bear in mind that this was your idea. It took the better part of the morning to rummage, rifle, and ransack my various hiding places, bags, baskets, and cubbyholes in a good-faith effort to locate unfinished projects. I layered them all on the bed and started snapping away with the KayCam. The KayCam, being digital, informs me that it now has 18 pictures on it. These are pictures of unique items, or parts of items, that are in my current WIP inventory (whether I know it or not).
I was actually kind of disappointed it was only 18. When you subtract out the things that just need a small amount of finishing–a fringe here, a few buttons there, a steamy blast from Rowenta — and then if you subtract out the things that are Dead In The Water and never to be heard from again, I have a pretty manageable pile of work to do before the coast is clear to start opening up my Old Rowans to pages longingly marked with Post-It notes. As bad as I like to think of my bad self, I am not all that bad.
But you be the judge. Here’s the bird’s-eye view:
What the heck, you say? Is this a window into a disordered mind? Certainly not. Here, mixed up with a lot of junk I wish I’d never started knitting, we have a few very interesting items, on the very cusp of being finished (perhaps even in our lifetime). For example, I’m quite proud of the front cable panel of Salt Lake City, a beauty in Jaeger Trinity that I started last summer. Maybe by next summer I’ll pick it up again, and maybe by the following summer I’ll have figured out where I left off on the chart.
And then there’s the Dolman Updated, a UFO so poppin’ fresh that it appears in the current issue of Interweave Knits; it seems kind of unfair to call it a UFO, doesn’t it? Using Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran, I’ve finished knitting all 4 of the nearly-identical parts, and I’m a-rarin’ to block and sew up and see if the thing fits. Who knows—this could conceivably happen by the end of the current calendar year. Unnatural, I know.
I have high hopes for this sleeve from the Checker jacket from Tadpoles and Tiddlers. It’s in Rowan Denim, it’s tedious as can be to follow the chart for the zig-zaggy squares, but the woman who won it at a charity auction and selected the pattern is calling me up and asking about it (can you spell ‘chutzpah’?), so it will be done by Christmas, no matter what. It’s adorable–I’m going to hate parting with it.
There are some some things that I haven’t finished because I simply can’t stand looking at them anymore. Here’s a scarf in Noro Iro and Noro Cash Iroha, which is based on a shawl pattern in Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton’s Noro book. I really can’t stand it. It needs to have a fringe put on it and its evil spirits cast out, and be sent to the knitting table at the school craft fair before I do it bodily harm. Unfortunately, I have enough yarn for a second one. Ewww!
Here’s another scarf that seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s in Noro Lily, in a 3 x 1 rib. It has a lovely feel and a nice drape. I actually like it. But off to the knitting table it goes as soon as I attach a beaded fringe to it. Why? Because I have enough Lily to do two more, in different colourways.
So sorry, honey — we’re not done with scarves yet. There’s Rupert, which makes me wonder if you’re feeling all right every time you chirp about the fun you’re having with the Fine Cotton Chenille for Sassy; there’s Munchie, a color block scarf in All Seasons Cotton for my niece Kristin of Pod Person fame. There’s a child’s scarf in Big Wool, and then there’s whatever this thing is–an experiment in a Noro silk tape and Noro Lotus–which have wildly different tensions, for one thing. I think this falls under the category of ‘Do Not Resuscitate’. Don’t know what I’ll do with the yarn, but it can’t be worse than this idea.
Finally, a few Creative Curiosities. As you know, I like to play with squares, and I fancy myself a Sincere (if Minor) Folk Artist. Here’s a square in three shades of Denim, constructed using the outside-in method from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton’s Noro book (she uses it for a patchwork blanket and cushions). I don’t like it. It’s too wobbly, too unsquare due to the un-springy Denim yarn. But it was interesting making it, as a comparison with the log cabin method. Here are a bunch of stripey squares. I got the idea of making a throw from knitted cotton squares from one of Kaffe’s needlepoint books. He described it as a great project for a beginner knitter. What is the matter with him anyway? Don’t wait up for this project.
And here, perhaps, is the piece de resistance–the very top of the What Was I Thinking pile: the start of an intarsia overlapping squares cushion in a zillion colors of Handknit DK Cotton, using a chart from Kaffe’s Glorious Interiors book (the original is in Lightweight DK wool). Yowza. I’ll let you know the very minute I finish this one!
Ooopsie! Almost forgot this one. Inspired by your inventive David, I started a garter-stitch rug made of cotton finger-knitting on aluminum #15s. Don’t know yet what I’m going to do with all those shaggy ends, but I have plenty of time to figure it out. I average about a row every two weeks.
I’m sure there are some I’ve left out, but I have to go have an Alka-Seltzer now.
Happy Thanksgiving, all. Love, Kay