The Half-Finished Project: Gold Mine

By Ann Shayne
March 6, 2020
Isabell Kraemer + Jill Draper = A Match Made in Heaven

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  • It’s so beautiful… I think I’d even wear it without the finished second sleeve.

    • I made mine with short sleeves. Love it!

  • I love being inspired anew by a forgotten half finished project. I had the same thing happen from one of last year’s March mayhem sweaters, Tuilieries by Julie Knits Paris. After several months relegated as a Back Of The Closet Project Bag, I pulled it out a couple weeks ago and realized I couldn’t let another season go by without wearing this beauty. I also feel downright thrifty for using yarn I already own. One more sleeve to go!

  • As always, I love your writing. Hope you’re feeling perky again soon. We knitters are here for you and the rest of Nashville.

  • That spinach color!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! I smiled when I read the line – “It’s like the La Brea Tar Pit of knitting around here. Tote bags oozing up from the depths, from millennia long past.” – I have the same thing in my house!!!! Thanks for validating!!!!

  • Me too. I count 5 forlorn project bags that are in my line of sight right now. And yet I am browsing for a shawl pattern for my daughter’s Halloween wedding……black dress calls for a dazzling accent piece!

  • I smiled in recognition at the projects in tote bags all over the house. I have mine corralled in the bedroom but I sure had me some projects there. One of them was a cardigan needing only three seams, two of them two inches long. Woo hoo! I put it aside one April when we had a warm weekend and my thoughts turned to summer projects. Got everything seamed and am now frantically working in ends – it is supposed to be in the 60s on Monday. Yes, here in NYC where the coronavirus is also putting in an unwelcome appearance.

    Your bottom line is beautiful!

  • “Domestic archeaology.” Thank you for validating the pile of totebags, and for the phrase of the year.

    • What a great expression! “Domestic archaeology”. Cool, and I intend to use it. A lot. Thanks.
      In exchange, I’ll hand over one from my father-in-law, “tilling the clutter”, along with dark admonitions that when the last empty flat surface is the floor, it’s all over.

  • Kermit’s face is so expressive! It’s clear he is thinking: “IF YOU PUT IT IN MY SUNBEAM, IT IS MINE!”

  • I have to tell about my half-finished projects. A few years ago (22 to be precise), I lost my husband. He was the 9th death in 3 years. It seems I lost a part of me and didn’t realize it until recently. That said, since then I have been collecting numerous “kits” always bought on sale. Recently I came out of the fog and decided since I was now really retired and feeling better and have my wits about me again, I needed to get back to being me. So here is the thing for today, you refered to your half-finished projects as the La Brea Tar Pit. I just counted mine, not including knitting, I have 91 projects in the works. So I am right there with you. And yes, I am back to being me. Time to get busy again.

  • Inspiring! Mine also lacks only a sleeve. Time to finish!

  • Hurray for spinach green! And nearly-finished products! And Kermit! Finally, I can’t wait for March Mayhem!