Wednesday, January 11, 2012

UFOs, FOs, WIPS and Startitis

Wait wait, don't go. I'm not talking about aliens. Just what might be an alien language to you if you aren't a knitter or crafter of some kind. But first, a confession. I have Startitis, which is defined by KnitWiki as "an expensive, but rarely fatal affliction that often affects knitters and crocheters where they begin several projects all at one time but don't really make much progress on anything before starting another new project." 

Because of my startitis, I have a lot of WIPs (Works In Progress) and a few UFOs (UnFinished Objects). :) (see I told you it had nothing to do with aliens). WIPs are items that I've knit a bit of, but which are nowhere near completion. UFOs are items that are almost done but just need a little finishing touch, such as weaving in the yarn ends, or seaming, or blocking. FOs (finished objects, as you rightly guessed) are the kinds of things I've been mostly posting about on my blog. This week, however, I thought I would clean out my closet and confess to my little problem.  

I have a lot of projects that I'm a third or halfway through (my WIPs), but which are now languishing in various states in my stash bookshelves. Some are from as far back as 2008, and I'm too embarrassed to show those today, so I'm just going to post about the ones I have no problem confessing to. 

The first one I'll show is one of the giveaway shawls from last year, the red Snap Peas Shawl that Anuli won. I've started it, but because it's a written pattern with quite a bit of detail, I only knit it when I know I have at least a 2 hour block of knitting time. It's being worked in Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry Color.


The next item up for confession is a Cobalt Blue version of my Procragratification Infinity Scarf that I started mid-December and use as my "I'm-feeling-lazy-don't-want-to-think-while-knitting" project. It's being worked in the Cobalt Blue colorway of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I pick up this scarf when I'm too tired to think and read patterns properly, or when I'm at church or waiting at the doctor's office.


The third dirty little secret is the Tan Moody Kerchief for my friend Veronica's mom. Veronica won the sunset Moody Kerchief in my previous giveaway and asked me to make a black and a tan version for her mom. I've finished the Black one, and I'm not on the Tan version. The black version was knit in KnitPicks Gloss DK yarn, and the Tan version is in KnitPicks Palette, as I'm doing the same color gradations that I did in the sunset version


#4 on the list is my selfish knitting project, the Xenia shawl in Lana Grossa Lace Lux. I think I should be given an A for effort. I knew that I would definitely not finish the shawl in time for the Christmas choir in December, but I tried. Here is the shawl. I'll finish it sometime soon...I hope.


Last but not least is the Scrunchable scarf in the Merlot colorway of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool, my new favorite yarn. This is the same colorway I made the hat my sister stole in. And she asked me to make this scarf for her bf. He wanted the same colorway. I cast on for this scarf earlier this week, and I need to finish it soon because she leaves for school next week. I added a small 4-stitch cable on one side to make this scarf a wee bit special for him.


Whew! I feel a little lighter now that I've made this confession! This should keep me light until I have to make another confession of the older WIPs. Hopefully they will be FOs soon and I won't have to make any confession! Have a great week everyone!!

3 comments:

  1. Confess away ... all your WIPs are fabulous. Now get back to knitting!

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  2. Loved your post. Still smiling here! I don't feel bad at all about all my bags of projects. Some are just ideas grouped together in a bag. Some are on the needles........some are pretty close to done.
    I'm like you, I have things I need to knit on at certain times (black stuff), and small stuff to knit on the go....and then there are the ones I need to have my brain in gear to work on. Good to know others knit the same way!
    Your Snap Peas Shawl is fabulous!

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  3. Hehehhe...thank you ladies! I'm knitting as fast as I can!

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