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Old 12-23-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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How many WIPS/ UFOs do YOU have?
I just finished Vaila! Now I'm about to start the next project (my Xmas knitting is done). Some WIPs are nagging me though... I am always the person who finishes one project before starting another. How did I end up with all the following WIPs? Help!!

I have a blue V-neck sweater that has been on the needles for months. It started out as a cardigan in a knitting class, which I hated and frogged. Then I finished the sweater but frogged part of it and reknit twice. Right now it's frogged back about 10" and waiting to be knit AGAIN. The yarn was very expensive (bought at the LYS in class) and so I HAVE to finish this sweater.

I have CeCe (a lacy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves) that I was working on in the Spring. That's bottom up and nearly to the point of joining the sleeves. Not sure why I put that one down. I have a feeling I will be very confused when picking it back up, though. I always feel like I'm taking such good notes on the pattern, then later I'm like "WTH?"

I have Sylvi (my biggest embarassment, hope Artlady isn't reading!). That is in pieces, ready for seaming and the collar to be knitted. Just stalled when the weather got warm and I was getting discouraged by some probs others in the KAL were having. (Sylvi is a long coat with cables.)

I have Forestry (a cardigan), which has 1 button but needs 3 more sewn on. I have the buttons. I've been wearing it as is. I have no excuse for this.

I have a Clapotis that I work on occasionally. I'm about 2/3 finished. It's a very boring pattern to me, and I think the yarn may have been a poor choice. It is nice and colorful to knit, but I probably will never wear a colorful shawl, and I don't know anyone who will. That's been OTN for months.

I also found a pair of Jaywalkers I started in my stash the other day. There were 2 partial socks, still OTN, in 2 different (but both too small) sizes. I hate that pattern and I know I'll never finish those. Also in the stash are some swatches for the Urban Aran. I couldn't get gauge and the labels for which needles I used fell off. Those will be so helpful now!

So... should I be ashamed? What about if I have a pattern and yarn for a baby hat sitting here with me?
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:56 AM   #2
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I have a blue V-neck sweater that has been on the needles for months. It started out as a cardigan in a knitting class, which I hated and frogged. Then I finished the sweater but frogged part of it and reknit twice. Right now it's frogged back about 10" and waiting to be knit AGAIN. The yarn was very expensive (bought at the LYS in class) and so I HAVE to finish this sweater.
Rip it out compleatly and use the yarn for a sweater you LIKE. I suspect that the reason your having problems with this is that you dont like it.

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I have CeCe (a lacy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves) that I was working on in the Spring. That's bottom up and nearly to the point of joining the sleeves.
You will be fine when you pick this one back up if you have gotten this far, you can finish it. Just look at what you got and the pattern and get yourself back into it.

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I have Sylvi (my biggest embarassment, hope Artlady isn't reading!). That is in pieces, ready for seaming and the collar to be knitted. Just stalled when the weather got warm and I was getting discouraged by some probs others in the KAL were having. (Sylvi is a long coat with cables.)

I have Forestry (a cardigan), which has 1 button but needs 3 more sewn on. I have the buttons. I've been wearing it as is. I have no excuse for this.
Sounds like these two wont take long to finish. While your sitting around the house some time, just grab one of these and dig in on finishing them. Forestry sounds like you could do that one in a few mins while watching tv or something. It would be a switch from knitting for a while.

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I have a Clapotis that I work on occasionally. I'm about 2/3 finished. It's a very boring pattern to me, and I think the yarn may have been a poor choice. It is nice and colorful to knit, but I probably will never wear a colorful shawl, and I don't know anyone who will. That's been OTN for months.

I also found a pair of Jaywalkers I started in my stash the other day. There were 2 partial socks, still OTN, in 2 different (but both too small) sizes. I hate that pattern and I know I'll never finish those. Also in the stash are some swatches for the Urban Aran. I couldn't get gauge and the labels for which needles I used fell off. Those will be so helpful now!
I would rip and recycle the yarn on these two as well.. If you dont like it and won't wear it, and especially if they are to small...you might as well put the yarn to better use.

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So... should I be ashamed? What about if I have a pattern and yarn for a baby hat sitting here with me?
NO! not at all!! truth be told, A large portion of us have the same thing goin on, and much worse! I have the Montavilla Market Bag, and 4 fishy twashies I have to finish for presents by friday and I just started it yesterday and decided to start a scarf for myself (because I washed the other one and, well, its not a pretty picture) so I need a scarf. Imma knit one. LOL I also have Silken Scabbard to do for my daughters birthday on 1-17 and a pair of opera gloves for her. Not to mention the blanket and tons of socks...and of course theres the travel project (i could go on, but ill spare you.) I just pick what im feelin like doin (or whats handy) and work on it for a while till im board, sick of it, or done.

I think its ok to have a couple of WIP goin on, keeps ya from getting board with one, you can switch around.

I think your ok.. in fact, go start something else!!

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Old 12-23-2009, 08:20 AM   #3
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I have both knitting and crochet wips in progress. I just switch from one to another when I get bored. I would frogg a project that is really not what I thought it would be. I did that just recently to a doily which wouldn't lie flat and I decided not for me! First project I ever gave up on but I would do it again if I really didn't like the style of sweater or whatever I was working on.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:59 AM   #4
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Right now I have a throw for the family room couch that is half-way done, but boring as dishwater since I've done it in garter stitch so I can work on it while watching the shows I've recorded each week. It's in year two of work.

I've got a scarf I'm working on with a yarn I've not worked with before and I'm trying to think of some interesting ways to do a boring job.

My last project in progress is a pair of socks for my daughter... up to working on the flap... now I have to pay real attention.

When I am done with these I will work on some baby stuff for friends who are expecting in the spring.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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I don't have as many as others, but I'd still like to FINISH something this month.

I have a 'Mogul' scarf that's just about halfway done. It gets really boring knitting the same stitch for 300+ stitches.

I have a 'my so called scarf' that is maybe 1/4 finished. I wasn't in a hurry because I only had one skein of it, (see other thread) and wasn't sure if it was worth continuing for a labor intensive too-short scarf.

I have a simple ribbed scarf I'd like to give to my brother for his B-day in January. It's about halfway done. He saw me knitting it and said a few times how handsome it was. Since I was knitting it just to knit, I'll be happy to give it to him.

Lastly I have about 4" of what's intended to be a prayer shawl. Easy to knit, but I like to be in the right frame of mind when I'm working on it.

And the list of potential projects, that I have yarn for.
A Houndstooth scarf
An Argyle scarf.
I'd like to try a hat. (enough of this flat pattern stuff!)
And maybe a double sided scarf with the VW logo woven into it.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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i have 3 right now...

socks
irish hiking scarf
baby sweater


thinking of starting another project....
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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Hey Maureen! Don't feel badly about Sylvi! Mine was all seamed up, and lo behold! The sleeves' cuffs were hanging past my fingertips. The sheer weight of the coat was pulling or stretching the yokes, which made the sleeves fit longer than the try-on. So I unseamed the entire coat, taking out the collar, too...and bought some lining...and the entire mess is sitting in my studio...awaiting me. Yeah, and it's been waiting since last Spring! I have to cut the lining into pieces...somehow stitch it to the coat pieces...like maybe quilting it?...and then re-seam the entire thing. Like you, I got discouraged with the summer months. Why work on a North Pole coat in summer? But, let's face it...I'm just procrastinating now. Very unlike me and you! I will finish it up before long...and if the lining does not prevent the stretching...I may wear it as a pretty bathrobe! I don't think you will have any problem with stretching. You used a more suitable yarn! Take heart!

Besides Sylvi, I have three wips. One is a scarf (with leftover yarn from Miss Bb)...and the other two are cardigans that need blocking. I would have them done by now but my husband's surgery has put them on hold. We have a lot of visitors coming through, and I don't want them to see my blocking table set up in our garden room that sits directly off the front door. And my studio is crammed with knitting stuff that I had to clear out of our family room. I usually block in both areas, but now I can't block in either. When DH is up and around more...the drop-in visitors will stop...and I can get those two cardigans going on the blocking table! And I have plans to organize my studio...but have been too exhausted. I've been working on hats with stash and scarves. Simple things, easily finished. But, one of the scarves still needs blocking to look decent! Meh, I'll get to it, too!
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:01 PM   #8
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Merry Xmas Artlady (and all KHers reading this thread!)

I'm glad I'm not the only Sylvi procrastinator. I will get to mine soon, too, I hope. It's COLD here today - 47 degrees (yes, us So Callers are wimps). Today would be a perfect day for Sylvi.

That's tough having visitors tromping through your house (and having to hide your blocking or yarn stash!) But it's nice that people are coming to visit your DH. How sweet!

OT, but I've been wondering how your dogs are getting along. I did surgery on a big St. Bernard last night and thought of you.

I finished my little sheep hat and for now I'm going to be doing WIPs only. I picked up CeCe again and the first thing I did was discover a mistake. UGH!
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Hey, Good Morning, Maureen!

The boys (Blue and Charlie) were doing okay for the most part, up until Dec 3rd.

We were keeping Charlie on a very long cable, secured to the chainlink kennel. He could basically free roam on this cable. Blue mostly kept just out of Charlie's reach. Mostly.

On one occasion in Nov, Blue left his own chow bowl at the north end of the *deck, and went straight into Charlie's space at the south end of the deck and tried to knock Charlie off his dish. NOT. (*our deck is just an 8" rise and runs the entire length of our house). Charlie jumped him, pinned him with his chest (he weighs over 200lbs now)...John went out and broke up the tussle.

After that, we tied up Blue at the north end of the deck while the chow bowls were out.
It only takes them 10 minute to empty their bowls.

But, on Dec 3rd...I was home late from the hospital. Got the dogs fed first, then I took my shower, made a plate of food, got a glass of wine, and sat down to watch a movie...when I heard an odd noise out on the deck. Went out and sure enough, Blue had wandered into Charlie's space, and Charlie's cable had become wound around Blue's waist and then his hind quarters. He was hog tied like a calf in a cowboy's rope!

I carefully and calmly un-wound Blue and grabbing his collar at the same time, yanked him out from Charlie's wrestler's hug. Charlie hadn't been biting, but was just daring Blue to move a muscle. You know the posture I mean!

But guess what my dumb hound did??? Instead of running the other way to safety...he (on purpose) ran right back into Charlie to continue the fight. And there was a fight.

They tussled and squabbled south so I ran into the kitchen and opened that slider door and hauled Blue by the collar into the dining room/kitchen area. Charlie had him by the ear and wasn't gonna let go. He followed us right on into the dining room, across the kitchen (that cable is long I told you!)...keepin' a tight grip on that hound's ear. He finally could not go any further on the cable, and I was able to get Blues ear out of Charlie's mouth. Oh boy. Was that ear bleeding. I put Blue in the attached garage, shooed Charlie out, and went back to Blue to survey the damage. Had to give him a sponge bath to clear the blood all around his neck and head just to see where the blood was coming from. It was the ear. Oh my, ears can bleed, can't they? So I cleaned him up, put pressure on the ear wounds (slices)...and let him stay in for the night in John's recliner. He was feeling rather shaken, but the warmth of the room soon made him feel better. Will that hound NEVER LEARN? I do believe it's Blue that starts the trouble, and Charlie finishes it.

So now both boys are cabled at all times. Charlie is now at the north end, and Blue is at the south end. With the exception of "yard time" when one of the boys goes into the kennel so the other boy can run free in the yard with Dani. Oy vey!

I have to shorten Charlie's cable today. Last evening he ran up on top of a raised rockery that is at the back of our yard, not too far from the deck...but he ran 'down' somewhere else and almost hung himself. He was out there barking and howling up a storm, so I ran out and unclipped him and recovered the cable from the shrubbery up at the top of the rockery. (Blue was enjoying 'house time' by the fireplace at the time).

So, unless I get the Dog Whisperer over here, Charlie and Blue will not be allowed one inch of room to interact except with looks! It is so unpredictable. Dog Whisperer had a similar case. Two male neutered Shepard males (litter mates) that were as close as two peas in a pod UNTIL they were about 2 yrs old. Then they began to struggle for TOP GUN position. Cesar Milan says it's very 'normal' for two dogs in a pack, esp males, to jockey around for TOP GUN position. It's not out of the ordinary. Those two Shepherds fight just like Charlie and Blue. One picks it, the other finishes it! With Charlie and Blue it's such an unfair lopsided fight. Charlie has the weight and height; Blue has the will but nothing to back it up with! Since the Dec 3rd fight, Charlie has been looking evil looks at Blue. Like he's cranky with Blue, or just spoiling for Blue to try something.

Anyway, that's my dog story for today! Sorry you asked?
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Wow... That does go along with my experience that once two dogs in a household fight, they tend to continue fighting. That must be so hard for you to deal with! The few dogfights I have seen have been very scary. I know you were thinking about re-homing one of them. I guess that you decided you love them both too much to give either one away! Not surprising.

I wish you luck in avoiding any further incidents! My dad and stepmom are visiting this week and they brought their Dalmatian. He and my Husky/ shep mix Kate are not getting along very well. There have been no injuries yet, but I'm going to be a lot more relaxed when Tommy (the Dalmatian) is heading home.
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