I have finally spotted all of my UFO’s (unfinished objects), or at least the ones that I am serious about finishing.
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love to start a new project. Take knitting for example. I found a great sweater in the Vogue Knitting Magazine and I decided to make it. I have never really had a successful attempt at knitting a sweater. I knitted a few disasterous sweaters but have mainly stayed with socks, scarves, mittens, bags and accessory type items although I did complete an afghan that I was very happy with.
When I decide on beginning a knitting project, like my sweater, I get very excited about choosing the yarn. I purchased the yarn for this sweater at my LYS and am very happy with it. It took me awhile and I had my boys with me. Fortunately, the LYS owner has small grandchildren so she always has toys available for the boys to play with, otherwise I would not have attempted looking for the perfect sweater yarn with my boys.
Once I made the yarn decision I brought the yarn home and I swifted it with my boys. They really enjoy turning the ball winder and watching the ball of yarn form. Once they were in bed I took out my needles and my stitch markers and began my sweater. That was one year ago! I am bound and determined to get this sweater finished by Christmas and wear it. I started out real well with my sweater project but then life got busy, things were hectic with the boys and my firefighter’s work schedule so the sweater was put off to the side. I worked on it a few times over the winter but really started working on it seriously this past Spring, then I slacked off and now I am working on it again.
Back of Sweater
While I was working on my sweater I decided that I would not start a new knitting project until it was finished. Well, I did pretty well with that until I just recently when I purchased yarn for a scarf for my Step-Father for Christmas. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush that you get when you purchase new yarn, especially when you already have a project in mind for it! I found this yarn at a LYS up at the Lake. My Step-Father was just telling me how he would love a winter scarf in stockinette stitch for the winter. I decided to knit him one for Christmas. However, not only am I knitting him a scarf but I am knitting it in the round so that it will be extra thick for him but, of course, this will now take me twice as long and my sweater is still not finished. Why do we always feel invincible when taking on too many craft projects and thinking that they will all be done by Christmas or some other deadline?
The beginnings of my Step-Father's scarf
With my sweater and the scarf well under way I decided to add to my list of UFO’s. My boys both liked the fleece bathrobes I bought them a year or two ago. They have since outgrown the robes so I decided to make them fleece robes for Christmas when I found this pattern .
Fleece robe pattern
I purchased the fleece on sale a couple of weeks ago at the fabric store and finally started cutting out one of the robes today. The pattern looks pretty basic but we’ll see.
Fleece fabric for robes
Of course in my mind I think that is only four UFO’s…my sweater, the scarf and two robes. Four projects sure doesn’t seem like much does it? However, when I figure that I need all four of those items in the next two months I am beginning to realize how much time this is all going to take. I am also working on sewing some re-usable grocery bags. Somehow I feel that my poor sweater is going to be taking a backseat again.