Monday night, my hand slipped while I was washing a butcher knife. I have a pretty deep gash on the top joint of my right index finger. Maybe could’ve should’ve gotten stitches….but I didn’t and now it’s too late. It’s been quite sore, and I cannot bend it very much, so I’ve had to pause my knitting for a few days until it heals.
Perfect time to examine my UFO (unfinished object) situation, do a little organizing of the knitting stuff, and play with my camera. In my head I believed I had 3-4 UFOs. In fact, I have 12 UFOs. Twelve.
I decided not to delude myself into thinking that projects that just lacked weaving in ends and attaching buttons were done. A “Finished Object,” in my dictionary, must be completely finished, blocked and ready to use.
1. First up is the WIP I’m currently working on (or will be as soon as I heal): a baptism dress for Belle. It’s my own design, pretty straightforward. I’m on the skirt. It needs to be finished in 3 weeks in time to leave for Germany (where her baptism will take place with my husband’s family). I have every confidence that it will be done. This WIP is my #1 priority.
2. I started this cowl to try out some new needles. I thought it would be fast. It’s not.
3. This is a Slytherin dishcloth of my own design. I stopped because my husband complained that my Dr. Who dishcloths were too heavy and loose. I ripped it out as soon as I took a picture and plan to do another. At some point.
4. This is a washcloth that I don’t remember starting. I found it in a drawer. We’re good on washcloths, so I just ripped it and put the yarn back in my dishcloth cotton stash.
5. $5 in Paris is one stripe too short, so I need to rip out the ribbing and add another, then finish the sleeves.
6. This V-neck top was a fairly complicated pattern. The shoulder shaping on the back was done wrong, so I need to rip it out and re-knit it, then seam it together.
7. This is the back of a Debbie Bliss stripe top. I really like it, but the mercerized cotton was hard on my fingers, so I put it aside.
8. I was going to crochet a project bag to use for the Ravelennic Games, but I ran out of time.
9. This is a mitten scarf for my son (my own design, coming soon) that is completely finished except for the fleece lining in the mittens. It will be a Christmas present.
10. I need to weave in the ends on this lap blanket.
11. Everything is done but the yoke on this sweater
12. I made these Easter eggs in time for Easter…and didn’t stuff them.
So I guess with the two dishcloths I just returned to stash, it’s now 10. Still wow.
Why do I have so many UFOs? Because I had a baby last year. The first year of adjusting to a baby affects us all in different ways. You let a lot of stuff slide. You get distracted easily. You’re in the middle of one project and 102 other things you need to take care of butt in.
This summer I feel like I’m slowly getting back on my feet. Belle is walking, she’s weaned, she doesn’t poop six times a day anymore. She can play nicely with Bud for a time. Bud goes back to preschool next week, and Belle will be going two mornings to the Infant Toddler program at the same church. I’m thinking that after Belle’s dress is finished, I’ll start in on the mountain of UFOs. Oh, and after the trip to Germany. And the yard sale. And the Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival. And…
So fess up, readers. How many UFOs (really) do you have lurking? Any and all excuses accepted.