Friday, February 29, 2008

UFOs are winning . . .

What was that I said about not casting on any new projects until I whittled my list down? While I did finish the clogs and the baby afghan, I have stalled out on everything else. Actually, when I picked up the socks to work on them last week, I discovered that my demon-possessed Cairn Terrier had chewed the cable on my circular needles in two. Grrrr!

On the upside, I finished a doggie nap mat for my friend's new puppy. And, I started and completed the Utopia hat for my husband this week. And, I cast on a vest for myself that I've had my eye on.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Felted Clogs are done!

I finished my first pair of felted clogs last week. My knitting pal and I did these as a KAL. She finished first, so I guess she wins. (Didn't know it was a race, did ya, Liana? What's next?)

Now I've moved on to the Utopia hat in Baby Bee Sweet Delight Licorice. It's a nice, dark brown that shows off the cables very nicely. I've kind of messed up my cabling on one side, but I think it will still look OK - doing well for my first cable project, I think.

I also want to make myself another pair of fingerless mitts. My daughter keeps making off with mine. She doesn't like gloves because they make things hard to pick up (exactly why I wanted those mitts!). There are so many cute patterns out there now, it's so hard to decide.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Progress -- Gotta love it!

The baby afghan is done and ready to be set free. Sorry for the crummy pictures, but all I could find was my camera phone. It's really a nice soft pink color.

I'm also 3/4 done with the first felted clog. (Again, due to the crummy camera phone, you can't see that these are a really nice denim blue.) I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but this is going amazingly quickly. I can't believe I'm working on Christmas gifts already. Have I entered the anti-matter world?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

UFOs are taking over my world

5 UFOs notwithstanding, I've cast on 2 new projects this week:

*Angel Baby - This is a baby afghan I started as a prayer afghan for my friend's brand new grandbaby. She was having some breathing problems and needed extra prayers, so I cast this on last weekend and am over half-way done tonight.

*Felted clogs - My knitting pal and I started our very first KAL on Thursday night. This will be the first pair of clogs either of us has tried. I have high hopes for these.

I've been adding some items to my Ravelry notebook and have been looking around the house for UFOs. Much to my chagrin, I have found several:

*Baby kimono - This is for no one in particular. I just wanted to try the pattern in stockinette rather than garter as per the pattern. It's about 3/4 done, but I lost interest a couple of months ago and haven't picked it up since.

*Lace scarf - Several months ago, I bought some Malabrigo Tortuga lace weight in a grey colorway in order to make myself a lightweight lace scarf. After several false starts, I finally settled on Trinity stitch and had about 6 inches done when I lost count and screwed it up royally. I have let that project slip into hibernation. I don't know when it'll wake up or what it will be when it does finally wake.

*Summer tank - I started this back in August and have it about 2/3 done. It's for me, but it looks like it will be a little small. Maybe I'll fit into it by the time I get around to finishing? (Maybe not!)

*Socks - Again, these will be for me. I feel a little selfish after typing all of these "me" projects out. Oh well, I don't keep many of my creations, so I guess I won't feel too bad. These are in a really pretty Wildfoote sock yarn - mostly reds with some purples, greens, and oranges. This is my first sock project (other than slipper socks), so I'm doing a simple 2x2 rib on US0 circulars. It's a slow go, but I'm enjoying the no-brainer time.

*Winter scarf - Once again, this one's for me. Argh! I started it last weekend while on a girls' weekend. I didn't have the right size needles with me (this is a double-strand scarf - 1 bulky, 1 worsted weight), so I'm going to frog this and start all over - I'm thinking a big cable right up the middle.

I know I'm forgetting something, but these are enough! 7 projects! And so many more I'm just itching to try.

But, like the Bible study my group is doing to get our eating habits under control, I must learn moderation! Too much of a good thing, even knitting, can get me into trouble. I have to get my fiber habits under control too. So, I'm taking a pledge right now - ahem, ahem - I'm serious now - I will NOT, except in a dire emergency, cast on another project, no matter how small, the intent, the gorgeousness of the yarn, the boredom with the existing projects, until I have finished every one of my current list of UFOs. Wish me luck -- I'm going to need it!