Saturday, June 25, 2011

Three down to one

I'm just going a little nuts here with the UFO's (unfinished objects for the non-crafters that read) and it feels really good. Over the past few months I've knocked out perhaps a dozen never ending projects, many of which I had not touched in several years. I'm now scraping at the bottom of the barrel for little projects to finish before my trip to Vegas July 3rd. I've only got a few "small" projects left, one of which is not small at all, but it fairly close to being finished. They are as follows:

1. Filet crochet name doily- wedding gift for the couple getting married in Vegas. No actual rush on that one, but I'd like to have it out of the front seat of my car and in their house for good. They do have a fairly long last name though, which sort of blows.

2. Button stitch markers. If you're confused, that's because I haven't posted them on the blog. They're a work project and I'd love to finish them and turn them in because while it's a little project, it's a big mess all over my desk. Every time I show the house I put it all away which just delays completion all over again.

3. Dolly Mama cross stitch project. I know you're tired of hearing about it, I'm tired of saying I'd like it to be done and then not working on it. Must. Kill. Project. And then I'll frame it nicely.

4. Doily/Small tablecloth/Queen Anne's Lace. I'm improvising after my uber-flub, and I'm really pleased with how well that's going. Going by my new guesstimations, I have roughly 12 rows left. The downside? Those rows take about an hour each. Bleh.
5. Woven scarf. I've had the warp on the loom for a couple months now, and I even bought enough yarn to finish it. I'm actually going to give it away to a reader (keep reading for details).

6. Lace cowl for class I'm teaching late July. Doesn't have to be done before the Vegas trip, but it would be really awesome if it was.

I've also outsourced 2 crochet projects because I'm a terrible person. Okay, I didn't outsource, I traded. Jasmine from my Sunday knitting group crochets very well, very tightly, and at the speed of light. She and I worked out a deal that involves me handing over roughly a pound of roving and her finishing my sheep pillow by crocheting a back for it and then crocheting me a tote/market bag out of some farm wool I bought several years ago and have made several market bags with, all of which were really very terrible. A few years ago after I decided I was done with novelty yarn, I went on a farm-wool binge as it was the furthest thing removed from novelty yarn that I could think of. I made a sweater out of some minimally processed Border Leicester, which I wore once before felting and fashioning in to a cat bed. After that, 9 hanks remained, 6 in off-white, 3 in deep green, and they were banished to a drawer in the craft room. I had started knitting two more cat beds at some point and a market bag, because those partial projects were thrown in that drawer of doom too with needles and notes still in there. I frogged everything and this week, 4/6 off-white hanks became a crocheted granny-square cat bed and the rest went to Jasmine to return in tote-form. Here's the cat bed/ yarn vacuum. I'm very pleased with how much yarn it took and how it only took 3 days. Possum-cat is pleased with how it feels as she rubs it all over her face while chirping.
So now that all of these little projects are vanishing, here is what will remain after these 6 projects are finished.

1. Brown alpaca sweater on size 4 needles. I started this late in December and worked on it for about a month before getting tired of brown stockinette on size 4 needles. Really looking forward to getting back to it though!

2. Green and black striped sweater, started during the ice storm. I'm doing this top-down and am past the yoke and working on the body. Could probably knock that out in a couple weeks if I really tried, but is on very pointy needles and it starts to hurt after knitting for more than an hour.

3. Mitered square sock yarn blanket. Itty bitty squares, itty bitty needles. This is going to take me 5 years, and I'm totally okay with that. I'm in no rush at all to finish this.

4. Crochet circles scrap yarn blanket. This will also take me a while, but I'm totally okay with that.

And that's it. I will have spinning projects, but those don't seem to pile up like the knitting and crocheting projects do (thank goodness). I also do have a couple more sweater projects lined up, but nothing beyond the 10 projects mentioned today actually in progress, which makes me panic a little. So I guess the question I'm going to ask my readers is...

What should I make on the Vegas trip?

*I'm looking for a small project. By small I mean something I can tuck in my purse and drag all over town, not necessarily something that I can knit in 2o minutes- it's a long flight and a quick project does me no good.
*Something that keeps my interest is good. Something that requires 30 charts, an Ott light and reading glasses is not so good.
*It would be really awesome if I had yarn in my stash that would work. I have tons of everything but bulky.
*It doesn't have to be a knitting project.
*Be as specific as possible please! (ie Monkey socks by Cookie A, not "socks")

I'm open to any and all suggestions, leave them in the comments below. If your suggestion is chosen, then you'll get a green and purple woven scarf! If your suggestion is chosen and you don't like green and purple woven scarves, we'll working something out. Leave your suggestions by July 1st, leave as many as you like. I look forward to hearing from you!

1 comment:

Jaclyn Bailey said...

Ok.. So I looked and I think you should make some Honeybee socks.(from your queue!) From what I have seen in the projects it is actually pretty easy to make them once you make one or two of the honeybees.