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Oct 17, 2007

Second Sock Syndrome at work

Nicholas, A.K.A. The Husband, is three-quarters of the way through knitting me a pair of cabled socks. He's done the first sock, and is partway through the second. One weekend, I caught him looking through my knitting books...and he confessed: "I don't understand it. I'm not done with your socks, and really, no matter what I do, I just can't seem to finish them. On top of that, all I want to do is to start a new project, even before the socks are done! How stupid is that?"

Ah, Nicholas. Welcome to the wonderful world of Multiple Knitting UFOs, where answering the question "What's on your needles?" at times becomes an exercise in self-revelation....not to mention self-deception, story-telling, creative project description, and oh, never MIND listening to me, just go read the comments from Monday's post on counting your UFOs. You people are hilarious!

So let's talk a bit about WHY a project becomes a UFO. Obviously, I'm not referring to the current work-in-progress, even though technically, that too is a UFO. I'm referring to all the projects that sit in our workbaskets and closets and knitting bags, languishing in various stages of "done-ness." I set aside the one project that I am actively, truly working on, and then went through the 18 "real" UFOs, putting them in mental piles, asking myself this one question: What stopped me from finishing this?


My oldest UFO: 13-yr-old Lace Arrow Socks

Here's the reasons I came up with:

— 4 projects required more concentration and quiet time than I have had recently;

— 3 projects were at stages where endless stockinette or seed stitch was required, and the repetition was boring me;

— 6 projects were "stuck" on some technical detail or design problem;

— 2 projects were the victims of the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome;

— 2 projects were ones I just plain did not care for any longer;

— 1 project I liked, but I didn't LOVE it and I didn't NEED it (so I have low motivation to finish a long project).

As I watched the responses to the Count Your UFOs Poll come in (sorry, voting is now closed!), I wondered what your reasons for leaving a project unfinished were. So, based on my own categories above, I created a second poll (two in one week! whoo!):

Today's poll: Why Do Your UFOs Become UFOs? (voting is now closed here as well!)

I'm really interested to see what you all say!

Friday, we'll talk about the results of the polls (or the early results, anyway!).




More Questions And Answers From The Comments

From Diane: If a pattern just says gauge is 4 stitches per inch, does that mean in stockinette? Garter stitch? In the pattern? Some will specify, but a lot that I've seen don't.

Sandi: The "industry standard" is gauge swatches in stockinette, so that's a very safe guess in a situation where it does not say otherwise.

——

From Abby (and others!): Speaking of gauge and swatching, is the recommendation for the William Street socks correct? Would 12 stitches over 2 inches be more doable?

Sandi: All of you who wrote in asking this are correct: The gauge was incorrect in the PDF and on the pattern detail page. The CORRECT gauge is 12 sts and 18 rows = 2". We've corrected PDF and the pattern page accordingly.

——

From Melissa (and others!): Do knitting patterns yarn requirements take into account swatching? If so, how much do they figure you'll use?

Sandi: I can't speak for non-Interweave patterns, of course, but our tech editors here actually weigh the sample garment to figure out how much yarn is used for the actual knitted item. Once they have the yarn requirements calculated for each size, they add a small percentage to allow for swatching and individual variations. So, yes: An Interweave pattern usually includes a little extra yardage in the yarn requirements to allow for swatching. If the yardage is tight, the pattern notes will usually say so.

——

Amy H. (and her local knitting group, hello, D.C. knitters!) had some further enlightening comments on the subject of using a different needle size in each hand to achieve different gauge effects. Amy says: "In my experience, the needle in your RIGHT hand determines gauge, so if you have a larger needle in the right hand and a smaller one in the left, you would still get a consistent gauge. (This can be a good technique for "sticky" yarns that are hard to slide off the needles). But if you were switching your right-hand needle to be larger on one row and smaller on another, you might get an average row gauge that's in between the two needles, but you'd have inconsistent looking rows. Now, where switching right-hand needles might come in handy would be if you usually "row out," i.e. you purl loosely, so your purl rows are already bigger than your knit rows. If that's the case, it might be useful to go down a needle size in you right hand on the purl rows."


Basket o' Blue UFOs

Sandi: Amy, that last sentence is going to help a lot of knitters—thanks!

——

From Mary: Sandi, I loved the picture of your UFOs. But tell me, is blue your favorite color or is this just a picture of the blue UFOs?

Sandi: Purple is my favorite color. I don't have a big enough basket for the purple ones...





Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? Apparently, a great deal more than I thought was on my needles! I am proud to report that as of Monday night, I now have ONE LESS UFO! I finished one of the pairs of socks (not the fancy lace ones shown above, the easier ones). So now I am down to 18 UFOs! Hooray!





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furcasan wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 1:29 PM
I have one (or is it two?) UFO's in a chenille yarn that emmits so many little fibers I have to wear a paper mask when knitting. That got tiresome! (And who knows if the resulting sweaters would be the same after wahing?) Another is a lovely silk-cotton yarn that I'm knitting in stockinette because the yardage is so tight; it got boring. Then there's the baby-blanket lace edging that I like as a fill-in; I can't find where it is, and I'm bummed about that, as it was hand-written instructions from a dear departed friend. Lately I've been doing more counted cross-stitch and am nearly finished with a group of five pictures. (But I have several more x-stitch projects lined up, so knitting's on the back burner for a while longer.)
GinaK wrote
on Oct 20, 2007 3:30 PM
I have a few varied reasons for my UFOs. I tend to switch between all 15 of my projects. However, they can be grouped into two categories: obligation knitting and make yourself cast on to make sure you get it done. Obligation knitting to me is knitting a gift/requested gift for someone and/or knitting to teach a class. They are not typically the projects that I want to pick up and work on because I want to work on the fun things I picked for myself (i.e. be selfish)! My second category of cast on and make sure you get it done is a theory I'm testing this year. I work part time in my LYS and I went to Stitches Midwest this year. I get so excited and buy project after project. Well, this year, I am making myself start at least 50% of what I buy right away. I'm pretty good about getting 4-6 projects a month done, so I figure I'm actually in better shape if I DO cast on. That's my theory anyway, well see how many of these 15 are still unfinished by year end. This poll has motivated me to get them done!
Astabeth wrote
on Oct 20, 2007 12:36 PM
My UFO count is in the 40-60 range. I have all kinds of reasons, including all of the reasons you listed. I have another reason - I was knitting to a deadline or special event and missed it - so that shawl that was intended for a gallery opening will wait until I want it for something else and pick it up and frantically knit on it again.
LindaT wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 9:57 PM
My UFOs are the result of getting bored easily. It is more fun to start a new project then to knit rows and rows and rows and rows of a sweater or afghan. Then there is a project in the car, one at work, one that I can pick up and run with if the one in the car has hit a long boring stretch.
mljan wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 6:28 PM
I just started knitting seriously 2 or 3 years ago, and I believe that, as a trainee knitter, I am allowed as many UFOs as it takes to discover what needles, yarns, patterns, garments, colors, etc. I like to work with. It's all part of the learning curve. It's tuition!
Aarlaces wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 4:46 PM
I had a wonderful teacher once that said you should always have 3 projects going...one that is easy, for travel or tv, one that challenges you, and one that is for someone else. How do I end up with UFO'S? Work on the lace shawl (challenge)... a new baby is coming (gift)... take a class (oh, another challenge)... someone needs a prayer shawl(gift)... work on the socks I started several months ago (easy)... going on a trip, so work on NICU hats in the car (easy gift!)... summer arrives so wool knitting is put on the back burner... move to another state (will I ever knit on wool again here in the south?)... In the course of packing to move, I found all the UFO's, smiled to meet those beloved friends again and brought them with me to my new home, planning to finish them all before I meet anyone in the neighborhood. Of course, I have to find the LYS, and find amazing silk laceweight yarn for another shawl...
KristenP@2 wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 4:03 PM
I just want to move onto something else! I see another pattern that catches my eye and I want go onto that!
Lili wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 1:24 PM
Gosh, you only let me pick ONE for the REASON for UFOs? How accurate is that? Some of my UFOs actually have multiple reasons. Part of it is that I have so many design ideas, and see so many published new ideas that I want to try out. I always envision the finished project (project knitter), but once I conquer the tricky shaping or weird cast-on that piqued my interest, boredom sets in and I'm on to something else (process knitter). I don't count the 6 or so WIPs that I need to cover different knitting environments: portable, simple, complicated, outdoor, etc.

Oh, and my oldest UFO is my first sweater when I was learning to knit as a child, about ummmm, leventy-hundert years ago. Yep, I still have the pieces. Nope, it'll never be finished. Unless the pieces become part of a knitted patchwork quilt. Oh-oh, I feel a new project forming!
Raynebair wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 12:52 PM
I recently frogged 2 projects that weren't coming out too well, so my UFOs currently total 3. One of them doesn't really count because it's my "no hurry Project" that I work on from time to time and don't care if it takes 15 years to finish. My UFOs are mainly a result of just plain getting bored with the project. It starts taking longer than I anticipated (from lack of time to work on it) so I lose interest and find something else that interests me more. But if I know I won't be working on it for a while, I don't hesitate to frog it and come back to it later.

To answer another commentor's question about frogged yarn going into the sacred stash...yes, one of the above mentioned frogged projects is like that. I love the project and the yarn but it came out too big, so I frog for another day. And I still love the yarn and pattern and actually look forward to starting over, someday.
AnnaM wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 11:06 AM
Re: the lengthy,quiet sessions we need to knit, but can't seem to find--I read a lovely stitcher's newsletter from Nordic Needle, and many who post say they stitch 2 0r 3 hours a day, or several times a week. Where do they get the time? Are cross stitchers just more precisely organized? Do knitters just live busier lives? Am I being guilt-crazed?
KathyF@2 wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 8:19 AM
I have a 'new' UFO, yarn arrived yesterday by post and I just need to get going on it. somehow the green throw on the back of the couch is just not interesting anymore, even though it is 1/3 done. perhaps I shall use the needles (the new wood ones from Knit Picks) on the new yarn and just frog the green.
Workwoman wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 6:53 AM
My UFOs are generally WIPs that are just taking more time, usually because I need a lengthy, quiet knitting session, which my family rarely allows! I used to end up with very long-term UFOs, but at some point I decided that if I no longer loved a project (and you can tell!), that I would frog it, no matter how far along it was. The yarn returns to the stash and I have a few favorite FOs that started life as completely different UFOs--one of them had been 3 different things first! I find it most difficult to frog the UFOs that I like but haven't progressed on--but I've been firm: if I haven't knit on it in "ages," then it goes. I have been much happier with this new system than I was with finding ancient UFOs in all sorts of closets.
AnnD wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 10:19 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I was thinking how incredibly dorky it is to be online admiring someone else's half-dressed foot....could we be any odder? I'd like to know where I could find the Lace Arrow sock pattern.
PriscillaB wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 9:54 PM
Thanks so much for the idea on using different sized needles in each hand. I recently made a sleeve with circular needles, but knit the cap back and forth, with a very uneven result. I ripped out the cap and went down one needle size, and it is better. But on the second sleeve I will use the smaller size needle in the right hand and ONLY ON THE PURL ROWS. I think that will totally eliminate any size or appearanace problems. Thanks so much for that hint.
Priscilla Bouic, Bowie, MD (Just outside DC)
StephanieH wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 9:13 PM
I love the daily knit patterns you offer; I'm just wondering why the link to the pattern isn't included in the daily newsletter? We have to log in to the website to get the daily knit pattern... Thanks for your help,
Stephanie H. in Rohnert Park, CA
KathyL wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:50 PM
I looked at all my UFO's and that was interesting, but what really made me laugh was the resulting collection of knitting needles I now have as a result of stashing these little buggers! I used to faithfully move all the stitches to a stitch holder so I could use the needles to start something else. Somewhere along the line, I stopped doing that and started to buy needles!! If I finish or frog everything, I should be able to open my own shop!!
on Oct 18, 2007 7:12 PM
I just finished a heart sachet. What a joy! Used some left over hand painted sock yarn. Great fun!!
JeanA@2 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:05 PM
Multi-tasking is my answer. I work on them at different times. Trying to get the knitting group's hats and mittens done inbetween the celtic wrap,socks for Christmas,felted tote bag and so on and so on. But I find a new pattern and then the yarn and guess what.....I got to do it. So I just start working it in. ON GOING UFO'S.......
KarenV@2 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 5:36 PM
I have a few UFO's stashed away because they have either become frustrating,or I just want to try that new yarn or project.
TeriL wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 5:18 PM
Although I listed my reason for not finishing as "lost my motivation to finish," the realty was much more complex. I'd "outgrown" one project(oops!), another was for my now ex-husband, started 25+ years ago, others simply lost their appeal. My new projects seem much more fun! Teri L
ShereeB wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 4:53 PM
this is not about UFO's even though I have a lot of those. I am actually looking for the pattern for the soles of the Seaside Espadrilles, apparently the pattern was in the spring issue 2006.
MelissaB@3 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 4:35 PM
I answered "Other" to the UFO question. The one real UFO I have has nothing to do with the pattern--it's the yarn. I guess I depend a lot on my yarn to seduce me into knitting, and this yarn just isn't doing it for me. There's nothing I can pinpoint that is wrong with it--it just doesn't call out to me!
MistyH wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 3:17 PM
Sorry, haven't been able to open the 2nd poll. So, in lieu, here are MY reasons why I have UFO's...Every time I turn around, there is one more thing I'd like to make. Gorgeous fibers I want to own and use. Pieces of clothing I'd like to wear. UFO's I set aside are not necessarily unwanted, but are set aside for purely reasonable reasons. Maybe the same reason I have more than one type of shampoo in the bathroom. I like choice. If I feel like working on something today, I may not want to work on it tomorrow. Seasons change, and with it a desire to wear the items I am knitting. Changing weather, time, choice, desire, and necessity are blamed on my UFO's. Misty Hathon
PattiO wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 2:34 PM
btw, all the comments above have me laughing outloud at work.. fortunately my boss isn't around... attention span of a fruit fly... that would be me!
PattiO wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 2:25 PM
I couldn't do the poll, I don't have just ONE reason why a UFO is a UFO.. but there are TWO main reasons,(1) something is just not right, the yarn is wrong for the pattern, or its just not turning out as imagines, and (2) needs more quiet time than I have to work on a complicated pattern. then there are other reasons too,but those are the two biggies. the poll won't let us select more than 1.
MelvinK wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 2:05 PM
one more comment on the UFO thread, how about bought yarn but haven't started yet objects (BYBHSYO?) I'm guilty of that too because the yarn is cool or an order had to be rounded out or temporary insanity.....Kathy
on Oct 18, 2007 1:51 PM
This article really made me think about the whole UFO thing in general. It doesn't just apply to knitting for me - I have video games, crochet projects, cross-stitch projects, and a plastic canvas dollhouse in that category. With the video games, I can always trace it to a trip we took. I got out of the story line and didn't feel like trying to get back into the story line. But the yarn projects are different. I do like to have several projects on hooks and needles because it allows me to put my energy into something I actually like at the moment. I get frustrated with something and just put it down. When I come back (in some cases years later), I usually see something I missed before and can go on without the same snag. Sometimes I put something down to do an emergency project or a project that I am being paid to make. In the end, though, I do finish. I think they are more "not yet finished objects."
FiberFriend wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 1:30 PM
Sandi,
Do I have to count UFO's I inherited? When my grandmother died, I got her stash, which included 2 unfinished afghans. One at least I have decided to finish in her honor. I worked on it faithfully for a while - including some necessary unwork to correct errors - but I left a lot of her stitches so that if I give it to my children or their children, I can tell them my grandmother worked on it too - mistakes and all.
Another one or two I picked up at a church yardsale. It's an interesting thing to pick up someone else's unfinished project - a stranger's - and wonder what the story behind it is. Did he/she die before it was completed? Did they just lose interest, or become too arthritic or visually impaired to continue? What was behind the color choices - was there a reason, or did they just have to use what they could find? Some of this may have been worked on during the World Wars... I don't know if these projects will ever make it to the top of my "to finish" list. I have considered donating the motifs to my daughter's preschool to use as craft materials. My daughter thinks they look like flowers, or colored snowflakes...

Mary S.
remove wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:42 PM
Oh my gosh, I forgot that I didn't count an inherited UFO...a Tahki tweed fairisle -- gorgeous periwinkle colors -- that I first started coveting 30 years ago when my mother started knitting it for my brother! When I spotted it at her home a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I'd always loved it...and now it's mine, mine, mine! There must be something really wrong with me to be begging others for their UFOs!
Happygoo25 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 11:51 AM
I also don't have much in the way of UFOs. I have one sweater that needs a zipper but I wear it anyway so nobody knows it isn't really finished. I also have a fitted sweater that is no finished because I am having trouble with the bustline. Does anyone have any suggestions on altering only the front of the sweater without enlarging the back?
cnorris846 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 11:51 AM
I tried to entery my UFP count yesterday & toady, and the link is not working. Can you provide the URL? Thanks. CN
ElsaX wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 11:45 AM
I don't seem to have UFOs because, as with other things in my life, I have a great need to finish things. A tube of toothpaste before I get a new one out, a piece of knitting before I start the next one. Finishing something gives me such satisfaction. Having said that, I do usually have two pieces of knitting on the needles. The essential one is straightforward that requires no thinking and can be picked up at any time. A second that is more challenging. And some crochet for doing on the bus.
Anonymous wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 11:22 AM
I've always thought of a UFO as something that was truly abandoned...or at least something that had not been touch for greater than 6 months. That said, I counted 6 UFOs per your definition for the pole (to me they are active WIP!). All of them are less than 4 months old, and have varying reasons for not being 'actively worked' right now. For instance, I have a lace shawl in progress that can only be done when my 4 yr old is asleep due to pattern complexity. It's back on the front burner since it's a gift to give for a Nov 1 bday. The others are all gifts as well, and I balance when to work them based on where I am, focused time needed, when they are 'due' etc. I have to have multiple work in progress to maintain balance of quick, complex, something new (fiber or stitch or end product), etc...just keeps it interesting! I can say in my life as a knitter I've had 2 UFOs...which were then 'frogged' if I understand that term correctly. One was that sweater you are never to knit for a boyfried. The other was truly an unidentified object...found it earlier this year while on a hunt for a grande pair of needles I needed for project... I'm not sure what it was I was making, but the fiber was frightening and I was a bit scared at what might have possessed me to even buy it... so I pulled it off the needles and donated the yarn - ewh what was I thinking!
CarolynT wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 11:01 AM
Sandi, may I suggest a "Swap-Your-UFO-Project" week? I would gladly send one of mine to someone, and I would be delighted to receive someone else's! But I don't want mine back --- would prefer to keep the one I finished and have a great story to tell about it!
GerryB wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 10:56 AM
On your comments on UFOs it seems to slop over in all craft careers. I am a quilter as well as a knitter and I have 6 quilts in various stages of undoneness as to knitting UFOs I have 3 and fighting starting a new project. It's the thrill and rush of beginning anew that keeps us up to our ears in UFOs.
AliceW wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 10:34 AM
There are WIPs, UFOs, and then there are PIGS- projects in garbage sacks- those loser projects of flavor of the moment trend that are stashed somewhere and the trend has long passed.
TFoz wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 10:02 AM
Oh, by the way, I made this knitted sachet a couple of years ago for a friend, and it turned out great! Thanks for such great patterns, IK! :)
TFoz wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 9:52 AM
UFOs...I just took the poll, and had to pick that I am most stuck on tricky bits, such as a sweater that doesn't quite fit (I have sleeves and the back done...should I frog it, try to fix it, go ahead and do the front and give it to someone else?) Other times, I ordered yarn and didn't like it; got stuck on the second sock because the first one took too much mental time, and many other reasons!

Speaking of technical difficulties, another time, I made a shawl, didn't get gauge as time went on, and now the shawl is just a big rectangle that doesn't make anything--and I frogged it last night. I've been on knitting hiatus recently. I know that I should be motivated by Knitting Daily, but sometimes it's too overwhelming, to know about all the things I *should* do--measuring, swatching, etc., and takes the joy out of getting started on a new project. I'm NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT KNITTING DAILY! I love it! Maybe I'm stuck in not moving forward myself, making myself learn 'new tricks'. :)
AllaG wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 9:15 AM
I don't have comments about this post but I have a question about multi coloured knitting, or if you are knitting with 4 or more colours at the same time, can you recomend the easy way? Thank's Alla
MicheleR@3 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 8:45 AM
Has a poll been taken of what knitters knit
the most of - i.e.,
socks, sweaters, hats, shawls, little things, kids items, etc.? Thorough ENJOY
Sandi's articles!!!
AmyL wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 8:43 AM
I keep a bag of knitting in the car with the repetitious kind of knitting that I can do while in public. Then my more complicated stuff is at home. I got most of a stockinette vest done during 12 hour trombone auditions!
ConnieD wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 8:22 AM
I know what an UFO is but what do you call something that obviously was meant to be a knitted article but you can recall what or where the rest of the yarn is? Maybe it is an UUFO??
BrentA wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 8:21 AM
Has anyone yet mentioned breaking up with the intended recipient as a UFO-creator? I have a pair of socks like that at the moment... I really don't think I'll ever finish them, but I bought the wool especially for the man in question, so I really don't know what else I would do with it. *sigh*
NancyA@2 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:51 AM
I counted 17 UFOs when I went through my stash, but I completely forgot about a bin of old scratchy acrylic yarn under my bed. In it, I had 3 more hiding from prying eyes (I forgot about them at Christmas time last year). I think my biggest issues with starting (and generally not finishing) projects are as follows:

a) I overestimate my aptitude for whatever stitches and other techniques are involved (all of these UFOs are currently in the "when I get better at this, I'll do it, I swear" pile)

b) As a commuter, many projects are just too much to bring on the crowded commuter rail and subway system around Boston. This such as the Dr. Who scarf for my father (it's as long as I am tall).

c) I have this uncanny ability to miscount things even when I double check them, so many patterns are non-conducive to watching TV or talking to people. I like to knit-and. (I even used to knit while substitute teaching).

I'm sure I could justify the number in many different ways as well, but for now, I plan to finish the Christmas presents for this year (including a Dalek I found online for my Uncle and LOTS of socks) before I start anything for me. Maybe I?ll just finish that one shawl from 2 years ago first.
Ellen W wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:32 AM
I am so glad to know that it's not just me! I once took 7 years to knit a sweater for my husband. It became a big joke. When I finally finished it, it was a bit small around the midsection! I know that restless feeling all too well - having something on your needles you should finish, but dying for a new project.
FrancesS wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:22 AM
Reasons and "cures" for UFOs. DEFINITELY just like to have lots of stuff to choose between for variety and also addicted to exploring new techniques. Cure for 2nd mitten or sock syndrome is simple: knit em both at the same time. Do a few rows on one then a few on the other. Amazing how this works. Same with sleeves. Knit em on the same needles and use 2 balls of yarn.
KarinS wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 7:19 AM
The same question can be asked about yarn. When does yarn become stash? Straight after it has been bought or six months after the UFO and yarn have been started?
LindaM@6 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 6:48 AM
I have one sweater waiting to be assembled - just ordered "I Hate to Finish Sweaters Guide" by Janet Szabo. Hope her book along with Nancie Wiseman's "The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques" will give me the confidence to complete the Aran Rose design from the Spring 2006 Interweave magazine. I've had it finished for 6 months and don't want it to look homemade, so I keep putting off assembling it. A case of knitting anxiety, I'm sure.
Caseyst wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 6:38 AM
I make no excuses for my UFO's. Instead I like to think of them like this: Leonardo da Vinci once said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned."
KateS@4 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 6:17 AM
Where is it written that there must be 2 of every sock? Unless your name is Noah and you're watching the weather,you can cut sock UFOs in half.
Rschrager wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 6:06 AM
Cabaret singer Amanda McBroom has a fabulous song called Putting Things Away. In it she talks about all the tasks she gladly begins, but cannot finish, like emptying the diswasher, putting away the laundry, etc. The punchline is in the last verse, where she is afraid to put her dreams away.

I'd like to say that's why I have UFO's because it's such a romantic notion. Reality, however, is that I'm usually just tired of working with that yarn and that pattern. For me, the fun is finding the yarn and pattern - working it is just make-work. I feel comforted that Hitchcock felt the same way about his movies; once he had the script, storyboard and actors hired, he didn't really feel the need to actually film the movie!
Lykkefant wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 5:59 AM
Interestingly I actually have never started a project, that I didn't finish... maybe because I'm too stubborn for my own good (and that I've only knitted for 3? years)!
So I don't really have UFOs though my WIPs go through times of hibernation frequently. The most common reason for a project to go out of todays favor, is that a new and even more exiting project has been begun... (shame on you, to make such a tempting magazine... actually I'm waiting for my first issue, so I better get some things of the needles!!!)
JulesG wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 5:17 AM
I know this is a knitting community so I only counted my knitting UFOs for the poll. But actually there are several other UFOs in my boxes - especially unfinished paintings, puzzles and beadwork projects.
I was wondering whether it's just me who never finishes a project but since I read all your comments I no longer feel alone.
IreneF wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 4:58 AM
i wold like to see a refresher course on binding off with circular needles. i have no problem knitting on them. its taking off the stitches to finish the item. i have ruined many projects because they don't bind off properly. what am i doing wrong?
Lieke wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 4:24 AM
Well, I voted 3 UFO's but I work on them all, so actually they aren't really UFO's. I just need that many projects going, because it's 1 difficult stranded project, which takes all my attention, so I can't multitask that one, 1 easier large project (althoug some people won't call cables and simple lace easy, I can knit that while doing something else, so this is my multitask project) and 1 pair of socks, which is my travellingproject. You see, I need those 3 WIP's.
Fliss wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 4:06 AM
Your poll says it will help knitters "conquer" UFOs but I don't think that we really want them to be conquered. There is something blissful about having half a dozen things on the go so one can just dip into whatever mood or time frame one wants.
ClaudiaP wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 3:45 AM
Can I just say, how darn cute is Nicholas?! "I don't understand it..." - darlin', ya never will. Welcome to knitterdom!
MargaretW wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 3:28 AM
I read this advice years ago and twice have gritted my teeth and accomplished it. You know you will not finish them so have the courage to clear out. The first huge stash went to a childrens nursery, items made and raised a lot of money for them. The second stash of yarn and unfinished cross stitch made a family of five women very happy, they finished every thing. The sense of relief you get is amazing. I may have to clear stash three to make room to buy more.
ShelleyI wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 1:57 AM
I was very heartened by reading all the posts. After doing the poll (16)I remembered a few other projects as well. Does anyone else feel pressured to buy yarn (that is wonderful) because you're afraid it (or just the colour you especially love)will be discontinued and then you'll never get to make something from it? Still, as addictions go, being a yarnaholic is not too bad. I recently started walking from (already had been walking to) work and making a sandwich to take with me instead of buying something. Every day I do this, I draw a little ball of yarn on my "yarn chart" and when I have about 20 balls, I treat myself to a totally guilt-free yarn purchase!
LynnC wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 1:44 AM
One of my UFOs is the sachet heart for which you give the pattern! I am using Koigu yarn called for in my pattern. Lynn, Federal Way, WA
Grawey6 wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 1:34 AM
Aside from your list, there are two other reasons I have the number of UFO's that I do. 1) I ran out of yarn or at least I know I will and 2)I have to have a multitude of things going cuz I need a variety of needle sizes and fiber to work, somedays I can deal with size 1 some times I need 13's. Somedays I can work lace weight, others I need bulky or sport.
AnneR wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:49 AM
UFO's, I think I have about 4 (that I can remember.) I don't look at them as being positive or negative. Sometimes they teach me something while they are sitting there unfinished. Sometimes I pick them up and look at them and do a few rows and then I say...aha...that's why I haven't finished that one yet. Sometimes the yarn I chose just doesn't grab me anymore and I let them go.
They are explorations of the mind as it was at the time. Ok with me if they stay around for awhile.
TanjaB wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:33 AM
My solution to Second Sock syndrome? Make First Sock into a puppet!
Donna-MarieB wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:12 AM
My oldest UFO is almost 181/2 yrs old. I started it when I was pregnant with my son,who will be 18yrs in Nov. 07. It was to have been a green layette. Between the hormones and the diversion of looking for a home, selling my home, giving up my career, relocating to another state approx. 1000 miles from my family, packing, unpacking, finding new doctors, learning a new community, giving birth a month early & less than one month into our new home, unforseen personal complication with the birth, ajusting to motherhood & dealing with depression the project never got completed. I had only the blanket 3/4th completed. I tried to finish it for a nephew who is now 10 years old, and thereafter for several grandnieces & a grandnephew. I have not been able to do so because of the negative memories it brings back. After many years of delaying childbearing that was suppose to be a peaceful time for me to "smell the roses". But is was the most upheaval time in my life. Frankly, I don't believe I have forgiven my husband for that period of my life and I am amazed that we celebrated our 25th anniversary this past August. I can't bear to throw it away nor finish it.
Donna
KatherineM wrote
on Oct 18, 2007 12:04 AM
I don't have many UFO's, but bags of yarn purchased for some now forgotten project. How does one tell if there is enough yarn to make another pattern? I now include a note with each "stash" of yarn telling what I have in mind. Is there any help out there for us stashers?
Fspackman wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 11:26 PM
Ok... so I've responded to your UFO poll that I don't have UFO's per se, but am multi tasking! Now before you decide I'm delusional and not facing reality, I beg to explain. I need to have different kinds of partial projects on the go so as to have just the right project for each situation. There are the easy-peasy projects with little shaping, no intricate pattern and requiring little thought. These are the projects I take to my friends house when I have coffee with her...or the projects I knit when watching TV. Then there are the slightly more complicated project I take with me when I'm visiting my ill relative because my project engages my mind while the sick person dozes -- yet the project is uncomplicated enough that I can work on it while the person is awake and engaging in light conversation. Oh, and this summer I had to have a "travelling" project - something small I could tuck in my purse to work on while on vacation. And lastly, for those times when I have a quiet evening alone I need a challenging, complex problem to fully engage my mind and to get my knitters adrenaline running. No single project with provide a knitter with this full range -- hence the need for multiple projects. Oh, yes...and let's not forgot the project we put aside temporarily when we get news that someone's daughter or granddaughter is expecting a baby, and we get all inspired to knit some adorable little project! -- Fern
on Oct 17, 2007 11:24 PM
I have a plastic tub, if I don't work on the project for more than two months...I banish it to the plastic tub. Three projects have made it out of the tub to become FOs. One of them ended up frogged later, wrong yarn for the pattern.

Still, I feel that putting them away is like abandoning them, Ravelry constantly reminds me of their existence (two items currently in the tub). It's agonizing to know, I still like both, but newer more exciting projects pop up! I'm doing well though, in total I only have six UFOs, and two active WIPs.
AnnaM wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 11:17 PM
Just got the British mag "Knitting" for Oct, and here is a legend culled from their folklore (along with several others), about UFOs!. Christine Green writes, "...lurking deep in the back of knitter's vault of fears, there lies the superstition,'Finish it in one day! It is bad luck to abandon a project halfway through because to do so will bear bad luck for whomever the garment was intended.'The premise behind this belief was that ther wool itself had a desire to be made into something special. Woe betide the knitter who casts on a set number of stitches and then lays the project down, as this ace will bring bad luck and the item will never be completed."
There you have ilt----we're all DOOMED
on Oct 17, 2007 10:49 PM
to Jessica S who goes to the store to get needles and somehow comes home with more yarn, I feel your pain! to meeb THANK YOU for finally explaining where "frogging" came from! I understood it but didn't know how unraveling became frogging.
Mary L
on Oct 17, 2007 10:20 PM
I took the last poll and really, there were UFO's in every category, but the largest were the one I marked( stuck on a technical problem)
Arsie wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 10:06 PM
My UFOs I blame on being a flibbertigibbet. I fall in love with something, then I get distracted and I bounce around working on things as time and inclination allows. I usually manage to get things done though (like some socks, my son's sweater, Christmas gifts..). The stuff for me takes that much longer to do!
Kathfemme wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 10:00 PM
I really wish the poll allowed multiple answers! The most common reason is probably boredom, but reaching a tricky part (or perhaps some other interruption of the flow, like needing more yarn) is close behind.
Anonymous wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:42 PM
Several of my UFO's were intended as baby gifts -- but with the babies being teen agers by now that didn't work! But now I have 2 and almost 3 great-grand babies, so maybe they will be finished eventually!

Marian
Meeb wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:36 PM
"rip-it" "rip-it".... sounds like a frog. make sense? i always liked the weaver's term for a bad effort that's staring you in face, unfinished...."a dog on the loom".
AudreyD wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:29 PM
Let's suffer together! Knitting Daily should declare a *finish a finishable UFO* weekend or something. I had a vest that was missing (I kid you not) two rows of ribbing around the neck edge. I've had multipiece items (afghans, esp) either waiting in nice piles (or not so nice once my cats get to them) or half-assembled. My biggest issue, though, is *hiding ends*. I'll seam something, no problem, I'll kitchener (because by that point I am nearly *frantic* to cast on a new sock), but hiding ends? It's kept me away from intarsia and fair isle for years. All those *ends*! (Shudder).

Let's declare a UFO reduction day some point in the future to assuage our guilty consciences--what do you think, Sandi?
Moppett1982 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:28 PM
I have four teddy bears, three dolls, one stuffed penguin.....can someone please come sew and stuff them for me? Then they would be finished. I also have a few hats and an afghan in cables and lace to finish.....all of these from at least 10 years ago!
I was sitting in a doctors office the other day with my knitting. A woman sitting across the way said "I used to knit. I have a sweater out of the most beautiful yarn from northern Europe I started 25 years ago and never finished." Guess who is going to finish it? Im picking it up day after tomorrow, and she is making me a piece of stained glass work for finishing her swaeter. I think thats what we need, a finishing group of folks who will gladly finish a UFO for us!
CarolynC wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:24 PM
I am so glad to realize that I am not alone in my UFOs. I shamed myself when I started to count & had to stop. My oldest is a large bag of square samplers that I did in the 60's. It wasn't completed because I didn't know how to crochet them together. Another UFO also from the 60's is a black mans vest knitted on #2s. It is completed except for a bias strip that goes around the body and the arm holes. Somehow I could never knit the 9 stitches back & forth.Perhaps when I finish the 9 UFOs that are sitting in my closet I will get ambitious and put the squares together. The vest - never in this lifetime.
JoseeF wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:23 PM
That arrow sock is so lovely! And it's bugging me to know that I've seen it before but can't remember where... Please share with us the origins of that pattern!

I have so many UFOs, and the ones that cause me the most guilt are the ones meant for my kids - I've already put so much time and effort into them but have a strong feeling that by the time I get 'round to finishing them it won't fit! Of course they both insist on adding to their wish list of items for me to knit! ;o)
NatalieB wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:14 PM
I find that UFO's are directly related to the trips I take. For example, i went to Cape Cod two years ago. Bought gazillions of yarn because they were on sale, and I would NEVER see those prices again. Salivated about the projects I would do -- begin them -- and totally lose interest weeks later. So, the solution is, I don't know what the solution is. It can't be to refrain from buying yarn on various trips. That's just not going to happen. Maybe not to start any new projects? That too is hopeless. Long live the UFO!
SaraJ wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 9:08 PM
This has nothing to do with today's post, but I just discovered the flip-through preview of Knit Kimonos.
TerriK wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 8:41 PM
I discovered two ufos lurking in bags after being prompted to do a thorough and truthful count by this recent discussion. I found two - a jumper and wrap style ballet cardi - that were being made for my daughter. I started when she was aged 5. She's now 22. I think I'll finish them up for my granddaughter. ;o)
on Oct 17, 2007 8:26 PM
Unvented (rather than invented). That's the word I couldn't remember.
Cazhall wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 8:24 PM
Having read a number of comments I'm abit puzzled by the term "frog a UFO". Does it mean to unpick a project and if it does why is it called frogging. After all frogs are green, can swin and as everyone knows hop. What does all of that have to do with getting rid of UFOs.
NelleW wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 7:58 PM
Even though my UFOs don't number in the double digit column, the one that is the oldest is a 45+ yr. old sweater that is finished , blocked but not put together as I hate sewing seams. The others are in the "to be completed" column with one or two in the "no longer interested" column. Of my total eight UFOs I am now down to 6 minus 2 "no interest" leaves 4. Hey! that's pretty good.

Nelle W. Hartwell, Ga.
SusanL@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 7:57 PM
I've seen a book lately that advocates knitting two socks at once on two circulars. Two balls of yarn used at once, one per sock, with both fronts on one needle, and both backs on the other. That should take care of SSS.
Re sleeve hatred: If it's a drop sleeve style, try knitting it top-down, picking up the stitches around the armhole after 3-needle-bindoffing the shoulders together. Put it on two circulars(think of it as a big sock) with the breaks at the underarm seam and shoulder seam. Absolutely no sewing and so knitterly. What I like best about this method is that when starting a round, you can tighten up the first stitch so nicely because the previous stitch is on the skinny part of the circular needle. No more baggy ugly stitches where DPNs come together and fewer breaks in your knitting to slow you down.
Mary BE wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 6:51 PM
2 comments.
1 - I'm glad that I am not the only one with a pair of lace arrow socks in my UFO pile, but mine have "only" been gathering dust for about 5 years.
2 - There was no listing for UFOs that somhow shrink while it is minding its own business in it's basket. Mary B
Mary BE wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 6:51 PM
2 comments.
1 - I'm glad that I am not the only one with a pair of lace arrow socks in my UFO pile, but mine have "only" been gathering dust for about 5 years.
2 - There was no listing for UFOs that somhow shrink while it is minding its own business in it's basket. Mary B
AngelaN wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 6:50 PM
I only counted 4 UFOs, but would be interested in seeing how many people have purchased yarn for a project and it's still sitting untouched. I have so much yarn in little bags waiting for me to start the project I purchased them for, it's sad. :)
on Oct 17, 2007 6:34 PM
Will you please share the source for the Lace Arrow sock pattern? It is such a lovely design....
on Oct 17, 2007 5:58 PM
Here's my stash management trick. I -- uh, what's that word EZ used to describe a knitting discovery that isn't really a discovery at all? Anyway, I did that thing.

Felting/fulling my UFOs. I repurposed several abandoned projects into holiday gifts last year -- including a lonely gansey back, more than 6 years old. Now I'm down to 7 UFOs.
LeslieR@5 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:47 PM
I tend to set aside a project once I can "see" what it's going to look like. For me, the excitement is choosing a pattern, coming up with my own yarn, and seeing it come to life. Finishing? Not as important, and, sadly, usually done only for project intended for others.
AdrienneB wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:38 PM
I included my active WIP's in my UFO count, because they are unfinished. I expect DD #1's Lizard Ridge and DD #2's Log Cabin blankets to be unfinished for quite awhile, even while they are active. Maybe part of it is how I feel about UFO's, they really don't bother me, as they will, for the most part, be finished at some point.

As to why they are not finished, well, actually two of mine are UFO's because I just don't like the feel of the yarn, and I can always find something else to work on. One of my UFO's is a ballband washrag, which will be finished tonight, and then I will cast on another item. I have the new yarn for it, and I another item planned for when the new sweater is done. (Cobblestone and then his new pattern in the holiday edition to go with it, for my son.)
SheilaD@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:36 PM
Hi Sandi
This page has been of great encouragement to me, I now at last realise that in the world of knitting (and needlework) I am NORMAL!!!! (Halleluia etc etc)

In 2003 we sold our farm in the South West of New South Wales and in the process of clearing out cupboards of UFO's I had a big culling. Undoing what 'I couldn't part with and would never wear'; op shopping the 'whatever possessed me'and UFOing the rest. Since moving to our new home my UFO pile has in 4 short years again increased to enormous proportions. However I know there is a valid reason for this. Most of the UFO's are completed in the knitting and just need the expert hand of sewing up.

You see my mother (who lived in the UK) died (also in 2003) and she was my sewer upper of knitted garments. On her visits she would sit and sew them up and on my visits I would have a suitcase of things to sew up. For all her excellent points my mother was a hopeless teacher and would lose all patience whilst trying to show me how and just take over and do it herself.

I guess we all know that the sewing up of a knitted item is the make or break of it, so I am begging please can you add a few tips to your page on picking up stitches on neck and armholes and the best seaming techniques.

I have read a few articles, but they don't seam(!) to help.

Thanks for a great page
Regards
Sheila Dufty
Revbarbara wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:31 PM
I love knitting, but get bogged down in finishing, especially if the project is multicolored and has 8 bazillion loose ends that need to be woven in. Whenever possible, I try to knit garments without seams (socks are ideal) and avoid any project that generates tons of little pieces that need to be sewn together.
KarinW wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:30 PM
I have more UFO's than I could count! Not long ago I was searching for something in my parents basement and found a UFO that I start while I was in High School, I am now 44! Some things I've frogged, but not all... maybe someday I'll finish one of those afghans that just bored me to tears... fashion has a 20 year cycle, that sweater will be back in fashion in 5 or 6 years, maybe by then I'll have it finished... my daughter is used to mismatched socks, just wear boots or extra long pants! I ask myself if my UFOs are worth my time to haul around, but I look at all the time and effort I put in them and actually convince myself that I will finish them someday... I actually have had a few somedays, but not often enough!!
on Oct 17, 2007 5:24 PM
All yarn junkies know that we have the attention span of fruit flies when we see something delicious straining on the skein to be taken home and fondled! UFO's are just casualties of this process...ah - if we only were like the octopus and could finish everything!
Love the site and you've tweaked my conscience....
Knitting away,
Tink
NaomiD wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:18 PM
I knew I had finishitis when I cleaned out my purse looking for something and there were four works in progress in there! They do all get worked on, but I tend to tink the ones that just aren't working. My dreams often outguess my skills. : )
Lynn G. wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:13 PM
Ha ha, I think I have a response that no one has mentioned yet: I seem to have a "fringe block." I get to the point at which you're supposed to cut the fringe for a scarf before attaching the last ball of yarn (to then be totally used up to maximize the length of the scarf), and I just don't feel up to cutting the fringe, so I leave that project stuck at that point for a long while. I have severe chronic pain, so there is an actual reason why cutting fringe, sewing, and other finishing steps are truly extra-painful for me, but some of the "fringe block" appears to be emotional.

I was surprised to discover that I only have three knitting WIPs, and for the purposes of the poll, I counted them all as UFOs, but truly only one is a UFO (due to "fringe block" plus annoyance at the yarn store for giving me the wrong pattern so the confetti in the yarn doesn't show like it should, but the yarn is too sticky to frog without ruining it). Another WIP is slowed way down because I'm working my first color chart in a difficult yarn, in a gauge that's too small for my eyes, and I'm finding the completion of 2 rows to cause a huge rise in my pain levels. I have only one other "scarf in progress," and it's nearly done, but maybe I should be worried because it, too, needs fringe! I do have two ancient crochet UFOs, and one should be frogged and the other is an afghan worked in one piece, so I have to wait until it is very cold out to work on it, since I'm very petite and it's large now. Maybe "my project is larger than I am" should be added to the list of valid excuses?
Motomoda1 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:10 PM
That was me above - sorry I forgot to add my name....it's Jude
Motomoda1 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:09 PM
I have Barbara G Walker's book "Sampler Knitting'. It includes many stitches for mosaic and lace knitting and has suggestions for how theses samples (swatches!) can be made into garments and other items. Many of the colourways and garment styles are rather dated (as we would say in Australia 'daggy') but the idea behind them is great and certainly answers the question of what to do with swatches.

My question is what to do with swatches of different weights. As I would not always knit with the same weight of yarn, I don't keep the swatch but unravel it and use it in the garment or for sewing it together. The idea of a library of swatches is nice but not practical for me - I am neither a high volume knitter nor a commercial designer so in reality I have little need to keep a swatch when I have the finished garment.
SeannaL wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 5:07 PM
I love knitting, but I find it really easy to get bogged down in the finishing stage. I have skirts that just need elastic sewn in, bags that need handles, lining fabric to cut and all of that doesn't feel like knitting to me. I don't mind crochet, so I spend a fair amount of time wondering if it is reasonable to single crochet (or slip stitch, if I'm using the correct term) pieces together. I'd be more likely to finish!
MartiJohnson wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:41 PM
Even more frustrating than the 2 dozen (more or less UFOs (knitting) are all the quilting UFOs (also around 2 dozen), and the baskets (BIG baskets) full of fabric for clothing that aren't even started although some of the fabric is at least 10 years old! I finally went through those baskets today and donated some hefty amounts to the local thrift store and whittled the baskets down to a carry-able size. And quilting SHOULD only be done in cold weather so that will get busy shortly ... but the knitting? I just keep adding to those projects so I guess there's really no hope in sight for me.
SueB wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:35 PM
On UFOs. I only have two ufos. One is a cotton sweater knit in the round up to the armholes. I realised I have a guage issue and, while it would still fit, I fill be short of yarn. I have not been able to find more so the only option is to frog and start over. UFO #2 is a lacy cotton sweater. Nothing wrong here except life got busy, I put it down and forgot about it. I culd pick it up and finish it.
Sue
JoyW@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:32 PM
I have solved second sock syndrome by knitting socks together in stages. I knit the toe caps first, one then the other. Then knit up to the heels, one then the other. I finish both socks together. This is a bit of fun when knitting from one ball of wool. I know Im not supposed to for patterning reasons but Im not worried I just pull the guts out and start with that. Of course two balls of wool are great. cheers to all, Joy (Australia)
Diane wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:31 PM
That sock is *AMAZING*! I'm now wracking my brain to remember if that pattern is in a stitch directory somewhere - and if not, where I can find it! I think you've found your next free pattern (and my next FO!)

Diane
JennieV wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:26 PM
What an interesting question today! I, too, differentiate between WIPs and UFOs. UFOs are projects that are languishing and not getting attention.

I find that by and large, my UFOs got to a point where they intimidate me! One has decreases I haven't figured out (they're unclearly explained), another is easy to mess up (299 stitches & I need about 30 stitch markers to keep it clear!), yet another just needs to be restarted with my changes to the pattern to work with my body.

Unlike many others, I love mindless projects! They're great for waiting at the doctor's or walking my son to school, as long as they're somewhat portable. And they're the best for watching DVDs!
JascinthW wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:20 PM
A project becomes a UFO when it becomes proper annoying and it needs time out. If a few weeks pass and nothing is happening on the project, I tend to frog the projects and put the yarn away.
NancyM wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:14 PM
My oldest UFO is a size 2 aran begun for my infant son who is now 24. The darned moths chewed a hole in cuff of the half finished second sleeve! The nerve! I have considered finishing it (and repairing the hole) for any next generation who might appear - but No Rush.
Emma@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:06 PM
I would have liked to select more that one answer too. Instead I used the 'other' option to say which applied to me.
CaitlinM wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:05 PM
I usually generate UFO's because I have knitting ADD. I always--I mean always--have at least two projects on the needles. Usually closer to five. A lot of the time, I carry all of those projects around with me, and work on all of them intermittently. But as deadlines come up, or it gets cold, or I get impatient, I chuck 9 out of 10 projects into the UFO bin and work exclusively on one project for a few days until I finish it. But then, before I can go back to the other nine projects, 10 new, shiny projects leap out at me and I MUST cast on NOW! So, the UFO pile gets larger and larger as time goes on.

I try to pair down every once in a while. In fact, I've noticed that things to into the pile very nearly completed--a sleeve here, a cuff there--so I'll go for months and months not finishing anything, and then finish fifteen things in rapid succession.
on Oct 17, 2007 4:02 PM
I did the Why do UFOs become UFOs poll. I would have liked to be able to select more than one answer. With more than a few UFOs its hard to imagine they all get set aside for the same reason. There are four possible answers that apply to various portions of my UFOs.

Karen F.
ConstanceC wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:01 PM
I guess the UFO that I've had since prior to moving the first time in 1994 doesn't match with the "lick and a promise" UFO. I don't have enough yarn to finish it, and really love the pattern (still). Not entirely certain how that will fare. I have a couple of smaller things that need attention (blocking or whatever), and a few that are just "whenever" projects (like one in my desk drawer at work - a dishcloth). I've been taking a break from "large" projects and doing miniatures (ornaments, perhaps) and a couple Christmas stockings. Total UFO's: eight, I believe, unless I've missed something in my head (I am packing to move, so don't have them in hand)
SandraCorp wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 4:01 PM
Ok, so all of the reasons seem to apply in one way or another. But, I just get really excited about NEW stuff and must begin immediately. I was at work when I responded (by memory) to the numbers poll. I stopped counting at 36. My husband says I could open a yarn shop with my stash. And do the two projects begun by my mother and grandmother count? p.s. grandma died in 1966 and mom's been in a care home for 10 years!
ChristinaB wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:58 PM
Wow! A 13 year old lace sock!? Are you ever going to finish them?

I wonder what each knitters oldest UFO or WIP is. When does a project cease to be a WIP and jump right into UFO-ness? My oldest project is a log cabin afghan. I still count it as a WIP because I do work on it occasionally. It's only 2 years old.
mybluellama wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:58 PM
What does one do about sentimental UFO's? I have a UFO that I started on a x-Canada drive one summer - it was a great trip and everytime I see this half-finished sweater, I'm reminded of it...but now, 10 years(!)later...the darn thing doesn't even half fit me! Still...
EstherL wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:53 PM
As I said on the poll, some of my UFOs became boring and the sweaters would no longer fit even if I decided to complete them. One of them only needs to be stitched together; but the other, a beautiful Fair Isle design, needs sleeves. I knitted the body of the sweater in the round on a circular needle. When it came to the sleeves, I found it difficult to use DP needles. I knit the European way, with the yarn in my left hand rather than the right and have to remember which way to insert the needles so as not to twist my stockinette stitches. The two crocheted afghan projects that I gave to my great niece were incomplete because I absolutely hate stitching squares together. The knitted squares for an afghan also languish in a bag in the attic, partly because each square is a different stitch and when I knitted them back in the 60s I didn't pay much attention to the gauge. I guess that they are really simply swatches, so maybe I shouldn't count them as a UFO. The one which is still on the needles shouldn't count either, since it is just a "swatch". Late in the year 2002, I actually gathered up several UFOs and completed them. I got on a crochet "high" and made two dozen afghans over the next year and a half, giving a number of them to family and friends. I guess I just burned out, because I haven't been able to finish anything since, except small projects like chemo caps and hats for infants. Even those haven't been on my agenda for a year. Oh, alsmost forgot--I made a bunch of furry scarves as well. Maybe when we finally get some cooler weather, I'll feel more like knitting again. It seems as though we have had summer here in the Ohio Valley since March and it is still too warm for me. I am really enjoying reading all the various comments and learning that I am not alone.
TerryG wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:52 PM
Groan....I must try the sachet. I will set aside the Icord strap for the Origami purse and jump right into the sachet. I am a self taught knitter, (mom taught me knit and purl) so I tend to wander from project to project. I have orphan socks and half of a front of a lovely top. Felted purses with no handles. Christmas ornaments.....it just goes on.
JuliaC@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:33 PM
Along with the UFO piles in my baskets I have the USP's (unstarted projects) in my head. With hundreds of beautifaul yarns in my stash and dozens of ideas sometimes I just obsess over what I really want to do or create next!!!! and still feel guilty about the UFO's. Julia in Michigan
JessicaP wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:29 PM
I love to knit, but not to finish! My 4 UFOs just need to be sewn up. My partner threatens that she'll make my UFOs into a lifesized effigy pillow of me, and then kick me out;) Ah, but I have now found my tribe!
BeckyE wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:27 PM
I must know....what in the world is frogging, frogged yarn, etc?? I am a knitting blog newbie and don't always understand the terms!!
AudreyD wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:19 PM
Your oldest UFO is *hot*. Yeah, I realize it's old enough to be in middle school, which makes me sound kinda creepy, but those arrow socks are to die for!

I'm a sock addict. It' so sad, isn't it?
HeatherS wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:08 PM
Taking the poll made me go look at my UFO's and realize that the single sock that is awaiting a mate (and has been for um... 2 years?) is still a single sock beacuse I tried a short row heel for the first time on it and it looks... wel like a first time ever short row heel! But the yan is great, so it is going to get frogged and made into a sock that I like with a nice heel! Then maybe it will get a mate eh?
SindyF wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 3:05 PM
I thought I knew how many UFO's I have but then I started cleaning my hobby room and found even more--so okay I was lying to myself--So far I have found three more so my number is up to 7 UFO's.
AnnR wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:54 PM
I only have 2 UFO's. I switch back and forth. If I get bored with one, I do the other. Now, I lam aching to start another project that I bought yarn for yesterday. So far I have been strong and not started it. Hope to finish a entrelac purse before I start the new project. wish me luck!!
Ann
SharonV wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:52 PM
Who wants frogged yarn? Mine ends up in the classroom with the students that are just learning to knit.

However, I have been asked to 'whip something up' for someone that I don't know well, who wants something I have no interest in making and I have been known to delve into the frog pond for just those projects.

Please don't tell anyone!!!

My question to everyone else is: does your frog pond yarn ever go back to your SACRED stash?
DoreenS wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:52 PM
Starting a new project while others are unfinished gives me inspiration to complete the UF ones. In the middle of a large project, I always knit a few short ones, hats, socks, bags, bootees. Finishing the short project motivates me to go back and finish the larger one. I also have a few socks on the go all the time and keep them in various places - my briefcase for bus knitting, the car, when waiting for kids or appointments. Many projects keep life interesting and those that are still UFOs when I die? I tell my family - just put them in the coffin - I will take them with me - eternity is a long time and there has to be knitting.
BethanyH wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:52 PM
melissa m, you can send your sweater to me I'll gladly wear it. :)
I haven't been knitting that long, (only a dishcloth and shawl finished so far.) but I've been crocheting and reading knitting daily for awhile now. I have at least 1 UFO that has been waiting and just needs the sleeves completed. :) It's a sweater but I didn't want to finish it during the summer and not be able to wear it. I can finally get it back out soon!
The weather is just starting to get cool here.
I'm sure I will have more soon though. Christmas is coming and I need to start my projects. :)
HelenC wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:51 PM
Does anyone have suggestions about how to keep tension even in 4x4 ribbing and so on? The stitches where I'm changing from K to P are always much looser than the ones in the middle, and it's getting really frustrating!

Helen
annekaelber wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:45 PM
I'm guilty of a couple of UFOs: one is a sweater from "The Knit Stitch", whose collar didn't come out right...and I haven't cared enough to finish the piece.
Another is Baby Bobbi Bear (I love this pattern! Why do so many toy patterns require making a gazillion pieces and then stitching them together?). My first try with B^3 was with 2 strands of yarn: one Lion Woolease and the other a fuzzy one, by Berroco, I think. When I lost track of where I was in the pattern, the fuzzy yarn made it impossible to figure out and I set it aside. I really want to finish this one, but "I'll do that later."

Being an obsessive sock knitter, I get the "long stretches of boring" stockinette or k2p2 rib or whatever... there's 2 solutions for that: work those projects while the family watches tv or dvds OR get your favorite audio device and get an audio book. I've got a 4gb iPod Nano and an audible.com subscription (can you imagine if Interweave teamed up with Audible for some kind of offer? WOW!). The knitting really does fly by faster! This means I don't have to choose between catching up on my reading or knitting. I get to do both!

(For those need a great deal to make this happen, check out tech4less.com for ipods---no use spending ALL your yarn money on this! *grin*)

Anne.
Yarndork wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:45 PM
OK, I have a question. What's the difference between a WIP and UFO? I counted them together for the poll. Hope that doesn't screw anything up!
PamelaM@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:45 PM
I wanted to share on this issue. One of my two UFO's is a sweater that I started and got scared. I am trying to work more on my knitting skills before I tackle this sweater.
LoriF wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:44 PM
I am glad for the "Why" poll, because the term UFO doesn't accurately describe my knitting-in-progress.
I currently have four UFOs: one complex-patterned pair of socks (for quiet times - ahhh!), one plain pair of socks (for tv watching, playground knitting, etc.), one sweater (Tangled Yoke Cardigan, for whenever I get the time...) and a hat (Shedir) which I started because it's a gift for my husband and I want to get it done while he's out of town. Each project gets plenty of attention, and each fills its own place in my knitting world.
And there won't be anything else cast on until they're done (unless that yarn for that sweater gets here soon... *wink*)
DoreenS wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:41 PM
I thought 18 might be too shocking a number to publish - well, it was 18 just thinking about the UFO's I haven't had a chance to actually look. But what I am shocked about is that I recognize 2 of your UFOs that are FOs for me. The arrow socks were a gift to my mom who loved them and wore them until they wore out and then I knit new heels on them and she wore them out again. The Philosopher's sweater (sleeve showing in basket) I knit for my son when he was in high school. Very cool that we chose the same colourway, even though I picked the colours - it wasn't a kit!
sulitk wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:38 PM
Being a project knitter I only have 3 WIP and 1 UFO. That one UFO is a winter cabled cardigan that was started in mid-Feb and put on hold in mid-Apr when the temps got too warm to deal with the wool. The body and 1/3 of both the sleeves are done so it should be a quick complete. I have 2 WIP that will soon be completed and the UFO will be resurrected to finish in time to wear by Winter. :)
RosemaryC wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:34 PM
All my UFOS are "works in progress". The really "ugly ass" ones are re-balled or given to my local yarn shop for charity knitting. Of course, I have to drop it off under cover of darkness, so they don't know it's from me.

Rosemary in San Jose, Ca.
kharman777 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:30 PM
I took the poll, but it seems like every one of the options fit my UFO stash! My biggest bugaboo, though, is the "stash" - my eyes are bigger than my hands, or something. I must have 25 projects-in-waiting. No wonder I have so many WIPs!
LindaT@3 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:28 PM
My only UFO is actually the Heart Sachet you posted the pattern for in yesterday's post. It just wasn't going together right and didn't look the way it should, so it got relegated to the back of the knitting pile.
NancyB wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:27 PM
I am afraid that for every UFO there is a different answer!

One of the biggies is I have started baby things, gotten sidetracked, then realized that the kid will have outgrown it by the time I finish! So into the UFO bin it goes. I should just finish the things and give them away...

Sometimes it is just a matter of something new coming along that just grabs me and I have to drop everything else to try the new thing! (I am fighting the urge to do that now - I am working on two really great sweaters (in anticipation of our upcoming Colorado winter), but just got some recycled silk that I really want to make a little purse with.)

I solve the Second Sleeve Syndrome by always knitting both sleeves at the same time - I know me too well!

There are a couple of things that I've just plain lost interest in.

Probably if I was standing in my yarn closet (home to my serious hoarding habit and my UFOs) I could give you the very sound reason behind each UFO.

I love that your husband is knitting you socks, by the way!
ShirleyS wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:25 PM
I have to confess I missed a couple of my UFO's. They were on vacation in my travel bag. I always keep building my stash and patterns in case it snows and I can't get to my LYS(I live in Florida)
Susiesosoft wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:18 PM
I am LMAO about the UFO projects,as I just this week took all my UFOs except one and unraveled them and put them back into balls for various reasons. I will use the yarn elsewhere! The one UFO I still have, however, is the dreaded second sock. When my husband was at the doctor a couple weeks ago, and the doctor refused to cut off one foot so that I wouldn't have to knit the second sock, I decided to bite the bullet, and picked the sock up again yesterday! I want to be the person who does not move on to another project until I have the current one done! I used to be like that before I retired! Thank you for all you do to inspire my 50+ year knitting habit! Love your website. Susiesosoft
Yngvild wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:17 PM
I haven't yet had the courage (or time) to dig out all the UFO's and count them. One is a second sock for the cover socks in Socks, Socks, Socks - now that's a hard sock to do a second time, mirror image of the first. Call it a technical challenge. Other projects get left as the seasons change, perhaps not picked up again the next time it gets warm/cold.
MarthaS wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:13 PM
I have to agree with the comments about having small UFO' that I can take with me when I work, or to the doctors or whatever. Then I have the no-brainers that I can work on while watching television. Then I have the ones I have started when the weather was cooler and switched to something (like dishcloths) that I can work on in the warmer weather.
DeeH wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:11 PM
Most of the time if the pattern is too easy I lose interest and it gets boring and tedious. So I find myself looking at other more challenging projects. I have a pair of socks I work on eternally from year to year. Dee H
LindaP wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:11 PM
My UFO stash is actually fairly small because I frogged some of them and gave the yarn to the local senior center. I have two items I consider UFO because the aren't finished (seamed) yet. One, like Sandi's list, is a purse that is too cute but I just don't need it and it isn't high on my priority list. Unfortunately my granddaugters sweater is going to the UFO pile just because it seems to be hiding a pixie inside that is interfering with my technique. Argggh!
MelissaM@3 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:10 PM
I have a sweater that seemed awesome when I started it two years ago. Soft cotten with metallic specks? And lots of Yarn overs in the design... It's almost done, but I know I will never wear it, nor force and of my friends to wear it... so I just keep it in th ebottom drawer of my yarn box with all the orphaned balls of yarn.
CarolynT wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:07 PM
I solved the SSS this way: I knit five different socks, different yarns, different patterns. Then I format a sheet listing 1-5 and describing pattern, its source, yarn, its care. Each sock has a corresponding number tagged to it. Then I wrap them all in a gift box and present to friend --- and let her (him) select favorite pattern and best fit. Then, when I knit the 2nd sock to complete the pair, it's like knitting a new pattern all over again! After that pair is 'gifted', I'll knit another pattern in another yarn so I'll be back to five choices again -- and start the process all over. I never suffer SSS now!
jesikay wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:06 PM
I took the newest poll and I had to check other. There are just way too many gorgeous yarns out there and I go to the store to get a new needle or some more row counters (my old ones being used for UFO's) and I black out and wake up to find I have bought more yarn for more projects and I don't remember how they got there. :p

I am now a member of the Yarnaholics Anonymous of the greater Dallas area and my kids have the frightening task of making sure mom does not stop at yarn stores when we are out.
GailD wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:02 PM
My oldest UFO? Approaching 25 years--I ran out of yarn on the finish ribbing of this lace vest. Even with all the UFO's in my life, there are always at least two projects "active"--one that takes thought, and one of plain knitting that I can do at meetings, lectures, concerts, anywhere it is dark or where I have to pay attention to what's going on instead of to the knitting.
Dileri wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 2:00 PM
If it's already been allocated for the frog pond, but said frogging hasn't actually taken place because I can't bring myself to touch that yarn again, let alone knit with it, is it still a UFO? In which case my UFO count is probably much higher...
Lorene wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:50 PM
I just tried to do your second poll about why UFOs become UFOs but the link didn't work ..... does that mean too many people are being responsive at the same time?
LynW@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:48 PM
Sandi, I really enjoy reading Knitting Daily (I'm one of those people who resent having to do any work) and always read every page. Today I especially appreciated Amy H's comment about using a different size needle in each hand to compensate for what she calls "row out". I'm an experienced knitted and some yarns I knit with do result in "banding". I've realised it's a tension thing because it only happens with yarns which have some degree of stretch. Amy's suggestion makes sense and I'll try it next time. Thanks heaps.
LynneW wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:46 PM
Ha! Only 13 years? What an amateur! ::grins:: I have a baby outfit that's been languishing since 1980 ... and all it really needs, is the side seams sewn, and two buttons sewn on. (Do you see a pattern here? The sewing really puts me off ... it gets lumpy and bumpy and I think I rip back 3 times for each stitch I keep)
Anonymous wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:46 PM
I found that those high concentration items were hard to pick up unless I have time to devote. A couple I am going to take appart and find another use as I have no desire to finish them. I did finish two projects this week, one being a leoprsy bandage and another being a pair of socks. The mitts are still sitting as they are the challenging item with a pattern on the back. Two sweaters I am just going to take apart. I only had 6 unfinished projects but even those can weight you down when you want to start something else. However I feel good that I now have 2 completed and two are going to be scrapped. I have to finish the mitts as they are for my grandaughter. I am glad everybody else is like me. I thought I was the only one. Marie Towells
on Oct 17, 2007 1:36 PM
I usually claim to have only 2, occasionally 3, WIPs at any given time: socks(portable), a sweater(for home), and lace (easy on my hands).

Of course, I had to check 12 on the UFO poll, when you count the projects in my cupboard - the ones I take out and pet and revisit every now and then, with every intention of finishing someday. (Let's not talk about the sweater I started for my son when he was 2 so that it would fit him when I finished - I restarted it 4 times in larger sizes, and he's 7 now. Still sweater-less) During my visits to the cupboard I do sometimes frog something I know I won't ever finish, either because it was a project I started to learn a technique, or because the color/yarn/gauge/pattern are mismatched and I don't like it.

I guess I follow fellow commenter Julie N. in that I have lots of WIPs, and tend to finish in flurries (my blog shows it, too!) of completed things.

Thanks for choosing this topic this week - I needed it, and am certainly enjoying it!!
TracyA wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:36 PM
I recently discussed this topic on my blog (http://tellen24.blogspot.com) but from a different aspect. I asked at what point to you, the reader, stop working on a project. For me it's sleeves, I hate sleeves!! I was surprised at the comments. Everyone has a different sticking point.
BarbaraH wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:35 PM
I seldom have UFOs because I try to be really strict with myself and not start something, no matter how tempting, until I have finished what I'm working on. My problem is USPs, unstarted projects. I have lots. I buy the yarn, sometimes with a project in mind, sometimes just because it's such a bargain, or such great yarn. It sits in my stash, sometimes for years. Priorities get rearranged and I have to do this one before I can start that one. Someone needs a gift, I can't wait any longer to start the new idea, etc. and on and on. My stash is enormous. I keep promising myself that I won't buy any more yarn until I've used up more of what I already have, but... and so on far into the future. If I night 24-7 it would still take me more than a lifetime. Anyone need a tea cosy for their whole house?
NoelH wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:34 PM
I come by UFOs naturally. When my father was overseas during WWII, my mother sent him 1 finished sock with a label "A Lick and a Promise." 56 years later, when he passed away, there was still only a lick. The first time I actually saw my mother knit was when I was 21; she picked up something she'd started when I was born, to give to her first grandchild. He's now 30 -- and it's still not done.
So why should I worry about MY UFOs???
Carol J wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:34 PM
also what Mary Lynn J's mom said---we are adults and if we don't want to finish it no one is going to call the UFO police--they're busy anyway with the SWATCH team.
Carol J wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:30 PM
sometimes going through the UFO bag can be like Christmas morning. I pull out a "cast-on, but not much progress made" project and have an 'A ha' moment and pick up where I left off--of course after many minutes of figuring out just where I left off! It's rewarding to start to work on it again and hopefully remember who it was for-or why I started it in the first place. I think the UFO's are a sign of creative genius and should not be a source of guilt or shame. That's my story and I'm sticking to IT!!!!!!!
Mary LynnJ wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:26 PM
When my Mom moved, my darlin' hubby was setting up her book cases and cabinets in her sewing room. He came across 3 mittens and 4 socks . . . none finished and none matching the others . . . with a weird look, he wandered into the kitchen with the various projects in hand and said "Why?" and she said "because . . ." and he raised an eyebrow and she finished "because I am an adult and if I don't want to finish something, I don't have to."
Astrid wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:25 PM
My answer was 10, but 6 of those are really "in progress" and I switch among them, depending on mood, portability, and concentration required. I like to keep multiple projects going and get nervous if I don't have at least 3 active ones. The few stagnant ones, I either hit a snag or don't like them any more.
invalid wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:22 PM
I've realized I have a multitude of different knitting desires. This means I need multiple projects going at once. So my seven or eight unfinished OTN projects aren't UFOs so much as multiple WIPs. I desire: (1) variety (so I allow myself to start new projects before finishing old ones, if they are different; (2) some easy *small* knitting that I can take with me to doctor's offices, on planes, etc.; (3) some easy knitting that I can do while watching movies at home (doesn't have to be small); (4) to learn new techniques; (5) to work with delicious yarn; (6) to make clothes that fit me (I'm a nonstandard size); (7) stashbusting; (8) to practice my design skills; (9) to experience the delight of wearing home-made socks (I've only got 3 pairs so far, I need at least 14 in order to be able to wear home-made socks every day!); (10) to make practical things (hats, shawls that will keep me warm when my cat insists on having the window open in winter.

Of course one project can and usually does meet multiple desires, but no one project can meet *all* those desires. Hence, multiple projects are necessary!
MargaretM@5 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:22 PM
I would like to know where I can get the pattern for the lace arrow socks and the blue shawl that is on the front of the new 10th anniversary book.
thank you Margaret Montano
885447329 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:21 PM
Although technically I have about 30 UFO's, there are only a very few I will probably frog (don't like them anymore). Most I will finish and sometimes I actually end up with 4 or 5 new sweaters or items in the space of month (dazzling - fooling? all my friends with my speed) I'm just too enthusiastic and get carried away by some new pattern or idea or yarn. I've made a list now (to remind myself of what I have on the go) and am checking them off as I finish them. This year I have finished at least 18 projects - mostly sweaters and shawls and not all for myself ;) (and I do manage to work full-time) And I still have 2 and half months to go!

Julie N.
LauraL@2 wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:17 PM
Hi Sandi! My question is about row gauge. When I can't get row gauge and just use the measurements that are given to complete a garment, what does that do to the amount of yarn required? If I consistantly have problems with row gauge (I do!) how do I decide how much yarn to buy? Thanks! Laura
remove wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 1:17 PM
Sad to say, but I had to change my UFO poll submission four times, and each time the number went up! I've got them all identified now...I think. It's frightening that it was so hard to identify them all. I'd like to call it selective memory, but maybe I'm just becoming delusional. :-(
on Oct 17, 2007 1:06 PM
I have to say that on the poll I claimed 5 UFOs, but that was only because there was no other option and truth be told they are all 'unfinished'. I work on all five of them equally, so I couldn't really pick 'zero- I only have one project at a time'. After reading this post though, I have in mind that you mean objects that have sat in jail for months and are just now getting a parole hearing. So I suppose I have to change my vote to no jailbirds here :-)
SaraW wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 12:40 PM
A question about Amy H.'s two different needles comments: does she hold the yarn in her right or left hand (i.e., knit American or Continental), and wouldn't that make a difference?
Deborah wrote
on Oct 17, 2007 12:31 PM
I have two tricks to UFO management:

1/ Socks don't count
2/ Anything that lingers in the knitting basket for 6 months untouched must be frogged and returned to the (stash) source. If I've left it that long, I don't care about it anymore - chances are good that I'll never finish it or that even if I do, I won't like it. It's just taking up space, keeping me from casting on other project and keeping me from considering that yarn in other projects.

Deborah