Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WiP Wednesday - What's Off My Needles (but should be on)

Do your hibernating WiPs ever feel like a weight on your shoulders?  They do for me.  It seems that every time I start a new project, I feel guilt for not picking up my half-done hibernating projects.  I keep telling myself that I need to finish them before starting anything new...but it never seems to happen.  Funny that for every new project I start I don't have yarn for it either -- even though I have boxes upon boxes of yarn.

Anyways, this week I pulled out some of my unfinished projects that I really need to finish or frog.

I started knitting this basketweave hoodie for my nephew when he was born...1.5 years ago.  I was knitting it in the 6 month size, which would have likely fit this kid at 3 months.  I got busy, figured by the time I finished it, it wouldn't fit him, and tucked it away:

 I have the back, both sleeves, and one front panel done.  I should just finish it already!

This is the "Hat with a Duck Part" - oh dear, in creating that link I realize that I started this 2 years ago!  (Looking back at old posts I apparently have a pair of colorful baby leg warmers on the go too.  I wonder where those could be?) The kid that requested it surely is holding a huge grudge against me by now for never receiving it.  The problem is, the yarn is cotton and there just isn't that much stretch to it.  In addition, the hat was not tall enough and I ran out of yarn.  I ended up buying a skein from someone on Ravelry (which I had forgot until now) and was able to add to the length.  
Not sure what to do with this project now.  Tempted to frog, slightly more tempted to finish it up and just leave it as a hat where you roll the brim up (like in the picture) and find some kid that it will fit.  There is a slight chance that I will still attempt to add a brim, but I doubt it.

Back in 2010 I knit and sewed some gifts for a new little girl in the family.  One of the gifts was a knit elephant.  It was so adorable I thought I'd make my niece a matching one (as the two little girls would be growing up together).  It's the thought that counts, right?

 We'll see if I can find the motivation to pick this one up again.  It's a great little knit, but I still remember how much it hurt my fingers because of how tightly it is knit.

I had the best of intentions when I started this sweet little bolero...BACK IN JULY 2010!  Another project for my niece.  Poor Lulu...ripped off by her aunt again (good thing she has no clue).

 I'm so close to having this done that it's a likely candidate for finishing but it will have to be for some other lucky little toddler.

Last year I started an oversized seed stitch cowl for myself.  I didn't get far.  The good thing is that this is big yarn on big needles, so it wouldn't take long to finish.  It's also the perfect season to pick this up again.

All I can say is thank goodness for my Ravelry project pages or I would not remember what size I was making for many of these patterns.  Unfortunately, those pages cannot tell me at what point in the pattern I stopped knitting.  Hopefully it won't be too hard to figure out.  If I had the foresight to know that I would not be finishing the projects as I had planned, I would have made note of where I stopped.

Writing that reminded me that I actually used to keep track of some of my projects...although I'm not sure my notes will help me in this case.  I found some notes for the bolero above...we'll see if they make any sense when I finally pick up the project again.

Hopefully some of these projects will be featured in future FO Friday posts!

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  1. I think you can knock some of those out. You just need the will, and to avoid any temptation of new patterns and yarn. OK, so it's easier said than done. LOL Good luck.

  2. Oh, yes! I have a handful of projects that pester and nag at me, so it was comforting to read your post and know that I am not alone. What I have tried to do lately is to finish a neglected WIP for every new project that I start. I look at it as a reward to myself for getting another one off the list. A lot of your projects are almost done, so I am sure it will be pretty easy once you get started. That cowl is looking especially warm and cosy.

  3. I second Chrisknits' comment above. :O)
    I have a bulky cardi that I realized the sleeves were tight. The yarn has to be frogged and I need to reknit that project again. It stares at me pitifully from the dresser.
    I also have a snood I need to finish; all it needs is me gettin' my butt out to the LYS and picking up another ball of yarn, etc.