Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Island of Misfit Toys

Or The Cottage of Unfinished Knitting? Although you've been down this road before, we're going down it again, if only to help me figure out which ones are keepers and which ones are headed for the frog pond. Ready? Here we go!

This is the sweater for my mom that only needs sleeves (short ones!) and the button bands. It has sat idle for two months! Ridiculous, must finish now!

This is the Stripe Study Shawl that I started in June, planning to take it with me on my train trip adventure. Alas, I forgot the trick to the directions and am going to rip it out and start over, since I found the skein of blue yarn that I really wanted to use with the green in the first place. So my plan is to rip out and start over.

A generic malabrigo scarf. Knitting it wider than normal for me, feel like it may be shorter than I like, but I will finish it and use it as is. Probably keep it for me, but who knows? This is a mindless knit, but I'm tired of it just sitting there, so my plan is to finish and move on.Remember my Slice of Summer? Also known as Citron? And this would be last summer, by the way. I'm going to take the advice of someone and stop stressing about stitch counts. The plan is to plow through and call it a winner. Later.A completed Manta Ray shawl using some beautiful Malabrigo sock yarn. Don't like the look of this at all; apparently didn't pay attention to the finished project page on Ravelry and just blindly kept at it. Will rip this one out so I can use the lovely yarn on something else. I don't know why I didn't remember I had bought two skeins of yarn for this but panicked and made one end unequal to the other end. I had planned to just rip back to the center, but I think I'm going to redo it completely using larger needles. Love the pattern, love the yarn, but want more of a relaxed drape, like my first Saroyan. A baby hat for the gift stash. Don't know why I don't love it, will probably rip out and plan on doing something else with the yarn. Maybe use with some brown to make it less boring. Probably won't use it for a hat either.I thought this would be a really good color combo for a Turn A Square hat, a design that works really well on Steve's head. But I don't have enough of either yarn and there's something about the solid oatmeal color that I'm not happy with so this is a rip it out plan.
This is a go to washcloth that I made and left in the UFO bag by mistake. I made it with Lion Brand Cotton leftovers from the rug I made this summer. It's a broken rib pattern and extra large, so it'll go in the gift stash for a certain someone.
Another washcloth on the needles, in Peaches N Creme orange. This is a grab and go project I keep on hand when I have nothing else to work on and I'm running out the door.

Almost forgot the shawl from Laid-Back Knitters. I'm at the halfway point and this should be my grab and go project but I've left it for awhile and don't have the decrease portion memorized yet. Need to get this one going again.

And since I'm obviously short on yarn and projects, I'm dreaming about this. Wishful thinking, this year anyway. Better to stay home and finish what I've got, don't you think?

Sadly, there are a few more projects stashed about the house, but they've been ignored for so long they may never see the light of day again.

Have a great weekend and don't forget about the giveaway!!


  1. You are a brave, brave woman posting your unfinished projects. I am not even going there.
    Happy weekend,

  2. Think I agree on frogging the brown shawl. And I say, what luck! finding a finished piece in the UFO stash. That would give me a happy kick in the pants to get going. Like I'd crossed one off the list already. Good luck.