Recently, while digging around in the closet to select some yarn for my Summer Games Challenge project, I found myself face to face with several lonely UFOs.
For anyone not up on your artsy-craftsy lingo, that stands for UnFinished Objects. UFOs are not to be confused with WIPs (Works In Progress). WIPS are projects that are actively being worked on, actually progressing. UFOs...well, they're languishing in a state of abandonment, confusion, disinterest, and/or rage.
Exhibit A: Autumn Rose
Date started: December 2009
Status: About 20% completed, then shoved into a cardboard box because of two problems I didn't know how to deal with. 1) The corrugated ribbing at the bottom is not supposed to roll. And yet it does. I don't know why, and I haven't figured out how to fix it. 2) I'm at the point where I need to calculate where the armholes (actually steeks-- eek!) will go, but since the length is all wonky due to the rolling bottom edge, I can't tell how long this thing really is so far. Is it time to make armholes yet? It's anyone's guess!
Exhibit B: Viper Pilot socks
Date started: August 2010
Status: I got about halfway through the first sock, then realized it was way too tight. Traumatized by how much pointless work I'd done on this--one of the most complicated things I've ever knit--I stuffed the project into a bag until I could face unraveling it so I could start over.
Date started: 2008??
Status: Oh, who the hell knows? I haven't been able to go to a PHG meeting in almost two years, and that was where I used to get most of my spinning done. I probably have about half the yarn spun. Well, maybe. Since I don't actually know what pattern I'm using, I don't know how much yardage I need. Also, I don't know how much yardage I currently have. Wow, this sounds like a totally half-assed project, doesn't it?
Exhibit D: The Project That Cannot Be Named
Date started: Sometime in 2007
Status: No photo available, due to this project being top secret. It was supposed to be a Christmas (2007) present for someone who reads this blog, and then I realized that I was delusional and there was no way I could finish it in time for Christmas (2007), so I lost my motivation, not to mention my mojo. So this poor thing has been in the closet for years, with more and more stuff getting piled on top of it.
Now, these are only the UFOs that were in the closet. My sewing stuff is in another room, and believe me, that's a whollllle other can of worms.
I know, a lot of people have waaaaay more UFOs than this. But I really hate having these things lying around, taking up space, reminding me of the time, effort, and money I've already put into them, with nothing to show for it. It's not just physical clutter, it's mental clutter, too. Argh!
Okay, folks, you all are my witnesses: BY THE END OF 2012, I VOW TO FINISH TWO OF THESE PROJECTS. Two--that's totally do-able, right? Feel free (please!) to nag me about this periodically.
How about you? Any UFOs you'd like to finish once and for all, artsy-craftsy or otherwise?