Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thinking about UFOs

My husband was getting something from my Art Room last week, and he commented, "You sure have a lot of unfinished projects."

I, of course, immediately corrected him: "Those are UFOs." It took a few seconds, but he got it. Then I explained they were also WIPs.
I started this hat months ago, but then I got stuck on the decreases. I had failed to note how any stitches I cast on, so I had to recount and then decide how I wanted to do the decreases. Once I counted, it was easy. The lovely yarn is from Knit Circus.
I have never denied that I have a problem with casting on -- but I know I'm not the only one. There is a certain high that comes with casting on -- it reminds me of a sugar high. It feels so good at the time, even if it's the 101st WIP you have going. I have a similar relationship with chocolate.

This is my third pair of Kirsten Kapur's mitts, all knitted in Crazy Zauerball. I have to do one more to use up the rest of the skein. These are addictive, but I think it's time to move on.
While I admire people who can maintain knitting monogamy, I don't even aspire to it. I like the variety. I like giving into the urge to cast on something new and exciting. 

That's not to say that there aren't downsides to having so many WIPs. I do sometimes feel pressured to finish a batch before starting anything new. And it means I own too many needles -- you can't use needles that are in a WIP, after all. (Well, technically you can, but I'm not that organized.)

And I do finish things on a steady  basis. It took me about three days to knit the Hoopla Hat from PomPom.
And then I just had to cast on another Hoopla. I have two good excuses: First, I wanted to practice the Latvian Braid before I forgot how to do it. Second, it's a great stash-buster!

17 comments:

  1. Oh that Latvian braid looks wonderful! All your projects are so nice. Variety is the spice of life, right?

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  2. Ahhhh, but you have finishes, too! These are beautiful! No wonder you want to make more!

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  3. Some people just don't get it. I love my UFO's. Having multiple UFO's is comforting to some of us. Unless I am in the right mood I hate to start new things because then you have to think. I just want to pick up something and go.
    Love, love, love the hat!

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  4. I LOVE that Hoopla hat! I learned to do Latvian Brain long ago, but have totally forgotten it by now. Maybe it's time to try it again! (I tend to be a monogamous knitter . . . but I do understand the thrill of a new start!) XO

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  5. Casting on definitely gives a little thrill.

    I kind of feel like too many projects and "selfish" knitting should not even be a thing. What's wrong with variety and knitting something for yourself. NOTHING! Cast on in joy!

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  6. I adore that Hoopla hat! And, your Latvian braid is gorgeous!

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  7. Hoopla is gorgeous, but I love the simple hat, too. I'd hate to count all the UFOs and WIP projects scattered around my home. My projects reflect my moods - some very simple, some relaxing, and some intense.

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  8. Knitting monogamy is new for me. I always had several projects on the go.
    Your FOs are all fantastic!

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  9. I have WIPs, and I have UFOs, which live in the corner in a pile.

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  10. Beautiful work!! Do you sell anything on an Etsy shop?

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  11. OMG! Both hats are gorgeous!! I wish I could be monogamous but... I do have to limit my WIPs to only 2 or 3 though. Any more than that and projects get pushed into the corner and projects in the corner Never get finished. I have a VERY hard time making myself return to corner projects.

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  12. Deb, those are lovely hats! oh my gosh! Im monogamous knitting by nature. I rarely have two things on the needles at once. I need to buy my yarn and that's the first high, then I find the pattern or vice versa, and then the cast on high. And on it goes.

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  13. I say - knit the way that makes you happiest. There is nothing wrong with casting on a new project. The hats and mitts look great. I'd say you have mastered the Latvian Braid. I think Knit Circus yarns are lovely.

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  14. I'm the same, I love having a project for all occasions and moods. Sometimes I have a bit of a blitz, but only so I feel no guilt at casting on a hundred new things. Hoopla is gorgeous.

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  15. I adore those mitts! I made my first fraternal socks for me and I loved how they 'go' together, previously I was a matchy matchy knitter :)

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  16. I like both of your hats, especially with the braid, it looks very classy. Cathy x

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  17. There is definitely a high starting a new project. I am trying to only have two going at a time so I eventually finish something!

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