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Archive for September 6th, 2013

Too many UFOs

UFOs in the knitting world are Unfinished Objects. This afternoon I took a deep breath and dived into my many UFOs….aka The Naughty Corner. Some of these projects are cast aside because I am bored with them, or because something new and more exciting comes along. Others are cast aside because I encountered a problem which I thought too difficult to fix, or ran into further problems as I tried to fix them. I don’t like to have too many projects on the go and I can feel all of mine weighing me down. So I need to list them all and finish a few, ignoring all the new and exciting things.

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This cardigan has been unfinished the longest. Technically it is complete but the shoulders are appalling. They look like something from David Bowie’s Space Oddity! I need to unpick all the seams, unravel the sleeve caps and reknit them into something less Star Trek and more Anna. It took me so long to unpick one sleeve that I lost heart and bundled it back into it’s bag. When I sew seams, I sew seams to last forever. To be honest this one would probably be the quickest to finish.

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This is a lovely slouchy-throw-it-on-with-jeans jumper and is perfect to use up some cotton aran that has been in my stash since I rescued it from Noah’s Ark. The problem with this is it uses fat needles and fat needles make my hands hurt if I use them too much. This one may take a while to finish!

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I began the cardigan of this twin set earlier this year. It is a gorgeous pattern and I was enjoying doing it but I hit a personal snag in about March and I had to put it away as I am knitting it in a lovely shade of grey (only one, not fifty!) and it was entirely the wrong colour for me to be using at that time. This is the most likely project to be liberated soon. I might even make the jumper to go with it one day too.

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I began this a very long time ago, using a lovely yarn which I bought using Hobbycraft vouchers which my sister bought me for Christmas. Here it is, it reminds me of a sunset

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Most recently I began this Chanel style jacket, in burgundy and cream. I am enjoying knitting it and it will be so warm I will probably use it as a coat during Spring, Autumn and a traditional British summer. I stopped because…..I don’t know why….

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Finally the cardigan I am working on at the moment (with apologies for the appalling photo, I had to steal it from Google Images

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The fronts are nice to do because of the cable edging but the back was a labour of love (4 ply wool on 3mm needles *yawn*) and I suspect the sleeves will be too. I am working on the rib of a sleeve so I’ll be able to tell you soon if it is!

P.S. I also have a vintage jumper which I shoved into a bag and hid away. The pattern is by Norman Hartnell, designer of the Queen’s wedding dress no less. I followed the pattern blindly and thought I was going great guns until I cast off the fronts and realised that there had been a mistake in the instructions. They forgot to tell you to knit the front armholes to match the back! Oops. An easy mistake to put right…..eventually.

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