Project Finish All Projects

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Yup, it’s been a while, blah, blah, blah, I made work my life, blah, blah, I was blind and now I see, blah, blah. Let’s focus on the important: I have a lot of projects sitting on my shelves, all at various states of difficult and I’ve decided to finish them all.

This sweater, for example, was a christmas present for Jeff last year. I am at the point where I have to decrease for the shoulders, but I don’t know how fast to decrease and I risk knitting a bunch of sweater that I will have to rip out. And, this sweater has a hole in it. A HOLE. As in, a knitters nightmare kind of hole.

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Then there’s this sweater, who is a blend of Wisteria and Idlewood. She has been on the needles for so long it has suffered previous incarnations. I am not sure if she’s too long or not – I am strongly against sweaters that bunch around my middle – and I have no idea what to do with the arms.

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And, while we’re on the sweater train, I might as well introduce this guy, who’s been struggling into existence for… a year and a half maybe? Mmmm. He’s a weird pattern I found in Vogue, and I have a fear that I won’t ever wear him. Also, the construction is strange and scary.

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So instead of working on any of those, I started a handspun blanket – an adult sized Tweed Baby Blanket – that should take just about forever. I’m enjoying the process of combing out and blending different fibers then knitting it. Very satisfying. However, I feel guilty when I work on an easy project when there are so many hard things rotting on the shelf.

 

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Another cheater project is this scarf, which I justified starting due to the age of the sock yarn that never got made into these mitts because I’m impatient with my ability to carry two colours at a time.

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And of course knitting isn’t all that I use to spread myself so thin!  Voila, my first quilt. I have been working on it a little over the last month, but it’s hard. I made the pattern myself, and it’s impossible to piece without bunching up the corners.

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Finally, allow me to introduce my needlefelted dragon. The problem here is that his neck isn’t very strong, because I didn’t felt the inside densely enough, so now I’m having to refelt it… which is boring and not pretty. The dragon is an attempt to use up all sorts of fiber I had on hand so that the thing-we-shall-not-name has less stuff to carve holes in.

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Which brings me to the motivation behind all of this productivity: if I can’t have the yarn, nothing can. Not even little flying destroyers of dreams. Not to mention that I’ve sort of grown out of the stash phase… I know, it sounds a bit crazy, but I am not mobile when my craftroom is this full….

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And I’d like to be a little more mobile. So clean though, right!? Let project Finish All Projects begin!

 

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