One thing I am really bad at is finishing projects. My current list of UFO’s is so long that if I publicized it on my blog I would probably be blacklisted from the knitting world. However, I am trying to get this problem under control..I took my two biggest UFO projects and started to work on them again earlier this week.
The first one I have talked about before on my very first bucket list post Item number #7 Finish knitting all the stitches in the book “400 Knitting Stitches”. I actually really like this project and the only reason I abandoned it was that I was running out of yarn. I really didn’t want to buy more, as this would be adding to my stash. ( for those who don’t know I am on a major de-stashing mission, also a bucket list item) So after, a lot of thinking about this lack of yarn problem and assessing the current stash I gave my self permission to use a different yarn for the next few rows of the blanket. I really wanted to do all bright pink and blues, but, now I will be doing 4 rows of different shade of pink and a different shade of blue, then I used previously. It could look really ugly but, this is more a learning piece than anything else and I really want to use up as much yarn as I can, as this is a pretty big project. I have “scheduled” this UFO into my daily knitting schedule on Mondays and Thursdays.
The next project I have taken on is mini-smashlee’s baby blanket. This was suppose to be completed 2 years ago. Never happened. She is now 2 1/2 and with a sibling on the way I figured if this blanket is ever going to get finished, now is the time to do it.
I started knitting alphabet squares in alternating “girly” colours when I found out I was having a girl. The squares were all done before her birth but, I was struggling on how to attach them together. I hate sewing and I didn’t want the frustration of learning how to crochet. I think this blanket has been put together 4 or 5 times using various methods…and of course, every time I took it apart ,a square got destroyed in the process and needed to be re-knit.
When I pulled this project out, I did some intense googling and decided to crochet the squares together using a slip stitch. I’m liking it alot so far but, I did find a little extra motivation and while I’m putting the first row together.
This is a conversation I had with mini-smashlee earlier in the week.
” Mommy, what are you doing?”
“Mommy is finally putting your blanket together!
“Rainbow scarf for me Mommy?” The letters were just attached in a row at this point.
“no, not a scarf a rainbow blanket.”
“ooh, rainbow blanket!, rainbow blanket!”
and today, as I was trying to take a picture of my progress she swipes the blanket from my hands and lies on the floor with it. It took some bribing with chocolate but, I got my picture.
I work on this project on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays.
This is actually the 1st goal on mu bucket list as, I really have felt bad about since the mini was born. However, nothing warms my heart more than having a my wide eyed mini sitting next to me while I work on her blanket, and hearing her little voice chant ” rainbow blanket!”
Maybe there is a method to my procrastination madness after all…Hmm…