Aug 7

Knitting, what knitting?

Posted by Nanc

Okay. So there is some knitting that has occurred ‘en mi casa’. A stitch here and there to while away the time. But the progress is slow and not too exciting.

Which is just the reason (as if we needed any) that our buddy Vannakin will show off these FOs, UFOs, and WIPs*! That ought’ta get the place jumpin’!

Just so ya’ know, this is an image and link laden post. Carry on.

Finished Objects, Un-Finished Objects, and Works-In-Progress

Is there a proper order to present projects in? Chronological (even though the FOs were started after most UFOs), in order of completion and closest to being done, or grouped in categories by type? How ’bout balls-out random?! (Can I get a holla’?)

Here you are in no particular order, my projects…

La frente

Glitter Skein Wonder

  • Status: FO
  • Approx. Start Date: July 19, 2005
  • Approx. Finish Date: July 29, 2005
    (but just because I left it sit for many days – its really a quick knit)
  • Percent Complete: 100%
  • y el back-o
  • Pattern: One Skein Wonder by Glampyre
  • Yarn: Berroco Quest in Platinum
  • Needles: US#8 & #5 Denise needles
  • Intended Recipient: Jen
  • Notes: I may have knit or bound off too tightly, and it may not fit recipient, who is no longer in town to try it on. I’m making a second one (keep reading), so we’ll see how they compare. And this yarn? You either love it or hate it. I kind of fall into the second camp.
And she does dishes!

random dishcloths

  • Status: FOs
  • Approx. Start Date: Summer ’05
  • Approx. Finish Date: a day or two later
  • Percent Complete: 100%
  • Pattern: pinwheel blanket pattern and the Stacks & Eyelets Stitch from the Pattern-A-Day calendar
  • ah AH ahhh – ah
  • Yarn: Sugar n’ Cream in variegated green, purple, tan, and white; Peaches & Cream in Lemon-Lime
  • Needles: US#7 straight needles
  • Intended Recipient: two unsuspecting households
  • Notes: I really like the lemon-lime dishcloth, but the pinwheel was a let-down for both the colors and the pattern. (Better for full blankets.) I had a bit of Photoshop fun with this image, as if you couldn’t tell.
Oh, the shame. The Shame.

baby sweaters

  • Status: major UFOs
  • Approx. Start Date: early ’05
  • Approx. Finish Date: before college?
  • Percent Complete: 0.5%
    (one sweater was started, but no progress; and I’m still deciding on a pattern for the other)
  • Pattern: Haiku from and ?
  • Yarn: Sirdar Spree in Riviera (blues and turquoise) and Sirdar Rio (many leftovers from the Squid blanket)
  • Needles: ?
  • Intended Recipient: Benny and the Squid (ha – you thought I was gonna say “Jets”, didn’t ya?)
  • Notes: Good intentions gone… well, gone. I still hope to make these two sweaters, but have you seen the rest of this list? Soon. I promise.
and knitting…

Green Skein Wonder

  • Status: WIP
  • Approx. Start Date: July 30, 2005
  • Approx. Finish Date: soon
  • Percent Complete: 60%
  • Pattern: One Skein Wonder by Glampyre
  • Yarn: Lion Brand CottonEase in Pistachio
    (yes, I found a store-stash and it’s mine, ALL MINE!)
  • Needles: US#8 & 5 Denise needles
  • Intended Recipient: Stina
  • Notes: This is the follow-up to the Glitter Skein Wonder. For another friend. Hoping for good things.
No yarn snobs here!

Spiral Blanket

  • Status: WIP
  • Approx. Start Date: June ’05
  • Approx. Finish Date: whenever
  • Percent Complete: 20-ish%
  • Pattern: pinwheel blanket
  • Yarn: Red Heart Soft Baby in New Mint Twinkle
  • Needles: US#6 Denise needles
  • Intended Recipient: dunno
  • Notes: This is one of those projects that just is. It’s mindless and easy to work on anywhere; a pretty laid-back project. You can blame Baigneuse for this one.
so non-chalant


  • Status: WIP
  • Approx. Start Date: July ’05
  • Approx. Finish Date: whenever
  • Percent Complete: 3%
  • Pattern: Clapotis from
  • Yarn: Trendsetter Yarns Spiral in Royal
  • Needles: US#8 circs
  • Intended Recipient: unknown
  • Notes: This is my second Clapotis that I’m making and, although I love the pattern, I cannot get excited about knitting it again.

Hairpin Lace Wrap

  • Status: [grumble, grumble mutter grumble]
  • Approx. Start Date: May ’05
  • Approx. Finish Date: HA!
  • Percent Complete: 0%
    I can make knots, but that’s not point
  • Pattern: Dagmar from Berroco #231
  • Yarn: Berroco Lullaby in Willy Winky as practice yarn (left over from the niece poncho)
  • Needles: some hairpin lace contraption
  • Intended Recipient: me
  • Notes: I fell in like with this wrap at the LYS, but hairpin lace seems to be in the same category as crochet… something I can’t do! (Yeah, yeah – I can hear y’all now. Don’t say “can’t.” Well perhaps not, but its sure not fun or easy for me.

Liam’s Cable Sweater

  • Status: UF(riggin’)O
  • Approx. Start Date: Fall ’04
  • Approx. Finish Date: oh, dear
  • Percent Complete: 10%
    (but I’ll probably have to rip and start over in a larger size now)
  • Pattern: Sirdar Brig Aran jacket
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore in reds and yellows
  • Needles: US#8 straight needles
  • Intended Recipient: nephew Liam
  • Notes: I started this sweater so long ago – and kids tend to grow pretty quickly. So I’ve no doubt that if I actually want to make this sweater that I’ll be ripping and restarting in a larger size. Now, where’d my motivation go?
Why? WHY?!

Monkey Scarf

  • Status: UFO
  • Approx. Start Date: Nov 2004
  • Approx. Finish Date: Xmas 2005
  • Percent Complete: 5%
  • Pattern: 8-stitch checkerboard pattern
  • Yarn: Bernat DenimStyle in Rodeo Tan
  • Needles: US#8 circs
  • Intended Recipient: MattyBonez
  • Notes: This yarn is so very soft and it reminds me of sock monkeys. I picked up plenty during a sale and have plans to make a scarf, cardigan, and whatever more I can for my Matty.
Her sorrow runs deep

Shapely Tank

  • Status: WIP, but possibly deceased
  • Approx. Start Date: Spring 2004
  • Approx. Finish Date: ?
  • Percent Complete: 85%
  • Pattern: Shapely Tank by White Lies Design
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun in Fuchsia
  • Needles: US#6 circs
  • Intended Recipient: me
  • Notes: I got the front of this tank done last year, then put it away for the winter. I pulled it out again in Spring to finish it (hoping I’ll wear it this summer). I was almost done with the back when I decided to compare the two pieces. My only guess is that I’ve become a more relaxed knitter this past year. The back is much larger than the front. But there it lies until I decide its fate.
Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Voodoo Wrist Warmers

  • Status: UFO
  • Approx. Start Date: Fall 2004
  • Approx. Finish Date: Fall 2005
  • Percent Complete: 48%
  • Pattern: Voodoo Wrist Warmers from
  • Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
  • Needles: US#5 dpns
  • Intended Recipient: me
  • Notes: No good reason these aren’t done. Perhaps someone put a hex on me? It could happen.

Stay tuned! There’s more yet.

8 Responses to “Knitting, what knitting?”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Hey! I got an IKEA guy this weekend. He was going to hold my random balls of unfinished work tommorow!

  2. P-la Says:

    NanC you rock! This post rocks!! How brave of you to put it all out there for us to see!! I am even too scared to look at my own projects much less let anyone else see all the carcasses laying around at mi casa. You are my hero!

  3. Petra Says:

    Maybe we need to have a “finishing” challenge between us. I have 2 bags and 2 sweaters that need to be finished! UGH!

  4. Hanane Says:


    I am lying here on my bed reading your post and looking at my project bags, baskets, etc. I have become a starter…not to good at the follow through. What is a girl to do? So much yarn so little time.

  5. Hanane Says:


    I am lying here on my bed reading your post and looking at my project bags, baskets, etc. I have become a starter…not to good at the follow through. What is a girl to do? So much yarn so little time.

  6. aubyn Says:

    that is one of the funniest things i have ever seen-you are a genuis and i know this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as your humor runs-do you think if i started asking you about your projectst it would help you have to finish them – maybe if i shame you

  7. Astreia Says:

    What a great post!! A wonderful conclusion to my evening. Wow! I thought I’d had a lot of WIPs. At least I’m not alone. Of course- yours are way more complicated than mine. I love your photos. The manikin always knows exactly the right pose to catch the essence of the WIP. 🙂

  8. jen Says:

    this is one of the cutest posts. 🙂 now you need to make her skate. 😉 hahaha