11 March 2017

Freeform (and Others) UFO Blog Hop

Among creative types, "UFO" means an Un-Finished Object.  Most of us have a lot of these, because we run into a creative block, or the piece becomes unwieldy, or we put it aside for some reason.  We try to encourage each other to finish UFOs, and every year in October a lovely lady named Afton hosts a UFO Completion Month on the KnitTalk list.  People post when they have completed the item and Afton sends out Prizes Of No Significant Worth with the able assistance of her Dragon-Slaying Daughter and Lara Girlcat (others of the household remain amusedly out of the way) which most recently consisted of individual pages from Franklin Habit's I Dream of Yarn and wee packs of crayons.

Everybody is delighted.

However, this is just once a year, and I have a number of other UFOs.  So when my friend Karen announced that she was hosting a UFO group, I jumped aboard.  Because Karen designs and teaches freeform beading projects (a couple of which I own, and which do not yet qualify as UFOs because I haven't started them), most of the people who joined are also beaders, but she said it is OK for me to use fiber projects as my goals.

Although I have a few other UFOs (two of which are baby blankets, but of course I cannot post about those, and one really only needs to have its ends woven in, and it's a generic one that I'm putting "in stash" for some future baby, but I digress) I decided to focus on three shawls I've started for myself, partly because of their age, and partly because people say I never make things for myself.  Which isn't entirely true, but I digress again.

One of the shawls will have beads added at the end, so it somewhat fits with everybody else's projects:

It is a ball of Taiyo Sock (which is apparently no longer being made because the Noro Yarn page just lists worsted and sport weights) that I bought at Madelinetosh a few years ago.  The pattern is an adaptation of one I was given with a ball of Kureyon Sock in a fiber guild holiday gift swap.  The pattern alternates stockinette and reverse stockinette, and after making it I decided to use all stockinette for this one because the alternating bands act as ribbing and I have to keep re-blocking the other shawl.  Since Taiyo Sock is so light, I decided to add beads to the final stripes to give it some weight.  Since I generally center-pull yarn, it was easy to determine what the colours would be and find a tube of beads that should work.  I'll report later this year if I finish and what I think of the result.



Another shawl is made from hand-dyed, handspun yarn from Iris Creek Farm.  I am doing it all in garter stitch because I think the stripes look pretty.

There is no pattern, I'm just doodling in different directions.  I'm sorry it's hard to see the directions in the full shawl picture, but when it's finished they should be more visible.  You can see the border I am doing crosswise to the previous section on the left side of the photo.

Finally, the shawl I started as part of a Knit Along when I was temporarily living and working in Wisconsin and needed something to do.  MarlyBird created the pattern and led people through it, and I just had too much solo commuting time and not enough knitting time.  Then I moved and lost track and........  

I need to get back to it.  This will be a nice big shawl that will be handy for travel, and I used a washable yarn specifically for that reason.  I'll be able to wash it easily no matter how grubby, and not worry about blocking, which the natural-fiber ones tend to need.  I love the colours, especially that pop of pewter between the blue and purple.

Some of the other participants have finished at least one UFO so far this year, but I've been dealing with deadlines (one of the aforementioned baby blanket, and items for the annual grad collection done by the mommas of Mittens for Akkol), so these are still in progress.  I have done some more on the Taiyo Sock shawl, but hope to finish the handspun one this year for sure.  To check out the other blogs in this hop:

7 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

All of your projects are so pretty. Knitting is something I never learned to do. I envy those that can do this craft.
Therese

Karen Williams said...

Your knitting is gorgeous; 'stick magic' is not one of my talents, but I so admire it. I am so glad you joined in Margo Lynn! (And you'll note that the only project I finished was hand embroidery and sewing, with only the lightest s touch of beads!). :0)

Thanks for sharing where you are - I'm looking forward to seeing them as they continue to develop, too!

And I may need to borrow some of Afton's ideas. I love the Presents of No Particular Worth.

Liz E said...

Seems like you have taken on quite a task, finishing three shawls. The color schemes on all of them are lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing their continued development!

breadandjam said...

Oh my goodness, don't even get me started on the knitting UFO pile! Congrats on picking up the needles and making progress on several. That Noro yarn is gorgeous. I have always loved the look of their yarns, but find them a bit coarse for actually wearing. I hope your shawl is soft. It will be delightful with a few beads on the ends.
--Francie

Cat said...

"do not yet qualify as UFOs because I haven't started them"
hahaha, love that!
I wish I knew how to knit. Your projects look lovely!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I think I have a few of those 'not started yet' UFOs! wow such lovely knitting .... wish I knew how as I do love a beautiful, think hand knit sweater. The colors in that first one are just beautiful

Christine Altmiller said...

I think we can consider them a UFO if we have had all the supplies and good intentions to start but never actually started.
I love the colors of your fibers, but that top one ~ those gorgeous tourmaline colors have me swooning!

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