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:
- Karen Williams, Baublicious
- Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
- Amy Severino, Amy Beads
- Therese, Therese's Treasures
- Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
- Liz E, Bead Contagion
- Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
- Cathi Salzarulo Kent, The Cat's Meow
- Liz Kenyon Hart, Treetop Life
- Francine Broadie, FAB Custom Jewelry