2013 Project Diet: Let’s not be late getting ready for the Show

Remember last year’s Project Diet – aimed mainly at reducing the UFO pile? I reckon I didn’t do too badly, but also that I did not do as well as I might. This was partly due to painful hands, but I reckon mostly to do with the fact that finishing old projects just isn’t all that much fun, not really.

Between the project diet and the lack of will, I found that I was rapidly approaching the 2013 Show with nothing to enter. I am determined that this will not happen again, but I do want to keep nibbling away at that embarrassing heap of UFOs. That being so, perhaps this year I shall prioritise any Show candidate UFOs and mix them in with Show-targeted new projects

Here’s the list of classes for 2014:

  • 92 Any item from up to 100g of yarn
  • 93 Knitted Headwear, any ply
  • 94 Knitted full Shawl – round or square
  • 95 Cardigan
  • 96 Waistcoat DK
  • 97 Wool crochet, any article
  • 98 Outfit for doll knitted or crochet
  • 99 Cushion Cover knitted
  • 100 Knitted Lace, cotton
  • 101 Crochet, any article in cotton
  • 102 Scarf, knit or crochet
  • 103 Matinee jacket 4ply
  • 104 Knitted Toy
  • 105 Any item knitted from Handspun yarn

And here is the list of current UFOs (August 2013)

In the laundry basket:

  • Jubilee Cardigan – top-down 1 pce construction. Has sleeves and has reached the waist.
  • Sugar Plum Fair sweater has back and front done and joined and 1st sleeve in  progress but is on hiatus until I feel I can unpick the sleeve and start again.
  • Wings of the Dove wrap/throw approx 5-10% done
  • Evenstar silk shawl 15% done
  • Windswept Shawl 5% done
  • Autumn Arbor wrap  5%
  • Pi Blanket ready to border and edge, say 70% done
  • Hannelore 15%

Project Box:

  • Kadril – barely started (again)
  • Lisianthus shawl 5%
  • Valborg doily 50 rounds done

Project bags – ongoing blanket projects

  • Domino sock yarn blanket
  • Hexapuff blanket
  • Tunisian crochet blanket

I think we have to admit that to be a whole lot more manageable than the list that I created last September.

So, here’s the mapping. Items in italics are UFOs for completion:

  • 92 Any item from up to 100g of yarn: Lisianthus plus some mittens that I need to get knitted soon. That should make a change from socks!
  • 93 Knitted Headwear, any ply: The current hat design project can go in to this class. I would also like to make something in Fair Isle, maybe a Polar Bear Chullo? or I can enter Twhit again.
  • 94 Knitted full Shawl – round or square: Windswept – plus Evenstar, if it can be managed
  • 95 Cardigan: Jubilee plus another from my Rav Q if time permits
  • 96 Waistcoat DK: a Cul de Sac, if I can make enough yarn
  • 97 Wool crochet, any article I don’t do the C thing
  • 98 Outfit for doll knitted or crochet  Unlikely
  • 99 Cushion Cover knitted: I do have one or two patterns in mind but I’m not likely to get around to them by this time next year
  • 100 Knitted Lace, cotton: Valborg and Hannelore
  • 101 Crochet, any article in cotton  I don’t do the C thing
  • 102 Scarf, knit or crochet: Kadril, if it kills me. Plus Autumn Arbor or Wings of the Dove
  • 103 Matinee jacket 4ply: I need to find a pattern that I love
  • 104 Knitted Toy: Not very likely, but after this year’s success, why not? How about one of Ysolda’s softies? I have a few patterns that I have purchased but not yet knit
  • 105 Any item knitted from Handspun yarn: not sure yet, but I’d like to make a jumper if I can. There’s also a few skeins kicking around that need to be knitted into something small but  luscious. I might make a scarf, probably Ysolda’s Marin.

and that brings us to some kind of order or schedule…

  1. Cardigan: The Jubilee cardigan is something that I really want to complete. I should like to be wearing it. It is not something that I can easily take around with me however…
  2. Cotton Lace 1: …so I shall progress Valborg at the same time.
  3. Scarf 1: Kadril
  4. Shawl 1: Windswept
  5. Item from 100g 1: Fair Isle Mittens – learning to knit with both hands
  6. Item from 100g 2: Lisianthus
  7. Scarf 2: Autumn Arbor
  8. Cotton Lace 2: Hannelore
  9. Headwear 1: Current hat design Project
  10. Shawl 2: Evenstar

At slightly less than 1 project a month, that ought to be achievable, even though most of these are large projects. By this time next year I hope to see all my UFOs fitting into one shopping bag-sized container.

UFO Progress Report 28th August

  1. Cardigan: The Jubilee cardigan is on the final straight and will be ready to wash and block tomorrow. Let us call it finished for the purposes of planning.
  2. Cotton Lace 1: No  progress lately  Currently at 12% complete
  3. Scarf 1: Kadril No  progress
  4. Shawl 1: Windswept No  progress
  5. Item from 100g 1: Fair Isle Mittens No  progress
  6. Item from 100g 2: Lisianthus No  progress
  7. Scarf 2: Autumn Arbor No  progress
  8. Cotton Lace 2: Hannelore No  progress
  9. Headwear 1: Current hat design Project No  progress
  10. Shawl 2: Evenstar No  progress
  11. Vanessa antiopa socks: Not a Show project. Gusset completed on sock #1
  12. Item from Handspun #1: Rivington Cowl begun, and body completed. Edging now in progress and 25% knitted. 85% completed.

Work plan for September

  • Kadril – main project. I want to see this cast off by the end of the month.
  • Cotton Lace #1 – I hope to do one round a day, just to see some progress. I have 109 rounds to do, so let’s aim at a completion date three months hence. Or we could allow me some slack and say “finished before Christmas”.
  • Rivington Cowl and Vanessa antiopa socks for completing on the ferry.

Looking ahead: With the doily on-going, and rounds becoming ever longer, I think that I need something with less lace in it to knit alongside, so that means tackling my less than impressive Fair Isle skills in October and working on the Twinflower mittens. Once I have conquered those (and it may take a while) I think I really want to get my teeth into the Windswept Shawl. That should take me until the end of November.

Progress Report 14th August

  1. Cardigan: The Jubilee cardigan is about 85% done, having picked it up at about half way (it was waist length) It now has the pockets added and all but complete, with only the bottom border left to knit.
  2. Cotton Lace 1: some progress made, just a few rounds. Currently at 12% complete
  3. Scarf 1: Kadril No  progress
  4. Shawl 1: Windswept
  5. Item from 100g 1: Fair Isle Mittens No  progress
  6. Item from 100g 2: Lisianthus No  progress
  7. Scarf 2: Autumn Arbor No  progress
  8. Cotton Lace 2: Hannelore No  progress
  9. Headwear 1: Current hat design Project No  progress
  10. Shawl 2: Evenstar No  progress
  11. NEW PROJECT: A pair of Vanessa antiopa socks is also in progress. Not anticipated as a Show project.