My UFOs are steadily increasing….time to take control!

It wasn’t that long ago that I had my UFOs under reasonable control but now they’re getting out of hand again. I don’t know about you but when I’m knitting or crocheting a garment I’m also thinking of the next item to make and suddenly I have to start it straight away. Hence the increase in my UFOs. And it’s even worse when I buy a new bundle of yarn; I’m instantly planning more projects.

I’m embarrassed to say that I started this Curly Wurly Scarf around January 2012. The yarn is from a job lot I purchased on Ebay. I believe it’s an acrylic yarn. I can’t read the ball band as it’s written in an Asian language. This was in the days before I started buying beautiful wools and alpacas so that’s why the scarf has been languishing. The colour is a bit dull too. If I finish the scarf I probably won’t wear it anyway. Might be okay for a little girl’s dress up scarf. The pattern is from an Australian knitting magazine.

Curly Wurly Scarf 01

I started this vest in July 2012. I’ve finished one side and am about 1/3 of the way through the front. I’m dreading picking up the stitches around the armholes and neckline. And since I’ve found an easier vest pattern which I’ve talked about here, here¬†and here, I’m so not interested in finishing this vest ūüė¶

01 Mock Cable Vest 01These crocheted squares are modelled on the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket from the book¬†The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I first made this blanket in acrylic and told you about it here and then made it with Cascade 220 10 ply / worsted wool and told you about it here. As you can see I am quite taken with this pattern. This is a long term project and I am in no real hurry to complete it. I’m not sure how large it will be; that will depend on how much yarn I bought.

02 Green Starburst Throw 01

This is my Autumn Fern Moebius. I started this on 4 August 2013 and I have lost interest because the pattern needs a lot of concentration which I find hard going at times. I love the yarn from Dyed By Hand Yarns in the colourway Spotted Gum.

03 Autumn Mobius 01

This tubular scarf is made from the pattern on the band of the yarn which is ¬†Moda Vera Chantilly¬†a 70% acrylic / 30% milk protein yarn. I don’t have much more knitting to do with this scarf so I really should attempt to complete it shouldn’t I? I mean, it’s only knitting around and around in circles.

04 Tubular Scarf 01

I started this scarf on 14 October 2013 and this will be the third Samothrace Wings Scarf that I have made. Another Stitchnerd pattern. The other two scarves can be viewed here. The yarn is from Zen Yarn Garden’s ARTWALK series and it’s called Garrowby Hill. It’s Serenity Silk¬†+ which is a 75% superwash¬†merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk (lace 2ply). This yarn is simply beautiful. I’m pleased to say I’m making inroads and should be finished soon.

05 Garrowby Hill Scarf 01This scarf was started on 26 October 2013. The pattern is the Pleated Pattern Scarf and the yarn is¬†Shorn Fibers Single DK which is a 40% Baby Alpaca 40% Merino 20% Silk yarn blend. The colourway way is called Autumn Leaves and it‚Äôs gorgeous. I’m still debating whether the colourway and pattern are clashing. I think maybe a solid yarn would be better to show off the pattern and maybe use the yarn to make a scarf that has a cable detail.

06 Pleated Pattern Scarf 01

The pattern from these socks comes from the book called Socktopus. These are my¬†Rusty¬†Rocks¬†Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks. The yarn I’m using is Skein’s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Rusty Rock. I’ve finished the first sock and am knitting the leg part of the second one so I’m over half way through.

07 Rusty Rock Socks 01

This is another Stitchnerd pattern called Chameleon Bias Scarf and it’s knitted in Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply which is a 70%¬†wool / 30% alpaca and is deliciously soft and beautiful. Technically, it’s not a UFO because I’ve finished it but I’m just debating whether or not to block it. You’ll be seeing this one featured very soon.

08 Chameleon Bias Scarf 01

And finally, I started this Ripple Stitch Blanket on 8 November 2013 using the recently purchased Panda Magnum Soft 8ply acrylic. Each ball of yarn which weighs 100g will do seven rows. I started with 241 chains. If you visit this website you are provided with an excellent tutorial on how to do this version of the ripple stitch. It is set out so well and very easily understood.

09 Ripple Blanket 01

How many UFOs do you have and are you determined to reduce them? I’m desperately trying not to start another project until I’ve finished at least three of my UFOs. Let’s see how I go will we?

Until next time…

Melanie

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New Sock Blockers, Squirrel Cage Swift (and a little more yarn)

If you recall I told you the story recently about the new bobbins I had made, by a local retired wood turner, for my Little Peggy Spinning wheel. Well, today I picked up my newly made sock blockers and squirrel cage swift!!! I am so excited as they are gorgeous and look sooo good.

How’s this for a lovely¬†pair of sock blockers!

New Sock Blockers 01

New Sock Blockers 03

I love the detail at the top of the blockers. He did such a great job!

New Sock Blockers 04

Now to my new squirrel cage swift. That’s the new swift on the left hand side and the old one I bought earlier this year on the right hand side.

New Squirrel Swift 01

The new one is slightly taller and has a slightly larger base which makes it a bit more stable when I’m winding my skeins.

It’s so lovely and smooth and the cages turn so effortlessly…

New Squirrel Swift 04

It also has more holes along the side for the various sized skeins that I have…

New Squirrel Swift 05

The reason I wanted a new swift was because the old one was a bit rickety and not very smooth in places so the yarn caught at times. Without me asking, my wood turner smoothed down the old swift,¬†re-glued the base and gave it a coat of varnish so it’s as good as new. Now I have two fantastic swifts! Can’t wait to start winding some skeins now!

On the way home from picking up these goodies, my car suddenly had a mind of its own and for some reason or other I turned left into the Lincraft car park. Well it seemed silly not to slip inside to see whether I could pick up some yarn that could possibly be on sale. I mean….you’d do the same thing wouldn’t you?

Here are a few little gems that I found…

Some gorgeous¬†Panda Magnum Soft 8ply acrylic which I am going to use to make this crocheted¬†ripple blanket. This website has a great tutorial which I’ll be using.

Magnum Soft 02

Sixteen balls in total for AU$3.83 each. Beautiful colours aren’t they?

Magnum Soft 03

Five balls each of the following colours of Shepherd Colour 4 Me Prints at AU$4.18 a ball. It’s an 8ply¬†100% wool and each ball¬†weighs 50g. I think they’ll make cute little toddler vests and hats.

Colour 4 Me Brights 01

Colour 4 Me Outback 01

Colour 4 Me Sea 01

I couldn’t walk past this gorgeous fluorescent yellow Cleckheaton¬†Country 8ply 100% wool in the colourway ‘Neon’. Six balls at AU$3.48 each. Again, perfect for toddlers’ hats and vests.

Cleckheaton Country Neon 02

And finally, this lonely ball of Cleckheaton¬†Country 8ply in the colourway¬†‘Citron’ was all by itself. I felt sorry for it so bought it to add to the collection of this colourway that I have in my stash!

Cleckheaton Country Citron

All I can say is that I’m stockpiling for when I retire (hopefully in under four years’ time) as I probably won’t be able to afford to buy yarn at the rate I do now. That’s my reasoning and I’m sticking to it ūüôā

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend as much as I am. Until next time…

Melanie