The UFO Chronicles, Volume 1

It was interesting to see your different reactions to the mountain of UFOs sitting in our bedroom. Some of you have similar piles and are just fine with it. It gave the OCD sufferers among you serious agita. And some of you sent encouraging emails, even assuming (HAHAHAHA) that the plan was actually to finish them all.

O, if it could be so! But alas, you credit me with too much discipline. My plan is to blog each of these projects in their current state, and then, after that, to decide which ones are worth completing and which will be drowned out of their misery in the frog pond.

As I said in the last entry, by and large, there is a reason (I didn't say a good reason) each of these projects got stalled. Let's start with something straightforward, one many of you can probably relate to: Second Sock Syndrome ("SSS").

The UFO Chronicles (Vol. 1):  Child's First Sock

This is Child's First Sock (Ravelry) from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. A while back, I went through a short Nancy Bush phase, mostly because my Norwegian Stockings have always been a favorite knit. I had originally started Child's First Sock in Tess sock yarn, but didn't like the way the color pooled in the lace pattern, so frogged and began again with Koigu KPPPM, which is what you see above. It appears from this progress shot that this happened in (gulp!) August 2007.

Then Second Sock Syndrome set in. Or maybe it was Severe Second Sock Syndrome. Because sometime after sock #1 was done, I decided that I disliked knitting socks. And also that I didn't much like wearing handmade socks either - I have narrow feet, and they usually are not elastic enough and end up slouching down into my shoes. The Norwegian Stockings may be the exception, because I wear them with high boots (which sadly, obscures most of the colorwork). Even around the house my narsty old bunneh slippers are always preferred. So I just stopped, even though these socks were unfinished. And they sat. And sat. And sat. And here they are on the chopping block.

I do love the color (as you can see it matches are amazeball teal wall, which is possibly the one thing I will miss about this apartment), the lace is interesting, and the pattern well-written (I still <3 u Nan!). It probably wouldn't take long to finish. If these weren't made for my dwarf feet (another snag . . . I did downsize the pattern and now can't remember exactly how), I'd finish them and give them to a friend, but I don't know anyone with such teensy dogs.

What's next for these sockies? Will they walk the plank? Stay tuned to find out . . .

Next up: Cotton Counterpane Carpetbag (Ravelry).

The UFO Chronicles (Vol. 1):  Cotton Counterpane Carpetbag

This photo evidences another reason for this effort - these projects are hogging my needles! I know, they could be held on scrap yarn or stitch holders, but that would be too smart, and would just extend the lives of some projects that should be mercifully frogged.

This one happens to be very near completion. One side of the bag is complete, and I think there's only one repeat left in the lace pattern on the other side. But:

1) I don't have any handles, and the ones I have in mind may be impossible to find. You see, my original vision was to turn this into something of a po-mo CCB and use shiny chrome circular handles. But it seems such handles may only exist in my brain. I don't much like those bamboo ones that are the most common variety. I suppose I could see using some plain circles if they were in a dark wood stain. But still, not exactly easy to obtain.

2) Because of the degree of stretch in this pattern, PLUS the degree of stretch in the recycled cotton yarn I'm using, to be of any use this bag is going to have to be lined. And I'm too lazy and bad at sewing to make a proper lining.

3) I may not even use this. It's a cool project, but it's not especially practical or my style. (Interestingly, the Ravelry entry for this project has more favorites than some of my FOs, even though it's a sleeping project)

So there you have stall #2. Fear not, there's more to come!

Posted by jess at November 7, 2009 11:19 AM | TrackBack

ahh such a shame when you end up losing steam on a project but sometimes you just have to put it out of its misery. Ha...I probably need to take a little of my own advice but the idea of ripping out and straightening the yarn again prevents said efforts. I am far too lazy to end it and too lazy to move forward...LOL!

Posted by: Peacock Chic at November 7, 2009 12:26 PM

The bag is too cute to abandon. Try going to a hardware store and see if you can find some chrome hoops. There might be something there....

I have also tried spray paint made for plastic. Maybe some silver chrome paint on ugly handles might do the trick.

Posted by: Lisa at November 7, 2009 2:04 PM

Love that bag.
How about these handles:

Posted by: elke at November 7, 2009 2:20 PM

I agree with Lisa!

Posted by: la chica alta at November 7, 2009 5:34 PM

As someone who is slowly coming out of my summer knitting hiatusl, I'm all about giving away all of those UFOs to someone else to finish :) Finish the bag and kick the sock to the curb! Good luck with whatever you decide. Actually, you're almost convincing me to go pick up my Demi in Debbie Bliss purple tweed...

Posted by: Mariss at November 7, 2009 6:15 PM

I do love the idea of a postmod counterpane bag....& I think those handles do exist, but you have to think a bit unconventionally. I'm pretty sure that if you looked in the bathroom aisle at Target you could by a handtowel hanger. It seems like you should be able to find one that you could separate from the wall hanging part.
Although....I guess that may just exist in my head...but I'm pretty sure I've seen some that would work.

Posted by: Christy / Not Hip at November 7, 2009 7:02 PM

Try under the novelty heading in the catalog area. They carry a huge number of bag handles and frames.

I too have dwarf feet so I sympathize with the problem of having a hard time handing off unsatisfactory socks.

Posted by: GinkgoKnits at November 8, 2009 4:06 AM

My first thought would be to frog the bag, even though it is lovely, because you are unlikely to get much use out of it. And who wants to spend the trouble lining something and tracking down the perfect handles if it will never see daylight? Best of luck!

Posted by: Knittripps at November 8, 2009 8:58 AM

I would definitely frog the socks, even though they're lovely, because it doesn't seem like you'll wear or enjoy them much. Plus, that yarn would look great in a little lacy scarf or something.

As for the bag, I think it would look really cute. But I share your hate for lining so... frog it! No mercy!

Posted by: Protagitron at November 8, 2009 9:49 AM

He, he ... "the mountain of UFOs sitting in our bedroom." ... love this expression!

Posted by: Elena at November 8, 2009 11:14 AM

If I were you, I would definitely finish the socks as soon as possible (because it will probably not take that long)! The pattern is nice and so is the color. I'm sure you can find someone to give it to!

As for the bag, if you are not going to use it, don't you want to frog it and find another pattern for the yarn? We see a lot of gray this automn...

That's my opinion! In any case, I look forward to see what will happen!

Posted by: Maryse at November 8, 2009 12:40 PM

I have no answer to the sock issue, but I think you should finish the bag. The handles you're looking for may be rings at the hardware store. And then, if you're still not motivated to sew a lining and/or can't find the right handle, give it to a friend or family member who sews. I know it would be a real treat for me to receive the knit bag and only have to line it and insert a handle.

Posted by: Cara at November 8, 2009 12:48 PM

voting for the bag, even though i started my own and frogged it. if i recall correctly, i started mine because of your project.

Posted by: mamie at November 9, 2009 3:15 PM

I think you should definitely finish both up, but if you have to choose just one, KEEP THE BAG

Posted by: Mildawg at November 9, 2009 8:21 PM

I LOVE those Norwegian Socks as to find the time to make them!

Posted by: Melynda at November 9, 2009 11:24 PM

Pay a seamstress to make a lining. It won't cost much. Turn it into a gift for yourself.

Posted by: alex at November 10, 2009 2:45 PM

Definitely frog the socks. My first thought on the bag was that you should finish it, but now I think you should frog that as well, as despite the knitting nearly being finished which is the first hurdle to get over, 2 more are still ahead - lining (almost certainly essential as you mention - which will mean choosing fabric and sewing it in) AND finding the right handles. That all adds up to the bag being less near to finished than the socks. Hmm, maybe you should finish the socks after all..... No, frog both and move forward with other projects..... Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you do! Love your blog by the way.

Posted by: Kathryn at November 11, 2009 12:44 PM

Don't frog the socks! I've got tiny feet-I'll trade you cookies for socks. No? Then yes, maybe you should get rid of the's a shame, since they're beautiful.

Posted by: Megan at November 12, 2009 10:47 AM
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