Finish It or Frog It 2012: DONE!

Way back at the beginning of the year, I took a good hard look at all the projects I had on needles. I searched my heart, and knew it to be true: some of them I still wanted to make and/or own … others needed to be abandoned.  The good thing about knitting is that the yarn can be re-claimed.  I pulled out needles, then frogged and wound like a mad, mad knitter.

The ones that “made it” looked like this:

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I am pleased to announce that I have finished ALL these projects — with the minor exception of the Ongoing Forever Sock Yarn Blanket, which is (as should be obvious) an “ongoing” project, with no clear end date in mind.  I think frogging the “unloved” projects was a great exercise in letting go of things … it’s made me better at deciding to give up on projects that just weren’t working this year — when my tendency is to plow ahead no matter what.  I gave up on “just” four projects this year … but that’s tons better than having a bunch of WIPs slowly aging into UFOs.

Deciding to finish the above projects also motivated me.  The shawl especially was a bit of a slog … lace knitting with beads, and nupps, on tiny needles with slippery, dark-colored yarn!  I kept telling myself that all I had to do was finish that shawl, and I’d be done with my “Finish It or Frog It” projects.  I cast off my shawl on October 3rd (look for a FO post this Friday), and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Here’s a quick photo gallery of the FOs….

Very Orange Hoodie

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Princess Wander’s Aran Cape

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Yggdrasil in Blue

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Hellebores Wristlets

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Little Brown Aeolian Shawl

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Sheep Head Hat

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Shoreward Socks

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Tappan Zee Pulled Taffy

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