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:
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….