The Bog of Lost Scholars

November 6, 2010

Craft Update: Why This Project Gets Buried

Filed under: Uncategorized — castiron @ 6:50 pm

Apropros of yesterday’s post, my projects in process and why they get buried under other projects.

  • Swan Dishcloth. Might actually be done by time this post goes up; this is a dishcloth project I started yesterday and am 80% done on.
  • Bear Rug. Crocheting with two strands of yarn, one that’s fuzzy and makes the fabric hard to see to crochet into, gets boring. My incentive to finish is that it’s a pattern with no photo in Ravelry, and I think my younger son will like it.
  • Regia Monet Mosaic Socks. So far, staying unburied. Pretty yarn, mindless knitting.
  • Al-Araaf Sweater. My tolerance for the p2tbl is low. A couple rows at a time seem to be about what I can handle.
  • Hexaflexagon. Great bus project, but I haven’t ridden the bus lately.
  • Sherwood. I’m not enthused by ribbing, and that’s pretty much what this sweater is — uneven ribbing at that, so I can’t go too mindless.
  • Copper Penny Socks. One pattern row annoys me a bit. It works fast, though, so when it’s on my radar I can get a couple pattern repeats at a sitting.
  • Sydney Spice Socks. Got buried by the Mosaic socks. Plain stockinette, gorgeous colors, over half finished. They just need some time on the front burner to be done.
  • Linen Bag. Takes some attention to keep up with where I am, though now that I’ve done a pattern repeat it’s easier to read my knitting.
  • Japanese Vest. Still figuring out what one pattern stitch is supposed to be. Knitting in one piece rather than back and two fronts, so a row is really long. But I like the yarn, and the pattern’s starting to move along faster.
  • Loud Escher Socks. Five rows of mindless ribbing that’s no big deal to do, followed by one row of cabling that’s tedious.
  • Portland Sweater. Relatively mindless knitting and purling. I’m finding I can get a three-row ridge done easily at a sitting, so it just needs to be on the front burner more often.
  • Annemor #8 Gloves. I hate stranded glove fingers. When I’m actually working on them and in the rythym, they move along well, but the coefficient of static friction is through the roof. Also, I made one of the fingers too narrow, so I’ll have to rip and redo.
  • Shall We Dance Doily. #30 cotton that twists on itself. Doily is nifty, and I’ll love it when it’s done; process is aggravating.
  • Medallion Travel Bag. Nifty but complicated. Not a mindless project.
  • Spot Check Socks. I don’t know why I’m finding these so tedious. But they’re past the halfway point, at least.
  • Arietta. Love the colors, enjoying the pattern; not sure why this one keeps getting buried now that it’s on the good part.
  • Oblique. Not getting buried too much. It’s 75% done, and if all goes well I’ll have it done to wear sometime this winter.
  • Heere Be Dragone. Complicated, and takes 20 minutes to knit a row. Gorgeous yarn and fascinating pattern, but not a speedy project.
  • Flutter Cardigan. I’m still debating whether to rip out the body and start over with fewer stitches. It’s huge, but it’s hard to tell whether that’s because I’m stretching the pattern too much or because it’s genuinely huge.
  • Microsock. Perle cotton on 6-0 needles. I’ll probably never use them again once this ornament’s done, but until then, it’s nifty.
  • Neon Turkish Sweater. When I work on it, it’s fun, but the prospect of several hundred ends to weave in is daunting.
  • Aran sweater. A self-designed project; I stall on it because I’m not sure what to do next.
  • Fair Isle Swatch Cap. The fact that this project hasn’t been thrown out is testimony to my determination, given that it got eaten by moths once. I do a row every couple months, and in time it’ll be done.
  • Cross-stitch pieces (pentacle, Fantasy Sampler, Ruby, dance apron, Flanders map). When I’ve only got a couple minutes, it’s easier to pick up a sock and knit than to pick up the cross-stitch, adjust the fabric tension, pull the thread color needed, start the thread, check where I am, park the thread and needle where it won’t rust on the fabric….
  • Weaving: I’ve got a warp that’s been ready to go on the loom for months; I haven’t had a solid block of time to put it on the loom. (Once it’s on the loom, the weaving will go fast; it’s just getting it there.)
  • Sewing: We’re not going to even think about it. If I can make progress on the yarny stuff, I’ll be satisfied.

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