Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The problem with UFO's
I honestly think sometimes that aliens come and abduct not our bodies but our knitting patterns when we are half finished making something. I started fantasizing yesterday about a new knitting project. A nice vest with waist shaping that buttoned in the front or perhaps it was a pullover with a deep neckline that would be perfect to wear over a crisp shirt. I even think that the gorgeous silk/wool blend that I got at Stitches would be the perfect yarn for such a venture. I went as far as to go to Ravelry and search for vest patterns. I doodled a bit. I looked through my own library to see what I already had. And I considered swatching to see what gauge I was getting.
And then I came to my senses. The aliens had come back and stolen my patterns to all my UFO's (For those of you who are not knitters, UFO's are UnFinished Objects as we have FO's as well ... sometimes if we actually get to finishe something prior to alien abduction.) I tried to reason with myself that I didn't really have that many UFO's. In fact I went over to my Ravelry project page and counted them just to prove it. See? I only have my second Little Slipped Stitch sock, the second My Little Bit of Lace sock, the second Kimono sock, the second Rick sock, my second Regency sock, the Argus Panoptes socks, the Pea Vines shawl and the green cabled summer sweater which is 45% finished. I could lie and say that my way of dealing with socks missing their mates in the wash is to not knit their mates, but the honest truth is that I have every intention of knitting their mates because they are beautiful socks and deserve to be worn in pairs. I could just wear Dobby socks, but again, these are great socks and as much as I love that mischievous adorable House Elf, I like pairs of socks.
I have decided that I will not cast on anything new until I am caught up with what is already on the needles. Well, except the shawl. That's a Big Project and complicated so I may end up having that as a work in progress even after I have finished everything else. Oh and maybe after I finish the cabled summer sweater I will cast on another sweater project because one can't have just socks to knit. And while I really shouldn't, I may end up casting on something with some of that sock yarn I got at Stitches before I forget all the cool things that Anna Zilboorg taught me in the sock class I took from her.
See? This is why I really think it has to be aliens! No knitter in her right mind would have this many UFO's hanging around. What is that green glow I see on the horizon. Quick! Hide your patterns. The aliens are here.