I doubt if there are many knitters who do not have a stash of UFOs (unfinished objects) lurking in dark, dusty cupboards and little-heeded work bags.
It is easy to deny their existence – “Me? Of course I wouldn’t waste all that time and energy and yarn upon something that is never completed and never used. That’s not at all thrifty!” Well…that’s what we LIKE to think about ourselves, but how many of us can honestly say that we really do finish everything we start? And there MUST be knitters apart from myself who cheerily buy nice big bundles of bright new yarn for exciting new projects, whilst the old projects lie abandoned in overlooked corners – the Miss Havishams of the haberdashery world, left forever on the shelf.
(I don’t know whether knitting yarn is counted as haberdashery. It’s just that I like the alliteration.)
Well…I am no longer in denial. I am being big and brave and facing up to the forlorn fragments in the back bedroom, and I am doing something about them. I began by making a headband from a strip of glittery blue yarn, whose original purpose I have quite forgotten. I then remembered a jumper in lace knit that I began over three years ago. The yarn was quite fine and I kept getting lost with the lace pattern – in the end, I grew frustrated with the project and gave up. I was left with a completed front, and half a back, which I had at least cast off so that it wouldn’t fray into a jumble of yarn, only fit for a kitten to play with.
Yesterday, that abandoned jumper began to haunt me – so today, the two pieces came downstairs and they were turned into Useful Things. The completed front proved to be adequately shawl shaped, so I simply found a flower brooch to pin it together, and that was one problem solved.
The smaller piece sort of made a kind of hat, but with quite a bit of material left over at the back. Husband Phil (who is a weaver, and therefore, clever) advised me to make a braid to tie up the excess material. I found some lengths of coarse yarn in colours that felt right, and then Phil led me into crafting activities that were entirely new to me…so it feels as if today has been a day of high adventure.
This is now the time to reveal just some of the strange artefacts that can be found in the Newton household. Because Phil first of all produced a FRINGE TWISTER, which proved to be a very exciting gadget, with four clips that resembled pretty mean-looking crocodiles lying menacingly in front of a turny-thing (I expect there is a technical term for the latter – a handle, perhaps?) Anyway, that was fun to use…and after that, the FELTING NEEDLES were placed before me to complete the braided effect. So all in all, a good evening in. Photo at the top of the page.
There are still plenty of UFOs lurking upstairs, so if you are one of my relatives, you may have lots of good things coming your way. This Christmas, you might just be getting a toe nail warmer that was originally intended as a cardigan. Or a fruit cosy whose original ambition was to become part of a sock. Doubtless, it never before occurred to you that you needed these objects, but I can assure you that once they are in your life, you will wonder how you ever functioned without them. I look forward to all your ‘thank you’ letters in the New Year…