I love knitting and crochet and sewing. I’m not that brilliant at it but I enjoy it, even if the girls do sometimes raise their eyebrows as I start another tea cosy or cushion cover. However, the downside is that I have bags and bags of yarn, the bits left over from a project that I can’t bring myself to throw away but are not enough to make anything on their own.
Then I discovered free form knitting. I took a workshop with Alyson at The Woolly Workshop in free form knitting. I was going to knit a picture. This is sunset in Basse Terre Guadeloupe. Deep red reflected on the sand at the bottom, golden sand, sea, the last strip of pink sunset and the moonlight breaking through dark clouds.
There is no pattern, no right or wrong way, just pick up and drop colours and change stitch to reflect the picture. Perspective is gained by changing the size of the needles.
I had so much fun I made (another!) cushion cover.
A brilliant and fun way to use up all those little bits of yarn taking up space in your stash.
We all have them, those UFOs (unfinished objects) that we like to refer to as WIP (work in progress). Except that they are not, in progress that is. They are sitting in a box (what did I say about storage boxes) or a “craft bag” (aka black hole of UFOs). And they are not making any progress at all.
Be honest. Even though you were really into cross stitch when your eldest was born 25 years ago and made beautiful samplers for every wedding and birth amongst your nearest and dearest, when did you last pick up a piece of aida? Give it away. Now. It is not going to make itself and you are not going to make it either.
I have been culling the UFOs. I love looking at patchwork and I am immensley impressed by the work that people do but I have to be honest, it’s not really my thing. I have kept some stunning quilting squares which I used to make bags and totes (so now you all know what I’m giving everyone for Christmas). But the half finished quilt, which I don’t even particularly like so can’t imagine using even if I did finish it is out. As are two unused tapestry kits.
On the other hand I do like to knit, I just am better at starting than finishing. Well until yesterday! I finally sewed up my granny squares and even the Dancers thought it was beautiful (which really is praise indeed).
This is not a skirt, although I have been wondering whether to try it on. No, when complete it will be felted to within an inch of its life and then will be lined and will be a rather gorgeous tote. I have one already. This is earmarked for a friend.
The rest of the knitting UFOs will be frogged.
So what UFOs do you have lurking in your cupboards and what are you going to do with them?