Sunday, January 25, 2009

In which I overwhelm you with unfinished projects

red scarf in progress

One thing I adore about blogging is this false impression it creates that I finish everything I start. Yep, I even enjoy fooling myself. Ok, since I started blogging the number of projects I've finished has skyrocketed. But so has the number of things I've started and... never come back to.


Take this charming red scarf, which I dug out of my knitting bag. All I had to do was bind it off and weave the ends back in. I was inspired enough to bind it off. Weave ends back in? Not so much. But look, when I take this charming picture of it all rolled up, you guys don't know the difference, right? Neither do I...


red scarf rolled up

Below is an unfinished scarf that was waiting for me in Texas. Yes, I actually leave unfinished projects all over the country now. This one is slow going - see those small needles? Just focus on the nice picture... Now, you've already forgotten it's unfinished, right? Moving on...


Texas scarf

I'm so lazy I've knitted 3 mini-scarves for le Carotte and not finished them. People, all I have to do is take a needle, and weave those ends back in.... why... can't... I.... do it?!


le Carotte's mini scarves

On to monkeys... I've got at least 3 unfinished monkeys, half-stuffed and without faces. Could only find one for this photograph. Geez. Help me.


unfinished monkey

Oh, here's where the real shame begins... my unfinished embroidery piles. I've been working on this flipping cat towel for I don't know how long:


unifinished wedding cat towel

I picked some real craptastic colors that just aren't inspiring me...


Wedding cat towel

Oh, here's a bear my sister sent me in the summer, all I have to do is stuff it... but... I... just... can't...


unstuffed bear

So, as if I didn't already have enough unfinished projects, I decided to pack brand new ones when I went home for the holidays. Christmassy ones.


Christmas elves

Because we all know how appealing Christmas stuff is come January 1.


another plane project

Maybe I could go with a winter theme on these mittens? Or make one a month and finish next December? Who am I kidding, I am never going to finish them.


mittens stacked up

Oh no. They're staring at me.

18 comments:

Rachel said...

I have a box of unfinished projects as well! At least with blogging they're not entirely wasted: they do look very pretty, and maybe they can inspire others :)

joey said...

If you only knew how many projects I have collected, started, and not finished over the years - oh well, if their presence is driving you crazy - toss them, recycle them, give them away to some industrious soul, but don't let them make you blue!

Apryl said...

*LOL* some lovely unfinished projects there.. I must have about the same again in knitting projets.. I'm a bad knitter..very slow and can really only make scarves and other assorted scarflike objects.

I have 3 lavender rice warm bags on the go but haven't finished them yet and a pile of drawings that were supposed to be paintings but never got that far.... and I dare not mention the amount of blogging that I haven't done.. like christmas presents I still havne't blogged the stuff I got for x-mas... I'm wittering now..

Clara Edwiges said...

Believe me, you're not the one with this problem. I REALLY have a problem in finishing stuffs... This year I'm trying harder, to make sure I'll finish most of my projects ;.)

Marie said...

I'm so glad you have a pile -- the nice thing with the holiday ones is in the fall, you'll be ahead of the game...right? :) I have a scarf that was going to a Christmas....then Valentine....(2007)...then 2008...well...maybe 09 will be a good year for that scarf.

Bunny said...

Haha, yes it's awful but I can relate! I ALWAYS start new projects and rarely get around to finishing most of them. Maybe you can talk someone else into finishing them for you? Okay, maybe that wouldn't work. They look lovely so far though!

Kristin said...

Unfinished though they may be, they all seem to sing with possibility. :) Can't wait to see the FO's. :)

Kristin
http://reclaimingthehome.typepad.com

IamSusie said...

Sometimes it is just more fun making things than having them. I'm with joey... get rid of stuff that you aren't ever going to finish. That's what I do...

ismoyo said...

I soooo feel you! There are many works in progress pictures on my blog that i never showed the final versions of. Not because i forgot to photograph the finished projects, but because i never finished them! See it as a overload of inspiration.

Becky said...

Well, you sure have a sense of humor about it, and now I don't feel so bad about my stuff.

I just thought about something else, maybe I could post about all the crafting material I buy but haven't even started on the projects. So look on the bright side, you've at least started!

susanc said...

I was chuckling while reading your post - I'm so there! I found myself nodding while reading ismoyo's comment - I can totally relate to that one too!

Kat said...

It's too bad you can't start an exchange. Forward you scarves to me. I pass my needlepoint to the next person...

Marci said...

I don't feel lonely anymore...I have a pile of unfinished projects in my head and my my table...sigh...
i liked your blog a lot...i added you in my list of favorites..
larondademarci.blogspot.com

gracias marci

sewitsforyou said...

I am the queen of unfinished projects. I have an entire bag of stuff that I have put patterns on that haven't been touched since then. My life is an unfinished project..

connie said...

Here's a possibility,arrange a swap with someone who's talent you admire and finish their UFO's while they finish yours.
Someone who hasn't been staring at these things for month's on end would whip through them.
And you would probably whip through theirs or at least feel obligated to get them done in a hurry to return them.
Connie

Cecca said...

Brilliant selection of unfinished projects! I love the little monkeys and christmas projects best :-)
I had the genius idea last Christmas, of giving my sister her scarf unfinished, along with a knitting lesson. She was really excited about it at the time but I have a feeling she hasn't finished it either :-)

AlabamaGal said...

Oh honey, I have a lot of unfinished projects too! I am working on a big crochet granny square blanket, an amigurumi cat and a scarf right now. I am trying to resist the urge to start something else also. I do the same with books. I just finished reading 3 books that I started all at the same time. LOL :)

Michelle

jessie said...

I can completely related to your situation! Especially the bit about the mini scarfs- I have several that just need the ends woven in! :)