YOP Update March 2nd, 2014


I can’t believe that it’s already March and that means that there are only four months left this year’s Year of Projects.   If you were to look outside my window as I type this you may not actually believe it’s March as it is snowing again!  Earlier this week I flipped the Weather Network the bird as I was drinking my morning coffee, and I have even given up on the excuse that I am a knitter and therefore winter isn’t that bad since I have all this lovely knitted gear to wear when I venture outside.  It is that bad.  It sucks.  I hate it.  No amount of knitted clothing will make me like this winter.  It is never ending and I don’t have enough yarn in my stash to make me feel better about it.  And that last statement is a little laughable, but that’s where I am at.

But, on to what you actually came here for, fibre news.  I realize that there are only four months left of this year and I have finally decided to post a list.  I know this seems crazy, but it’s never too late.  (In slightly related news, I already have my list for next year in mind, but that will have to wait until July).  A few weeks ago I decided that this would be the year to end all WIPS.  I have been very quiet about this.  If you know me either personally or virtually, you know that this is my mantra…..control the WIPS.  But this year it feels different.  I really want it to happen.  And so far it’s been successful and a little challenging, but it’s working.

So, many months in, here is my list and the offences that landed them in the time out pile.    For the purposes of this list a WIP is anything cast on prior to 2014.

Barndom:  Cast on Feb 2013.  This patten is a pain in the arse.  The stitch markers are never quite where they should be and you have to rely on your ability to count.  Since returning to school I realized that I needed simple and this does not fit the bill.  There was no way I could wrap my brain around this pattern until the last few weeks.  So this is the top of my list to finish.  It may also be ending my love affair with Mr.  West, but that’s a whole other rant.

Crazed:  cast on July 2013.  Sometimes you just need a hard copy of a pattern.  I only had digital and it just wasn’t working.  Have a hard copy now.  Expecting great things from this pattern.

September Fingerless Gloves: Cast on Oct 2013.  Fell victim to “too many projects on the needles”.  Nothing else.  Just that.

Nutkin: Cast on March 2013.  Again, too many projects on the needles victim.

Fiddle Head Mittens: Cast on Feb 2011.  Did not have the skills to make these.  They were a serious struggle.  have found the love for them and enjoy knitting them.

Stretch Goal – if I can get to it before July it would be awesome.  Otherwise first on the next list.

Elfe: Cast on Nov 2013.  Saw a women at my LYS wearing one.  Fell in love hard.  Had what I needed in my stash.  Am not really certain why I haven’t finished it.

That will still leave six WIPs on the needles, but this list will be certainly put me on the right track to only having current projects on the needles and will pave the way for some of the larger projects I hope to accomplish with the next YOP list.

Hope everyone else had a great fibre filled week.



8 responses to “YOP Update March 2nd, 2014

  • gracey

    Great list…can’t wait to see the finished projects.

  • Minding My Own Stitches

    Good luck getting things finished. I fell in love with Fiddlehead mitts until I tried on the sample pair at my LYS – they did not fit me whatsoever! Well, at least it saved me the $$$ I was considering splashing out on the kit 😉

    I’m trying to clear my decks too. Come April and the Knitter’s Frolic marketplace I want to buy yarn for a big fancy sweater and then knit that monogamously until it’s done, so that I can wear it in the fall. As I’ve never managed to knit a garment that fits properly, this might be a lot of swatching, knitting, frogging and reknitting. We’ll see!

  • cleancup

    I’m also doing a clear-the-needles kind of list; Barndom is one of those projects that I’ve just barely started. I picked it as an introduction to intarsia– and it’s my first WestKnits shawl (I knit a hat from him a couple years back). You’re making me nervous!

    Good luck WIP-ing down 🙂

  • Lucy Bowen

    Good idea to get projects off the needles, and now you have written them down, may give you the motivation. Good luck 🙂

  • mmmyc6

    Seems like many of us want our needles back!
    I am no different. I want NOTHING on my needles when I go to the frolic… Nothing! And I am well aware that means that I must have all Nerd Wars stuff completed by then, if I am to make this goal happen.

    I love your list though… Makes me feel a little better about mine… That is only three projects… 🙂

  • Ruth

    It’s never to late to make a list. I’ve barndorm near top of my shawl to do list but now I’m not so sure, I will leave it until I can concentrate which is no time soon. I too have been thinking about next years list. Your list looks achieveable and I hope it’s all done in time for July as it sounds like you might have some great things coming up.

  • Kepanie

    Nice line up. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

  • Sandra Licher

    Good for you! I had that Barndom in my “favs” but now I don’t think I will go near it! LOL! I did fav the Nutkin and the Fiddlehead mittens although they are way over my head, I’m sure, but a girl can dream (and maybe take a Craftsy class?).
    My first year I was too specific and this year I was too non-specific so hopefully next year I’ll get it right. Great job and self-discipline.

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