Soooooooo, I missed posting the entire last quarter of the year. Oops! I was busy knitting, though!
I ripped out my first attempt at the Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry and re-made it entirely. Because I was blending more skeins than the pattern calls for, the lace sections never really looked quite right to me. So I omitted them! I used a dozen (give or take a few) leftover skeins in the end and only ended up buying the orange-y one at the very end. It’s absolutely enormous and kind of tricky to get a picture of.
And there were many other completed projects in those 3 months:
Other finishes, left to right from top: Love Still Wins mittens (from an amazing kit by Infinite Twist), Stockinette Snake scarf (loosely based on this), Leah’s Japanese socks, Wee Knitted Basket, Montgolfier Hat, Persian Dreams (1 of who knows how many, it just looked like fun), Diamond Exchange Scarf (ooh, crochet).
And of course there are two patterns that are consuming my brain entirely at the moment:
Little Sock Arms for my wee lass. Body is Knit Picks Stroll in Wonderland Heather. The arms are Knit Picks Felici in Hopscotch. I will think of it as her Punky Brewster sweater! When I say I’m obsessed, I mean it. This is a sock-weight sweater on US 6s, so it’s working up quickly. Even so, I made this progress in about 4 days.
The Leftovers Cowl. Mine’s not leftovers; it’s out of my exorbitant collection of Knit Picks Palette. I’ve found that I’m not really wearing a lot of sweaters out in Okinawa (big surprise there, right?) but there’s been about a month out of the year where I’m grateful for a scarf for the first half of the day.
So, summing up. Project Cha Cha was not a complete success, but I finished more than half of the projects that were on the needles and made some amount of progress on nearly all of them.
Moreover, I learned a lot about how and why projects end up languishing as UFOs (unfinished objects) in the first place. Right now I’m just not in a sweater place; I’ve got nowhere to wear them and even making progress on them for another time would still require me to drape it all over myself!
In other cases, I’m just not that excited about a project, either because of the yarn, the pattern, or the combination of the two. And having this goal to finish them gave me a greater ability to frog what was not working, which I’ve always struggled with in the past.
So here are my overall statistics for the 2017 Project Cha Cha:
- 12 projects on the needles
- 8 from before 2017 (One Step Forward)
- 4 cast on after (One Step Back)
- 27 projects off the needles + 4 mini-achievements on huge projects
- 12 from before 2017
- 15 from after 2017
- Pre-2017 project completion, as of 1/1/17: 46%
- Pre-2017 project completion, as of 12/31/17: 83%
- Post-2017 project completion, as of 12/31/17: 81%
I may not have kept to my goal of completing two projects for every new one started, but I finished a hell of a lot of stuff and had a good time knocking out some old UFOs. I don’t think I’ll try for the same goal in 2018, but I feel like I have a better eye towards what will make me happy to work on and what will see actual use while we’re still in Okinawa.
Happy New Year! (cha cha cha)