WIPs and FOs

Whats and whats?

I’m guessing that any knitters or crocheters reading this will know what the title means, but no one else. Starting any new craft seems to result in exposure to all sorts of new jargon and yarn crafts do seem particularly prone to this (I blame Ravelry). However, I thought you might all like to learn a bit of knit-speak (if you are really interested, you can learn what frogging is here).

There are buttons to sew on - these had been in my collection for a couple of decades!

There are buttons to sew on – these had been in my collection for a couple of decades!

First, however, I have a confession… like many knitters I’m not very enthusiastic about sewing my knitting together. I love the knitting bit, but the finishing is generally quite tedious, This is why I like knitting socks with self-patterning yarn – you cast on, knit the sock like a tube and graft the toe to finish off, leaving just two tails of wool (one at the beginning and one at the end) to weave in before the whole thing is complete. Bigger garments are more challenging to complete – there are often seams to sew together, buttons to stitch on and lots and lots of ends to weave in. And so, it is often the case that, because I am unenthused, I end up with a long-standing WIP (Work in Progress).

All laid out, in no particular order

Hexipuffs for my beekeepers quilt – this is going to be a WIP for a very long time

Some projects were always intended to be a long-term WIP. My beekeepers quilt, for example, should take me several years to complete, especially since I only intend to use oddments… mainly of sock yarn. But mostly I intend a relatively quick turn-around. So, it is with great shame that I have to confess I have had one WIP hanging around for several months now, with the knitting completed and only the sewing left to do. This is the beautiful Debbie Bliss Sophia Cable Vent Jacket. So, finally, this week I decided to bite the bullet and get it finished. I set aside a whole evening, but that wasn’t enough, so another session was required, but finally I have a FO (Finished Object). I was really pleased to discover some buttons in my collection that were suitable to use – I remember buying them for a long black velvet dress I planned to make years ago that somehow never got made.

FO... finally

FO… finally

I think the lesson here, as with many things in life, is to maintain momentum. Once you stop working on a project, it can be remarkably difficult to get back to it and resume work. This is the case even with a FO that you really want – like this cardigan. However, I did manage to overcome that hurdle in this case, and am delighted with the result. Perhaps now I should make a start on that dragon I keep hankering after… although I do have half a pair of socks in my knitting bag and it would probably be good to knit the second one…

Back detail

Back detail

The back of the finished jacket

The back of the finished jacket

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  1. That is FABULOUS! And the buttons are quite beautiful. It takes something as beautiful as that to make me wish I could knit. I do so many other things I don’t normally hanker after it, but this…. Congratulations!

    • Thank you… I rarely knit big garments these days, but when I saw this pattern I really wanted to make it. I did love doing the knitting, but the finishing felt like a bit of a chore, although now it’s completed, I think it was worth the effort.

  2. Good job finally finishing it. Losing momentum on a project is the worst thing isn’t it. It was clearly worthwhile making the effort though, that cardigan is great.

    • You are so right… should have just got on with it at the time, but it was summer and I didn’t need a warm cardigan and it was really easy to set aside. I think I should time my knitting so that I need the item straight away!!

  3. That’s really very smart and I love the buttons.I can’t even thread a needle without dropping it.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. Oh, I will perform knitting gymnastics and magic tricks to convert patterns into no-seaming-required adventures. I detest finishing!

    Your jacket is amazing! Certainly worth all of that pesky finishing work. 😀

  5. The jargon is catching, too. We were at my mom’s a couple of weeks ago and I commented to her that I’d messed up on the pattern I was knitting a few rows back, and my husband cheerfully broke in with “Time for some frogging!”. Poor guy, he’s learning to knit by osmosis I think :P. Your jacket is beautiful, well worth such a long time in progress!

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