Unfinished Yarn Projects: I have ten…how many do YOU have?

Anyone who crafts knows what it’s like to have unfinished projects around the house.

Especially my fellow knitters and crocheters.

You know the projects I’m talking about.  They’re a bit too complex, requiring more attention than you can provide or they’ve proven to be too simple, unable to capture your attention for any length of time.

I got thinking this morning about the various projects I have in my home that are unfinished, and the various reasons why they remain that way.

I knew I had a few around the house.  I don’t think I realized exactly how many.

TEN!  I found 10 unfinished projects! (Oh and I should add that these photos do not include yarn bagged with a pattern that simply hasn’t been started yet, nor does this include any orders that are underway.  I also hazard to say that there is likely one or two projects I missed that are presently giving me the stink-eye.  When I find them, I promise to edit this post and give them their moment in front of the camera! 😉

So, yes, unfinished projects in various states of completion.
They sit patiently, each in their own bags with their printed pattern (yep, that’s the Capricorn in me), on shelves, in bins or on  the couch next to me, waiting for me to pick them up again.

For inanimate objects, they really know how to guilt trip a person.  Every time I see one, I mentally placate it. “Tomorrow you and I will hang out.” “This weekend.  I promise!  I’ll make some time for us!”

Sometimes I do, but often, they continue to wait.  Silently.  Begrudgingly.

So, today I decided to pull them out and give them a bit of freedom.  A bit of sunlight.  A chance to show off for the camera and maybe, just maybe, by showing them off to the world, I will be inspired to start things up again with each of them!

It also gave me a chance to reflect on the various reasons why we don’t finish certain projects.

So, without further ado, my guilt-ridden…ahem…inspiring, yet unfinished, projects:

#1
Half of a fiery shawl

Half, well almost, half of a shawl.  Made with a 4-ply cotton yarn, the idea is that each half will shift colouring from bright red to black from top to bottom.  This poor shawl has been languishing in my craft room for probably a year and a half now.  The pattern isn’t too complex but involves loads of triple treble crochet stitches….so a lot of work equals little visible progress.

The other problem with this shawl is that I realized this far in that the cotton won’t necessarily block well.  It won’t stretch and really show off the pattern like a wool yarn would. So, I had put too much work into it to pull it out and was too disillusioned to move forward.

This lovely ongoing shawl is number 1.

#2
asymmetrical shawl
This asymmetrical shawl isn’t as old as the first project.  I started this last spring I think, probably around April or May.  I plan on continuing with the large stripes, I love the colours together, and the pattern is a simple two-row repeat with a stitch added every row, so why haven’t I finished this one?  It’s one of my first knit lace project with lace weight yarn and small needles.  The needles are 3mm and I find the yarn a little splitty, which is frustrating.  I also have found myself getting frustrated with my own abilities…somehow I constantly miss a stitch and find the two-row repeat not working because I don’t have the odd number of stitches that I should.  Even when I pay close attention and seem to have done everything right, I move on to row two and don’t have the right number of stitches.  So, frustration.  That’s why this lovely shawl sits and waits.  Number two.

#3
dalek tardis scarf
Dalek and Tardis scarf.

EDIT Dec 2015: Complete!  AND I added fleece backing for the first time as an experiment.  Really happy with how this turned out!  Have written a post on it here.

Again, this one isn’t too old.  I’ve been working on it for a month or so and I know that if I applied myself, I could likely finish it in a day.  The problem with it is two-fold.  First, due to the colour changes, I have been carrying the unused colour throughout, which makes it a bit more difficult to work with. Second, it’s mainly single crochet stitches.  So, I get bored.
When completed, I plan on experimenting with this scarf and attaching a fleece back to it to make it warmer.
It is meant as a gift for a friend (you know who you are!) and winter is coming, so I have that as motivation to finish this project.  The plan is to have it done in the next couple of weeks.
Dalek vs Tardis…that’s number three.

#4
rainbow scarves

Okay, this one doesn’t necessarily count.  These three rainbow scarves are an order and are *almost* complete, they just need to have their fringe added, something I keep putting off.
My plan is to do this once I have posted this blog post….soooo, as you read this, they are likely complete and my list has shortened to nine!

#5
alpaca wrap
Another project from years gone by!
I started this wrap not long after I learned to crochet…so we are talking years.
I don’t honestly know why I haven’t finished this wrap.  The pattern is straightforward and fairly simple, stars made and attached together, each one taking half an hour or less…15 mins each if I really focus on what I’m doing.
The yarn is laceweight…a gorgeous alpaca with a slight halo and amazingly warm for a yarn that weighs practically nothing.

You know, as I type this description, I’m thinking “Really…why HAVEN’T I finished this?  It’s so lovely!”

Perhaps I will tackle this after the rainbow scarves! 🙂

#6
rocker chic skull shawl
For those familiar with my Solid Body Skull Scarf pattern, this skull shawl is made from the same yarn.  I was curious to see how the variegation would translate in this pattern.
I know for sure that this shawl isn’t finished due to boredom and repetition.  I have this pattern memorized. Typically though, one shawl includes five rows of skulls, sometimes six. This yarn is thinner and at seven rows, it’s not done yet….likely needs at least one or two more to make a good size.
So, same ol’ pattern with a tiny crochet hook 😉  Yep, boredom is the problem here!
It’s ALMOST done though…so perhaps THIS will be the project to tackle after the rainbow scarves.  Hmmmm….

Dec 2015: COMPLETE!  And shipped to a lovely lady in the U.S. for her birthday!

#7
icelandic spring shawl

Icelandic spring shawl, made with Plötulopi.
This project has been waiting for me since I returned from my knitting trip to Iceland in July.
It remains incomplete due to somewhat practical reasons….
The challenge was to knit a shawl in Plötulopi, an unspun yarn that is fragile to knit.  I’m still fairly new to knitting and my tension was quite tight, so I figured if I worked with lopi as a one-ply, I would HAVE to loosen my tension because otherwise the lopi would continuously break and I wouldn’t get anywhere with it.
So, I started the shawl and as you can see, I was able to work with the lopi.  It took a lot of experimenting to figure it out but I finally loosened my hold on the needles and the tension in my muscles to allow for successful lopi knitting.  Then I went on my trip and got distracted with other projects.
So at present, the problem is two-fold.  One, the loose knitting takes a lot of time as I have to go so slowly.  Two, since I haven’t worked on this in a while, I need to spend some time figuring out how to loosen my tension enough to make it work again.
So…I will get to this project again…one day. 😉

#8
mermaid blanket
Mermaid blanket
Many friends have requested a mermaid blanket or throw…a blanket that ends in a fishtail which wraps around ones feet.
I was curious to try making one so I purchased the yarn needed and began working on one.
Like previous projects, the pattern is quite simple and repetitious….but I think it’s the tremendous size of the project that keeps me from working on it.  One row takes a good amount of time and when I finish one, all I can think is “Only ### to go!” (Can’t remember off the top but I’m pretty sure the row numbers are in the hundreds)
I am really anxious to see this finished…but I’m not anxious to spend all the time I need to spend to get there 😉
So, this one is ongoing…I do a row, I put it away.  Crochet. Put Away. Repeat.

#9
stephen west shawl
This is the beginning of a shawl pattern by Stephen West.
I look forward to finishing it but like project #8, I don’t look forward to the amount of time it will take.
As a new knitter, I’m not a fast knitter and this shawl has and will amass a heck of a lot of stitches per row.
This is also one of the first knitting projects I attempted with yarn lighter than DK, making it the very first project that taught me how SLOW knitting is compared to crochet!
A row takes me a while, so I have to have a good chunk of free time when I sit down and work on this one.
And finally….#10
blaka bat shawl
Blaka – an icelandic shawl pattern made with Einband, a lace weight yarn made in Iceland
I love this shawl…I love the colours…and I love the bat pattern!  It has proven to be incredibly challenging for me, even though the pattern is technically made with strategically placed yarn overs.
It also only included a chart for the first three bats, which resulted in a rather tiny un-usable shawl, so I spent an evening manipulating the chart in a graphics program to help me visualize the shawl with more repetitions.
I still don’t know how many repetitions I will need to do to make it a good size, so I think that unknown piece of information keeps me from really sitting down and working on this.  Plus the colours and striping were created by me as I went, and since I don’t know how much more I need to make, I can’t decide if I should continue the stripes a little longer or switch back to black…so I continue to hesitate and be indecisive and Blaka continues to stare and me and make me feel guilty.
This is the project that has likely spent the most time sitting in my lap and being stared at.
I just can’t decide what to do!

So there you have it…ten unfinished and very different projects.  All unfinished for different reasons.  All with promises of completion to keep them going.

How about you?  How many unfinished projects stare at you from your shelves and yarn bins?

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15 thoughts on “Unfinished Yarn Projects: I have ten…how many do YOU have?”

  1. About 6. lol. I’m one to complete a project and not sew it all together after I am done and let it sit there for a month. I have a whole pile of gifts just waiting for me to do that.

      1. It’s tedious. lol That’s pretty much it. I know personally when I’m in the mood to crochet, I just want to zone out and crochet. Sewing it together requires focus. lol

  2. 4 – 3 blankets and a shawl. I start one and then I go and but some more yarn and want to start another… all pretty colours though one is multi – colour, one is black and red, one is yellow, orange and white and the shawl is purple and pink. Hehe, I vow to complete one of these by the end of November… x

    1. Sounds like you have a colorful stash on the go 🙂

      I haven’t made a blanket yet but I would like to. I have a few patterns that I would love to try!

      Every time I go in a yarn store I see a pretty yarn that I just have to buy! Usually I get inspired while I’m there but by the time I get home, I forget the inspiration. Lol.
      I’ve started matching yarns with patterns, printing the patter and putting each ‘set’ in its own little bag.
      Now I’m collecting project bags around the house instead of just skeins! Lol

      1. See now I want to make some crochet bags and have them as pattern bags because that’s such a cool idea! 😦 I’ve been itching to crochet a bag for ages… hehe. Least you’re more organized then me – I have balls everywhere and I tend to leave trails of cut off ends everywhere I go… x

        1. I go through times of super-organized and other times where I can’t find the couch under the yarn, lol. Depends on the day. 😉

          I use mainly bread bags for projects bags. They’re small and easily stored. Plus they’re transparent so you can see what’s in them at a glance.

  3. Wow, 10 is a lot 🙂 I am working on a blanket right now, there’s my red bolero that’s on hold because I ran out of yarn, a black cover-up that’s waiting for the blanket to be finished … I think that’s it for me 🙂 Of course, living somewhere there’s no yarn store helps to keep the project number down. Blessing in disguise I guess 😉

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