Friday, 14 October 2011

Not Finished Friday :(

One of the problems with having so many WIPs is the fact that I don't work on any one thing long enough to get it finished as quickly as I would like. So I have plenty of things I am working on, but nothing finished *sigh*

In light of this, and the fact that I am 3 weeks away from my 1 year knitting-versary, I thought I would have a look back through some of my finished projects and see which ones have been successful and which have vanished without a trace ;)

I think the most successful FO I have made is the Lore Hoodie from Vampire Knits (note to self, get better pictures of this!):



I wear it fairly regularly (wore it last night in fact *grins*) and really, really like it. If I were to make it again, I would definitely modify it to have long sleeves, a hooded item with elbow length sleeves is a little strange ;) This is also the only thing I have made with lace (I don't count some of the attempts I have made that never got finished), and the lace part only has one mistake - score!

A project that I initially thought was successful has not really stood the test of time/greater experience. My self-designed tank top:



I still like this, but there are quite a few changes that would make it so much better. I didn't do any waist shaping (didn't know what it was at the time!) so it is a little boxy. Because the shoulders are plain stocking stitch, they roll in, apart from at the top seam where my ability to join pieces together shows a painful lack of skill ;) Overall though, I think it is still pretty cute.

A complete failure project was my Ugly Slippers:



Yeah, wrong yarn, wrong size... just wrong *laughs* They were wonderfully cosy despite their revolting appearance, until they stretched, and stretched, and stretched. Then I decided to try and salvage them by felting them... The less said about that experiment the better!

Well, it's kinda fun to look through the projects I've made and remind myself of how far I have come. Given that I am unlikely to have any FOs for the next couple of weeks, I might continue this theme in the lead up to my year-of-knitting anniversary. At which point it'll culminate in a giveaway and probably a party for everyone... Ok, maybe not a party, but definitely a giveaway *grins*

For actual finished objects, pop over to Tami's, and for more creative and fibrey posts go to Natural Suburbia and Wisdom Begins in Wonder.

40 comments:

  1. I LOVE all of your projects but the first one is one I keep eying in Vampire Knits (that book really had a lot of great patterns in it).

    Happy Yarn Day!

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  2. What fun to stroll down memory lane with you today!
    One note: if you try to shrink anything that you've knitted in wool (technically 'fulling', not 'felting'), you can do it by hand with hot water and soap (rubbing, rolling on itself, etc.), and you may not have it go too fast, like it tends to do in a washing machine. :)

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  3. I agree with the longer sleeves for your vampire hoodie, but it is still gorgeous, I love the tank top - the colours a great and your slippers....ummm you are brave to share :) Nice one

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  4. What a great way to celebrate your knit anniversary! I have been a knitter for 1 year and 5 months! It's very addictive isn't it?
    Have fun. :) xx

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  5. Your sweater and vest are fantastic! I would never guess that you are a relatively new knitter.

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  6. Wow - love them!!! I'm glad you wear them - it's a shame sometimes to put so much work into something and not get use out of it. As for the slipper... hee hee!!!

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  7. I love your tank top vest. Great colors, great lines. You look so cute in it!

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  8. I think all of the knits look great! The vest is beautiful and with the ribbing who needs waist shaping?

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  9. You cetainly are busy! Top cardi is just lovely.

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  10. Oh, your Lore Hoodie is fantastic! I love that pattern, it's one of my favourites from the book (...which, I'm not sure why I've looked at that book so many times, as I can't knit...) and looks beautiful on you, not to mention completely wearable and comfy-cozy.

    And your self-designed tank top is awesome, I'm so excited that it's self-designed, and it looks great---the flaws you note aren't visible to people who didn't make said tank top, don't worry! ;) I love the colours and the neckline and the great chunky rib at the bottom.

    I can't believe it's only (almost) your one-year knitting-versary! You've done so much amazing stuff in so little time.

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  11. Wow... all that in only a year of knitting? I think that's pretty successful!

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  12. Hahaha, fail-slippers! I also had a pair of fail-slippers. I recently shoved them into a clothing donation bag, along with a fail-PJs set.

    I LOVE that hoodie! I'm amazed that you did that during your first year of knitting. I still have not made a knitted top and I'm going on a few years now.

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  13. Wow, very impressive - I can't believe you've only been knitting for such a short period of time!

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  14. Your sweaters are amazing! I hate failed projects but you made me laugh because you wrote exactly what I have felt about several projects!! I have a whole large basket full of rejects. Nice job on your finished sweaters and the yarn choice is perfect on your tank top!

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  15. We all have mistakes and mis-knits, but isn't it great that we can sometimes recover with un-knitting and felting, even if it didn't work for the slippers.

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  16. Gorgeous work on the hoodie -- isn't it great when something like that works out just as beautifully as you hoped?

    And kudos to you for being brave enough to experiment with your knitting -- some people never do. I think we learn as much or more from what doesn't work.

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  17. Happy almost anniversary :D Your hoodie is amazing. I've seen that book at the library a couple of times, but haven't picked it up yet.

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  18. I love that hoodie! I wonder if you could sew in some darts on the tank? I dunno, I'm just pulling ideas out of thin air. Don't mind me. ;)

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  19. Beautiful! You've done very well.

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  20. I am hoping my daughter doesn't see Lore Hoodie...or I'll have another big WIP on my hands. Beautiful work!

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  21. What a good idea for a FO post. I may try this the next time I have nothing to show :)

    I love love love that hooded cardigan, it's beautiful!

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  22. The hoodie is great. I love going back through some of my old blog posts too. Gives one such a sense of accomplishment. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  23. It is lovely to hear about past projects, and really handy to know what you think is good/bad/should be altered

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  24. the hoodie & vest are so beautiful, great job. the slippers are interesting but if they keep your feet warm does it matter what they look like?

    thanks for the wonderful comment. :o)

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  25. Your knitting looks awesome. How could you only have been knitting for a year? I spent many years knitting nothing but scarves before I went outside of the rectangle.

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  26. That Lore Hoodie is AMAZING!!!
    –Cassandra

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  27. I'm really impressed by the vest - despite all your concerns about it, it looks great and the yarn looks lovely. As for the slippers, well, I'm at a loss there. LOL

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  28. Do you mean that you've only been knitting a year, but you made that fabulous cardi? That's like year-ten level!

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  29. The title of this post cracked me the heck up! And I absolutely love that vampire knit. I have to check it out. You are so cute and your knits are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my space. It's great to "meet" you!

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  30. Ok - I love that you've got the courage to look back on these projects with us! That knit hoodie is great ... and no matter what, you won't ever get me to like slippers, at least not most of the time. :)

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  31. I also enjoy reviewing old projects. It's one of my favorite benefits of blogging about them. ;-)

    I really can't believe you've been knitting for less than a year. I'm impressed with your skilZ.

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  32. I think that it is always fun to look back on past projects. Great learning experience, too. I love your Lore Hoodie. It looks great on you! I am so impressed that you designed and made that vest, all within your first year of knitting!

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  33. Your vampire hoody is gorgeous, I want one!! It is so much fun to look at past projects and see how far you've come. Your first year of knitting puts mine to shame, you must be a natural!

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  34. Love the Lore Hoodie, I kinda like the shorter sleeves. Great idea going through past projects!

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  35. I love your hoodie - and the 3/4 sleeve would be perfect for the weather around here. I'm going to have to go and look that up now because we all know that I could use another WiP laying around... lol.

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  36. I love them all - even the ugly slippers. who cares what they look like as long as they're comfy?

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  37. The Lore Hoodie is simply amazing. So much work has gone into it and it looks so good on you.

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  38. It's fun to go back and check out old projects sometimes. I love the hoodie. I've been considering that knit. I think I like your's better than the one in the book. It may be on my next list.

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  39. I'm so glad you mentioned that you'd make the sleeves long on the hoodie . . . I've made several items from the book and was about to start on the hoodie . . . think I'll follow your advice!

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