UFO stands for “unfinished object.” I personally distinguish between WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs, though some people use the terms interchangeably. A WIP is something that I’m actively working. An UFO is sitting around waiting for me to get to it sometime. I don’t like to have a lot of UFOs. I do like to have multiple projects in progress, so I always have an option for a project that fits my current attention span and activities. But UFOs lurk in the back of my head, sucking up small bits of energy and sometimes making me feel guilty for abandoning them. I used to have a number of unfinished projects, but in January of 2013, I inventoried my UFOs and addressed all but one of them. Either I finished them or I frogged them. Since then, I have tried to finish up projects within six months or so of starting them. Despite those efforts, I have accumulated a few UFOs and I’d like to finish with them. Today I took the first step towards finishing them by taking them all out and determining what needs to be done to finish each one.
I did not do in-depth planning for the upcoming term, like I usually do during the break month. We are two weeks into the term already. I need a plan! If you aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup, or would like a reminder on how it works, visit my HPKCHC Spring 2014 Term blog post, which describes the game in detail.
During the last week of August, while Chris and I were in New Jersey, I boarded Pepper at the vet. This was traumatic for me; she’s 18 years old and never been boarded before. I’ve always had someone come to my house to feed and water the cats while we were away. But her health was fragile, and she was taking 6 medications a day which was a lot to ask of friends or family. So I boarded her. I sent her with the USA Kitty Pi that I made a few months ago. It never occurred to me that they might wash it, so I left no washing instructions. They washed and dried it which meant, of course, that it shrunk. It was now too small for Pepper!
June is over! We are already halfway through the year! It is time to review my crafting goals for June and see if I met them or not. SPOILER ALERT: Not so great on the goals this month, but you probably guessed that from my lack of blogs for the last couple weeks. I’m not totally sure what happened. Let’s break it down.
Chris and I have three cats: Puck, Pepper, and Tiger. We only had two Kitty Pi (Pis?). Clearly, this needed to change. The Quidditch World Cup Semifinal Round required knitting a project of at least 300 yards, and the United States is one of the Semifinal teams. Solution: A Kitty Pi in red, white, and blue. Easy Peasy.