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.
Among the many reasons I love HPKCHC is that it pushes me to plan like this. I get a lot more crafting done when I plan it out like this than I do during those times when I do not make such detailed plans.I’ve taken a couple days to review what I finished in May and look at my original plans for June. I tweaked my project list a little, and have planned a rough schedule for this month’s crafting. It is a little different than my original June plans, but it is pretty close!
The Harry Potter Knitting / Crocheting House Cup (HPKCHC) Spring 2014 Term started on May 1. Before term starts, I usually plan out my projects. I did some of my usual planning for this term, but did not finish or get a chance to write a blog post about it because of getting ready for and attending Maryland Sheep and Wool. Today, I am finishing my planning. I did talk about this topic in the one podcast episode I published, but in case you haven’t seen that episode, I will explain in detail how the game works and how I plan for a new term.
00:35 About Me
8:22 About This Podcast
10:31 Knitting Plans
Pattern Pages for the projects I plan to make in September
- Quinn Bag (free pattern; Ravelry Link; Website link)
- Ladder Stitch Dishcloth (free pattern; Ravelry link; Website link)
- Kitty Pi (free pattern; Ravelry Link; Website link)
- King of All Wild Things Crown (paid pattern; Ravelry link; Website link)
- Annis Shawl (free pattern; Ravelry link; Knitty website link)
- Evenstar (paid pattern; Ravelry link; Website link)
- Big Book of Knitted Monsters (Amazon.com link since these patterns are available only in the book)
My Ravelry Project pages for samples of previously completed items:
- Salmon Quinn Bag — This is the bag I finished in July and that is pictured in the podcast.
- Ladder Stitch Dishcloth — This is the first dishcloth I finished, which was not shown in the podcast. You can see I made a mistake somewhere near the beginning, so it is kind of flared out at the bottom.
- Pepper Pi — This is the first Kitty Pi I completed, which was pictured in the podcast.
Headmistress Challenge — This is my project page for last term’s Headmistress Challenge, which includes pictures of the bookshelves I polyurethaned.
Ty Beanie Babies Runner (Amazon.com link)
Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always (Amazon.com link)
My Contract with the Weasel of Wrath (Ravelry post link)
28:40 On the Needles
My Ravelry Project pages for the projects I showed in the podcast:
39:44 Goodbye / Credits