As you can see by my progress bars, I've finished almost every project I had on the needles. For a day or two I literally had nothing but those socks, no old UFO's, nothing.
And hopefully with the help of this blog, you, and my progress bars, I won't fall into the trap of starting a project and then casting it aside for something new and shiny and never finishing it, as I have before.
I've ripped out the only old project that I had left that I knew I wasn't ever going to finish, it was going to be a crochet ripple afghan, and I was making good time on it... last winter. Then my wrist started cracking uncomfortably when I would go longer than half a row so it got put aside and languished until the other day when I ripped it out. I'm thinking about starting another smaller, knit afghan using the ripped out yarn, but I doubt I'll put it in the progress bars, it will mostly be, just something to keep my hands busy while I wait for other projects to come to me.
I cleaned out my stash, it was beginning to become unruly, and full of yarn that I haven't even looked at in over a year (including yarn meant for the afghan) I ended up giving away three grocery bags worth of acrylic to somebody on freecycle, and now I have much more room to properly organize my stash. And buy more wool!
For the New Year I already have some projects in mind:
Bill and I plan on getting out more this winter, which necessitates new winter wear, in the form of scarves and mittens for him. I really want to make Bill a pair of Squirrel and Oak mittens but I have to wait until the 19th(!) for Knit Picks to restock the colour of green he wants.
I've also ordered the yarn to begin Sheep shawl I plan on giving to Monica as a gift for being my bridesmaid. I joined a KAL, but I'm becoming a little worried, as I can't seem to find anybody in the KAL, or Blogosphere who has actually finished this shawl.
To keep me busy in the meantime, I'm starting a scarf for him out of some beautiful Icelandic wool I found in the stash while I was cleaning up. I bought it in Reinbeck three years ago with no project in mind. It's just a simple slip stitch pattern, and it doesn't show up well in the picture, but it's nice, and wont curl, and as long as it's a warm scarf I don't mnd.
Scratch that, I decided I didn't like that pattern, so I changed it, and my needles size, and when I went back to do the math, I realized I had somehow done the math wrong the first time, and realized there was no way in heck I was going t get any kind of good length out of the yarn I had.
:: sigh :: back to the drawing board.
I have some purple/pink/blue Cascade Pastaza I bought at the same time that im going to use for a scarf for me if I can find a good stitch pattern.
Don't worry, once the yarn arrives, I'll have much more interesting pictures to show you.