After I blogged last week, about how well my boot camp approach had worked in getting me to work on the UFOs I most dreaded, I looked at the rest of last year’s list. Unfortunately I discovered the boot camp approach didn’t clear the list.
UFOs from 2014 I completed in 2015 were:
- Knitted Slippers
- Four pairs of tiebacks for the kitchen/diner curtains
- Lounge blinds
Projects from 2014 still unfinished:
- Short story – The House at the End of Our Street
- Lanarte cross stich
- Patchwork Bethlehem star cushion
- Block I designed for a cushion
To be fair, I made a conscious decision not to work on the cross stitch and I’ve said I’m not going to write any more fiction. That still holds for 2016. They’re not nagging and I’m very happy to those two UFOs rest/not happen.
As for the other two UFOs from 2014, I just couldn’t build enough enthusiasm for the block I designed – in truth, I didn’t like it. The Bethlehem star block got forgotten. I think, because it was the easiest and I kept telling myself I’d do it in a short space of time and never got there. So it seems the drawback of my boot camp approach was that while I tackled the difficult challenges, I ignored the easiest thing.
What I’m pleased – and amazed – about, is that now I look around properly at this year, the yellow cardigan was my only UFO from last year. That doesn’t mean I didn’t carry other unfinished projects over from 2015, but for me something is only a UFO if:
- I’ve mentally abandoned it and have no idea when I might pick it up next
- I have no inclination to pick it up.
- Recognise I’m avoiding working on it.
So that’s only three UFOs still hanging around. Here’s my plan to conquer them:
- I’ve already thrown the block I designed in the bin/scrap bag. So that’s one down.
- I’m not allowing myself to sew anything else on my sewing machine until I’ve made the Bethlehem star into a cushion.
- Thanks to everyone’s useful comments, I’ve considered other options for the yellow yarn, but I’m still with knitting a cardigan, just in a different pattern. I can’t quite bring myself to frog it – I do like the stitch pattern. So until I have time to root round on Ravelry, I’m afraid, despite my tough words, the part knitted yellow yarn is going to have to sit nagging a little longer. But I’m not going to allow it to nag all year – promise.
I’m also adding a new goal for the year; Not to create any UFOs in 2016.
So how do you define a UFO? How many UFOs did you carry with you into this year? And what’s the worst one you’ve got outstanding?
I look forward to hearing about your UFOs,