UFO Count

Having set a goal to rid myself of UFOs in 2018, I thought I’m better do aย  UFO count and commit to dealing with them. So after some rummaging here’s what I found:

Knitting UFOs

The mitred mystery – last worked on in August:


‘That’ scarf – last worked on in July.


Another scarf – a UFO from 2016 that I didn’t even find when I went on my UFO hunt last year:



The quilt for my bed:


I bought fabric for making cushions for various rooms some 3/4 years ago. Not started – so technically not UFOs, but since I’ve been meaning to make them for so long they’re sapping my energy and feeling like UFOs.


This un-quilted block for a cushion:

Bethelhem Star Block

Project bags cut out and ignored:


Two handle-less grab bags:



This cross stitch that’s been ignored for at least a year:

Cross stitch Chickens

Everything else unfinished I’m currently seeing as a WIP, however I will add anythingย  to this list that falls into UFO-doom.

How many crafty UFOs have got?


50 thoughts on “UFO Count

      1. ๐Ÿ˜† 17 years is nothing my friend! And also this particular WIP has been around the world twice on both the big moves. Can’t bring myself to ditch it but not something I’m into finishing either….but there’s always the thought of maybe one day…

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  1. I have soooooo many, like you I have an unfinished quilt. I also have a jumper and a mermaid tail, which was meant to be a Christmas present for my Granddaughter. We moved from Newton Abbot to North Tawton just before Christmas and now I am sorting out my craft room only to find far to many UFO’s. I have decided to take your lead after reading your post and will make it my aim to get them finished๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hi Maria. Great to hear you have a craft room in your new home, hopefully that will help you in reducing your number of UFOs. I used to go to North Tawton as lot when lived at Sampford Chapel, just up the hill from Sampford Courtney. Hope you’re settling in well. Good luck with the UFOs ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I don’t think I have too many UFOs – maybe two or three without going in to the workroom and delving too deeply. If we are going by your second definition of having bought the wherewithal to make something and then not actually making it, however, that would be a very different story and one I’m not telling ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    You ought to work on that Cath Kidstonesque quilt – it’s going to be so pretty.

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    1. I’m not defining all my bits of fabric bought for various projects – or yarn, can you imagine! Just that one as it’s been nagging forever. You’re right not to dig too deep, I’ve discovered another UFO since I posted and I wasn’t even looking!

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  3. Heh, heh, heh!! I’ve got no ufo’s only wip (Stops to polish halo) I’ve chucked all those things I made and sewed up firmly in the belief/hope that doing that would somehow make them wearable or usable…….. I managed to retrieve one item I thought unwearable and discovered it is actually quite okay. I’m reformed from making up patterns as I go (I think/hope – fingers crossed) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Oh yes, I’m back ๐Ÿ™‚ A new laptop now up and running and today is the first day I don’t have to go help daughter have her shower and get dressed she is independent again and we are going to revel in a day without commitments ๐Ÿ™‚ I might even get a blog post written ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Hurrah! So good to hear you’re back and that your daughter has her independence back – mind that’s been a long haul. Must have been very frustrating for you and her. Hope you’ve had a wonderful day together. Looking forward to your post – whether you managed it today or not. Better go look see ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


  4. I also don’t dare count my knitting and quilting UFOs. My oldest UFO is an inherited one: twelve embroidered squares intended for a baby quilt for ME, according to my late mother. They were embroidered by my father in 1935. They’re an abstract design done in yellow-orange rayon thread – more like tablecloth squares than baby quilt squares. When I expressed surprise that my Daddy had done them, Mama said that there wasn’t much to do for entertainment during the Depression, no money to go out, so people stayed home and did crafts.

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    1. Oh my goodness that is an old UFO! Do you think you’ll ever do anything with them? A lovely treasure to have from your dad either way. Maybe next time my hubby says we’re tightening our belts I’ll hand him a pair of knitting needles ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. So glad to see Iโ€™m not alone with a long list of UFOs! Iโ€™ve given up counting, and instead just rummage in what I hope is the only box when one is finished! Good on you for actually making a list and knowing about them all!

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    1. Thanks! I like a list because it not only gets me thinking if I really want to finish them or not, it also reminds me of things I didn’t even know were there – and sometimes they really only need a little input to finish.

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  6. Your UFO’s does not look to bad, and not that many either.
    I had a stage where UFO’s got frogged, ditched, re purposed, etc. last year. Currently I think I can just refer to the ones that survived as WIPs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I think you’re right, not too many and not to big – apart from the quilt. I always think it’s about the way we personally view something, a UFO for me is something I know I’m ignoring. If I’m happy it’s sat for a while and that I’ll go back to it, I’m happy to leave it and consider it a WIP. Great to hear you haven’t got any UFOs ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I too want to work on my WIPs, UFOs and NYS (not yet started), but no way am I going to count them! I have decided the begin with ones in the sitting room. Less distance for me to find them! Which one are you aiming to do first?

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    1. Good plan. The further away ones are also harder to see so nag less ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t think I’d dare look at my NYS – I’d never get to the end of the list. I’ve already done a few rows of the reverse cable scarf and I’m planning on working on the cushions at the weekend, if the weather is inclement – which it probably will be.

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  8. oh dear. I have a few. A knitted vest that just needs a zipper, which I have got. A cross stitch piece meant for my brother and wife in their new home (now a few years old) and a table cloth and napkin set to match my Christmas dishes. At least 15 years old. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head… oh wait, a quilted table runner that just needs it’s quilting. Seriously, that is without even going to look. Notice there is not much knitting there. I have been really good about finishing those – except that zipper…

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    1. I was thinking there was no knitting, before you even said that – adding a zipper really isn’t knitting and we all know how bad us knitters are at those finishing off bits. Definitely a wee message here about enjoyment of sewing stuff vs enjoyment of knitting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Lets see:

    My Dr Who scarf: Last worked on Monday
    I have a knitted bunny that needs sewing up and stuffing: last worked September
    A knitted yoga jumper that is just a back at the moment: Last worked about August
    A knitted patchwork blanket that I’m about halfway through: Last worked November
    I knitted striped blanket that has 1.5 stripes out of 5: Last worked September
    A knotted floor rug that is one block: Last worked June
    A very tricky but rather cool paint by numbers bearly started: Last worked June
    A cross stitch, Warm My Heart, for my sister: Last worked September
    A cross stitch, Get Schwifty, for my maybe son in law: Last worked December
    A boat diamond painting: Last worked September

    I think that’s everything hahaha Wow I didn’t realise I had that much on the go!

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    1. That is a lot, but the great thing here is you have worked on them all in the last seven months, so they are at least ticking over. And surely the scarf if back to being a WIP if you only worked on it last Monday?


  10. There are about a half-a-dozen projects hanging around the ironing board lingering in the zone between “in progress” and “unfinished.”

    In the back of my mind, I’ve thought my resolution for this year should be to finish one of them a month. That won’t get them ALL done, but it will make a huge dent, and maybe the momentum will catch a few more in the process.

    There’s just over a week left in January. Guess I need to pick one up and get started.

    Just found you today. I’ll be back.


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    1. Hi Jan, Thanks for following and for commenting. Making a dent and building momentum are a great way to think about it and making the task more approachable. personally there is too much un-ironed ironing hanging around my ironing board for UFOs to get near ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Gosh I have at least 15 paintings slightly started or almost finished that just hang out on my walls hahaha. Um, for knitting I have a pair of socks on tiny circs that I’ve been holding on since October but I’ve only been knitting since last March so I’m sure there will be more soon.
    So many stitch marker starts and I have soapstone sculpture that haven’t been touched in years but I’m sure I will right? Lol

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    1. That does sound a lot. I think it’s always about finding/creating the right moment to finish, and sometimes you need to work consciously at this, but always you really need to want to finish. But there’s nothing wrong in not wanting to finish if you’re comfortable living with them.


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