Loose Threads: Knitting and Christmas UFOs

Friday, January 9, 2015

Knitting and Christmas UFOs

Happy New Year to all of you.  I know the turn of the calendar to a new year is the time that many of us take inventory in the sewing room, get organized, and promise we're going to finish our UFOs.  I seem to have lost my quilting mojo lately, so I haven't done any of that and almost no sewing.  I'm not sure if mojo is the right term, but since Thanksgiving all I've wanted to do is knit.  I still have a lot of quilting ideas, but right now I'm enjoying sitting in my comfy chair with the fireplace going while I knit.  The weather here is bitterly cold with below zero F wind chills.  Here is what I've done since Thanksgiving:  my scarf hanger with the scarves I've knit.  You can see more of these and my other knitting and crochet over on my crochet blog Easy Crochet Pattern.  



Here is a poncho I knit from the same pattern as the cowl in the center of the above photo.  I just used chunky yarn and size 13 needles.




I also have a bag with single socks in various stages.  Here is the pair I just finished.  The first sock was finished so long ago that I couldn't remember the pattern that I used, so I just picked one and made the second sock.  I love wearing hand knit socks but just don't enjoy making them as much as I do other things.



I've spent some time in the sewing room today looking at parts of Christmas projects that didn't get finished (or even worked on) during the last year.  This Santa wall hanging has been in and out of my hand quilting hoop for about 3 years now.  He was a pattern from a magazine.



I have a lot of parts for quilts done and ideas for others.  There are some Christmas pinwheels in one of the bags.  The half square triangle little quilt just needs a border and some quilting.  I love the center of the Soupcon block that I did as part of a quilt along on Karen's Faeries and Fibres blog.  I started it during the time we were moving, so it isn't finished.  The hexagons were some that I tried from Mickey Depre's book, Pieced Hexagons.  


I keep something about the size of this table topper in front of the fireplace.  Tiki, our cat, likes to lay on a quilt in front of the fire in the evenings.  Maybe I can do a little machine quilting on this one to finish it by next year.  



This is the center of Holly and Mistletoe from the book When the Cold Wind Blows.  I have the blocks done and am almost finished with this center applique'.  Maybe if I leave this and the Santa on my design wall they will be finished by next Christmas.




Since I saw this Candy Cane Bouquet applique done over on Debra's Quiltingartist blog, I've wanted to make one.  I had the magazine  (Primitive Quilts and Projects Winter 2013) and pulled the vase fabric but didn't get it started.  




Lori at Humble Quilts showed this Pomegranate Quilt (Yuletide Threads Need'l Love) in her post about her Christmas Quilts.  I saw this quilt on her blog over a year ago and wrote her asking what the pattern was.  After she told me I ordered the book, and I've traced the templates.  I still have this one on my list.  





I've pulled all of my Christmas fabric out of the drawer and have put it all in a basket along with these unfinished Christmas blocks.  I kind of operate under the "out of sight - out of  mind" way of quilting.  I'm hoping that if I see these things often enough that I might start working on them during the year.

Do you have Christmas projects that you didn't get finished?  Do you have a plan for having them finished by Christmas 2015?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

14 comments:

carol fun said...

Oh you have lots of lovely projects going! I believe that WIPs are a necessary part of being creative. You have to do what makes you happy, when it makes you happy! I find I eventually get back around to projects, so I don't worry too much about them. I think we all go through periods where one craft is more satisfying than another, so follow your heart. I do love your applique and your socks... hand knitted socks are my favorite kind of knitting. Stay warm!

wilma oud said...

Ik wens u ook een heel goed, gezond en creatief 2015. Wat bent u met veel mooie dingen bezig. Dank u dat ik mee mocht kijken. Groeten van Wilma uit Begië.

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh...so many great projects! I bet you will be in the mood for some of them again soon - especially if they are out where you can see them. And if not...nothing wrong with knitting!

Nancy said...

I have to put my knitting out of sight as I know once started it would take over. You have lots of lovely projects going and yes I never seem to finish all the things I want to make for Christmas.

Aunt 'Reen said...

I am always so amazed at how prolific your talents and projects are!
I love all the beautiful knit items.
The poncho is a real beauty!

Your christmas projects are wonderful! The holly applique block is just stunning!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Oh I love that knit poncho. Could you tell me what the name of the pattern is and where you got it?

Karen said...

I didn't know you were doing Holly and Mistletoe, so am I!, and I think we're about at the same point. I love your red toile, wish I had found some for mine. And I just finished crocheting a shrug.

Janet O. said...

So much Christmas potential here, LuAnn! You have some lovely projects.
I have a few Christmas flimsies and I had hoped to have one or two quilted before Christmas, but it didn't happen. I have a whole new year in which to procrastinate now. : )

Debra said...

Thank you for the reference to my blog! I must have missed it when you posted it. I love, love, love that piece from When the Cold Wind blows.. it has been on my 'want to make list".. you may have just inspired me to start it! Thanks again!

Kathy's A Quilter said...

Each one of those WIP's is beautiful and sew worthy of a glorious finish. Happy Finishing 2015

Jeanne said...

Unfinished projects? Me? I think UFO is my middle name. I'm starting the new year with high hopes, though. (as I do every year)

TLC said...

I understand the knitting in the cold frigid temperatures. My mojo ebbs and flows. "Twas the Night Before Christmas did not get finished for 2014. The Quiltville mystery jumped in. I have made great progress over the last 24 hours with both quilts. Colleen is heading over tomorrow to stitch. After that, I might have something to share. Happy New Year!

Kevin the Quilter said...

Such beautiful work! I didn't realize you knit as well?

liniecat said...

I think sometimes knitting can be a very calming activity - well as long as its not a complicated lacy pattern maybe!
I love the poncho - its fabulous : )

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