April 6, 2010

Return of the Dead

I like to pretend that all my "works in progress" are actually works in progress, but truth be told the survival rate for a knitting project that falls of my radar is pretty horrific. A project that goes out of rotation and lands in one of my baskets might make it, since there's a chance I'll see it enough times to care about its fate... but a project that lands in the back cupboard has likely been given a terminal diagnosis.  It might be ugly, it might be gauge...  it might have a yarn problem I can't solve, a pattern error that I don't feel like messing with, but for whatever reason, if a UFO (UnFinished Object)  goes into there, it's like a doorway to the seventh dimension.  Kiss it goodbye baby. That cupboard is a one way trip to goodbye land.    I'm happy to announce that against all odds, a  project has struggled its way back from the abyss.  

It's the Beaded Bells Kit.  I was knitting this a while ago, really loving it, making good time.... and then totally misplaced the pattern and absolutely couldn't find it no matter what I did.  I'd always meant to reverse engineer/fake them to finish, but somehow it ended up in the cupboard with very little hope of ever being seen (or at least admitted to) again.

Then, when I was pulling together my self-directed sock club, I found the pattern (totally by accident) and then found the socks (totally on purpose) and tossed them into the sock club,  making them April's socks because I knew April was going to be hairy, and these were half knit already. So there you have it.  Me and a pair of socks that almost didn't make it to sockdom are grooving in the Vancouver airport and I bet they'll be finished socks by sundown. 

In the face of all the projects in all of our cupboards that don't make it, I thought you'd want to hear about a brave little pair of socks that beat the odds.

(Admittedly, all they've survived is my incompetence and powerful ability to misplace things...  but there you go.)

Posted by Stephanie at April 6, 2010 3:06 PM