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Do you have any UFO's (unfinished projects)?

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frustratedmom Sun 24-May-09 17:15:29

Just sorting through and have discovered a very large pile of UFO's (unfinished objects) and usp's (unstarted projects). hmm Is this just me or is it all crafters?

Niecie Sun 24-May-09 17:24:58

No it isn't just you. I have loads too.blush

So many in fact that I don't know where to start with them all so I just find myself new ones!

I think it is very common though - I am sure a crafter without a stash of something or another is a very rare thing indeed.

frustratedmom Sun 24-May-09 18:03:29

Was hoping that was case as i have just bought myself 3 new pieces during my holiday last week. blush running out of storage space so going to have to think about tackling ufo's sad

gigglinggoblin Sun 24-May-09 18:28:04

I have just written up a list of my UFOs and am working through them, I have about 12 on my list (and that includes groups of things, I havent listed them all separately!). I get so excited about a new project I just forget the last one (and the last one, and the last one). My USP list is even longer, I get the stuff and then find something else before I have even cast on. Storage space is def a problem!

Niecie Sun 24-May-09 18:38:14

I sometimes think about getting everything out in one go and having a sort through, maybe selling some stuff on ebay and then organising the rest.

I would have to do it when I had the house to myself though as I expected DH would be a bit shock if he knew the full extent of my stash!

I am also running out of space.

frustratedmom Sun 24-May-09 20:45:07

too much of a chicken to draw up a ufo list. Might have to do so though and make a priority list to try to clear some space - can't wait to get started on the new table cloth i bought. Need to finish the half made one though.

alicecrail Mon 25-May-09 10:27:56

I have :

1 shirt minus sleeves and buttons

1 dress that is only pinned together as i couldn't figure out the sleeves

1 dress that hasn't had the arm holes finished properly, but was worn anyway

1 dress that was my first ever sewing project which i hated so much i couldn't even look at it, but i am hoping i may re-use the fabric

1 bag which i was waiting to get some ribbon for, but have since decided that it's a bit crap, so am not going to bother.

and various USP's

So, no you are not the only one grin

Niecie Mon 25-May-09 11:44:36

alicecrail - sounds like you have a sleeve related backlog going on there!

Anybody up for a backlog clearing challenge?

Finish one of our UFO's within the next 2 weeks?

I have a chunky cardie I have one side and the sewing up to complete. I could do that quite easily in 2 weeks if I just got my arse in gear. And then I would have a lovely new cardie to wear!

(I won't tell you how long it has been knocking around but it can be measured in yearsblush).

frustratedmom Mon 25-May-09 12:23:19

I have one of those but waiting to pin mum down to teach me how to put the arms in. I can only knit rectangles at mo so need to advance my skills first.

I have some easter chickens that could be achieved in 2 weeks. might stop me snacking having my hands and mind kept busy. grin

Post pics of finished ufo in 2 weeks (or sooner)?

Niecie Mon 25-May-09 12:54:56

Well, I am with you on the snacking - you can't hold knitting needles and feed your face at the same time!wink

Better for the waistline than quilting or beading (my other two weaknesses at the moment) since it takes two hands in constant motion.

OK - I will aim for a photo on the profile withing two weeks.

(All excited again at another challenge - what a saddogrin)

frustratedmom Mon 25-May-09 23:39:55

how do you quilt with one hand? hmm

Just realised can't do what planned as blew up sewing machine and need to go buy machine have been saving up for first. Will have a rumage as there is prob something else that can be done (bonus of being multi-skilled) Might not be finished in 2 weeks but will post b4 and after if necessary as only know of a big piece of embroidery that I have been working on for 5 years at mo. blush

Shitemum Mon 25-May-09 23:43:08

My mum started knitting a cardigan when she was in her teens. She finished it 29 years later and gave it to me when I was 16!

frustratedmom Mon 25-May-09 23:45:28

mum's just finished a table cloth she started before i was born (I turned 30 this month) but it was much bigger than my pic.

I think the kids are to blame grin

alicecrail Tue 26-May-09 09:12:22

I have decided to have a go at shirring(sp) this week! (something else to start) as i want to make DD some summer dresses and i saw some lovely fabric in John Lewis yesterday. I am quite excited grin

Niecie Tue 26-May-09 09:22:15

Well you can't quilt with one hand but somehow it is easier to stop and pick up chocolate when you are quilting than when you are knitting. Both hands are fully engaged in the knitting process but with quilting, one hand has a supporting role.

Since retiring my mother has finished a few projects she started when she first got married and she retired when I was 34 so they had been around a fair while.

Would this suggest that UFO's are a cultural phenomenon or genetic?

frustratedmom Tue 26-May-09 12:13:51

hmm interesting suggestion. mum is not english but doesnt really rule out either -but she is generally much better then me at finishing things off (except the jumper i grew out of before she finished making it blush i had a huge growth spurt over 4 weeks and it had to be completely unpicked and restarted -she never restarted)

PLus she doesn't have a long list of usp's i think it might be a british thing blush feel free to put me right. please anyone?

MamaHobgoblin Tue 26-May-09 23:02:43

Doesn't everyone have a huge pile of UFOs? grin

Off the top of my head, I must have about:

-half a dozen jewellery projects in little ziplock bags.

-Knitting: one unfinished breast; god knows how many scarves; a bag to be felted; a pair of socks; a lace scarf or something shorter; a throw; a baby cardigan that will now have to wait for the next one! That can't be a complete list either, I'd have thought.

-Beadwork projects (bead weaving) waiting for me to get enthused again (or possibly for toddler to grow past the age where he'll upset trays of tiny seed beads and run off with my tools).

-Quilting - don't even go there! blush

There must be more!

snickersnack Tue 26-May-09 23:07:29

I have a blouse I made for dd that I am putting off finishing because it involves making buttonholes. And a baby quilt that I began in a flush of enthusiasm and now can't quite get round to finishing. But will do so soon.

And knitting. So much knitting. A cardigan that dd will never fit into now, a half knitted matinee jacket that was for a friend's baby who is now starting school blush and a tank top for ds that will have to be given to someone else as well.

USPs - I have all the fabric for a beautiful patchwork skirt for dd, and a lovely smock top for her. Must get round to those as well. But first I have to make a sash for a bridesmaid's dress for her, which will only take an hour or so, but I can't in all conscience start or finish anything else until I've done that as it's by far the most pressing and urgent thing on the list.

Niecie Wed 27-May-09 00:51:56

It maybe a cultural thing then.

As a matter of interest, do men have UFO's/USP's? My DH doesn't although he did once by an old banger of a car to do up and never really got on with it. Ended up with the thing sat on our lawn for a year until he eventually sold it for roughly what he paid for it.hmm

I just love everybody else's lists - you are making me feel so much better. I try very hard not to think about the money tied up in all those materials but it seems I am not alone.smile

I am quite pleased with myself at the moment. I am trying to teach myself to crochet and was tempted to buy more wool to 'make something'. However, I have unearth several balls of wool I was going to use to make DS a cardie when he was a baby ( he is now 8) so I am going to use that. Am a bit blush and a bit sad about not having finished the baby cardie but quite pleased that the wool isn't going to go to waste. Well not in theory anyway!!!

movingintothefuture Wed 27-May-09 01:34:29

Yes men do have ufo's. Got given a spot light for room when 18 which dad said needed slight adaption for connecting to mains. the round base is still hexagonal and not even sure that the light could be located. Think they have less UFO's as their stack of USP's (well they are men grin) is probably huge as they never seem to get round to start anything and we nag request them to finish what ever they start.

Dior Fri 29-May-09 18:36:08

I have loads of jewellery and cross-stitch UFOs. I tend to cut the beady ones up and the sewing ones occasionally get taken up again.

Niecie Fri 29-May-09 20:50:52

So why don't we finish these projects then?

Is it because we think of something we would like to do more?

Does RL get in the way and we find we don't have the time and then can't easily get the momentum back again?

Is it because we aren't doing as good as job as we hoped we would?

I have an embroidery UFO like that - I always think when I am doing it, that I could do it neater and better but when I uncover it again after a few years months it is actually not bad at all. I think sometimes I just look too closely at the detail and not enough at the finished project.

The other two possibilities apply as well, mind you. I'm never short of an excuse or two.grin

snickersnack Sat 30-May-09 22:21:00

Inspired by this thread, I got my act together and finished the blouse, buttonholes and everything. Then I made the sash. So am now free to turn my mind to some USPs.

tigana Sat 30-May-09 22:29:34

SOOOO many!
ufos and usps everywhere!!

<<adopts formal palm raised position>>
I hereby swear that by 14 June 2009 I will complete one of my UFOs.

gigglinggoblin Sun 31-May-09 09:05:07

I cleared out a cupboard yesterday and am shock by the amount of fabric I have. Dh has shoved a load of stuff on top of my stash so it was out of sight, out of mind! And I bought more to replace it blush Need to get round to figuring out my sewing machine.

On the up side I have finished 3 ufos and 1 usp in the last week, it is ds3s birthday and have made him 3 crocheted mr men and a pirate teddy. Next is a cardi I am making for my mums birthday in 2 weeks (no chance lol) which is from the latest issue of simply knitting. Its lacy and made with 2ply baby alpaca which feels gorgeous. Very little chance if it being done in time but I am enjoying making it

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