We have some wonderful yarn shops in the Asheville area...lots of fiber fanatics here. Lately I've been trekking the 10 miles to Black Mountain to ogle the yarns at Black Mountain Yarn Shop. Don and Donna, the proprietors, have turned this lovely space into so much more than a yarn shop...it truly is a community gathering place. The staff (mostly Don & Donna, but Katy, too) are not just friendly ("Bring your knitting, stay a while, have some tea, hang out.") Where was I? Oh yeah, they are not just friendly, but downright INTERESTED in what you are doing and in helping you make it a successful. They don't even mind if I act like the dogs from "Up," (SQUIRREL!) and get distracted by YARN! when they're trying to show me something I just asked about not 5 minutes before.
Which brings me to the whole point of this post...just how easily distracted I get by shiny colors and soft textures. So distracted, I have a difficult time finishing the things I start. I was on a poncho craze, had to have a poncho IMMEDIATELY. So there I was at the yarn shop, looking for poncho business, when I got distracted by this lovely gem...the Lucy Bag.
To the untrained eye, it looks like I finished it, but I still have a lovely button to sew onto the short handle, then it will be done and delicious. But here is what I shamefully rounded up later:
The UFO Basket of Shame
And here is what is in the basket, and what I swear to finish before I buy one more skein of yarn or start one more project. (Too late, I bought more yarn, but I am working diligently now.)
1. The Short Sleeved Cardi from Aware Knits. Shameful because all I have left is the buttonhole band and the buttons.
2. The Cowl. Knitted from a luxurious merino Malabrigo sock yarn. Super Shameful
because all I have to do is weave in the ends.
3. Camisole from Romantic Style, knit from Hempathy, a hemp & cotton blend by Elizabeth Lavold. Shameful because I've been working on it since last spring and all I have
to show for it is one boob slightly larger than my own.
4. Fingerless Gloves knit from some sort of sock yarn with a pattern I found on Ravelry. Shameful just because.
4. Blue Sweater...shameful because I LOVE this yarn so much and I know
I will wear a sweater like this endlessly. But I lost momentum and I'm not
sure I'll remember where I was in the pattern and the shaping.
This is what I'm shooting for...from an Araucania book with a
half dozen other gorgeous styles.
The holdup...I may run out of yarn and I have to learn how to crochet.
Ooooooooohhhh....this sari yarn is special. It is made from waste silk scraps
from the sari factory by women who've found a way to feed their families.
Fair trade, of course. Learn more here.
That's it for the walk of shame...but I'll be crossing all of these things off my list in the days (or weeks) to come. Let's just see how far I can go before I break down and start a poncho.
Oh, and guess what? I have a similar pile of sewing UFOs. Will it ever end?