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Call the Doctor. I’ve got Finish-itis

April 22, 2009

Spring has sprung and spring cleaning fever has hit. I have been suffering from acute finish-itis lately in a desperate desire to clean all my knitting needles of the languishing UFOs.

My first UFO conquered was the eternal Bell Curve. Timing out at 1 year 1 month and 12 days from the date cast on, this is one of my oldest UFOs. Normally, they get frogged if they stay on the needles more than 6 months.

Mine isn’t quite as figure-hugging as the original design but my version is more suitable to my body frame and sense of modesty.

The wool yarn was less drapey than the yarn selected by the designer but my version provides a flattering, classic line that was more in line with my desires. Because my version is looser fitting, the bell shape is less pronounced. It does fit me better than Suzy but that is because she has no hips. Even though it doesn’t look like the original design, I still get lots of compliments on its flattering A-line look.

It looks great paired with my Jessica Scarf

and an ivory blouse.

So what do you knit after you have finished a monstrously large project (aka Bell Curve)? Dishcloths, naturally.

I cleaned out tons of leftover cotton to knit a stack of dishcloths for the Ronald McDonald House. It was fun mixing and matching the variegated yarn to see what color would result.

My current project is another languishing UFO. Originally cast on in February 2008 but ripped and restarted a number of times, Lotus Blossom Shawl is nearing completion.

Mine will be smaller than the design because I am using fingering weight yarn rather than DK. The yarn is going to be the real challenge for this project. I am using a gorgeous Shaefer Anne in blues and purples.

The problem is that I have exactly and only one skein (560 yards) and cannot get more since these are one of a kind colorways. There are others on Ravelry who have complete the shawl with one skein of Anne but I am getting nervous.
I have this much left

but I have two lotus blossoms repeats and the bobble bind off left to complete. It is going to be close.

I have actually been adding life lines in case I run out of yarn and have to rip back to an earlier repeat.

Keep you fingers crossed that the yarn lasts. Regardless of length, I should have a finished shawl by next post.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. kadezmom permalink
    April 22, 2009 11:52 am

    I am in love with the bell curve. I love your modifications. I figured my figure wasn’t figured into the beauty of the original. Excellent job!!!! I’ve got to go fav that.

  2. kadezmom permalink
    April 22, 2009 11:52 am

    I am in love with the bell curve. I love your modifications. I figured my figure wasn’t figured into the beauty of the original. Excellent job!!!! I’ve got to go fav that.

  3. Lynne permalink
    April 22, 2009 5:31 pm

    I completely understand modifying a pattern for figure shape and modesty!

    Good luck with the shawl.

  4. Lynne permalink
    April 22, 2009 5:31 pm

    I completely understand modifying a pattern for figure shape and modesty!

    Good luck with the shawl.

  5. Barbara permalink
    April 25, 2009 12:15 pm

    I am catching up on Ravelry and read your post about not having an interesting blog title. You make up for that easily with all the interesting items you have in your updates.

    I loved that you modified a pattern, so many would be happier if they thought they could do this… they could, of course and you may be the encouragement they need.

  6. Barbara permalink
    April 25, 2009 12:15 pm

    I am catching up on Ravelry and read your post about not having an interesting blog title. You make up for that easily with all the interesting items you have in your updates.

    I loved that you modified a pattern, so many would be happier if they thought they could do this… they could, of course and you may be the encouragement they need.

  7. Daisy permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:25 am

    Fingers crossed for the Anne!
    I have the same problem with getting things finished… must get on with it!

  8. Daisy permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:25 am

    Fingers crossed for the Anne!
    I have the same problem with getting things finished… must get on with it!

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