When I first saw Crochet-Lovers using this term online, I had no idea what they were talking about.
They were usually talking about an item that was incomplete. They were also - usually - feeling unhappy about the project: it wasn't going well, it didn't look like it should, the pattern wasn't working, etc, etc.
Hmmmm... I thought to myself, well, maybe this is why it's "Unidentified" - the project has gone so skewwy that they can no long even identify what it was they'd started to make! An Unidentified Object.
And as for the Flying... well, that seemed obvious. If a crochet project was now so off-kilter that no one could even identify it, well, then, you'd throw it across the room in frustration! Wouldn't you?
An Unidentified, Flying Object.
Made sense to me, anyway. ;-)
I've since found out that UFO does NOT stand for Unidentified Flying-across-the-room Object, but does in fact stand for Un-Finished Object, a term that makes a LOT more sense. :-)
I Never Knew how many UFOs I could accumulate.
But now I'm starting to understand why the term exists.
However, I prefer to call them WIPs - a Work In Progress. Because, even if I haven't touched them for months, I like to think of them as somehow, in some way, still being In Progress. If in no other way, then in my mind. They are progressing in my mind, and my thoughts and wishes to finish them keeps them alive and IN PROGRESS. :-)
So with that philosophy in mind, I'd like to share with you some of my WIPs (or UFOs if you prefer):
I have 50-odd tiny squares...
That I would love to turn into something like this:
And then I've made 4 of these so far:
in a lovely linen-cotton. I found the pattern online, but was first inspired by Lisette at HandMaid Liset. I'm planning to make a sort-of summery blanket, inspired by this beautiful one Lisette made:
"Dutch Glory" by HandMaid Liset
And then, ages ago, I started this blanket. As you can see, it's not even cushion-sized yet, and hasn't been touched for months (doesn't mean I've forgotten it, though!):
This is from a pattern in Our Best Baby Afghans by Leisure Arts. In fact, it made the cover:
(That's also the book that has the pattern for Oliver's Rainsong Blanket.)
And then there's lots of little projects, like the African Flowers bag that I'm trying to make. I have joined one of the six sides, trying to copy Susanne's bag. It's not the same (*sigh*) but I think it's might be okay...
This is the bag that I'm trying to replicate (I've shown you this before, but I just love it, so I want to show you again):
From Susanne Albertsson on Flickr.
I will explain each one in more detail in future blog posts; I don't really feel I should bother you with details until after they have progressed a little further!
But if you simply can't wait until I've finished them to find out more about them, please just leave a comment or send me an email. I'm more than happy to help if you have any questions about any of them. And, let's face it, it could be quite a while before I will have them all completed! :-)
So, as you can see, I am keeping myself rather busy! Shame I only have time for about 1 hour of crochet a day - if I'm lucky!
But keep on popping by and I promise I'll update you as each one eventuates into a F.O.!
I'm off now to do another stripe on Oliver's Rainsong Blanket. Out of all my WIPs, it's the one that is the most In Progress at the moment... :-)
Til next time,
Have a wonderful, busy, hooky day,