My pal Rainy had a brilliant idea. A “Basket O’ Shame-along.” We list all our languishing unfinished objects and work on finishing them before the end of the year. I decided to take mine a bit further and include ALL my unfinished objects as of today.

After the Great Flood, and trying to get reconstruction started, etc., I’m really trying to buy less yarn. I’ve been fairly successful. I splurged on my birthday trip, but other than that, the only yarn I’ve bought has been for specific projects.

All project links will go to my Ravelry page, but here goes. And remember, it’s for posterity’s sake, so [I’ll] be honest.

Harry Potter Bookscarves.  I knit a number of these to give to my family and friends for when the last Harry Potter book came out. Yeah, that was July of 2007. I got only one or two finished. They’re all knit, I just need to seam them up and add the fringe. Now, part of the delay was that I, um, *cough* lost them. But the good news is they’re found, and I have them sitting here waiting patiently to be seamed. 

Next up: My most embarssing WIP. My “Christmas Shawl.” This was the second item I ever started knitting. I’ve been knitting since September of 2005, and that’s about when I started it. I still love it, and love the feel of it (Berocco Softwist and Crystal F/X held together), but I’ve never gotten the shape to work right. It’s a Berocco booklet pattern originally written for Suede, and I was too new a knitter to realize the difference in gauge would effect the shape so dramatically. I’m still not real happy with it, so I may rip it out and use it for something else. Or start a different shape. I have a ton of both yarns, as my friend Marilyn bought it for me as a present, knowing I was pretty broke at the time and that buying all that yarn would be slow going. LOL. 

And we continue our Shameful Journey with my Lady Eleanor. I started it back in 2006, and that October I decided to knit my mom’s Eleanor for Christmas, and I did it, (although not without a bit of drama. LOL) but I burned myself out on the pattern. I still love the pattern, and still want to knit it, but I’m starting to not like the colors. After working on mom’s which practically glows, mine seems cold and lifeless. And because I’m not sure what I want to do, I’ve done nothing. And for me that’s a sure sign that there’s something wrong with the project.

Now for the Booga Bag. This is one of those projects I have absolutely no excuse for not finishing. It’s been completely knit, including the 10 feet of i-cord. The only thing stopping it from being completely finished? I need to felt it. That’s it! *sigh* Shameful.

Here’s a baby sweater I started for someone. It’s absolutely adorable. It has these great stripes, this neat little color twist on the trim, wonderful colors, soft yarn. And I hate it.  Absolutely hate it. The yarn is a nylon/acrylic blend that feels wonderful, but there are a million ends to weave in, and because there’s no wool, those pesky little buggers won’t stay put, and I hate the way it looks. Not to mention, I don’t think it’ll hold up to an active baby. So I’ll finish it, and eventually do something with it, but I’ve cast on for different sweater using 220 Superwash, and I’m much happier. Too bad, really, because this is a charming sweater. 

And then there are the shawls…

Diamond Fantasy Shawl. Loving this, but it’s slow going, as I need to really pay attention so I don’t screw it up.

Mystery Stole 4. I think I’m going to rip this out. I love the bottom of this shawl, but don’t like the rest of the pattern. 

Icarus. I love this shawl and have been working on it pretty regularly. It’s on a brief hiatus until I can get the second ball of yarn wound.

And now for the Parade of Scarves…

The Ruffled Edges scarf

The Lacy Rib Scarf…

The Short-Row Rib Scarf…

The Swirl Scarf…

And I think that’s it. At least, I HOPE that’s it, because it’s an awful lot of unfinished objects. 

Wish me luck.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks 

…Daffodils. I love Daffodils. They’re such a happy, cheerful flower. I love the ruffled edges. They’re ridiculously cheap at Trader Joe’s, they last forever, and they brighten my mood whenever I see them. Not to mention they’re a harbinger of spring. The only downside to Daffodils is that they’re poisonous to cats, and since Rani sees plants or flowers (and Christmas Ornaments) as between-meal snacks I don’t dare bring them in the house.

Daffodils look great in large bunches…

Or one at a time…

I like to play with my camera and try taking pictures at angles I couldn’t possibly bend and twist and stretch to get, so I hold my camera out, down, over and click the shutter without being able to look through the viewfinder. Most of the time Sometimes you get pictures like this…

But occasionally you can get a picture like this. Of all the ones I took, this is one of my favorites…

I love Daffodils.

And in case you were wondering if I’ll ever have knitting content again, check back tomorrow. It’ll be all knitting. I promise!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Columbia Gorge, Oregon. 

These pictures are from my first trip to Oregon right after my best friend Cyn moved there. I still can’t believe she’s not living here in L.A. And damn it, I miss her!

We took a drive through the Columbia Gorge region, and had a great time. These amazing waterfalls are freakishly close to the major highway through the area. 

These last two pictures are from the famous Multnomah Falls

And if you click for the large photo, and look closely, you can see the teeny tiny people standing on the bridge. That should give you an idea of the sheer size of Multnomah Falls. And like so much of Oregon, it’s a beautiful and friendly place. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

…The Beach. My mom and I took a drive one afternoon up towards Santa Barbara so I could play with my new camera. It was a lot of fun, and I learned that I still have a LOT to learn about the features of my camera. LOL. But it’s a start, and I’m pretty happy with the results, so enjoy!

Lynda the Guppy
Aka The Fish with Sticks
Aka Ansel Guppy

Ardmore, Ireland. A beautiful, wonderful village with wide, sandy beaches and beautiful ruins. It was a charming, relaxing afternoon. A wonderful break on the long drive to Waterford. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

On Ravelry I belong to a group called “ABC-Along.” The goal is every two weeks to post a picture that relates to the letter of the alphabet for that period. And I’m behind. Shocking, I know. Over the next few days I’ll be catching up, so be sure to check back!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

My cousin Jeanne from “across the pond” has been nagging me long distance. Seems she thinks it’s time I updated my blog. (she’s right, of course, but please don’t tell her, otherwise I’ll never hear the end of it *grin*) So this one’s just for her.

End of the year recap (okay, so I’m a little late!)

Knitting I’ve finished this year:

My Olympic Peace Shawl…

My Anthracite Shawl…

Cynthia’s Comfort Blanket…

Tavi’s Stocking (including the Sacred Brush)…

And finally, Rani’s Stocking (including a new CrackBunny)…

I started a number of projects, too, and I’m still working on some from two years ago last year. And since things are tight right now, I’m really making an effort to knit from my stash and to finish projects I’m currently working on.

This year is really The Year of the Shawl, as I have a number of them on the needles, such as the Diamond Fantasy Shawl, Miriam Felton’s fantastic Icarus, and I’m searching my stash for yarn to use for the Forest Canopy Shawl. Not to mention the Mystery Shawl 4 I need to finish. 

And if you’re wondering if I’ve forsaken scarves, let me put your minds at ease. I’ve got a scarf in Malabrigo, a scarf in Atacama, a scarf in Kureyon sock yarn (a mini clapotis), and a scarf in Shepherd Sport Twist. LOL And I’m working on them pretty much 1-2 rows at a time. Slow and steady, right? Every little stitch counts?

And speaking of counting, the KnitMeter tells me that just counting the projects I finished last year, I knit 2.65 miles last year. Whew! No wonder my hands are tired!

So there you go, Jeanne. One just for you. LOLOL Love you!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

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