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« on: October 26, 2008 01:59:40 AM »

I'm fairly good at finishing one project before moving on to the next, if you don't count buying stuff for it.  In which case I've got scraps for a quilt that have been waiting for my attention for over a year!

My mom took an unbelievable 10 YEARS to finish knitting a sweater!  Obviously many other projects came and went during this time.

I do believe the world record must belong to my MIL.  About 5 years ago she gave me some quilt squares that need to be put together.  Now I haven't done that yet.  But here's the kicker, she made those squares 40 years ago!!!  Beat that!  This is a generational thing now, lol.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008 07:28:45 PM »

I bought some yarn back in 2000 or so, intending to knit a blanket for my queen-size bed.  Eight years and two moves later, it's still in the boxes in which it was shipped to me.

I started a cross-stitch project back in 2002 that I have yet to finish.  (Black aida cloth is evil.)

40 years??  I'm impressed.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2008 08:41:12 PM »

so far the longest i have is from 2006 (a scrapbook from a Memorial Day trip to Disneyland)

but i have LOTS of unfinished and unloved WIPS at the moment, i move on quickly, which means things get left behind easily
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008 06:26:37 AM »

I know I have things that I started over 10 years ago and haven't finished (and will probably never finish as my taste has certainly changed)... To give this some perspective I'm only turning 25 next month...

I'm sure when I am older I will hit the 40 yr mark, and I know my grandmas came close (when she died I cleaned out her sewing room which was absolutely full of WIPs).   
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2008 11:24:25 AM »

Don't worry kjlutz, I'm sure one day you'll have a daughter or daughter-in-law of your own to pass them down to, lol.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008 12:01:09 PM »

Don't worry kjlutz, I'm sure one day you'll have a daughter or daughter-in-law of your own to pass them down to, lol.  Cheesy

While I love the thought, I must say there are somethings that should NEVER come back into style (for that matter I'm not sure they were ever in style...). 
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2008 08:18:19 AM »

My current record, not including buying supplies then not starting, was a blanket for my brother and his wife.  It was a simple crocheted ripple blanket in shades of blue, and it took me 3 years to make it.

The whole story was just a mess!

It started when I decided I wanted to make my brother a blanket for Christmas.  So, I asked him, slyly I thought, what his favourite colour was.  He gave me the old Monty Python skit and said, "blue! no! green! Aaaaaahhhh!!".  *sigh*

So, I had this beautiful sky blue yarn sitting in my stash (I got it on sale for half price!) and figured I'd try the ripple afghan pattern for the second time ever.  I wanted to slowly move from dark blue up to the sky blue, so I bought lots of yarn in navy blue, dark blue, and a medium blue.

Off I started with the navy blue.

I measured it carefully against my twin-sized bed after the first few rows, and it seemed like a good fit.  It hung over the sides nicely.

I continued.

Then I noticed that my hands were turning bright red whenever I worked on it.  Oh good, I was allergic to the yarn... but I persisted.

When it was about half done, I measured it on my bed again.  Something had gone wrong.  It had stretched!  So, I measured it against our double bed.  The sides were touching the floor!  Ye gads!  I'm still, to this day, not sure how it managed to double in size.

I soldiered on.

Finally the blanket was long enough to fit a bed, and wouldn't you know it, I never did get to add the sky blue yarn that started it all.  It just would have been gigantic!

When I gave it to them I'd hoped I'd never see it again.  Though, when I visit my parents this weekend I'm going to see if they got any pictures of it.  It was a sight to see!


Come to think of it, I still have this issue with mis-judging the size of my yarn projects... (do a search for "giant pink mitten of doom" if you don't believe me!)  Do any of you know a cure for this?
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008 10:56:52 AM »

Ummm, do you swatch before you start?  It's hateful but the only thing for gauge problems.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008 11:32:15 AM »

Nope!  I'd never heard of swatching when I made it.  These were my pre-craftster days (aka: the dark ages)
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008 11:59:46 AM »

I hate to swatch more than anything (that's why I like things like scarves and doilies where gauge isn't that important) but it's totally a necessary evil.  Oh, except I like to Swatch, when it involves buying overpriced cutesy Swiss watches.  Those make me very happy.

And I'm starting a pair of socks tonight.  More swatching.  Bah.





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