Today's prompt is to write about the fate of a past project. I have found myself doing this a lot anyway, so in the spirit of the blog week I am modifying this prompt to write about something different -- my longest standing UFO.
Back in 2009 I discovered that knitting magazines are not all about kittens and toilet paper cozies (hey, I was still new to the concept of an actual knitting community ). I bought the summer issue of Interweave and was immediately overwhelmed by all the projects and the many kinds of garments people could actually knit. Even though I had seen all sorts of projects on Ravelry it was still like opening an entirely new world of knitwear.
The first project I decided to make is still the only Interweave pattern that I have attempted (I've since discovered I prefer Vogue, but that's another story). Something about the Great Gatsby Dress just appealed to me
Even though I worked on it all summer, and even though it got me through a flood and life on the fringe of homelessness, when I finally started the semester it somehow got put away.
I used to be a little ashamed that I never got past the second hem. The bag sits in the back of my closet hiding. But I've decided to no longer be embarrassed by my giant UFO. Instead I view it as insurance. In this economy you never know where your next yarn money will come from. So against that day I have at least a month's amount of knitting to fall back on.