Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days 😦
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki

22 thoughts on “Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

  1. Nine is a nice manageable number in theory Bekki – good luck with it all. What is the matter with your thumb? ‘Can’t crochet’ is a pretty dire sounding state of affairs!

    I just spent two evenings undoing a cardigan I finished in December and sewed up, put buttons on and wore all the time knowing it was too big……. The thought of undoing all that work was beyond my comprehension. But after two evenings sweating over where the hell the ends began and realising I sew in far too well I am back to several largish balls of yarn ready to have another go. It might take a while πŸ™‚

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    1. I think I’ve got arthritis in my thumb. Am going to show it to the doctor, but it’s that sort of pain and crochet makes it hurt/worse when it is hurting.
      Oh well done you. It’s so hard when you’ve put so much work in, but it’ll keep nagging once you’re unhappy, so definitely worth biting the bullet and frogging it.

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      1. I’ve never heard of arthritis in the thumb – but I suppose it can hit anywhere….. You made me aware that I wasn’t even aware of the different hand movements required between knitting and crochet. These things become so innately part of us that we just do them. Having a bit almost fall off makes us more aware of the actions required … I hope your thumb is repairable!

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      2. Thank you. The thing I never thought about was that different kitting styles use different movements, so if knitting starts bugging it I still have choices to knit a different way.
        Doc is advising physio, but doesn’t think it’s ready for an x-ray.

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  2. A lovely grid. I like the idea.
    Yes, some you could easily finish up in next to no time. Those should be in the planning to be completed.
    As for the frogging….. If is does not give you joy ………. rip it.
    And being a long reader of your blog, I see no 9 is still lurking. πŸ™‚ Maybe if you found a really cute pattern of idea that is just perfect for the pretty yarn, frogging it will be a bit easier.
    Have fun at whatever you are planning.

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      1. πŸ™‚ Glad you liked the idea. Now it will be easy to look for something fun to make with the yarn.
        All good here, not very productive, we are having rolling power black outs and the trying to craft at night by candlelight is just not fun.
        I shall craft on weekends I guess.
        Take care there.
        πŸ™‚ Hugs to you all.

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      2. Oh no! Sorry to hear about the black out. Absolutely no way could I craft by candle light – well apart from knitting – I have enough trouble with most things if I don’t have daylight or my daylight lamp.
        Thank care. Hugs to you too xx

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  3. Sorry to hear about your thumb – I remember when I had a case of tennis elbow or whatever it was and I couldn’t crochet or knit for a few weeks – it was horrible!
    I think you should take the quilt out of the frog or finish grid – for me at least, quilts are ongoing projects that needn’t be rushed unless you are on a deadline for some reason. It looks like you have one sock finished – you now have second sock syndrome. On the rare occasions I feel inspired to knit socks I always do them two at a time as I know that I would definitely be prey to the dreaded SSS.
    I daren’t do a similar grid – although I should do, I know I have things lurking that are well overdue to be frogged or finished, I just don’t have your courage 😱

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    1. There’s more that didn’t make the grid – but I wanted to set an achievable goal. You could just do a grid of nine of yours.
      As for the quilt, it made the grid really because I’m on a roll with it – mind, if I get fed up with it I’m not sure how to frog it.
      I like to knit socks one at a time so I can knit them in the dark in car. Actually neither sock is finished and they’re more forgot about than suffering from SSS. I do however normally knit both sleeves of a sweater at the same time to avoid second sleeve syndrome.
      Thanks for the sympathy – I remember you having a poorly elbow

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  4. Sorry about your thumb. Mine often aches if I have been using the scroll screen on the computer or phone too much. Good luck with the GP.
    I am trying to finish up some projects this year and using materials I already have. I was pleased that I used ten fat quarters in my beginners quilt and the knitting I have on the go was from yarn I had had for a while. I find I am too easily distracted my the new and novelty rather than on what I already have.
    You will feel so much better to frog what needs frogging. Go for it.

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    1. Thank you. Mine too objects to the phone and laptop unless I’m using it at my desk with ergonomic mouse and keyboard. Doc advised to get physio to show me some exercises – she doesn’t think it’s bad enough for an x-ray.
      Good luck with the finishing up. I look forward to seeing the projects on your blog.
      I think we’re all too easily distracted by the new over old – whatever we’re doing in life – there really ought to be a name for it.

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  5. This is such a great idea and I love your grid! Whilst I don’t knit, I do like the idea of finishing nine pieces this year. Something to contemplate as I pack everything up for the next move… good luck with all your finishes!

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  6. slippedstitches

    Sorry about your thumb, but it could explain what is happening to one of mine. I never thought of arthritis. All the projects in the grid have the essence of being a nicely completed project. Having said that, I have had a scarf sitting for over two years unfinished and all it needs is two more small rows and binding off. Give them a bit more time before you frog. You’ve done so much work.

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    1. Thank you. Sorry to hear your thumbs not great either. It’s hard to know with these aches an pains, I’m probably a bit paranoid too because I have completely fused big toe joint, so don’t want to let my thumb go too far without being looked at properly.
      Go on, finish that scarf. I dare you!

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  7. Beads and Barnacles

    Sorry to hear about your thumb. Physio/occupational therapy may well help lots, I had it for my wrists and whilst they are not fixed by any stretch the exercises certainly did help.

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    1. Thank you. I hope so. I was doing some exercises before, but you know how it goes. I’m actually even worse this week – because I’ve been doing what I shouldn’t with it, I suspect! But i did buy a new theraband this morning to start doing the exercises I already know again.

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