Thursday, December 10, 2015

UFO Thursday

Winding down the year 2015, I find myself with no less than twelve unfinished projects tucked into baskets awaiting attention.  With some of these knits I've questioned why they were set aside in the first place but with others I've wondered if it might be time to unravel the project.  Those are the ones that have been around for a few years that I don't have the nerve to unravel.  A list has been publicly displayed for my Ravelry friends and I've sought accountability --- these UFOs will be finished in the upcoming months or frogged!

Last week I finished the Sheep Carousel, a "jolly tea cosy featuring a carousel of Shetland sheep" - another Kate Davies design.  Some of the techniques used in this cosy were stranded color work, steeks, vikkel braids and corrugated ribbing.  It was a great little project and is displayed on my Brown Betty Teapot.

Have you ever heard of a Brown Betty? 

per Wikipedia
    Brown Betty is a type of teapot, round and with a manganese brown glaze known as Rockingham glaze. The original teapots came from a red clay that was discovered in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Britain, in 1695.

    My observation in watching any movie depicted in the United Kingdom is that the common folk used Brown Betty teapots and the higher classes used china teapots.  I don't know if there is any truth to that and would love to hear you weigh in on the matter if you have any insight on this matter.

    I also finished my granddaughter's sweater last week.  I had set it aside when my daughter told me the size outfit she had just bought Z.  This sweater is a size smaller than that and I stopped it mid-course but then pulled it out of the UFO basket and finished it up.

    This is a Sirdar pattern my daughter had picked out when Z was a baby.  It is knit with Sirdar Supersoft Aran so is machine washable.  Z's daddy has a decided prejudice against wool so I selected an acrylic yarn in hopes that this sweater may actually get worn.  Of course, it may be too small.........

    So my plan is to set aside much of the day on Thursdays to work on my pile of knitting projects that have gone by the wayside.  That's the plan!

    UPDATE:  It was a hit!


  1. That’s always the plan!!

    Brown Betty teapots are a great find in charity shops - as are the ‘posh’ bone china teapots - either one needs a tea cosy to keep the tea hot. I have a BB which i use everyday and a little red pot which I use for herb teas - that get the carousel cosy!

  2. I’ve only just realised you have changed your blog - I’m easily confused! I am avidly reading your new blog - very nice!