Unearthed WIP No. 1

So one thing I learned from the organization of my knitting area is that I have far more WIPS than I originally thought.  Eleven WIPS, that is too many … I may have a denial issue. Maybe I can blame it partly on memory loss now that I’m in my forties?  Probably not. Anyway, I need to tackle these babies and get them dealt with!  To do this, I need to first figure out how these projects reached WIP/UFO status, identify and solve the problem, and then decide how to deal with them – finish, frog, hibernate?   I think giving myself permission to frog a project one key to this process along with identifying any lessons learned through the process of examining these unearthed WIPs.

First up, a partially completed Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbie:

Let’s see if this process works.

Step 1:  How did this become a forgotten WIP?   Well, I started this in the early when I was going crazy crocheting Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbies.  Do you know the story of crochet and hyperbolic planes?  I am no mathematician, but I love that a “simple handicraft” can be used to depict complex math in a way that was never done before.  Anyway, I thought the pattern might work out nicely in a lighter weight cotton yarn (and it has), but then I realized that it might not make a great scrubby and quickly lost interest. That said, it will make a great sample for an upcoming workshop at our local knitting and crochet guild, so I am once again motivated to get this project finished.

Step 2:  So, what’s the problem?  The main problem is that I don’t remember what size of crochet hook I used.  Unfortunately, the one I very carefully stored with the project is too big (not sure what happened there) so I need to search through my crochet hooks and try them out until I find the one that gives me a reasonable stitch size.  Somehow, this is a big limiting factor in getting this project finished.

Step 3:  Next Steps?  Finish the project and get this Unearthed WIP/UFO transferred into FO status!  Once I have my crochet hook sorted, I just need to take some time and get it done.

Step 4:  Lessons Learned?  What have I learned?  In the future, I need to remember to put all of my projects into Ravelry along with the needle size I was using in case this happens (let’s be honest, when this happens) again.

Notes:  The pattern for a Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbie can be found on Ravelry.  The pattern is free and links to a blog that talks a little about hyperbolic math.  My scrubby follows the pattern as written except I used DK cotton instead of worsted weight dishcloth cotton.

Wish me luck, and I will update you on my progress soon …