Monday, January 07, 2008

January Finish a UFO Contest 2008!

In the spirit of the New Year and the required resolutions that accompany it, I've been mulling over a couple new ideas for new contests. Now, there's nothing wrong with just randomly giving away great treasures and fun, but I do strive to have some sort of reason for a contest, something to encourage and inspire the knitting and the knitter.

I don't know how many of you make knitting resolutions along with all of the regular dietary resolutions, time with family resolutions, time to stop and smell the roses resolutions, etc… but I, for one, have been mulling around a few knitting resolutions of my own, the first of which is a resolution to pick a certain something up out of the UFO's pile and turn it into a veritable FO. And, well, I'm fairly certain that I am not the only knitter with a pile of UFO's… so perhaps you may think of this new contest as a sort of cyber support/accountability group.



From now until January 21st, post about an unfinished object you resolve to finish by January 31st, remembering to mention this contest (with a link back to this post, if you please,) and then you will have until February 7th (that's a week for you blog slackers, like me) to post a follow-up entry, complete with pictures of your newly (finally…) finished object, and you will have a chance to win some of Blue Sky Alpaca's newest yarn- the Skinny Dyed Cotton.

I believe I've managed to wrangle up 3 skeins of the not-yet-in-stores new yarn, which I think will make the winner one of the first people to get their needles on the stuff! I'll throw in a copy of the Baby Cardigan pattern as the new yarn knits up to a similar gauge as Blue Sky's Sport Weight and Organic Handspun Cotton, and, well, cotton is just perfect for a baby sweater! 3 skeins would be enough to knit up all but the largest size for this pattern, though you can certainly choose to knit something else if you have no wee ones to knit for…

So start digging through that pile of UFO's and pick something to finish this month. I think I know just the item I'll be working on- I'll be digging it out later this week, and then I'll have to dig out the pattern- if I can even find it… or I'll be winging the finishing… Watch for my UFO to FO resolution post by the end of the week…

And… check back for details about a belated winter knitting goals contest!

Until then,
Happy knitting-
ali

edited to add linking details: Leave a comment, because comments make me feel special, then post on your blog (with a link back to this post) about the UFO you resolve to finish this month, then come back and add your details to the Mr. Linky widget (leave the link of your contest post) so we'll have all the posts linked in one place, and knitters far and wide can see and be inspired by all of the finishing going on around the world!

Oh, and feel free to grab a button for your blog- help spread the word! Right click, save as, you know the drill...



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33 Comments:

Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Great contest, Ali!

1/08/2008 7:34 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Ok, I get it now....I think I'll be finishing my RPM socks that have been languishing on the needles since September!

1/08/2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hee hee - the best way to guarantee I won't finish a UFO is to declare I will do so... Silly me.

1/08/2008 4:38 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

What a fantastic idea for a contest!

1/09/2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger Heide said...

Thank you for the wonderful incentive to get moving on my poor, neglected cardigan. Happy New Year!

1/09/2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger --elf-- said...

OOOh I am excited. This is just the kick in the pants I need to finish a sweater I've been working on for TWO YEARS (well, ok, I did change patterns after halfway finishing the first incarnation. But still, totally excessive UFO).

1/09/2008 11:47 AM  
OpenID Marsha said...

What a great way to kick off the new year! I'm currently working to finish a sweater that's been a UFO for (ahem) three years. The end is in sight!

1/09/2008 1:43 PM  
Blogger Kenyetta said...

I definitely need the motivation!

1/09/2008 6:28 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

I love these "challenges" , I got so much finished in an oct UFO.

Hmm...going to go finish my knit vest, i got so close then put it away, don't know why!!??!

1/09/2008 7:11 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Otay! Thanks for the incentive, Ali. I'm doing it!

1/09/2008 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

this is a great idea... now to decide upon a project! there are a few socks that could use mates... :-)

1/10/2008 9:58 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I'm in!!! I may finish this cardigan that's been waiting to be seamed for over a year!

1/10/2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

Great idea - I wish I had some older UFO's that I could dig through, but at least it gives me a deadline to work towards!

1/10/2008 5:51 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

this is such a good idea. I hope that you are taking international entries.

1/11/2008 4:26 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Great contest, Ali! I've got a few design projects languishing. This might be just the thing.

1/13/2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

This is great! I'll finish my Lady of the Lake jacket by the deadline...off to post about that!!

1/13/2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

There are a few, but the most urgetn is a Baby Surprise Jacket that has been malingering in the UFO pile--and the baby has arrived. Thanks for the motivation.

1/14/2008 12:33 AM  
Blogger purlfriend said...

Great contest!! Now, which UFO to do??

1/14/2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

What a great contest!

1/14/2008 10:40 AM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

OK, not really sure how this works. I posted, on my blog, on Jan.9 about finishing and then I finished on Jan. 13!

Splee!

1/14/2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Yeah, Blue Sky Alpacas is a GREAT motivator!

1/14/2008 5:47 PM  
Blogger gradschoolknitter said...

alright. I'm in. I need to finish up a couple of things left over from 2007 in any case!

1/15/2008 8:25 AM  
Blogger K8 said...

I'm in - Wicker needs to be finished before the sweater weather is over!

1/16/2008 8:20 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Great idea! Just the extra motivation I need to finish my Clapotis that I cast on in June 2006 (ack!!).

1/17/2008 12:02 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Hey , i finished my WIP last night! I will have to try and remember to take a pic of it later, and maybe even put it on for the pic. Just not feeling like a "model" right now after that HUGE salas i ate! *smile It was the Back to School Vest from Fitted Knits!

1/17/2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger --elf-- said...

Are we supposed to leave another comment when we're done? Well, I am and I'm VERY excited!!!!!

1/19/2008 2:36 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Woo hoo! I'm done! Here's my completed post, Finally Finished!.

Thanks for the contest! Can you have more, so I'll finish my other UFO's? :-)

1/20/2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger midwifemom said...

Got my entry in just in time. I am just posting on the sweater that I should have had done a month ago. I should have also posted the socks that I started a year ago. I just need to finish the foot on the second one.

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/midwifemom/465649/

1/21/2008 7:06 PM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Oh boy, another contest. I really do need to finish my Bali Cropped Cardigan that I started last July. So what better way to get me to do it. But then I have so much on the needles right now and they all have to get done ... ok, ok, get the Cardigan done first (while I'm working on other WIP's at the same time)

1/22/2008 2:40 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Posting link to pic of finished wip..and also almost a secons wip completed as well!

1/22/2008 9:45 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

oh heck here was the link:

http://turtleslakeknitting.blogspot.com/

1/22/2008 9:45 PM  
Blogger Dove Knits said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks to you, I now have a new sweater and one UFO less!

1/27/2008 10:56 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

I made it! last night finished my UFO, and had toasty hands all the way to work this morning. Thanks for the motivation! Now I just have to post about it....

1/31/2008 11:26 AM  

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