Knitting Vocubulary, or the difference between a UFO and a WiP
First off, if you are a muggle as the Yarn Harlot so cutely says, UFO is an unfinished project and WiP is a work in progress. They sound deceivingly similiar, and in the hands of the right knitter they are quite similiar. But in the hands of many other knitters there is a vast difference between these two acronyms (if I, knitter for 1-3 years depending on how you count, can speak for the all knitters). It is all about intentions and determination to get to the FO (finished object).
This is a UFO, my first UFO of 2007 in fact. I stopped knitting it when I realized that there was simply no way it would fit on the head of an 18 month old. I know this because it is decidedly smaller than the hat I knit for an infant that fits on a 2 year old (if a bit short). And since it was already the beginning of February and I wanted to send S her mittens (notice the yarn, same skein) and wasn't in the mood to restart this project (considering the my UFO challenge project for January wasn't done yet…). So I declared it a UFO and decided to shove it in the closet and deal with it later, much later, an unknown later.
This is a WiP. It is my brother's christmas hat. The hat that 2/3 the way through he decided was too long and didn't like all that much. But after looking for yarn that said, "make me into a hat for your brother" for over a month I decided to just re-do it. I had already ripped the hat out so the yarn was nicely wound into two seperate balls just waiting for me. I pulled it out when I put the pink hat away. I am using the Tychus pattern from Knitty, except instead of casting on 38 stitches I cast on 32 stitches and adjusted from there. Honestly I sort of hate when I want to make my object in the same colorway as a pattern example, but Brother's school colors are red & white and he got a letterman jacket this year, so what is a sister to do but make his hat in red & white.
Of course a UFO can accidently be created as well. You get excited about a new project before finishing one on the needles, perhaps that new project and/or need to use the needles from that other WiP and suddenly it has been a few months and one WiP has magically turned into a UFO. These cute socks feel victim to UFO land in this manner (where are the needles? I scavenged them for Mittens v. 1.0). I think I even turned the heel, which is apparently a magical thing. However I have no clue how I did it and am pretty sure I did some stuff wrong (like the SSK bits). So I am going to rip out the heel and start over, being more mindful of what I am doing. This sock is my other February UFO challenge.