I have this huge list (on Ravelry) of all of my current UFOs. There are 25 items on it. That seems excessive, but I've either frogged (ie rip it, rip it) or finished six so far this year and only added two.
My criteria for when a WiP becomes a UFO seems to be a year. There are very few projects that I attempt that SHOULD take longer than that. And those that do are marked "ongoing" in the list - the sock yarn scrap afghan because I add materials to it when I am down to 'leftover leftovers', and the two 'never ending' quilts. Those are the leader/ender and the sample/orphan block quilts. When I finish one of them, I'll just start another of the same type.
Most weekdays, I have about an hour in the evening for creative pursuit in and around a load of laundry, a bit of housework and dinner plus prepping for the next day's lunch. I try to settle down by 9, read a chapter of the current book, say Compline and have lights out by 9:45. I'm up at 5 to be on the road by 6am to be at work by 7:15.
Two nights a week I have evening obligations. Bell Choir on Wednesday, of course; then either Tuesday or Thursday (depending on what week of the month) Yarn Barn groups and Quilt Guild. All are things I enjoy, but it does cut into my free time.
Looking at the types of projects by craft type:
It's easy to track my knitting, crochet, and spinning projects. Ravelry has a clever sorting system where inactive projects can go into 'hibernation' and show up at the very bottom of a person's project list. I have just one project there now - a huge lace shawl.
On the needlework front, I have always used a rotation. A lot of my projects are complex and/or large. I try to work on each one for a solid 10 hours before I put it away and bring out the next one. I divide my needlework into three "types" or "slots" and have only one project of each type going at a time. The slots are historic/vintage style, modern, and pictorial. I also have a fourth slot for finishing/framing. I only consider the current slot as 'active work in progress', the others are temporary UFOs.
On the sewing and quilting front, all but one of my projects are old and on the list linked above. I am going to make my son a Quilt of Valor. As an Iraq veteran, he deserves one and it's silly to sign him up to get a quilt from someone else when his mom is a quilter, right? I can see that at some point I will have more than one quilt in progress. I could easily have a quilt that I'm currently piecing, a leader/ender, a hand quilting project in the frame or hoop, and something that I'm either English Paper Piecing (EPP)/hand appliqueing/hand piecing. It's possible that I might use a rotation like I do for needlework to keep the quilting bug under control.
My problem occurs when I have too many projects. I tend to be able to keep working on about three with reasonable frequency. But I also really need to get some finishes in every month so I feel like it 'ends' at some point. Small things like hats for charity or ornaments can fill that need.
So my current WiP load looks like:
- Knitting - a small charity project set to be underway for Yarn Barn Knit Night - third Thursday, finish it up right after the first of the following month so as to have some "Stash Dive" yardage every month to keep my streak going (nearly three years now). Right now, this project is socks.
- Knitting "Big" project - I have SO many large shawl and sweater quantities of yarn. Right now, this is "Rosemarkie Waistcoat" (Rav link in the sidebar). Finishing this will be a UFO off the list.
- Needlework - The one project that is in the current rotation. I'm in the 'finish/frame' slot currently and working on getting the Hexipuff Cushion assembled. Another off the UFO list
- Quilting - piecing the back for my "Scrappy Sister's Choice" so it go to the Long Arm quilter next week. When it comes back, I'll have to square the sides and make and put on the binding and label. This will come off the UFO list.
- Quilting - EPP and applique on "Aunt Lottie's Flower Garden" - another one off the UFO list
- Quilting - EPP Block of the Month "Lucy Boston Crosses" - SO far behind on this one. Working on July and we'll get November next week ACK.
- Quilting - JC's Quilt of Valor - cutting as soon as I get the backing