I’ve been focusing on simple things this week. Removing apps from my phone that I never use (or use far too much, like Yahtzee). Reading before bed. Moving more. I’m trying to be deliberate in how I fill my hours, instead of picking up my knitting and watching TV the second I have my daily chores done and Lizzie is asleep. As a result, not a ton of progress this week.
I’m now on the second sleeve, a few decrease rounds in. I plan to focus mainly on this the next few days so I can perhaps get it done by next Wednesday.
I’m done! I wound up using the shaping from Roku but alternated 18 rows of k1, p1 with 18 rows of p1, k1 to give it this fun look. When I was trying to sew up the top, I pulled so hard on the working thread that it split in half. A bit of knitting surgery was required to recover, using a separate length of yarn to sew the end back up. (Ignore my crazy eyes.)
I decided to pull this out, after all. The yarn will be used for a basic stockinette cowl which I guess you can say is in progress, as the ribbing is done (reused from Rider). I hope to re-start the pattern in a plain color soon.
Socks for Lizzie
In typical kid fashion, she no longer wants socks, so I’ve pulled out the little progress I had and have set the yarn aside to become socks for someone else.
Started and Finished: Dishcloths
I wound up making two little dishcloths – one slightly larger than the other – using the Delightful Dishcloths pattern. Quick and easy knit. This starts me on my one 20 for 20 goal to make 10 of these for work. Perfect for carrying a hot lunch from the microwave to my cube.
New Start: Spa Day Facecloth
Making this from the same Pima 100 yarn I used for the others. Again, plan to make two.
Howdy, everyone! As always, I’ve set myself a goal to blog more in 2020. It happens to be Wednesday, so figured I’d take the easy way out and blog about the current status of my WIPs. 2019 was a year of getting back to old crafts, so you’ll note a reappearance of embroidery, cross stitch, and sewing plus a new addition, shashiko. We’ve got lots of ground to cover, so we should get started right away.
And, yes, a new photo background. Matt now has a comfy couch in his office, so I’ll be hanging out with him in there and taking advantage of the good natural light and plain backdrop.
Early in 2019, my friend RR and I made an agreement to exchange handmade items: I’d make her a sweater and she’d make me a quilt. We both started in February and we’re both working hard to get our respective projects completed.
It’s hard to take photos of a dark purple sweater WIP, so excuse the photos. I’ve finished the body, edging, pockets (except for sewing them onto the body), and most of the first sleeve. I’m waiting on an arm measurement so I can finish the sleeve and move on to the second one.
My quilt? She’s got the top all done and the layers basted together, with intentions to complete the edging and quilting while she’s out of town for the holidays. She’s a meanie who won’t share WIP photos but I requested blues and something traditional, as far as pattern.
(Ravelry project page is here. Not that I’ve made a pretty major design change and added length to account for her long torso.)
I started this sometime in the summer for my now-former manager. I’ll be honest that I put them aside when he left our team for another opportunity. He’s also a good friend, so I plan to pick these back up as soon as I finish the socks I’m making for Lizzie (which I’ll show in just a bit). These have extra stitches to account for a dude’s wider feet. Hopefully I have a note somewhere as to his foot size…
After going to take photos while on a business trip to Denver in early October, Matt requested a warmer hat. I dutifully started one for him right away…then got distracted with other projects. I’m not sure what pattern I’ll use, but probably one of Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s genius ribbed hat patterns.
No project link here as, well, it’s got nothing in it.
I purchased one of the big 2-Ply Yummy gradient kits from the annual Miss Babs trunk show at my LYS. The first half was used for another shawl and I was left trying to figure out which of the MANY potential patterns to use the other half. I decided to combine it with one of Miss Bab’s lovely grays – think it’s Quicksilver but I’m not sure – and make Bay’s Edge. I put this aside to work smaller projects which were more portable, but it’ll get picked back up as my only-work-at-home project once Portage is done.
I discovered a brand-new designer via a #knitstagram tagged post. This is her fourth design, the Rider cowl. The pattern is easy and just goregeous…if you don’t choose too busy of a yarn, as I did. I’m waffling back and forth as to whether I want to pull this out and remake it in a skein of pink Berroco Pure Wool DK I’ve had in stash for over a year. What do you guys think?
I just started these the other day, after Lizzie requested a new pair of socks. I had the yarn out to make adult socks – obviously forgetting about the orange ones already in my WIP pile – and she pointed out how pretty the colors were. So, Lizzie socks they’ll be. I’m just doing a simple, vanilla sock with a short row heel.
Ya’ll still with me? Lots to go, still, so you may want to take a break and get more caffeine. The Internet will still be here when you get back.
I think I worked on this early in the 2019, but I’m not sure. There are still two or three more colors to add before this is complete. I’m using colors Lizzie selected and knitting on 32 count Monaco, two over two.
Pretty Little Berlin
This was really the project that got me back into cross stitch. I started it in early November and brought it with me to Florida when my dad had surgery. I loved the city of Berlin when we visited in 2016 and snatched up the pattern from Satsuma Street right after we got back. I’d guess this is 80% complete.
Another new designer I found in 2019 was Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They make the cutest patterns featuring little people and animals. I purchased the Aida kit for Nutcracker parade after the SAL started. I’m putting this aside for awhile as I’m rather Christmased out at this point.
Sweet Kitty Cat
I purchased this as a kit when we were in Honfleur, France in May. The instructions were all in French but the images were detailed enough that I could follow along. When complete, this will probably be hung in Lizzie’s room.
I picked up this pattern on a random trip to Joann’s with Lizzie, probably when we were in Florida. Not quite sure. I’ve barely, barely started this, it’s so intimidating. It’s not a pattern, per say, just an outline of one that you fill in however you would like.
I was inspired by January One to try out Shashiko. I purchased a little sampler (from Minature Rhino) and have made some good progress. By design, you’re to stab the needle through as many layers of fabric as you can. Very therapeutic for stressful days. Guess that means it’s a good thing I haven’t felt a need to pull these out lately?
I’ve not actually done any of the sewing for these, but I have done some prep. Fabric has been torn down to rough size for a dozen, with three actually cut out and ready to sew. I’m using the Runaway Bag pattern from Ellen Mason (via Etsy).
That’s it. Heh. I’m going to try and focus on completing these before I start anything new. Exceptions, of course, allowed because I make my own rules.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting for someone who has a full-time job again. None of it was done at work, either. Well, maybe like 5 rows total but no major contributions as I’ve been leading meetings and updating models, not waiting for things to happen or trying to figure out how to approach things.
Finished – Y-Chromosome Socks
I took these with me on our annual ski trip with college friends (and their friends from trivia and work and..). This year we were at Wisp and I had more chances to knit as Lizzie did ski school all day Friday and I chose not to play board games in the evening, but knit while chatting with folks. I’d only knit a few inches on the first sock when we arrived there and they were done well before we left. Very much my sort of way to spend a weekend, watching the snow falling in big flakes outside while knitting and chatting or reading. (Bonus point as I rarely changed out of PJs until I took a shower in the late afternoon.)
These are for a coworker who has been out the last two days so I haven’t had a chance to make sure they fit. I’m eagerly awaiting the news as I worry that the socks I knit for men won’t fit well as their feet have more variation in widths and thicknesses than women’s feet.
I really enjoyed working with sport weight yarn as these went really fast and it’s so squishy. It’s good to know I have a solid pattern I can use again, should I choose to make more sport weight socks.
This was another finish from this weekend though after we had arrived at home on Sunday. For being mostly improvised, this hat turned out pretty well. She loves the strands of colors on the background of other fun colors. Of course, I have yet to get her to try this on but she didn’t immediately declare she didn’t want it when it was done (unless the last five things I knit for her).
This was only my second time using Killington from Miss Babs and I really enjoying working with it. Think I’m going to make a good-sized cowl with the remainder of the skein.
I’ve only ever knit Matt one pair of socks, done in a 50/50 wool/acrylic worsted yarn. They turned out well but were far too warm for him to wear them except when skiing on a really cold day. So, he’s rather due for another pair. He chose the yarn from the pile of sock yarn I have in my stash. “It’s nice and dark. It’ll work.” When asked about what sort of pattern, he was honest – “I’m never really going to have an opinion one way or another. Just make what you want.” Oh, Matthew.
I’m just getting started, so no pretty picture to show yet. Going to do a toe-up version of Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis. Simple but classy looking.
Other Things I’ve Messed Around With (but have no good photos of..)
I started a cowl with the leftover yarn from the trio of orange hats. Then pulled out my progress as I wasn’t sure if it was working.
Started swatching for a sweater for a friend but got distracted with the idea of finishing the coworker socks in time for his birthday (which was on Sunday).
I’m made it through a whole week’s worth of work days which means much less time to knit than when I was home all day long. Matt’s also been out of town so Lizzie and I have been having more painting parties, movie nights, and snuggles than usual. All those excuses aside, I have done some knitting this week.
Progress – Lizzie’s Hat
Very little progress, but 6 or 8 rows still counts as knitting on something. This is being knit using a pattern I sort of made up using Miss Babs Killington in Perfectly Wreckless.
Started – Danny’s Socks
One of my coworkers loves merino wool socks. They’re one of the few ways he’s willing to spoil himself. I’m making him these in a shade of gray so they’ll fit with his very neutral wardrobe. The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy 3-Ply in Oyster and I’m using the Y-Chromosome pattern. I haven’t actually ever made sport weight socks before so it feels a bit weird but is zooming right along when I pick them up.
Started and Made Progress – Dishcloths
I took Lizzie to Walmart on Sunday so she could buy an exclusive My Little Pony miniatures set. While there, we wandered through the craft section and I couldn’t resist the siren song of the Peaches & Cream dishcloth yarn. I bought a large cone of plain white and two small balls of Blue Lagoon. So far, one of the small balls has been turned into three cloths and I just started another in white last night. I’m using some published patterns and some I made up.
Happy New Year, everyone! Yesterday marked the end of my post-surgery time off work, so don’t be surprised by how little knitting I can done in the weeks that follow.
Finished – Anastasia Socks
This was my last WIP that I started before my surgery and I decided to put everything else aside and finish the second sock before the New Year. Pretty arbitrary, as the recipient didn’t even know they were being made and, really, what’s so unique about the new year. I started working on the second sock on Friday and I sent them off on Monday to their new home, with my friend’s sister. (Ravelry project is here.)
Frogged – Cradle Me
I’m not quite sure what I was thinking. There was no way that I was going to ever finish a blanket without a specific recipient in mind. Frogged this over the weekend and started a new project with the yarn.
Started – Boneyard Shawl
I like to always have a shawl on my needles and this pattern is nice and straight-forward. I’m using the yarn I had intended to use for the Cradle Me. Not very much progress, so far, but it’ll slowly get larger. I haven’t worked on it since I cast on the other day but will pick it up again once I’m done with the hat I’m currently working on. (Ravelry project is here.)
Started and Finished – Duo of Waffle Hats
After making the Knots Coming Untied hat, I decided to use up the rest of that yarn to make a hat that would actually fit Matt plus one for me and one for Lizzie. Except superwash yarn grows when you block it and let it air dry…so the Knots hat is now mine. This brought me down to two matching hats to be made. I did Lizzie’s first then got Matt’s done just before going to bed on New Year’s Eve. Except, of course, Lizzie doesn’t like the color of her hat…so now what was her hat will get sent across the street to the kid who was going to get the Knots hat. Oye. (Ravelry project is here.)
Started – Lizzie’s Rainbow Hat
Lizzie explained that she sort of liked the pattern of the waffle hats but wanted one in pink, instead. I brought down the pink yarn I had – the same Berroco Vintage DK – but also grabbed some Miss Babs Killington in Perfectly Wreckless. She chose the Miss Babs (“It has ALL of my favorite colors in it!”). After some thought, she decided she didn’t want the same pattern and I eventually decided on a slip-stitch one. Simple but looks cool. It’s got a bit of pooling but she says she likes it. Wanna bet she never wears the finished product? (Ravelry project is here.)
Welcome to the very last WIP Wednesday of 2018! I did some finishing, some knitting, and some frogging this week. Lots can get done when you’re off work and don’t have many errands nor chores to get done.
Finished – Dotted Rays
Lizzie claimed the Dotted Rays as her own so I finished it up – with about 50% not yet used – and gave it to her. Mind you, she’s not actually worn it yet. Oh, 5 year-olds! (Ravelry project page is here)
Finished – Sockhead Slouch
When I was making this hat, I had no idea who it would be for. Then, it came to me, our amazing mail carrier! She’s always careful to take all of my (many) letters and the occasional bill and is never bothered by a little snow or a cluttered front step. (Ravelry page is here)
Frogged – Adventurer Cowl
I decided that this did need to get frogged to I could re-start it with fewer stitches. I also decided I wouldn’t re-start it right away but wait until I was in more of a mood to knit a lace cowl. Maybe this Spring?
New Start and Finish – Knots Coming Untied
This project started out as a Tied Knots hat for Matt out of Berroco Ultra Wool DK. After completing the first cabled chart, I had him try it on. While it does fit, it’s rather snug. Thought about it for awhile and decided to go a different direction. The new recipient is one of the neighbor kids and I didn’t do more cables but followed (very roughly) the Saku pattern for the remainder of the hat. (Project page is here.)
New Start – Tale as Old as Time
This project is more inspired by than closely following the pattern I’m using. I just sort of picked up needles and started on it, only to realize after that I have a pattern for exactly what I’m trying to make (a long, stockinette tube to be turned into a cowl). Too lazy to re-start, I’m going to keep going and hope I can make sense of how to finish it when the time comes. I’m going to work on this here and there as the mood strikes. More photos will come once something exciting happens with it. Otherwise, it’ll just get added to my WIP report the weeks I work on it. (Project page is here.)
New Start – Cradle Me
A few months ago, I bought this yarn (Socks That Rock BFL) from someone’s destash on Instagram. The color is beautiful and the hand so lovely, I had to use it for a special project. I decided to use it to make a blanket. This is one of those knits that will find a recipient when it’s complete. I’m just happy to knit with this yarn. No photo for now as I’ve only done a few rows of the garter stitch border. (Project page is here.)
One of my goals for 2018 is to keep my WIPs to such a limited number that they’ll fit in the custom Fringe Supply bag I picked up at my LYS (fibre space) back in November. Well, we won’t count sweaters as the bag can hold a sweater WIP only without anything in there, but we all know I only knit one of those a year, anyway. And, well, my current WIPs don’t entirely fit.
So, let’s see what I’ve got in there this week…
I had this queued as soon as I saw it pop up on my Instagram feed. I’m using two colors of Miss Babs 2-Ply (Orchid is the purple and Threshold is the green) and Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in Concrete. I’ve done one repeat thus far, all done on Monday as I watched too many episodes of The Ranch in a row. I put it aside as I’m trying to decide if I want to pull out my progress and do one or two repeats less. It’s quite wide and I’m worried it won’t be very long with the amount of yarn I have left (about 450 yards). The pattern does have some fiddly rows though, so I’m putting it aside to really think through what I want to do with it.
Sock Yarn Scraps Blanket
This project will pop its head in every now and then. That large ball of yarn represents all of the leftover sock yarn that’s less than ~100 yards per color. I’m making simple mitered squares which expand to be 100 stitches wide and 8″ or so square. This one is square 5. Think I’ll try to use this as my default running-errands project as it’s quite small to haul around. Well, it would be if I hadn’t decided this morning to roll all of that yarn into a single ball for the mere purpose of seeing how large it would get.
Sockhead Slouch Hat
I made a ton of these over the summer. Yes, summer. This one is in Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the colorway Royal. I’ve just gotten past the ribbing so have a good 5″ or so still to go before the crown decreases. I get a few rows done on this here and there, mostly right after I climb into bed. I’m hoping to finish before the New Year.
Dotted Rays (Mine! All Mine!)
As I’ve probably shared on here before, I can work with most wools but can’t stand to have any of them against my neck or arms. This means any projects I actually want to keep for myself have to be made in acrylic or cotton. This is yet another Dotted Rays shawl, but being done in Lion Brand Mandala in the Unicorn colorway so I can keep it for myself. Nice and subtle to throw on my shoulders when I’m chilly at work or wear with a black t-shirt and jeans on the weekend. If I had to guess (too sore to stand up at the moment to get the scale), I’d say it’s about 25% complete at this point. I really want to get this done before the New Year so I an wear it when I go back to work.
I had every intention of keeping these for myself, then I finished the entire first sock and realized that it was too large. So, I put out a call for recipients and my friend said they’d fit her sister perfectly. Excellent. I actually lost this WIP for a few weeks, hiding in my office here at the house. I’ll pick these up and make some progress whenever I feel like working on socks again which could be a little while.
What are you all working on lately? Rushing to finish holiday knits or knitting what you please, like me?
One of my goals for 2017 – which, of course, I have yet to blog about at all – is to keep up with semi-regular WIP Wednesday posts, even if all I do is explain why I have nothing to show.
This week, I’ve got three WIPs, none of which I have color photos to share. We’ll pretend it’s to keep an air of mystery, not just because I wasn’t able to get the colors quite right when I took the photos last night, well after sunset.
My first WIP is a pair of socks I’m making for my mom. These aren’t active right this second but will be once I feel like knitting socks again, probably in a few days. I had knit several pairs in a row there and just needed a break.
While the yarn itself is not new to me – Miss Babs 2-Ply – the pattern is. It’s called Jeck and a free pattern from designer Regina Satta. I swear my mom chose the color herself, though I do find it hilarious it’s named Bat S**t Crazy. You can’t tell here, of course, but it’s a mixture of deep blue, green, and brown. Not at all what I would have picked for her, but it was her first pick of the four colors I offered.
The WIP I’m actively working is a hat for a coworker. I’ve made the pattern before (Roku by designer Olga Buraya-Kefelean) but never did take a good FO picture to share with you. Again, no color photo but you it’s a muted, sort of medium blue Ella Rae Classic Superwash.
I’m also working on my perpetual WIP, getting the house organized, but no one needs to see before/after photos of my straightened-up linen closet. (Right?)
I’ve been a little bit all over the place lately, when it comes to my knitting. I started and finished both a dress for Lizzie and a pair of socks for my mother-in-law since my last WIP Wednesday post. Then, I found myself with a sudden gap in knitting projects. I knew I could finally start my Grinchalong project but felt compelled to finish one of my older WIPs that would be quicker finishes. This meant restarting work on the socks which are now for my Aunt Tricia or that scarf I, well, have never showed here and only have an inch done on, so far.
I sort of started everything.
First was a basic hat for an unknown recipient. I started this on Monday night, when I suddenly found myself with nothing to knit. I just sort of grabbed the yarn from my stash, a semi-appropriate needle, and came back downstairs to start on it. It’s, well, very red. The pattern is The Favorite Knit Slouchy, the yarn good ‘ole Cascade 220.
Then, last night, I was in the mood to, well, not work on a bright red hat, so I got out the cotton for my Grinchalong. I bought all of the patterns – well, other than the free ones – that I’d posted about before and randomly chose to start Echo Strike. I got just past that first contrast stripe but am not sure I really like how it’s working out so far. I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the pattern or what.
So, yeah, that got put aside. And now I’m working on the Monkey socks again.
I’m now up to a total of five WIPs, knitting-wise: 1) the sweater that makes me itch, 2) the too big for my mother-in-law socks, 3) a cotton mix scarf that I don’t have a photo of, and these two…
The Lizzie Sweater-Dress
I had this big plan to knit Lizzie a sweater dress thing for her birthday. I talked last week about that, but I’ll reiterate: she picked the yarn, I picked the pattern. It’s a simple bottoms-up with a split front and back. I winged it and just sort of started, choosing the size based on her measurements. And, look! I’ve made lots of progress. Just a couple inches from splitting off the sleeves.
Yeah, it’s too small for her. I managed to get her to sit still just long enough to measure it against her and it’s clearly about and inch too narrow per side. So that’s now put aside, waiting for me to pick a new recipient for it.
The New Lizzie Sweater-Dress
Not wanted her to be without something handmade for her birthday, I started a new sweater dress using Worsted. She picked out these colors, I’ll have you note. Bit, okay, way, way, too bright for my taste.
The pattern is Mud Princess from the Wrestless Knitter. The garter stitch stripes continue on the end of the body and the edges of the sleeves. It’s knitting up really quick so a birthday finish shouldn’t be out of the question since, you know, I’m not actually working on anything else at all right now.
Programming note: The next week or so is all about our trip to Germany in October. You may see a different post here or there on a different topic, but they’re all queued up and ready to go.