WIP Wednesday: 26 December 2018

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)

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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.)

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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.)

What’s in your WIP pile this week?

Rainbow Days

Do you craft projects tend to grab onto a particular color palate and not let go? For me, lately, my colors have gone to rainbows.

It started when Neighborhood Fiber Company started offering their Marriage Equality colorway (for the third? fourth? time). I bought two kits of the gradient (DK and Sock), happy to both support the benefiting LGBTQA orgnization and have some of the wonderful, vibrant colors. I’ve now used them for a handful of projects – and still have a good 1/3 of the DK left!

(These photos are all of me wearing the items versus my usual slightly nicer shots but I’ve been feeling lazy.)

Everyday Shawl

(Rav project)

This was a really meditative knit. I worked on it during conference calls at work and occasionally at home in July. The recipient was complaining that she’s always cold – hopefully this has kept her warm!

Lizzie’s Rainbow Scarf

I really just sort of made this up as I went along, roughly following the Tale as Old as Time pattern. My project page for it (here) has all the details. Made using the NFC DK weight.

Rainbow Hat

I think I may be almost over my inability to do colorwork. This was made in DK and I just sort of made up the pattern (and the crown shaping, hence the wonkiness of it!).

Finishing Up

Amongst knitters, there’s a question that always comes up: are you a process or a project knitter? Me, I’m a process knitter, for sure. I find a yarn and pattern combination I like then just sort of dive into it, usually without a recipient in mind. I’m usually only really working on one project at a time, though I may switch back to another WIP if I get bored with what I’m currently working on. I find I’m really excited in the first 20% and the last 20% of a given project, it’s the middle 60% that just crawls by, unless I’m distracted by an audiobook, TV show, or interesting conversation. Though I knit with a project being completed as the end goal, I have an issue: I HATE finishing things.

Take the cowl I finished the other day. What did I do when I was done? Snipped off the excess yarn then tossed the project and needle onto my desk and walked off. Now, this is a single-color cowl – nothing with tons of ends to weave in or a difficult blocking process associated with it. I just didn’t feel a need to actually finish it because, in my process-oriented brain, it was done.

Thing is, no one wants to wear something with ends hanging off and, if they know something about how much better things look when it does happen, unblocked. This particular knit even has an intended recipient, one who I’ll see in a week.

I did finally get it blocked the next time I sat down and forced myself to finish up the sewing-in ends on two shawls, one hat, and one cowl. It soaked while I worked on the end-sewing. And, soon as it dries, it’ll be ready to gift…soon as I can get myself to weave in those pesky ends….

Grinchalong

The lovely ladies of the Knitmore Girls podcast have an annual contest they call the Grinchalong. The only requirement is that you knit something that brings you joy.

I don’t normally knit for myself, between the curse of sweaters that don’t work out and the fact I can’t wear wool against my skin because it makes me itch. (Yeah, I know, weird that I can work with it A-OK, but start itching the second it’s against my skin.) But, I finally got smart and bought myself three hanks of DK-weight cotton.

It’s Berroco’s Designer Cotton (I think that’s the name of it.). The idea is to make myself something that’s got stripes or colorwork and a cowl or a shawl. Something I can wear when it’s a bit chilly in the office or I want to pretend I’m cool when I go out shopping.

So I turned to our good friend Ravelry and did a search for cowls or shawls, made in DK or worsted, and typically made with 2 or 3 colors, and have a photo….which left me with 1,207 patterns. Less than 200 went away when I limited it to Free or Ravelry Download.

Over the course of a few days, I actually went through every.single one of those patterns and narrowed it down to four options. Pretty impressive, eh?

As I’m still working on gift-knitting, I still have a little while to choose, but could really use some help. Each of these really appealed to me but has the possibility of getting boring in the knitting. If ya’ll don’t help me, I’m probably going to pick a number out of a hat come time.

Option 1: Copenhagen Calling

Option 2: Echo Strike

Option 3: Safety Scarf

Option 4: Edison

 

FO Friday: Coworker Knits

I’ve been making lots of knits for my coworkers since late last year. Here’s a quick round-up of the last few I completed. Doing these in reverse order of completion. Yet again, I neglected to take photos in daylight (and Matt was busy doing some work stuff), so you’ll have to excuse my selfies in my spare bedroom.

Mini Fiar

When I was coming back from Germany, I didn’t really want to start another pair of socks and had with me a skein of dark gray Miss Babs DK and three colors of a Neighborhood Fibre Company gradient kit. After lots of Ravelry searches that morning, I chose to make a mini version of Fiar, a pattern from Irishgirlieknits. Because I had, oh, 15 hours of travel between the subway, trains, and airplanes, I was able to finish it before we landed in DC. I’ve got a darker shade of the same color that may turn into the same thing to use up the gray leftovers.

Trillian (the red one)

This is my second Trillian, a very easy pattern with that little bit of lace to keep you entertained. I used Miss Babs Yowza that I’d picked up a few months ago and knew I wanted to do something special with. Due to the much thicker yarn, this is a bit wider and much, much longer than the original. (No photos of my wearing it turned out, so here’s a photo of the edging I may have to re-block to open it up better.)

Close to You

This was the perfect combination of a great free pattern (thanks to the designer, Justyna Lorkowska!) and some cheap yarn. I picked up five balls of each of two different colorways of Lousia Harding’s Cassia Prints at Tuesday Morning. It’s really quite soft and comes in fun colors. Of course, it’s available at TM means it’s probably discontinued and/or hard to come by. I knit this up really quickly back in August, mostly because how nice the yarn felt in my hands.

Summer Camp

I knew I wanted to make this shawl as soon as possible after the pattern popped up in my “Patterns You May Like” section on Ravelry (okay, it’s techincally “your pattern highlights”). Laura Aylor designed this fun pattern that I’m certainly to make again. I’m likely to knit this again.

Finished Object: Foolproof

I really have been doing things other than knitting, just haven’t felt like posting about anything of that. So, I’ve got yet another FO post for you all.

When I completed the Clapotis, I immediately took it into work to keep myself warm in my very cool office. Then, after less than ten minutes of wear, remembered that I can’t actually wear wool. After pulling it off, I decided a different recipient would be more appropriate, one of Lizzie’s primary preschool teachers.

Which left me with an issue: what do make for her other primary teacher? I knew that I would use the other DK gradient kit from Neighborhood Fibre Company, this one in teals and jades.

After a bit of thinking, I decided on an old favorite, the Foolproof Cowl.

I knit until I had 54 stitches per side, then switched colors. For each of the other two colors – the last two colors in the gradient kit didn’t get touched at all – were knit for 30 ridges before switching. I went dark to light then, after picking up the other side of the darkest stitches, I started with light. It makes sense if you saw it all together.

It wound up quite long, perfect for being doubled-up on your neck when it’s not in the mid-90s.

It’ll get delivered tomorrow, along with the Clapotis. Just a very little of what the two ladies deserve for handling a room full of two year-olds…