WIP Wednesday 2017.1

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?)

What are you all working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

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.

What are you guys working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 11/23/16

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.

WIP Wednesday : Déjà Vu

My knitting seems to constantly repeat itself. This past week is the perfect example. Last week, I was so hopeful. My sweater for myself was going well and I had started on a dress for Lizzie. But, as I pointed out in our chat over coffee just the next day, the sweater doesn’t fit and I started a hat. (The hat is now an FO so it’ll show up here later. Or not at all as it’s, well, a basic ribbed hat.) And I haven’t felt like working on Lizzie’s dress which I feel guilty about but I’ll get over it.

That’s my pattern: Make lots of progress on a sweater, then it screeches to a halt. Start something boring and basic then finish it. Then make something that’s a bit more exciting but nothing too out of my comfort zone.

Alas, that’s exactly what’s happened. My only current WIP actively being worked is a pair of Monkey socks for my mother-in-law. I made her a pair of socks several years ago and she still wears them all the time, falling apart as they are.

These are very comfortable knitting. It’s a pattern I’ve made a handful of times, in a yarn I’ve used many times, as well (NFC Studio Sock). Great watching-TV-with-Lizzie knitting or riding-in-the-car knitting or even my-computer-takes-too-long-to-log-in knitting.

Déjà vu ain’t always a bad thing.

Weekend Coffee Share

In an attempt to find something to write about today, I’m turning to another idea from a fellow blogger, this time from Part Time Monster. It’s called Weekend Coffee Share. You write what you’d say to a friend if you were having coffee on a weekend afternoon; what’s going on in your life and/or what’s on your mind.

If we were having coffee right now…I would tell you that I’m happy that Lizzie is asleep. It’s been a hard day, dealing with her. She chose me as her favorite parent for the day so barely left my side from when I got up to when Matt her to sleep. She sat on me on the couch or snuggled right next to me until she needed to get ready. She insisted that I sit on her little stool right next to the tub while she bathed. I had to sneak awake to get dressed in another room – perfectly timed with her dad coming down stairs to ensure her distraction. She didn’t nap at all, constantly making noise until I gave up and let her out of bed. (Yeah, she still won’t get out of bed on her own, despite being in a Big Girl Bed.) She followed me around as I framed and hung new photos and re-arranged old ones. Then she did lots more sitting on me on the couch while Matt made dinner – dinner that wound up taking longer than he expected and she didn’t eat any of.

But, again, she’s asleep now and I’m happy to be able to do my own thing. No one on top of me or at my heels or talking all the time or demanding to watch Hibe (The Hive) or Maya Bee (Maya the Bee). I can just be. Or, crazy thought, go to the bathroom alone!

If you have kids that are older, you’d tell me that this phase ends, that she’ll choose Matt as the favorite parent or she’ll get too big to want to be held. And that I’ll miss her come Monday when I’m at work, alone behind my desk. Right now, though, it’s really nice.


If we kept talking, we’d probably talk about the election. If we have different political leanings, you’d mention it with something non-confrontation like “I can’t believe he won.” If we have the same political leanings, it’s probably be a comment a bit something more like “I can’t believe he won. What do we do now?” You’d seem either afraid or empowered to do something in response. Unless you’re my high school friend LL, you’d talk about donating to a charity that supports women, minorities, etc; if you are LL, you’d talk of participating in the Million Women March.

I’d laugh awkwardly, either way. It’s not something I want to discuss, with anyone, really. Not anymore. I’m no longer angry. Or in disbelief. Just sort of numb. Not yet to the point where I feel like I’m going to do much of anything but trust that things won’t be as bad as we all think they’ll be. But that I should, that I feel guilty.

I may point out that I can’t get a single line out of my head: Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. That the line is to the tune from a song we sang in church choir when I was in middle school. We sang that song after serving in a homeless shelter in the middle of our annual tour, where we sang in other churches in our denomination. How I still remember how magical that day seemed. Like maybe we were doing something that mattered.


But you’re having coffee with me, I’d not want to linger on the topic for long. I’d make some joking sort of comment about how the election results weren’t all bad, that it’s meant I’ve had lots of energy to focus on knitting. That I finished the first sleeve on my sweater…and tried it on to find out that it makes my arms itch like crazy. I posted this on Facebook and a former coworker has already claimed it, though she’s much taller and thinner so it may be too big yet too short. The sweater is up on my desk in my office, in timeout.

Instead, I’m working on a hat for some coworker, using a pattern a friend designed (the friend happens to be Olga Buraya-Kefelian, the pattern Roku). It’s a sort of mustard but not yellow and going slowly with all of the ribbing but the 16″ needle I got this morning is making me a bit faster than the 24″ one I had on hand when I started. I want to make a whole box of hats, bring them into work, and let the guys I work with choose which one they’d want. Guys are always hard to knit for, all they want is boring hats. That’s why I’m starting with the yellow one.


What would you talk about with a friend, over coffee, this weekend?

WIP Wednesday: Sweater Update

I’ve been mostly monogamous in my knitting lately, so I’ve made quite a lot of progress in the last week on my Featherweight sweater. I finished the body on Sunday and now have only four or so more inches to go on the first sleeve.

I took my progress photos last night on my bed, once it was already dark out. I knit a good three inches on that sleeve since think, sped up due to switching to using DPNs. Yes, DPNs. I have literally one set of them…and they’re a US 5, just what I needed for this.

I’m really hopeful that I could actually finish this before the end of the month.

My other WIP is a sweater dress for Lizzie that I started the other day. It’s using the Nova pattern which is actually a free pattern on Ravelry. It was designed using two colors but I didn’t have enough of two colors of fingering that were different enough in hue to make good stripes. But, hey, my girl loves blue, so blue it is.

WIP Wednesday – Sweater Weather

I swore I would never make a sweater for myself again. See, I had horrible luck with them. The last few that I made, oye, just did not work. I completed almost the entire sweater, only to realize that the front pieces were too long or the whole thing was too short or my gauge swatch had lied. Each one was placed in a grocery bag, tossed in my closet for a few months, and eventually tossed when I decided I just couldn’t deal with fixing it.

So why, then, did I suddenly decide to start one? For myself? In a thin fingering weight yarn?

Because, well, I am a bit crazy. I’d been spending months making things for others – shawls/cowls for coworkers, hats for friends, socks for family, and dishcloths for anyone who would take them. Perhaps I needed to be selfish for awhile – a long while, due to the whole tiny, thin yarn thing.

I’m making myself a Featherweight Cardigan in BC Garn Semilla Fino on the color Ox. It’s gone rather fast, with my splitting out the sleeves after 48 hours and now at about 5″ past that just three days later.

Here it was on Monday, when I could actually get a halfway decent photo.

I’m halfway hopeful it’ll be done by the end of November. It’s certainly possible, time-wise, but I worry I may lose interest or run out of yarn or something goes wrong with it.

But, for now, I’m really enjoying it.

Mini Fun

I’m trying to be good and wait to actually start my Clapotis for the KAL on the start date, but I faced a problem last week. I quickly bored of making coasters. This left me with over a week of having nothing to knit that was calling me.

When we headed off to Shenandoah, I grabbed the first two colors in one of the gradient kits I picked up at NFC with no real idea as to what I wanted to do with it. On the way out, I racked Ravelry to look for ideas. Eventually, I decided to make a gradient version of Brickless, one of my absolutely favorite patterns.

But I miscalculated. At my gauge, I ran out of yarn after 4 of the required 6 repeats. While I did consider going in pattern until I completed the second ball – a deep orange – it just didn’t seem right.

An idea was born. Make little shawls for the little girls in my life. What little girl wouldn’t want a fun little thing to throw around their neck? Plus, they’re so small they won’t take much time but large enough to feel like an accomplishment.

Okay, so it wasn’t totally my idea. I’d already made one for a coworker’s daughter at her request, using the Imagine When pattern but stopping affter the third triangle.

I have no great FO photos of this one yet as Lizzie is currently in bed, sick and showing it on me just winds up looking silly. I do, however, have a few WIP photos and a silly car-wearing FO shot.

An earlier shot of the knit in progress. A later WIP – but still taken on the dashboard view – was in my BRB post last Saturday.

Yeah, the crazy person in the reflection is me. I had a nice, lovely field of grass I could have used but was being rushed by a certain tiny blonde human.

Up next: Using leftovers to make a tiny version of Sakura or maybe Imagine When or maybe….

WIP Wednesday #6

I haven’t been knitting much…at all. Or, more specifically, not making lots of forward progress with my knitting.

I started by pulling out the hat I talked about last time and fiddled with a few ideas but none really suited me. Wound up cutting off from the cakes the part that had been knit over and over again and put it back in the stash.

After a few days of nothing really going on, I decided to use up my leftover stash and make little coasters and/or display objects. I just bought myself a copy of Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary and it really made me want to try out some different patterned stitches. (The whole coaster idea was hers, so don’t give me credit for it.)

I’ve finished two, so far, and have started a third (not pictured). They’re fun and portable and small so I feel accomplished quite quickly.

And, well, that’s it. My entire knitting progress. Two and 1/3rd little squares.

What are you guys working on right now?

Knitter’s Confessional

I spent a day at home this week, watching a sick Squirms and, during her many naps, found myself with time to actually cull through my stash and get an accurate look at the various projects I have in progress. Which leads me to this post. I have a few confessions to make. These are things I’ve kept to myself, too afraid to mention out loud.

1. I do not like acrylic yarns. As such, I’m going to give the few balls of acrylic I’ve collected to a family member this afternoon. She likes to work with it, they’re great colors, so why not?

2. Knitting in the round is zero fun unless a) you’re making socks or b) you’ve got enough stitches on the needle that you don’t have to constantly fiddle with the cable. I pulled out multiple projects in progress this week because they didn’t meet these criteria and, boy, am I happy about this.

There’s the doily in superfine cotton I got in Spain a few summers back.

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…a combination cowl/shawl thing in pretty yarn

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…and a tiny baby sweater that was bottom-up and too fiddly to want to deal wtih

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3. Colorwork just isn’t for me. I started on this colorwork hat in fingering weight yarn, oh, early 2012. Maybe done ten rounds on it since that first push to make it. Now frogged. Not quite sure what, if anything, I’ll do with the yarn I recovered as, well, it was half knit up for three years.

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4. I should stop attempting to make myself a sweater. If I really want a hand-knit sweater (see number 5), I can find someone to knit one for me in exchange for three pairs or socks or something. I tossed the February Fitted Pullover pieces as that was my second attempt on that pattern and that yarn had already tried to be two other sweaters for me previously. Then there’s this Every Last Year attempt.

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5. I’ve broken three size 7 needles in the last year. I called my LYS and, apparently, they’ll replace broken needles. At least I only lost $20 or so as I buy cheap ones.

So, fellow knitters – have anything to confess?