WIP Wednesday: Simple Things

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.

Portage

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.

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Matt’s Hat

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.)

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Rider Cowl

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.

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New Start: Spa Day Facecloth

Making this from the same Pima 100 yarn I used for the others. Again, plan to make two.

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WIP Wednesday: Setting up for 2020

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.

Knitting

Portage

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.

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Knitting on the sleeve while watching Lizzie play at a playground in my hometown
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Working on the veryyyyy long edging parts. My guess is there were over 500 live stitches at this point.

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.)

 

Syncopation Socks

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…

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Close up of the pattern (Syncopation)

(Ravelry project page is here.)

 

Hat for Matt

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.

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Yarn is De Rarum Natura Cyrano (I think) in Merlot. (Note to self: Call fibre space and ask what yarn this actually is.)

No project link here as, well, it’s got nothing in it.

 

Bay’s Edge

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.

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(Ravelry project page here.)

 

Rider Cowl

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?

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There really is a lace pattern here, promise.

(Pattern page is here.)

 

Socks for Lizzie

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.

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Barely a WIP, but a WIP, indeed.

 

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.

 

Cross Stitch

Mandala

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.

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Pattern is from Etsy. I need to look up who designed it.

 

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.

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Fused bead needle holder made by my neighbor. Wrinkles in fabric are made by me.

 

Nutcracker Parade

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.

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The sugar plum fairy and Clara and her nutcracker float are done, as well as the lettering and parts of the border you see here.

 

Embroidery

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.

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If you’re ever in France, look out for the sweet patterns from this designer, whose name you can squint and see on the pattern page.

Embroidered Mandala

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.

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Need to work up some nerve to continue.

 

Shashiko

Sampler

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?

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All six tiles
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I’ve narly completed the second tile

Sewing

Gift Bags

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).

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Another project I’ll pick back up once Christmas over exposure has worn off, as most off the fabric is Christmas.

 

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.

What’s in your WIP bin?

WIP Wednesday: 16 January 2019

 

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.)

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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.

(Ravelry project is here.)

 

Finished – Lizzie’s Colorful Hat

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).

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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.

(Ravelry project is here.)

New Start – Socks for Matt

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).

WIP Wednesday: 9 January 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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WIP Wednesday #3

I actually have a few things to show off this week, so instead of “I can’t show you my WIP” or “I made no progress on that old WIP” – actual progress! You won’t see Squirms’ Halloween costume until after Halloween, though I did manage to start and actually complete both parts of it since my last WIP Wednesday post. But, like I said, you’ll see more about that later. For now, I’ve got sweater progress and a new WIP to show off.

Since my last post, I knit the sleeves, sewed the sleeves together (yes, you knit them flat, which I love – until the seaming part), sewed the armholes together, and add the neckline. All that’s left is to actually sew the sleeves into place which I’ll get to one of these days – maybe tomorrow night after dinner if we are watching a TV show that’s interesting enough to distract me from the agony of seaming but not so interesting I can’t concentrate.

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My other WIP I just started last night. It’s a pair of socks for a family friend who could use a bit of a pick-me-up. I got the yarn the last time I went yarn shopping (late September?) and it’s Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply in a colorway called Puss in Boots. I love the combo of black, white, yellow, and orange. The pattern is just a knit/purl pattern but looks really neat when it’s all stacked up on top of itself. (It’s called D-man Socks and was designed by Karen Lauger – you may recognize her as the designer of the chalice baby blanket.)

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One of my planned posts for November is to dive into my stash bins to not only show you what yarn I’ve got in there, but to openly admit what long-term WIPs are still languishing – knitting and otherwise. Eeep!

WIP Wednesday #1

I started knitting myself a sweater in early August, as I seem to do a few times a year. I spent a few days going through patterns on Rave,ray and decided it was time I sucked it up and made one with cables. I love the look of cables but have only rarely knit them. Something about them scares me.

I started by making the back which is just plain so not worth showing a photo of. Then I started on a sleeve because it only has the one cable so it would be a good introduction.

Thing is, I hated the way the cable looked. The yarn I chose, Berroco Vintage, is half acrylic so the cables just sort of laid there, mostly blending into the background.

So I pulled it out. Well, I pulled the sleeve out. The back is still in one piece as it’s easier to store as a piece of knitted fabric.

But, never fear, I’ve already started turning the yarn into something else. A February Fitted Pullover. I’m making the third size which, assuming I’m actually knitting to gauge, will fit with zero ease.

Hopefully, this will be a great sweater to pull over a t-shirt when it’s chilly this fall (or next spring, when I’m more likely to have it done by).

I’ve got other (knitting) WIPs but it’s nothing I’m actually working to complete:

  • Pair of Spring Forward socks in the Franklin colorway of Ms Babs Yummy (color chart here)
  • Two-color tam that I started in 2012 in purple Miss Babs and white Neighborhood Fibre Co
  • Baby blanket in super cheap acrylic (spare me your “melts when heated” lecture)
  • A doilie in super fine cotton whose color reminds me of creamsicles (bought the yarn in Spain last June, so maybe a year old WIP?)
  • Sock yarn blanket I haven’t touched at least since Elizabeth was born

What are you guys working on? Can be crafty or writing or photography or a bathroom redo. Whatever it is, tell me about it!