Category Archives: WIP

So Close!

I’m so close I can almost taste it! The Gansey Wristers that I started the day before Thanksgiving are just 10 rows from being done!

In case you were wondering, that’s where I’ve been. Working (at a pace so slow that snails look like Formula 1 cars) on these mitts. I told myself no new projects, no cross stitching, no working on crochet, and no letting myself be distracted by anything I could use to procrastinate.

It’s not that I dislike the pattern. I really do like it. I enjoy the yarn I’m working with. The needle size is the range I’m most comfortable with (between 1 and 4) so that’s not why. Much like trying to get my kids to clean their rooms, I’m just ready for the next shiny thing.

On the plus side, this means you’ll be hearing from me more. Next blog post will show my favorite method for joining in the round! 🙂

Best Laid Plans, etc.

So, if you’ll remember back in November I wrote that this year I would absolutely NOT be knitting ANY presents? (If you don’t go read this first. Go ahead. I’ll wait.) Yeah, well joke’s on me.

It started out innocently enough. I decided I’d knit two pair of the super popular Manly Mitts for my husband’s company party gift swap. As 3 pairs had been requested (and received) by his coworkers, and it’s a quick and easy knit, I figured this would be simple enough.

Then I decided to knit 2 cup cozies for my youngest son’s PreK teachers as Christmas presents. Those were done in one long and sleepy night as I’d decided to do them a day before the last day of class.

Before all those, though, there was the cowl I knit for a friend. And the mitts I’m knitting for another friend. Said mitts are about 1/4 of the way done. Plus the thing I’m knitting for my mom, which I haven’t even cast on for yet. Oh! And the mitts I’m making for one of my youngest’s school friends.

I asked my husband the other night if I’d done the same thing last year. Apparently, yes, I had. And I’m sure I’ll do something similar next year. That’s ok because as the saying goes “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and if me driving myself slightly crazier is my awry, well I’ll take it. 🙂

What last minute knitting are you trying to accomplish in the next 15 days? Let me know!

Where…

…did October go and how are we a third of the way through November already?! I decided early on in the year this year that I would not be doing any holiday gift knitting this year. I did, though, knit this super soft and warm hat for my mother-in-law’s birthday last month! I knit her an Everglade out of a skein of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. The colorway is Alpine Pearl and it looks SMASHING on her!

Everglade Hat

I also untangled a skein of yarn for a friend. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes untangling a skein of yarn is something that makes me want to cry. Other times, I find it oddly soothing. This was one of those second times.

Before and After
Before and After

And finally! I am nearly done with my oldest current WIP. A baby blanket that I started WAY back in January. I should be done with it no later than the first of the month, when it will be sent by a awesome friend of mine to his baby nephew in New Jersey! As soon as it’s all done I’ll let you know!

What sort of excitement have y’all gotten up to while I was MIA? Let me know in the comments!

Finishing The WIP Pile

I have a bad habit of starting a large project, getting not quite halfway done, and abandoning it for something new, and portable, and quick. Startitis is totally a problem I suffer from. So, high on the feeling of finishing my Wurm, I decided to knock out the one WIP that’s been languishing in the corner since January. (Really?! Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that long!)

So the Diagonal Baby Blanket is once again back in business. It’s not that it’s a hard pattern, it just seems to go on and on and on. And on some more. Luckily I’ve got more time recently to work on it and it seems to be moving at a pretty good pace. As of right now I’m nearing my halfway point and I know from experience that the decreases go MUCH faster than the increases. There’s also the bonus that any potential leftovers will go to my son’s pre-K class to be used in art supplies! Yay!

Once I hit the 50% point I’m rewarding myself with casting on Gansey Wristers in a skein of Creating by A Verb for Keeping Warm (unfortunately, they’ve discontinued this yarn. You can, however, check online for destashes, if you have your heart set on this exact yarn) that I received as a gift. The colorway is called Aortic and it’s a tonal in shades of red. Wristers are my second favorite knitted item (after hats) and in my opinion there’s no such thing as too many pair!

What’s your current oldest WIP? Are you pretending it doesn’t currently exist or have you decided to tackle it in the hopes that you can start the new year with a clean knitting slate? Do you have a fun project to dangle as a carrot to keep you going?

Busy Weekend!

I had a busy weekend this weekend! In addition to my usual going to my Saturday morning knitting group and hanging out with friends and family on Saturday evening I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy Friday night (OMG SO GOOD) and went to a concert on Sunday!

We went and saw Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails in West Palm. I’d never seen Soundgarden live before and they were AWESOME. Nine Inch Nails was amazing, as always. I also managed to knit quite a bit since I was a passenger on the way! I got a few more repeats done and managed to not screw anything up for once!

NIN

The more I knit this the happier I am with this hat. Between the pattern and the yarn it’s coming out so cool! How’s your Wurm coming? Did you do anything awesome this weekend?

wurm mid

Begin Again

Well, it took most of the afternoon and evening yesterday and two hours this morning, buy I managed to get back to the start of the body of the hat and begin again. I would be farther along, but while I have knit while participating in a 5K, I’m not brave enough to try it while at the gym.

I wasn't kidding, I knit most of a sock during this 5K!
I wasn’t kidding, I knit most of a sock during this 5K! Granted I walked it, but still!

The going is slow on this not because of the gym, or the pattern, but because of the weather. I have had the worse sinus headaches all week and can only blame the weather. It finally rained this afternoon and I’m hoping that will make me feel better, so it’s FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Yes, most of my knitting is done at my computer desk. It's my command station!
Yes, most of my knitting is done at my computer desk. It’s my command station!

How is your wurm coming along? Any setbacks or has it been smooth sailing? I can’t wait to see your pics! Feel free to link to your Rav project page so I can go share the love.

 

Victory!

This weekend I managed to put aside my fears and got the brim done on my wurm! The pattern calls to pick up 1 stitch at a time from the cast on edge and knit it with the live stitches on the needle. I wanted to make sure that I picked up all 100 stitches (I’m knitting the medium size) and didn’t miss any.

So I thought about it and took a second before and picked up my 100 stitches from the cast on edge. Once I had them all on me second needle, I moved one stitch from the cast on edge to my working needle, then knit the two together and repeated until the entire brim was done. Like the picture below!

brim

 

I’m now cheerfully knitting away on the body! I’m not rushing, just knitting along and LOVING the gentle stripes this colorway is making. I have to say that I really do love this yarn. I think, though, that next time I knit this I’ll do as someone else noted and use a provisional cast on to make the knitting the brim together a bit easier.

How is your wurm coming along? Let me know!

Wiggling Along

I’ve been up late the past several nights. Partly because I have insomnia and my current medication isn’t working for it (no worries, I have an appointment with my doctor soon and we’ll fix it then) and partly because it’s my only quiet time.

Ta-da!
Ta-da!

In addition to finishing my Ashwyn Beret (that would be the pretty lace hat in the picture above) I’ve been inching along on my Wurm. Not even inching. Centimetering. (Is that a word? It is now.)

We all know that I am a hat knitter. Hats are my jam. So why am I not just knitting like the wind on this hat? I love the yarn. I love my needles. (I’m using my Addi Clicks. J’adore.) And I realized around 1 am this morning that I’m nervous about the brim on this hat.

You see, that was what flummoxed me last time I attempted to knit this hat. I know that I was a much newer knitter than I am now. I know that I have successfully picked up and knit stitches. Therefore, picking up and knitting the picked up stitch to a live stitch can’t be that hard. I’m totally psyching myself out.

The beauty of realizing this is now that I know what the issue is, I can face it. What’s the worst that will happen? I’ll have to start over? That’s not the end of the world. Hell, some projects I’ve started 3 or 4 times because I screwed them up. (Always in different ways, though. At least I learn from my mistakes!) So, before the fold I will put in a life line. And I will quit worrying. After all, I have some amazing knitters that I’m lucky to call friend. If worse comes to worse, I’ll just start asking questions and picking brains. And having said that, y’all have been warned! 😉

How’s your Wurm coming? Are you inching along or flying? Have you conquered the brim? Any advice for those of us who haven’t?

Spring Term Ending

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup (HPKCHP) on Ravelry. It’s a friendly community who complete projects based on prompts from each of the classes mentioned in the Harry Potter universe. Today is the last day of the spring term and I’m racing to finish one last project to turn in. Fingers crossed for a Ravenclaw win this term!

I’m also getting down to the wire to finish my things for my current swap I’m participating in. I’ve knitted two items for my recipient and I still have a few things I want to make her. (Not naming what it is on the off chance she’s reading this post!) Swaps are so much fun and I love getting to know other people in a more personal way. (I promise to write a whole post on what I get when I get my package!)

So I’m going to keep knitting like the wind and do my best to finish the Ashwyn Beret tonight to turn it in and then wrap it up to go in my swap package. My wurm is slowly inching along. The sweater is currently languishing in the corner until I get some stuff caught up, and the baby blanket is getting a row here and there when I need something to do with my hands. How are your projects coming along? If you’re knitting a wurm, feel free to link to your project page so I can ooh and ahh over it, as it deserves! 🙂

Inch By Inch

When I begin any project that’s worked in the round, the cast on and first round are ALWAYS the most nerve-racking for me. I do  my best to be super careful and make sure there’s no twist. I despise having to frog 2 or 3 rows and cast on again just because I was in a hurry.

Yay! No twist!
Yay! No twist!

Happily, my little Wurm is just inching along. Cast on and first row were smooth sailing. This is going to be the perfect car/tv/dead in a raid project. Rows of stockinette with a few rows of reverse stockinette just to keep it interesting. My lace hat is also growing rapidly! Only 22 rows until it is ready to be bound off. I’m still debating on whether I should block it or not. I’m leaning toward yes, just because it IS a lace pattern and lace ALWAYS looks better after it’s been blocked. Mostly it depends on if I have a plate the correct size. How is your Wurm coming along? Did you get a twist? Did you work the cast on end in as you went so you have one less end to weave in? (Spoiler alert: I DID!) Let me know!

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