Posts Tagged ‘WIP Wednesday’

WIP: Shawl and a Secret

August 14, 2019

With my latest socks blocking, I’ve got two WIPs, only one of which I can explain in detail at this point.

Several years ago, I swore never to knit mohair again — too fine and fuzzy for my fingers — but I was swept away by the Pretty Perfect Square on display during a visit to Churchmouse Yarns and Tea a couple months ago. I’m tweaking the pattern so I’ll have a rectangle wrap — eventually. All I’ve got now is 24in/62cm of lusciously soft stockinette stitch.

close up of knitting with fine grey yarn

Perhaps because this project is pretty mindless, I’ve started something a bit more fun. It’s also stockinette but in a much heavier and brighter yarn. It’s a stealth project, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see it in its final state.

close up of knitting with bright pink yarn

I think you’ll enjoy it.

WIP: Hitchhiker

July 24, 2019

Having made two pairs of socks with the lovely Game of Thrones-inspired yarns from Bumblebee Acres Farms, I was a sucker for a couple more skeins before they discontinued sales. One here in Brienne of Tarth:

Although I don’t know the characters, I was pretty sure that the beautiful blues, cream, and slight silvery glitter of the Daenerys Targaryen colorway would be suitable for a very special soon-to-be-17 niece, who just happens to be a HUGE Game of Thrones fan.

I’m not sure how she feels about knitted socks, but I know she can rock a scarf — and not just in the winter. So I decided on the Hitchhiker. It starts with only two stitches and grows asymmetrically, with increases on one edge and a saw-tooth border on the other.

triangular knit scarf in blue white yarn hanging on grey shingle shed

The spikes remind me of a dragon’s tail. And I’m culturally aware enough to know that dragons feature prominently in Game of Thrones. And that Daenerys Targaryen is called, among other names, Mother of Dragons.

The Little Things

June 5, 2019

The little things in life are so often the big things. I’ve been reminding myself of this over the past nine or ten months as I spend hours every day with Mom. It’s not rocket science nor is it a new insight. It’s just good to pause in the moment and realize.

Untangling a poorly wound ball of yarn, bit by bit, over an hour or so wasn’t even frustrating because I knew that the knots were preventing Mom from knitting. I just had to talk her off the edge after I snipped a long length, so she could continue as I untangled. It didn’t make sense to her, but she carried on.

For a few weeks, both Michael and Kevin are back home, a situation that presents loads of little moments of joy and the occasional boost of late-night anxiety. By this time next week, Michael will be off to his camp counselor job until late August. He’s juggling seeing friends before he leaves and spending time with family. Lucky for us, he’s a good juggler.

I’ve started the second Patons self-striping sock, using a variation of the Yarn Harlot’s basic top-down sock recipe: 3K, 1P over 64 stitches, 8 inch leg, Eye of Patridge heel flap.

Self-striping yarn always makes me feel clever. It looks so much more complex than it is. The Biscotte stripes are lovely, too. As usual, I love the subtle detail of an Eye of Partridge heel.

Of course, few people will see the “speckles” of a sock heel. I mean, it’s mostly hidden in one’s shoe and, even if one’s not wearing shoes, the heel is a good five feet or more away from the viewer.

But it’s the little things that matter.

WIP Wednesday: Log Cabin for Baby

April 17, 2019

Since it’s now too big to be a traveling project, the Log Cabin Throw hasn’t been getting much attention lately. Every day, I tuck my latest sock into my bag as I head to Mom’s home and spend at least a few hours knitting.

She’ll often knit her latest garter stitch scarf or will putter about the apartment or go through the mail. Like many things in her life these days, the mail is both a burden and a routine that brings consistency to her otherwise confusing world.

Although it’s nearly all fundraising appeals, she often reads each piece, not comprehending much of it, before either tearing it into small pieces for recycling or “responding” by placing the appeal letter into the reply envelope and tracing the stamp location with an orange marker.

I remind myself often these days that many of her actions are her way of exerting control over what she can control, even if the action doesn’t really make much sense to me.

The intended recipient of the Log Cabin Throw was born about 10 days ago. I have it from very good sources that he is absolutely lovely. Hannah, who held him in his second day of life, declared him “flawless.”

He’s got lots of growing to do, and the throw, modeled here in the cool spring sunshine, will get there eventually.

WIP Wednesday: Not What You Expect

April 3, 2019

Work in Progress (WIP) is shorthand among crafters for a current project, something that you’re knitting, sewing, painting, making. The understanding in sharing updates on WIPs is that progress is being made — that you’re another step or so closer to finishing.

#WIPWednesday is a chance to share such progress — for example, a sock that now has a heel and part of a gusset.

Knit sock showing heel and gusset

I’ve said before that part of what I love about knitting is finishing. This is especially true when the rest of life is filled with repetitive undertakings that can seem never ending.

Yet some of those WIPs are the most valuable. Take this little guy, a Work in Progress of the highest order.

Young William arrived a couple of weeks ago, and, according to his completely smitten (and very wise) grandmother Pat, his favorite snuggly item is her most recent project — this lovely blanket.

Baby wrapped in knit blanket and lying on man’s lap

WIP Wednesday: Log Cabin

March 27, 2019

When I started the Log Cabin Throw, the intended recipient’s arrival seemed far off. Probably because it was. But Baby-to-Be is due in just about two weeks, so I’d best pick up the pace.

detail of knit log cabin blanket in grey, light blue, and navy

Since it’s knit from the center out, each segment is about seven inches longer that the one it’s “stacked” on. The entire piece will be much bigger than the usual baby blanket, but I envision a loving adult wrapping her- or himself and the baby in this cozy item.

As predicted, the second Frasier Fir Sock is moving along quickly. I’ve just started the cuff bind off. On the theme of trying new things, the pattern calls for the Invisible Ribbed Bind-off for some extra stretch at the cuff.

I’m heading off for a sock knitting lesson later this morning with dear friend Barbara — she of the beautiful Eleventh Hour Marled Blanket. Today’s lesson plan: heel flap and turning the heel.

What’s on your needles today?

WIP Wednesday: Almost a Sock

March 20, 2019

It only took two (or was it three?) attempts at the Frasier Fir Sock for me to realize that the “gusset and heel flap” and I were not at all compatible. After a self-imposed hiatus of a day or so, I switched to pattern option #2, the German Short-Row heel, and found we could get along quite nicely.

It’s been a while since I followed a chart, but it came back to me pretty quickly — although that whole “pay attention to what you’re knitting” thing was a bit challenging at times.

Checking off each row of the chart helped. I quite like this subtle evergreen pattern.

Perhaps I’ll add it as a variation in a future pair of top-down socks. Of course, I’d have to work the chart from the opposite direction…. We’ll see how that goes.

Sock #1 is nearly done. Although I’m not sure of her foot size, I’m pretty sure who the eventual recipient of this pair will be.

Yikes! The foot looks bigger than the leg, doesn’t it? I’m going to hope that it’s a photographic illusion and carry on with the ribbing.

WIP Wednesday: Time Out

March 13, 2019

As I ripped out the heel and attempted gusset of the Frasier Fir sock for the third time yesterday, I had some serious doubts about my professed desire to learn new techniques.

I’d looked at several videos — multiple times each — in my attempt to figure out how the whole toe-up wrap-and-turn heel was constructed. When my third attempt at the wrap-and-turn yielded an uncentered heel, it clearly was time for a break.

The log cabin blanket is growing nicely as is the recipient, a baby-to-be who’s expected to arrive next month.

The mindless back and forth of the garter stitch was just what I needed.

I’ll be back for you soon, Frasier Fir.

WIP Wednesday: Log Cabin Throw

February 20, 2019

I’ve got two projects for babies-to-be going at the moment and am this close to casting on a new pair of socks with some lovely yarn that I got at the knitting guild yard sale. But baby knits have deadlines, so the socks shall wait.

As would be expected with bulky yarn, the log cabin throw is the faster growing of the two.

The back and front sections of the Patches Baby Sweater are done and blocking. I’ve started the first sleeve and decided to modify the pattern by knitting it in one piece rather than two segments.

Mom finished another garter stitch scarf yesterday. As you can see from her clothing, she’s quite partial to the crimson, fuschia, pink color range. Malabrigo never disappoints.

WIP Wednesday: Socks in a Flash

December 5, 2018

On Monday, after learning that Kevin’s first final exam will be this Saturday, I raided my stash of Christmas socks and mailed a pair to him. As he knows, the academic benefits of handknit socks haven’t been scientifically proven, but it certainly can’t hurt to have your feet wrapped in love and know that you’ve got a big fan in your corner. Right?

Of course, that meant that I needed to knit another pair of socks for Christmas. 

A morning trip to the hair salon provided time for knitting. You can see the crimps and crinkles in the yarn, leftover from its previous incarnation (a failed toe-up sock experiment). I expect blocking will ease that out entirely.

I knit several more inches at Mom’s in the afternoon as we listened to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on CD (her favorites). She’s making great progress on her latest garter stitch scarf.

The yarn is really yummy: Junkyarn‘s “Tini” colorway. The bright flecks of color never fail to delight Mom, who holds them up and exclaims, “look at this!” 

If I’d been tasked with naming this colorway, I would have selected “Peppermint Stick,” since it reminds me of the peppermint stick ice cream at my favorite island soda counter.


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