Good morning Ravellenic Athletes! I hope you’ve been training hard, because the next 17 days are going to be busy!
I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do (not that I waited until the 11th hour or anything). I’ve decided to do something a little different than usual:
I’m going to see how many projects I can finish in the next two weeks.
I figure I’m not going to have a ton of knitting time coming up, so I might as well take this as an opportunity to finish up some (all? If I’m lucky, and very fast.) of the projects that I’ve been letting languish in my WIP pile.
I’ve got my Papaya Sweater, which is really only knit down to the armpits.I’ve got an entire stack of bears that need to be stuffed, need faces, and need to be sent off to Mama Bear Headquarters.I’ve got a scarf that I’ve started and put down and restarted about a dozen times over the last three years. (I even spun the yarn for this one! I just never got off my butt to finish the dang thing!)I’ve got the almost-finished prototype for the 15th Street Wrap– a project that I have written up as a pattern, published, and other people have knit their own versions of, before I even finished mine!I found two half-finished pairs of socks from some point in the past (I think one pair of socks might literally be from over five years ago… I really don’t remember starting them). This might explain where all my US2 DPNs have disappeared to over the years.And of course, I’m about halfway through my sock yarn baby blanket.I don’t expect to finish everything, but it’ll be fun to try!
So, what to do first? (And when is curling on?)
What are you working on for the Ravellenic Games?
I’m proud of my little stash of finished projects. It’s satisfying to see them all folded neatly, ready to be gifted at the next holiday.
But, I have a second stash. A secret stash. A shameful stash. A stash that lives in the bookcase next to my desk (I started keeping everything there in the hopes that having to look at it every day would spur myself into doing something to take care of it… It has not worked yet).
It’s my stash of unfinished projects.
I’m not even going to show you everything, because it’s that embarrassing.
There are several pairs of socks- I decided halfway down the brown sock’s cuff that I didn’t love knitting the pattern. (I actually really like how the pattern’s turning out, it’s just a pain in the butt to do), and the black/pink socks were being knit at an insanely tight gauge… I don’t know why I decided to start a pair of socks on 0’s! I never knit with anything smaller than 2s! Not my smartest moment.
Then there’s the box overflowing with my Mama Bears. Which are in turn overflowing with stuffing because I realized that I don’t have any of the right colors of yarn to finish sewing them up! (I’ll probably just use some other scraps I have laying around, but there’s a part of my brain that thinks that if I just let the bears hang out in the corner for a little longer, they’ll magically grow extra yarn. Yeah… that’s how that works.)There are even some projects that are so old, I’m pretty sure I started them before I moved to the new house… almost four years ago. This scarf, for instance. I started it as a way to use some pretty fun-fetti-colored yarn I spun. But, then I decided the scarf was turning out too narrow. So now it lives in a project bag on a shelf among the other half-forgotten projects.Look! I even stole the needles from this project… that’s how little confidence I had in myself to finish this project. Sigh…I know I’m not the only one with a shameful WIP stash. Make me feel better! Tell me what you’re totally going to finish… (some day)
It’s that time again! Time for me to be a nosey so-and-so, and for you to tell me what you’re working on.
But fair is fair, so here’s what I’ve been working on. I’m on a bit of a sock kick these days. I just finished blocking a pair of socks (made with KnitPick’s Stroll in Tree Fort). I absolutely love the colorway when it is in a ball, but I don’t love how it knit up. I definitely picked the wrong pattern for variegated yarn. It’s all weird and pool-y, and the shell texture I knit in isn’t really visible when they’re worn. Oh well. At least they’re warm and cozy.
And, yesterday I cast on for a belated birthday gift for my friend Shirley. She wanted slipper-socks in grey. Ask and ye shall receive! These are knitting up thick and super-cozy looking with Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash in Dark Gray Heather on size 5 needles. It’s weird, knitting socks for someone with little feet at such a big gauge. My typical socks use 60 stitches, but these only use 40. I’m flying through!I’ve shown you mine, so now you show me yours! What do you have on your needles? Send me a photo, and I’ll put it up on the blog next week!
So, whatcha working on? I’m curious.
I’m making a Peggy Sue cardigan. It’s (hopefully) going to be pretty cute.On a trip to visit my brother in San Francisco, I came across the coolest fabric store I’ve ever seen. I’ve now forgotten its name and its location, which is super helpful for all of you (and me, if I ever go back). But, it had a gigantic wall of approximately 1 billion beautiful buttons. I didn’t have a project going at the time, but I still bought some buttons to use for a future sweater. Aren’t they the best?
Anyhoo, that’s what’s on my needles. Let me know what’s on your needles (or hook). If you send me a picture, I’ll even put it up on the blog.