Category Archives: Works in Progress
It’s coming along nicely. I’m about 3/4 done with one sleeve…. and I’m not going to have enough of either color to finish. I’m so mad. I ordered more than the pattern indicated, and STILL don’t have enough. The main problem is that KnitPicks is out of Caribou (the brown) until May. MAY!!! I certainly hope he doesn’t need a sweater in May.
I hate buying yarn for projects… I hate ending up with all these leftover extra skeins, which is why I didn’t order extra extra skeins for this sweater. Grrr.
Anyone have KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Caribou? I also need Oregano, while I’m at it, but I can order that from KnitPicks right now. I just don’t want to have to wait until May to finish. I’ll be all off my groove.
I finally got my Eragon socks cast on. The yarn is just lovely – the nicest sock yarn I’ve worked with yet (OK, and the third sock yarn I’ve worked with, but it IS lovely.) It’s from Monkeypal at Etsy. The pattern is nice, it’s the pattern that my Eragon Gauntlets were based on, so I’m pretty familiar with it. I’m just not feeling the love, though, for some reason.
Alright, I have decided to embrace my inner geek. I have resisted just-for-fun geek knitting, because I still have little use for things that are neither functional nor beautiful (bonus points if you can name who said this). But I’m starting on a string of geek knitting that does have function.
Project One: Dragon Gauntlets in bright blue, reminiscent of Saphria from Eragon. (see, I warned you.)
And here is the link to the project’s page at Ravelry, with pattern information. No yarn information though, it’s from my mom’s stash with, predictably, no label.
After I get these done, I’ll be doing some socks with the same dragon scale pattern, then a few other geeky surprises, including Star Wars, Star Trek, and Nintendo Geekiness. Some Stargate thrown in there, too, for good measure.
So this is an odd perspective for this picture, but hey, that’s alright. This is the SECOND sock of a pair of socks for my husband, who has very large feet. So large, in fact, that I’m rather bored with the whole Knitting Him A Pair Of Socks thing. Plus, he has very large ankles and the first time he put on the first sock, he totally broke the bind off, even though I’d used the stretchiest bindoff I know. I ended up increasing a bunch around the top before binding off and it worked like a charm, though the sock appears ruffled when it’s not on. More pictures and pattern information when I finish them!!
Trying to finish Genevieve’s stocking by Christmas. Ha.
This was last week, after 2.5 weeks of work. In the past week, I’ve completed all of the stitching except about 3 square inches. Plus the backstitching. Plus adding her name. And then sewing it. Not gonna happen by tomorrow.
And my second sock. About 2/3 done. I’ve largely stopped working on this in favor of the stocking above. Seen here in its native habitat, my bed. (Though now that I think of it, I do most of my work on it in the car.)
So at first, for many years, I had no desire to knit socks. Then more recently, I’ve become more intrigued by the idea. But I was too chicken to give it a try, because reading instructions for socks seemed so confusing. I found so many websites talking about all this math, and measurements, and whatnot, and it intimidated me. Also, knitting is something I largely do in the car or in quick bits here and there, so I tend to stick to relatively simple patterns.
But then a group of mamas I know decided to start up a knitting/fiber arts group. More on that later. And just before our first meeting, it was suggested that we all try the same project – BroadRipple socks from Knitty. So a very kind friend got me the yarn and needles and I got to work. Originally, we were learning to knit two socks at a time using the magic loop method, but with a newborn and needing to knit in brief moments, I just couldn’t keep track of where I was, so I switched to double points and whipped out my first sock in a matter of about a week and a half. The heel was not as hard as I feared, in fact it was not hard at all.
Now I am working diligently on the second sock. It’s going slower. (I had the benefit of spending massive quantities of time in the rocker holding the sleeping or nursing baby in her first week to get the first sock done. Plus, I have to finish needlepointing Miss G’s Christmas stocking, and that project takes priority!)
I wanted to make something special for Wally among all the baby hulabaloo, so I cast on this simple scarf for him. It’s knit from two yarns, two rows at a time, in a mistake rib pattern. I chose two thick-and-thin yards (both Moda Dea Cartwheel), a gray and a bright variegated. I love how they’re blending together.
Things are slowing down here, that’s for sure, but I’m working on a few projects right now, in between trying to get some Mei Tais sewn up for Wallypop.
I’m trying out batik – I’ll write more about that in a few days when I have more finished projects to show you, but in the meantime, here’s a teaser:
I will be dying the top part black early next week. We’ll see how that works out.
I’m also trying out tub dying, which is not as easy as you might think. Well, it actually is not that hard. I just have this problem where I get up to grab a drink of water, and end up doing 10 other things, and forgetting I’m supposed to be in there stirring the stuff.
And, finally, Wally really wanted me to make him a pumpkin shirt, and he wanted to help. He helped me dye it orange (he stirred a bit) and then he helped me draw the face and paint it on. (Freezer paper stencil.)
OK, this stuff is SO SOFT. It’s the 100% baby alpaca I picked up at La Bella Vita on vacation. I couldn’t decide what to do with it, but ended up deciding on a blanket, I’m thinking something small to toss over the baby while in the carseat. But I wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn, so I decided to make small squares, then seam the squares together to make a blanket.
As suspected, the yarn didn’t go nearly far enough. I have about six of these little squares, and I’d like at least double that. So I need to go off and find another skein of this stuff!