WIP Wednesday ~ in which I am *that close*

I am so close. So close I can practically feel it. Close to what, you ask? Close to being done with crocheting squares for the Babette blanket! I still have a small handful to make, and yes – then I have to sew in starting ends and assemble the blanket – but I AM SO CLOSE!

For proof of progress, here are the squares I’ve made since my last photo update:

I’m not going to take a photo of all of the squares until I have finished making them. But still, this is definite progress. I really can’t wait until I’m done with this project, and this is a really good start to being done.

(another glamour shot of the squares)

I have also been knitting the second Circle of Love Cowl. There has been less progress on it, though, because the weather got warmer and it’s hard to think about knitting a mohair cowl on my lunch break when it’s in the 70’s. Also, I really have too large a crochet hook in the project bag, so while it works for getting the beads on the yarn, it’s not always easy. I need to remember to swap out hooks to speed the knitting along again.

There is the progress on the cowl, at any rate. I love the way it looks laid out, and am looking forward to trying it on once it’s done to see how the beads fall on the finished fabric. Well… I’ll try it on once it’s finished and the temperature gets back to something resembling cool weather. I might need to stand in front of the open freezer.

Have a great rest of the week!

WIP Weds ~ in which I am late with the pictures

Okay, so this was supposed to be published a lot earlier on Wednesday than this… but I didn’t get my WIP pictures taken until lunchtime on Wednesday, so there was a delay. Anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter that much: it’s still Wednesday. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I have been working on the Babette blanket as my TV-knitting (well, crochet). (TV-crochet doesn’t sound as good.)

I think these are all new squares for you. If not, then enjoy the repeats. I’ve decided to throw in a bit of additional color instead of just using blues and greens and purples, so we ended up with a watermelon square from the leftover watermelon sock yarn. That square makes me happy. (The others do too, but I really like that one.)

I’m down to just 6-round and 4-round squares now, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer. Though, I haven’t been blocking the squares (probably a mistake) and so they don’t all end up the same size due to subtle differences in the yarn weight. Some of these will take more finesse with easing them in as I seam up the blanket. Oh well. I knew that was a possible problem when I decided not to block the squares.

I have also been working on the Cats Will Play shawl. Still love the pattern, still love the yarn, not as fond of the row length. I can only get a couple rows done on my lunch break now, instead of finishing several. Oh well, I guess that means I’m getting closer to the end of the project.

Have a great day!

WIP Wednesday ~ in which we start a new year with an old project

So here we are in a New Year! And I have started to work on… a very old project of mine.

This week I have been working on the Babette Blanket. I started this project nearly seven years ago in April of 2010. I haven’t worked on it in a long while, but I really do enjoy the project. It’s my only current crochet project, but that’s neither why I enjoy knitting inter why I stopped working on it. It’s just a really large project and I have a bad habit of getting bored of big projects before I finish them. However, I intend to finish this blanket this year. (It’s on my 101 in 1001 challenge list, too.) To that end, I have decided to finish crocheting all the rest of the squares before I assemble any more of them.

(Since it’s been ages since I posted about this: I had been crocheting the squares. Then I thought maybe assembling them would keep me interested in the project longer. So I put some of them together. That was fun, but I still let the project slip away. This time around I’m going to finish the rest of the squares, since I really don’t have that many left to make. Then I will assemble the rest of them all at once.)

In any case, here are the squares I finished making on New Year’s Day. (We binge-watched MST3K shows while I crocheted.) I haven’t taken pictures of the rest of the squares I crocheted this week.


I can also show you something else that I finished recently but haven’t posted on the blog yet: the finished Leaving Cowl. I had to get it in the mail as a present, but since it should have been delivered and opened by the date this is published, I can post a picture of it now:


This was enjoyable enough to knit, but the picot edging was tedious. It looks good, but if I make this cowl again I’ll probably knit the other edging. I used Cascade 220 Sport for this cowl, and that yarn was lovely to work with. I’ll happy to work with it again, though I don’t have any projects in mind at present.

Happy 2017! May you have many fun projects to work on, regardless of what your hobbies are.

WIP Weds – drive-by edition

This will be a super-fast WIP Weds post today, with pictures that are a little out of date, but I felt guilty for not sharing these things on the blog. They need their time to be seen too, right?

Here is the Mortal Kombat GAL square. I haven’t played this game, and don’t intend to play it. However, it is a classic game and the logo HAS A DRAGON, so of course I had to knit the square. (I’m nearly done with the square now, but have been knitting in artificial light, so this is the best picture I’ve been able to get.)

And here is an old photo of the Leaving Cowl. I may have talked about this one a while ago… or I may not. I’m not sure and don’t have the energy to look it up. Anyway, I started knitting it, then started focusing exclusively on the GAL, and then needed a break from all blanket knitting, all the time. So I picked the cowl back up, and started working on it again.

I have made a bunch more progress on it since this picture was taken, but this is a better picture than anything I’ve taken since. Because kitty.

Have a great rest of the week, and happy December Eve!

WIP Weds ~ 10-11-16

Okay, no cute blog post title today. I was sick over the weekend and am still not 100% recovered (that silly thing called “not getting enough sleep” isn’t helping) and so creativity isn’t at its peak right now. But in any case, there has been knitting.

First the newest project:

This is the start of the first MineCraft sock. It has a brick pattern on the leg (and top of the foot, when I get there) which is the texture you can see in this photo. However, this isn’t a very well-lit photo, so it’s hard to see the pattern. This is another reason why I don’t knit with dark yarns often: they’re harder to photograph. (But mostly, they make it harder to read your knitting and fix mistakes.)

This is a pretty simple knit so far, and I’d be a lot further along if I hadn’t spent the weekend being sick.

Actually, I might not be further along on the MineCraft sock. I might instead be further along on the Oregon Trail GAL square:

I am loving this square, but I had to go and make the text readable from both sides, so it’s a lot harder to knit than it would have been if I had left well enough alone. (But then it would have an obvious front and back, and I didn’t want that. However, this means it requires a lot of concentration, and so it wasn’t my sick-time-knitting. Oh well, I will be happier with the finished project this way.

Have a great rest of the week, and I hope you’re all healthy! Being sick is no fun.

WIP Weds & Sleep Deprivation

I know I often say that these WIP Weds posts will be quick, but today I mean it. (However, I mean it at the start of this post. I may get going and be unable to stop. That happens sometimes too. See? I’m doing it now.)

Anyway, why so short? Because in spite of my best intentions, I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. The show I’m working on is in full swing with rehearsals, and I need to be at each and every rehearsal we run. My day looks pretty crazy: get up, throw clothes on, feed the cat, go to work, hopefully have had time for breakfast but if not eat a protein bar at my desk, try to go for a walk on my lunch break so I get some exercise in, drive home, feed the cat again, feed myself (food at home if I have leftovers but fast food if not), open up the rehearsal space, do my job during rehearsal, drive home, email out rehearsal notes, shower (washing my hair only if there’s time or a desperate need), and fall in bed. Rinse and repeat. Monday through Friday.

So. As you can see that only really leaves the weekends for knitting. And my knitting time is cut even further short when I discover an error several rows back that can’t be easily tinked back to, but must be ripped out. That’s what happened with my Skyrim square.

So, my current progress on the only knitting I’ve worked on this week looks very similar to the last progress picture you saw of it, with a few more rows added to the top in spite of the many more hours I spent working on it. Oh well. It’s correct now, and I won’t have to be sad looking at an error I was too lazy to fix.

Anyway, I love this square. And the yarn. LOVE. (So I guess re-knitting a chunk of it wasn’t too bad.) I’m going to be so happy when I can see what it looks like finished. Oh – and this pictures is a pretty good representation of the color of the contrast yarn. Such pretty. Many sparkly. Wow.

(Side note: I just realized that taken separately, the top half of this square also looks like it could be Maleficent, the most awesome Disney Dragon ever. Hmm.)

Quick WIP Update

Today there will be an extremely quick WIP post. (Partly, I’ll be honest, because progress has been limited. But also because my time is in high demand this week and I don’t have more time to write about knitting, no matter how much I want to.)

First up is the current progress on the Kingdom Hearts GAL square that I showed you last week:

I’m still loving it, but have less time to knit on it than I would like.

Next up is the not-quite-current picture of a new WIP, the Hedera socks by Cookie A.

I am enjoying the knit so far. I’m using Scout’s Swag sport yarn, in a colorway dyed specially for Miriam Felton. I won the yarn in a giveaway many years ago, and have finally decided on a project for it. I love it, and will get you a more current picture… as soon as I have the time to do that.

Happy hump day!