WIP Wednesday for 14 March 2018

Plenty of progress this week, but not a whole lot to show in pictures. First of all, the Thor GAL square is done, which means it was time to start a new square. This one is Groot! (Dancing baby Groot, to be specific.) I think the colors I picked work well for the square, but I’m hoping that they aren’t too similar. I think I’ll be fine. (At least under good lighting.)

GAL Blanket - Groot

Next up is the reworked vanilla sock. You may remember this as the sock that I started as a toe-up two-at-a-time pair last week. Well, I remembered why I haven’t been knitting socks that way: I don’t like the needles I have for that method. So, I got rid of the needles, ripped the sock back, and have restarted the sock as a cuff-down one-at-a-time pair. They also are now not plain vanilla, but are the Vanilla is the New Black pattern. (Which is vanilla except for a fun heel.) Anyway, it took a bit of backwards progress to get there, but I’m happy with where they are.

Vanilla sock

Have a great rest of the week!



WIP Wednesday for 7 March 2018

Okay, I have decided what I am going to do with the Raw Honey mitts that I made a mistake on (keep knitting the correct one, and hope then frog the first one and hope I have enough yarn to make it the correct length instead) but I’m still annoyed at it so I haven’t been knitting on it this week. I also decided that there’s now no way these will make it in time for the birthday, so they will be a Christmas gift instead.

I have been knitting on the Lacy Chroma Entrelac scarf. I really love this project so, so much. I may have to knit more of them in all the colors of the rainbow so that there’s a whole color palette to choose from.

(This one is my travel knitting, which is why I take pictures of it on my car seats. At least it’s in natural light.)

And I have been knitting on the Thor GAL square. Almost done with it, now that I’ve pulled out the second ball of the background yarn and am using that to finish it. I think I know how I’ll handle getting fewer squares out of each ball of yarn than I’d expected (some of the GAL patterns switch yarns part-way through; I’ll just incorporate more of those) but I’m still loving this project so it didn’t have to sit on time-out for long.


And since last week I finished the Periodic Table GAL square, I’ve cast on the Studio Ghibli square to fill those needles. (As a quick reminder, the Thor square is for the worsted-weight version I’m knitting as a gift. The Studio Ghibli square is for the fingering weight version I’m knitting for myself.) You probably can’t tell, but that white yarn is sparkly. It seemed appropriate for a square about a magical ghost-like spirit creature. (The square features No-Face from Spirited Away, which is Mr. Wyrm’s favorite Studio Ghibli film. (My favorite is Castle in the Sky.))


I haven’t really knit on them much lately, but here’s a current picture of the Minecraft socks anyway:


And I have done something I didn’t plan to do: I started a pair of plain vanilla socks. Um. Oops?


(Yes, okay, doing toe-up two-at-a-time socks isn’t entirely plain vanilla. Close enough.)

WIP Wednesday for 21 February 2018

Work was closed on Monday, which should have given me lots of time to prepare for this WIP Wednesday, but in reality all it did was throw off my sense of what day it is, and so this is being written rather late. Still, I can show you progress pictures!

First up is the one I’m currently mad at: the Thor Geek-A-Long square:

WIP Weds 2/21/18

I think you can see why I’m mad at it. I ran out of one of the yarns with only a few (well, 10-ish) rows left to go. I was hoping to be able to get 2 squares out of each ball of yarn (I already used this gray yarn for the Monty Python square), but that doesn’t look likely. I do have another ball of that yarn, because I am using lighter colors for the background squares and so was planning on multiple squares with that background. But now it looks like I’ll have 3 squares out of the 2 balls of yarn I bought, instead of the 4 I was hoping for. This also means that the main colors (the blue, in this case) won’t last for 2 squares, either. I have to re-think my plan. I might be pulling in more of the multi-color squares from prior years than I had been planning on.

(Side note: I’m only mad because I ran out of yarn. Otherwise I love this project.)

Next is the Raw Honey Mitts:

WIP Weds 2/21/18

I’m not sure yet if these will be a birthday gift or a Christmas gift. Partly it will depend on when they are finished, and partly it will depend on how warm it is at the time of the birthday.

Next pic is the Periodic Table Geek-A-Long square, because it’s been a while since I showed it off:

WIP Weds 2/21/18

WIP Weds 2/21/18

I love the reversible aspect of it. Yes, this makes it extreme double knitting instead of just DK, but I do enjoy the end result of XDK, and I don’t find it that much more difficult. I just have to pay closer attention.

And finally, the project that has been getting the most love, the Lacy Entrelac Chroma scarf:

WIP Weds 2/21/18

There’s something about color change yarn that makes it so easy for me to knit. Also I love knitting entrelac (and mitered squares and other things that use short rows) so between the two this scarf is knitting up FAST.

Happy Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday for Valentine’s Day 2018

I was supposed to have little knit hearts to show you today, but I haven’t started knitting any yet. Finding the right yarn and needle combination won’t really take me that long, but I’m procrastinating knitting them using that as my excuse, so… yeah.

What I am knitting is this, the “Thor” Geek-A-Long square:

Suzy is helping me as often as she can.

I’m also knitting the Lacy Entrelac Scarf:

It is my current travel knitting (I haven’t moved my sock or mitt projects back to the “travel knitting” role since I’m so enamored of this scarf) and so it’s been getting worked on over my lunch breaks.

There are other WIPs on the needles, but these are the two I actively knit on this past week. I spent time doing stuff (that wasn’t knitting) with my family this past weekend, so there wasn’t as much knitting time last week as usual.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

WIP Wednesday for 7 February 2018

I recently needed to bring a travel knitting project somewhere, but I couldn’t bring the mitts I’m working on since the person I’m going to be giving them to was going with me. So I looked at the other travel-sized projects I have on the needles, and decided I didn’t want to bring any of them.

  1. The Raw Honey mitts were out, due to my travel companion.
  2. The Minecraft socks might be an easy pattern, but I was coming up on the heel turn soon-ish and didn’t want to have to do my measuring / trying on half-finished socks on the plane.
  3. The mitts for my SIL have been waiting long enough that it would take too long for me to remember where I was in the pattern.
  4. The GAL squares (both of them) are double knitting and therefore more balls of yarn than I wanted to be dealing with at once.

So of course I cast on something new.

I went stash diving in search of some nice striped yarn or something that I would be happy making vanilla socks from. I found a lovely ball of Chroma fingering yarn. Lovely, and wanting to be cast on with, and not what I wanted for socks.

So instead I cast on a new scarf. Easy, right? No fuss, right?

Um. No. I cast on a lace entrelac scarf. Not at all any easier to deal with than the other projects I already have started.

Entrelac scarf

But it is lovely, isn’t it?

WIP Wednesday for 20 December 2017

It is Wednesday and there has been knitting!

First up, my Boyfriend Sweater. (This, for those who don’t know or have forgotten, is made with yarn I spun from Kitty Mine Crafts fiber.) I’m to the neck & armhole decreases on the first of the fronts:

WIP Weds 12/20/17

I’m really enjoying this knit. It’s a lot of fun, and I look forward to having finished it so I can wear it.

And speaking of knits I’ve been enjoying, here’s the status of the gift scarf:

WIP Weds 12/20/17

I folded it in half at the yarn join, so those few inches at the bottom which aren’t double-layer is what I have remaining to knit. So close! I think I’ll even finish this one before Christmas.

And lastly, I’ve been working on the Vanilla Latte gift socks:

WIP Weds 12/20/17

It was a wrench frogging back half the sock, but it needed to be done. And now I’m working on the socks again, in the CORRECT pattern, and they look good. Fortunately these don’t need to be finished by Christmas, so I should be able to finish them before they are given away.

And that’s it for me for this week. Have you had time for any arts & crafts among all the holiday shopping and baking?

Oh… speaking of baking, I made these too…

WIP Weds 12/20/17

WIP Wednesday for 6 December 2017

There has been a surprising lack of progress on knitting this week. I guess that’s because I spent a lot of what would have been craft time addressing and mailing the first (and second) batch(es) of Christmas cards.

However, there has been some knitting! I have a few knitted gifts still on the needles, so I can’t stop knitting entirely.

First up is the latest coffee cup sleeve:

This one is a bit taller than the others. It still fits well, though I neglected to do the short row shaping that’s in the pattern. (I got carried away and missed the wrap & turn instructions.) I also just noticed that the color is way off in the WIP photo. I was emphasizing the stitch contrast when I took that picture and didn’t even pay attention to the fact that the color looked nothing like the real thing. The FO picture is closer to true.

I’ve also made progress on my gift scarf:

I’m on to the second ball of yarn now, so if all goes well I’m halfway done. I’m hoping that I’ll like the length when I’m done with this ball of yarn so that I don’t have to wait for more yarn to arrive in the mail.

Still, pretty decent progress overall! Have a great rest of the week, everyone!