WIP Wednesday for 17 January 2018

There have been lots of changes this week! I finished 2 projects over the weekend, started a new GAL square, and made progress on my Minecraft socks. I don’t have pictures of the socks, but this time it’s because I forgot to take pics and not because there’s been no visible progress. I’ll try to remember a picture for next week’s update.

First, here are blocking pictures of the Holiday Trinity Shawl:

Holiday Trinity shawl - blocking

I really enjoyed this knit, even though the final few rows were really long and my needle wasn’t really long enough to hold all the stitches as comfortably as I prefer. It turned out fine in the end. I was able to cast off the shawl and get it blocked over the long weekend. I haven’t yet unpinned it, but I’m sure it’s ready for its glamour shots.

Holiday Trinity shawl - blocking

I also finished the Star Wars GAL square that I’ve had on the needles on for ages. No fault of the square, it just initially got set aside for gift knitting, and then it was at the bottom of the knitting basket so it didn’t get worked on.

Finished Star Wars GAL Square

(The white yarn is sparkly. I love it.)

But over the weekend I cleaned up my knitting basket and had lots of time to knit while Mr. Wyrm and I watched the final days of Awesome Games Done Quick, so I was able to finish the Star Wars square and start my next one.

Finished Star Wars GAL Square

(Side note: working on the Geek-A-Long blanket, which benefits the Child’s Play charity, felt very appropriate while watching people speedrun video games on AGDQ.)

The next GAL square is the Periodic Table from the 2014 blanket. The 2014 squares are the same size as the 2016 squares, though, so I can include them in my blanket.

Knit GAL Square

I’m doing this one as XDK (extreme double knitting) so that it’s readable on both sides. The front will be “KNIT” and the back will be “TINK”. Seemed appropriate, and silly, and since I was doing the XDK anyway why not spice it up a little bit more? I’m having fun with this knit, and looking forward to having the square far enough along that you can see what it’s going to say.

I’ve also been knitting on the Minecraft Socks, as I mentioned, and while the Boyfriend Sweater is still on the needles, I haven’t worked on it this week. I’m almost done with the right front, though, so hopefully I’ll get that wrapped up soon so I can start on the left front.


WIP Weds for 10 January 2018

Wow. 2018. I’m still not used to that yet.

In any case, there has been knitting. I’m going to start with the most recent FO: the Vanilla Latte socks!

Vanilla Latte socks

These were finished in time to be a late Christmas gift. (But the gift wasn’t late… we celebrated late, so I had a few extra days to knit on them.) (Please forgive the creased tissue paper background. I took the pictures while I was wrapping the socks.)

Vanilla Latte socks

I really like this knit, and will probably make another pair sooner or later. The pattern was easy enough to memorize and yet interesting enough that I actually wanted to knit the second sock. I also like how different heel and toe options were given, so that I won’t have to look up any variations if I want to tweak the sock a little.

Vanilla Latte socks

And… of course I matched the stripes. I’m a little obsessive about that with self-striping yarn. But really, who can blame me?

PATTERN: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
YARN: Knit Picks Felici in Schooner
DATES KNIT: 1 Sept 2017 – 2 Jan 2018

And there has been other knitting, too. I’ve been working on the Minecraft socks again, now that the gift socks are off the needles. (No progress picture, though, since there hasn’t been much visible progress. That’s the problem with knitting a pattern on such dark yarn. It’s hard to see what’s happened.)

I’ve also been working on my Trinity Shawlette. This picture was from the cast-on, and shows how the colors look in natural sunlight.

Trinity Shawl start

And this picture shows the (approximate) current progress on the shawlette in artificial light. It shows how far I’ve come in the knit, but not the true lovely color of the yarn. This has been a fast knit so far, but it’s to the point where the rows are getting long and so it’s not moving as fast at this point. Still a very fun knit! I might make more of this shawlette pattern since there are pattern options I can play with.

Trinity Shawlette

I hope you’re having a good week so far! Happy hump day!

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 13 December 2017

Oops. I have a problem. See if you can spot it:


Yup. I didn’t do the pattern correctly on the second sock. I’ve been purling every row on the ribbed section instead of every other row.

Which means I now need to rip back to the cuff ribbing. And I just finished the heel turn, so that’s 1/2 the sock.


This is a gift sock, though, so I feel I need to fix it. If it was for me, I’d totally consider keeping a fraternal pair of socks. (I still might come to the same decision, though, since I’m a bit picky about matching striped socks.)


At least these are for someone who will understand if the gift socks are late.

WIP Wednesday for 22 November 2017

Happy almost US Thanksgiving Day! (Whew, that was a mouthful.) It wasn’t until this year that I really realized that I’m jealous of the Canadians’ choice in Thanksgiving timing. I would love to have Thanksgiving before Halloween so that I could be listening to Christmas music all November. Oh well. Two more days until I can listen to Christmas music guilt-free.

And in the meantime, there has been knitting! I did decide that 2018 will be a no-knitted-gifts year, so there are a couple of presents that are WIPs which are now hibernating. I will make them for gifts in 2019 instead. (It’s a very freeing feeling. I love it.)

I did cast on a new gift for the 2017 holiday season, though. I’ve decided to make a few quickie gifts, like coffee cup sleeves. Here is the first one of those:

And I’m still working on my scarf gift, too. I love this knit, and the yarn is scrumptious. There has hopefully been enough progress since the last picture that you can tell the difference now:

And I am also still working on my sweater. I’ve started the right front now. I considered knitting the fronts and the sleeves at the same time (aka both fronts, and then both sleeves, not all 4 at once). However, given that I’m already working with two balls of yarn so I can alternate skeins, I decided that would be too much yarn to work with at once. Here’s the progress to date on the right front:

Oh! And I recently cast on the second of the Vanilla Latte socks. I still love this pattern. It’s simple while still being interesting. I haven’t gotten very far on the second sock yet, but here’s a progress pic anyway:

I hope you’re having a great week! I won’t have any other posts or be visiting any blogs for the rest of this week because of the holiday weekend. I will be in a turkey coma, I’m sure. I’ll catch up with you all next week!

If you’re in the US and celebrate, have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! Otherwise, have a good Thursday.  🙂

WIP Wednesday for 25 October 2017

Happy Wednesday! Under a week to Halloween now — are you ready? Even putting aside Halloween itself, are you ready for Christmas stuff to start creeping in everywhere? (I try to not decorate until after Thanksgiving. That’s not the case everywhere, though.) More than that, if you are a knitter: ARE YOUR KNITTED GIFTS READY?

Mine are doing pretty good, actually. I have all except two knitted Christmas gifts ready. There are two birthdays in my family which are immediately following New Year’s, though, and those gifts aren’t done yet. The gift for the late January birthday is made, however, as are all of my December birthday gifts. (Yup. That’s Christmas plus 5 birthdays in the span of 5 weeks. It’s a bit crazy.)

One of the unfinished January gifts is the Seeta fingerless mitts. (The other one hasn’t been cast on yet.) Here’s Seeta progress:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

These are over halfway done, but I’m going to need to figure out a way to block them. The pattern on the back of the hand pulls the fabric in funny ways across the palm. Oh well. I’ll figure something out.

The Christmas gift WIP is socks, and that pair is half-way done. It’s the Vanilla Latte socks:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I am loving this knit. I will be making myself a pair of these once gift knitting is done. Well, once gift knitting AND the Minecraft Socks are done. Speaking of the Minecraft socks:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I have sock #1 finished on that pair, too, technically. I still have to go back and fix the toe, but I decided that I’m going to finish sock #2 with the better toe first, and then I can duplicate what I’ll have just finished on the 2nd toe on the 1st toe, and I’ll have a better chance of the toes actually matching that way.

I’ve also finally made progress on the Star Wars GAL square since the last photo:

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I do want to have this project done soon, so I need to get going on my squares. I think once I’m done with the gifts for this year I’m going to put aside gift knitting and work mostly on the GAL blanket. I’m seriously leaning toward knitted gifts for every OTHER Christmas, so that would give me more time to finish up the GAL blanket in 2018. (And they haven’t announced the 2018 GAL theme yet, but I just KNOW that one’s going to tempt me, too!)

In addition to the small projects I have going (2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of mitts, and 1 blanket square), I just cast on a big project: the Boyfriend Sweater.

WIP Weds - 10/25/17

I’m making this with handspun yarn that I made with roving from Kitty Mine Crafts. I haven’t finished spinning the roving yet, but I’d stalled out on that and decided that the best way to get interested in spinning again was to run out of this yarn. (Partly kidding — I love spinning, but have been doing so much gift knitting that I haven’t been doing the projects for me… including finishing spinning this yarn. Starting the sweater sounded like it would feel more productive than working on the yarn, though. I’m a more experienced knitter than spinner, and I wanted to start off by feeling good about this project instead of nervous that I wouldn’t get the same kind of yarn weight when I started spinning again.)

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to this week. Sorry that the color’s not great in any of the photos. I took the pics too late in the day for natural light and was too lazy to get out my light box. Have a great Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday for October 11, 2017

Believe it or not, there’s not much on the needles for me right now. I have a pair of gift mitts, a pair of gift socks, a pair of socks for me, and the GAL blanket. And that’s it. Weird.

So we’ll just start right in with the pictures! Here is the progress on the socks for me, the Minecraft Socks:

I really like these, and decided that I want to keep them. (I wasn’t sure initially if they would be for me or for a gift.) One of the things that won me over was the yarn. Soft and squishy, and yet it still feels like it will hold up as socks.

And then the gift socks:

These are the Vanilla Latte socks, and they’re just waiting on a fitting before I either start the toe, keep knitting, or rip back to the place where I should have started the toe. We’ll see. I do like them too, and I love the yarn (Knit Picks Felici), so I may knit myself another pair later. They are a wonderful combination of simple yet not-boring which is great to find in a sock pattern.

And then the mitts:

This pattern is Seeta Fingerless Gloves, and it says it’s based on the Leyburn sock pattern (which I have also knit). I really liked the Leyburn socks, so it’s no surprise that I wanted to knit these mitts, too. So far so good, but I’m hoping to get them to a good point for a fitting by this weekend. They aren’t for anyone close-by, but I’ll be visiting someone this weekend with a similar-sized hand, so I can get a good guess at whether they’ll fit the recipient.

And no picture of the GAL blanket right now. I’ll get more work done on this soon, but I keep finding more things I can knit for gifts, and so I keep procrastinating it. I’m considering doing another year of no knitted gifts next year, which would give me plenty of time to knit things for me. But… we’ll see. I love giving things I’ve made to people who appreciate them, so I may knit presents again next year. Or maybe I’ll sew gifts instead… hmm. Options, but I have plenty of time to make that decision.

Have a great rest of the week!