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 24 January 2018

Happy WIP Wednesnesday! Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard asked last week if this was a meme anyone could join, and the answer is yes! (Okay, it’s not an official meme, and I don’t have a cool logo for it. But I’m happy to have other knitters join me in posting updates on Wednesdays!)

So… what am I knitting these days? Well, I’ve gotten back on a Geek-A-Long blanket kick. I’m working on two right now, both the 2016 blanket for me (which includes 2014 squares too) and the 2018 blanket for my sis and BIL. (I’m not sure yet whether that one will include other years too, but it probably will.) Here’s the current progress on the one for me:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

It’s the Periodic Table square from 2014, and I’ve modified it so that one side says “KNIT” and the other says “TINK”. (Knitter humor there.) This blanket is being knit with sock yarn.

Here’s the progress on the blanket for my sis:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

This one is the Monty Python square, featuring That Rabbit. I think the design choice for this one is hysterical. I love it! And unlike the blanket for me, this one is using worsted weight yarn. These squares will be much bigger, so hopefully the blanket will be finished faster!  🙂

I’m also still working on the Minecraft socks, which will be for me, but they’ve been put aside briefly while I finish up some gift mitts. Here’s the state of the socks before they started their brief nap:

WIP Weds 1/24/18

And here are the mitts in question. These are Raw Honey, being knit for the third time. (I really like this pattern.) I’m making them in KnitPicks Capra yarn, in the Thicket color to match the scarf I made Mr. Wyrm for Christmas. I so adore working with this yarn. Squishy merino-cashmere goodness.

WIP Weds 1/24/18

And that’s about it for my weekly WIPs! I should be done with the Monty Python square by next week, so I may have another square to show you by then. We’ll see. Happy hump day!

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 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!