WIP Wednesday for 18 October 2017

Well, I decided to keep the “Manly” Mitts. I love them too much. That means that I will be casting on another pair of gift mitts later. In the meantime, this is a short WIP Weds post because there has been progress on one WIP:

The Seeta Fingerless Mitts. They might not be as far along as I’d like, but progress is being made. I also got my currently OTN gift socks measured, so I can finish up sock #1 and start the second one.

There will probably be more knitting to report next week. In the meantime, have a great day!

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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!

WIP Weds Oops

I thought I had posted a WIP Weds post yesterday. Apparently I did not.

To compensate, here is a picture of my most promising WIP: the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl by Nim Teasdale. This is probably my favorite fairy tale ever, so when I saw the shawl name I had to knit it. (Helps that the shawl is so lovely, too.)

I’ve been working on this one for a while. Part of that time it’s been hibernating because the rows got really long. But I want to wear it this year, so I pulled it out of the WIP pile and have been plugging away on it. I’m to the point now where I either need to bind off or hope that I have enough yarn left for another 12-row repeat. I really want to get to the last gradient color change, so I’m hoping I have enough yarn. But just in case I don’t, I added a lifeline so I can back up to this point if necessary.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

It’s hard to see the beads in that photo, but they’ll show up better once I block the shawl. I am so excited to have this one almost done! The plan is to finish it this weekend, if I can. By the end of the first full week in October at the latest.

The shawl is designed so that you can put together the pattern pieces in any way you like. It tells you how to make a shawl identical to the sample, but I wanted to use up all my yarn, so I made mine a little differently. I love the lace pattern, though, and it looks like it will block out beautifully.

I do have other WIPs, but they’re not getting quite as much love as this one right now. (And I don’t have any new pictures.) My Vanilla Latte socks are still my travel knitting, and I’m closing in on the end of the first sock (I really need to start 2-at-a-time sock knitting). And the Star Wars GAL square is still getting worked on sometimes. I’ll be able to focus on the GAL blanket again once this shawl is done.

Happy Wednesday Thursday!  🙂

WIP Weds for September 20, 2017

Well… enough FO posts in place of WIP Weds posts for a while. Time for an actual works-in-progress post!

Though, random note, I have to say that I LOVE having 6 holiday season gifts finished already and it’s only mid-Septmeber. (I say “holiday season” because I have Christmas plus 5 birthdays all very close to each other, so I tend to knit for “the season” and then decide what to give for which occasion as the time gets closer.)

Okay, enough with the rambling. On to the knitting!

First up, we have some new socks. When the Hyrule Socks ended up being the wrong size for the person I was making them for, I cast on some Vanilla Latte socks to take their place. They’re a fun and fast knit, and here is my progress on them so far:

Vanilla Latte progress

There was one problem with these socks, though. I got careless part-way through knitting the leg and ended up with the garter stitches being offset by one. I was able to fix it by laddering down to the mistake and then re-working the stitches. Do-able, but annoying.

Vanilla Latte oops

I have also been getting some work done on the Reyna Shawl. Since the rows are longer now, though, I haven’t been taking this places, so it only gets knit on at home. Still… there is progress!

Nearly Finished Reyna

And the Star Wars GAL square… is a WIP, but hasn’t been worked on lately. So there will be no new pictures of the square, since it is in essentially the same place as the last picture.

Believe it or not, that’s all the current WIPs for now. I have other things on the needles, but they’re not currently being worked on. I think once I finish the Reyna shawl I’ll pick up the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl and see about getting that one finished. I’d love to wear it this winter. And after the Vanilla Latte socks, I’ll either pick the Minecraft socks back up or cast on another pair of (hopefully quick) gift socks. I haven’t decided yet, partly because I’m waiting to see how long the Vanilla Latte socks take me.

Have a great rest of the week!

WIP Wednesday ~ everything else

Last week I showed you the progress made on my Babette Blanket. This week, I’m going to show you progress on everything else. Just as a quick note, though: there might not be as much progress on these items as you’d think, given that I’ve been spending so much time on Babette.

First up ~ the Star Wars GAL blanket square:

GAL - Star Wars progress

I’m enjoying this one, though the GAL is not as high a priority for me as it was last year. Still, I do want to keep working on it and get this blanket finished, too. (Babette is just a higher priority.)

Second up ~ the Reyna shawl:

This one is definitely going to be a gift for Miss M. The more I work on it, the more it feels like it should be hers. So… Christmas! Yay! I love getting hand-knit gifts made with enough time that my tension is normal. If I wait until last-minute, My tension goes wonky. While this isn’t as big a deal with shawls as it would be with something fitted, it’s still nice to be relaxed for gift knitting.

Third up ~ the Hyrule socks:

Not a whole lot of progress on these, and they had been supposed to be finished by now. Alas. Well, since the Vanilla is the New Black socks are done, these have been moved up to the top of the sock knitting list. At least I’m done with the yarn worry and am ready to move on to the ribbing. (The ribbing will be in the white. See the green yarn coiled between the socks? That’s all that’s left of it.)

And that’s all folks! There are other things OTN, but these are the only ones I’ve been working on lately. All of them should be done relatively quickly (I hope), and then I can pick up the other WIPs which have been languishing while I work on these. (I will cast on another GAL square when I finish this one, though. That’s just the way this project goes.) I’m in a bit of a finishing mood right now, so we’ll see how many things I can get finished before my mood swings back toward startitis

WIP Wednesday ~ Babette!

I’ve been working on a bit here and there this week — and I’ve been working on several things since my last WIP Weds (due to the blog vacation) — but I’m only talking about one thing today:

Babette blanket progress 8-22-17

BABETTE!!!

Why just Babette? BECAUSE IT’S NEARLY DONE!

Babette blanket progress 8-22-17

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I’m determined to have this blanket done by the end of the month, if I can do it without running out of yarn. (I think I can. I hope I can. But the edging might do me in.) This project has been OTN for 7 years now, and it’s time-and-then-some to have it finished.

Babette blanket progress 8-22-17

These WIP pics were taken Monday, so they’re pretty up-to-date. I have 8 of 10 sections fully joined and assembled. Section 9 is almost finished. I just have to finish joining section 9, add it to the assembled blanket, then put section 10 together and add it to the blanket, and then edge the whole thing.

Babette blanket progress 8-22-17

I’m not positive what the official edging is, but that doesn’t matter because I’m not reading the instructions for that part. While I was joining squares, I was thinking about the edging, and I decided that I wanted to edge it as if it was one big granny square (of the type made in the blanket). So I’m going to work the edging as 1 or 2 (depending on how 1 looks when I’ve finished it) rounds of double crochet all the way around, with (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in each corner. I think that should look pretty good.

https://flic.kr/p/WGBFCE

Anyway, hopefully by the beginning of September I’ll have a finished Babette blanket to show you! Though I might wash and block it before showing it off. We’ll see how it looks once it’s edged.

Babette blanket progress 8-22-17

WIP Weds ~ in which the Babette Blanket returns

I have been knitting. Promise. But! For the first time in a while, I have also been crocheting!

Last weekend, I finally decided to finish weaving in all the ends on the Babette Blanket. I also remembered that this only meant I needed to weave in the inside ends — the ends that I’m going to be crocheting over in order to join the pieces can be hidden while I crochet, so I don’t need to take the extra time to weave in those ends.

And I am pleased to report that the (inside) ends are now finished! So now it’s just a matter of joining the blanket, edging it, and cuddling with it. One thing to keep in mind — I am making the Babette Blanket as a scrap sock yarn blanket, so it’s not going to be as large as intended. But, for me, part of the joy of this blanket is the memory of some of these yarns. I’m thinking this blanket is going to live on my desk chair as part of my “make my desk space usable” 101 in 1001 Challenge task. (Tangent: my desk is a lovely old piece that used to be my grandma’s. I don’t want to get rid of it. However, it’s not anywhere close to ergonomically correct the way it is, so I need to do a lot of work to it in order to make it useful as a modern desk.)

Anyway, here is the blanket as I laid it out Monday while planning which squares would go where. Please excuse the wrinkled blanket underneath. I was in the middle of doing laundry, and wasn’t planning on sharing these photos. (I decided it was easier to share these working photos than take new ones just for blogging, though.)

Babette progress 8-2-17

I am pleased with how it’s turning out. There’s a lot more color variety than I had originally planned on, but that makes it more fun as a scrap blanket, in my opinion. You can see there’s a section in the middle there which is already assembled. (That’s how you’re supposed to join the blanket. There’s a whole spiral layout of assembly.)

Babette progress 8-2-17

That’s a close-up of the assembled section. Again, since these were intended as working photos, I took close-ups of each section as they are supposed to be assembled so that I can hopefully connect everything a little easier.

I also elected not to block the squares before joining them. Maybe that was a mistake, and it might cause me problems later. But… right now it doesn’t matter to me. (And frankly, I wasn’t sure that if I decided to block it if I would ever finish the thing. Besides, since I was using scrap yarn, there are a lot of different weights and I’m not sure all the squares will block out properly. I’m just hoping I can ease the seams all together… if not, I’ll be re-making a square or two.)

If this was a gift, I’d be a lot more particular with it. But it’s for me, and I would just like to have it finished at this point. It has been in progress for over 7 years. (I started it in April of 2010.) That’s plenty of time for it to be unfinished.

Babette progress 8-2-17

Since taking these working photos I have gotten a lot more work done on the blanket. It’s a pain to lay out the individual squares, though, so the next time you see a picture of the whole thing laid out flat, it will be completely assembled. (Maybe not edged yet, though.) I might have progress pictures of the sections, but I don’t intend to set out all the little pieces at once again.

Have a great rest of the week! Do you have any projects (knitting, crochet, or otherwise) which have been “in progress” for much longer than they should have been? Share your thoughts so I don’t feel so bad about my lingering project…  🙂