42 WIP’s

Everyone who knows me knows that I have a problem. Some call it Strartitus, some call it UFO Syndrome, others just call me mad.

A friend on twitter posted about her Sock WIP situation, which inspired me to dig through all my wip’s and photograph them all. I thought I had a sock problem, turns out I don’t really, but my wip problem as a whole is pretty extensive.

My Ravelry projects search told me I had 54 in progress and hibernating projects. I thought I should take some photos and update the projects and see if I could reduce the number a little by doing some finishing and some frogging.

Some of these projects hadn’t seen the light of day in at least 4years, at that point I’m not sure you can call them a ‘work in progress’!

I thought I’d share my madness with you, to make you all feel better when you have a few projects on the go. If your situation is worse than mine I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve decided on a few Action categories; Frog, Quick Finishing, Finish, Medium Wip, Slow Wip, One day maybe.
All the projects have a link to my project on Ravelry (they are all public so you don’t need to be a ravelry member to see more photos and details and find the patterns).

Started in 2008

Sock Blanket

Sock BlanketEveryone has one of these right?

Progress: 20%

Action: Slow wip

Started in 2009

Lizard Ridge Blanket

Lizard RidgeI started this and knitted a couple of panels and realised the proportions would be wrong, so it was re-started. I’d love to see this finished.

Progress: 5%

Action: Medium wip

 YoYo Pinwheel Jumper

YoYo Pinwheel JumperThis yarn is like a boucle and really slowed my desire to finish it, as did the giant belly bullseye look. I’m not sure I’d ever wear this out in public, but I like the design and the feel of the fabric. Just needs the sleeve finishing then the bottom and neck ribbing.

Progress: 80%

Action: Medium wip

Wicked Red!

Wiched Red!This project has been part frogged before due to a baggy back and never really got off the ground again. I really want to wear this.

Progress: 5%

Action: Medium wip

Pretty as a peacock shawl

Pretty as a peacockThis is a lovely pattern, but I don’t think this hansspun lace weight does it justice.

Action: Frog!

Started in 2010

Happy Sagrantino Shawl

Happy ShawlThis pattern is a little time consuming but good fun. The soft silky bamboo yarn works well.

Progress: 60%

Action: Medium Wip

Handspun Bird Seed Jumper

Handspun Bird Seed JumperLovely idea, but it’s brown, I don’t do brown!

Action: Frog!

Pretty as a peacock cardigan

Peacock CardiganAwful photo as it’s been very crumpled in a bag. I had this great idea to turn a complex shawl into a cardigan. I think it will work and it would be fun to wear.

Progress: 5%

Action: One day maybe

Wicked Kidsilk Haze

Wicked Kidsilk HazeI have thought of a light and airy kidsilk jumper for ages, this one got started and not a lot more!

Progress: 5%

Action: Slow wip

Leg warmers

Leg warmersWho takes 4yrs to make some leg warmers? Me it seems! I knitted the first one quickly, then at least a year past and I knit the second, but the guage was different despite the same needles, so it got frogged. This second leg warmer just needs 2 rows!

Progress: 95%

Action: Quick Finishing

Handspun Evenstar Shawl

Evenstar ShawlLovely pattern, brilliant silk handspun for it. Just lost concentration I think.

Progress: 25%

Action: Medium wip

Hexagon Sock

Hexagon SocksFun socks, I think I got bored with all the picking up stitches and the ends! Would like to see these finished.

Progress: 55%

Action: Slow wip

Started in 2011

Hex Blanket

Hex BlanketThis blanket has become a cover for the back of my arm chair. All it needs an edging and straps to secure it to the chair.

Progress: 95%

Action: Finish

Toe Up River Socks

River SocksI made these toe up as I prefer to knit socks that way. I think these suffered second sock syndrome.

Progress: 55%

Action: Finish

Green Laminaria Shawl

Green Laminaria ShawlWhy did I start a shawl in green? The pattern is lovely though, maybe one day I’ll cast on another in a colour I like!

Action: Frog!

Selbu Mittens

Selbu MittensHandspun and millspun, I love how these look, sadly they are too small for me. I think I will have to frog them and start over.

Action: Frog?

Red Mitred Cape/Poncho

Red Mitred PonchoThis is such a simple lovely project, I should get it finished before she has no desire to wear such things!

Progress: 50%

Action: Medium wip

Handspun Leaf Intarsia Shawl

Leaf ShawlThis one is a design in progress that I have long neglected, would be lovely to get this done and see it as a pattern!

Progress: 10%

Action: Medium Wip

Secret Crochet Scarf

Secret ScarfSecret ScarfI can’t quite believe this has been a wip for 3yrs! This is a gift for a lovely friend (who has seen it). I’d love to finish this for her. I decided to crochet with a continuous thread instead of breaking for motifs, this is slower, but means no ends to sew in and saves yarn.

Progress: 55%

Action: Medium Wip

Double Knit Sheep Scarf

Sheep ScarfI didn’t cast these on close together (clearly lots of things got finished in between), but this happens to be a gift for the same friend. This project really is a labour of love with the doubleknit and concentrate every row pattern. What was I thinking casting this on in Acrylic? Part of me wants to frog and re-knit in handspun wool. Maybe I will finish that 3rd sheep and cast it off and have it as a little banner for the studio?

Progress: 35%

Action: Not sure – partially finish?

Started in 2012

Swirl Cardigan

Swirl CardiganI dragged this out of hibernation 2 weeks ago, I’d love to get it finished before the winter as I think it will be perfect!

Progress: 80%

Action: Finish!

Lightweight Pullover

Lightweight PulloverAccording to Ravelry I cast this on just 2days after the Swirl, talk about January Startitus!

Progress: 25%

Action: Medium Wip

Neat Ripple Blanket

Neat Ripple BlanketLovely blanket, I just need to keep plugging away at it!

Progress: 75%

Action: Finish

Keepsake Lace Crochet Shawl

Keepsake ShawlI have a feeling this stalled because I knew I would run out of yarn. I need to spin some more Polworth for this.

Progress: 60% – extra spinning to do!

Action: Spin some more than Finish

Double Fun Socks

Double Fun SocksThese socks are knitted with double knitting, very clever, quite fun, but a little slow. I’d love to see these in my sock draw!

Progress: 55%

Action: Medium wip

Handspun Harlot Poncho

Harlot PonchoI’m not completely convinced I like the flecks on white of this yarn, but I will finish the poncho and perhaps over dye it.

Progress: 20%

Action: Medium wip

Buttercup Top

Buttercup TopCotton t-shirt lovely, except the yarn makes my hands tired to knit it. Perhaps it will be done for next summer?

Progress: 50%

Action: Medium wip

Handspun Shawl

Handspun ShawlThis was a lovely design idea, but shortly after starting it I saw a similar pattern. I don’t see the point in releasing a pattern that is very similar to another so it got shelved.

Action: Frog!

Cobweb Crochet Scarf

Cobweb Crochet ScarfI love the insanity of this tiny itty bitty project. I have been working on it, 1 little square at a time.

Progress: 20%

Action: Medium wip

Flyby Shawl

FlyBy ShawlThis is almost finished, it was a design I was working on. When I showed it to my SnB group someone said is it a Leftie. I was a little sad to say the least. I hadn’t even seen the mentioned pattern at the time, I later found out my construction and finished shape is entirely different. Not sure if I will ever do the pattern or not now 🙁

Progress: 95%

Action: Finish

Lia Juniper Jumper

Lia Juniper JumperThis yarn has tried to be several different jumpers and been frogged. This is it’s last chance. I’ve knit the pattern before and think the yarn will work well for it.

Progress: 10%

Action: Slow wip

Woven Throw for K’s mum

ThrowI started this with great optimism in November to finish as a Christmas gift! Weaving a double weave blanket in thin fingering weight yarn in less than a month is a tall order. Hoping to get it finished for her for this Christmas.

Progress: 30%

Action: Finish

Started in 2013

Sectores Scarf 2

sectoresI started this to take photos for the pattern, I never had enough yarn to finish it, so it is now frogged. The handspun can go back in the stash 🙂

Action: Frog!

Rill Scarf

Rill ScarfLovely pattern, but lace weight, itty bitty needles and short shorts = slow.

Progress: 5%

Action: Medium wip

Coco BagFelted bag, will be great to get this done.

Progress: 15%

Action: Finish

Diagonal Granny Stripe Blanket

diagonal granny stripeBoys baby blanket I designed, really should finish this for operation gift box and write up the pattern.

Progress: 75%

Action: Finish

Enigma Hooded Cardigan

enigmaThis is interesting, it’s made from granny squares  arranged and sewn into a hoodie, all in lace weight yarn.

Progress: 15%

Action: Medium wip

Fine as Findley Cardigan

findleyLovely summer cardigan, I really need this for next summer.

Progress: 5%

Action: Finish

Some Assembly Required

lego_manCan you guess what I’m going to be? I’ve actually added the body since this photo was taken, so he’s half finished!

Progress: 50%

Action: Medium wip

Started in 2014

Fly with Me Shawl

Fly with mefly with meThis is a new pattern design that I must get finished. The Red sample is finished the second one needs finishing.

Progress: 5%

Action: Finish and write up pattern

Elephant Garland

Elephant garlandI had grand ambitions when I started this, but the tiny tight crochet hurts my hands. I might have to call it done at 2.

Action: Finished?

Handspun Woven Bag

woven_bag woven_bag2The weaving is done, this just needs work on the sewing machine – a lining and zip!

Progress: 95%

Action: Finish

It’s Stripes Jim

its_stripes_jimAnother pair of socks…. with a fun twist

Progress: 5%

Action: Medium wip

Handspun Nesoi Tee

Nesoi TeeLove the fabric of this. Last time I took it out of it’s project bag there was a MASSIVE spider in there, I think it traumatised me!

Progress: 45%

Action: Finish

Isle of Wight Socks

isle of wight socksThese are very recent, so I don’t feel guilty about this wip yet 🙂

Progress: 45%

Action: Finish

Modified Osney Shrug

osneyThis one is a commission so I need to get it done asap.

Progress: 80%

Action: Finish

Fox Paws

fow_pawsI haven’t decided if this is just a swatch or if I plan to carry on as a scarf.

Action: Who knows?

And these are all the other random things I found in the UFO mountain that are either odds or were marked as frogged in Ravelry, but not actually frogged.

So they have either gone into the finished pile or the to frog pile!

Brea Bag

Brea bag
Drop Stitch Scarf

drop stitch scarf

Shawl
shawl of some sort?

Dew Drops Kidsilk Scarf
Dew Drops kidsilk ScarfDew drops kidsilk scarf

Em's socks

Aeolian Shawl
Aeolian Shawl
Hexi puffs
hexi puff's

Felted project bag
felted project bag

Em’s fluffy socksfluffy Em sock

Handspun baby socks
handspun baby socks
Socks
socks

Felted project bag – needs zip
felted project bag - needs zip

Fingerless glove
fingerless glove

Phew! I can’t quite believe I survived that! I swear I missed a few.
So my gal til the end of the year is to reduce my wip’s and try very hard not to cast anything on!

I think the final number is 41 WIP’s!
Do you have more?

Knitting for babes

I finished off the girlie baby gifts for my friend today.

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Buttons for the Wee Envelope, a crocheted flower for the Aviatrix Hat and face, foot pads and ear bits for Spring Bunnies Toy.

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I added some fusible interfacing to the fabric for the bunny to stiffen it to make it easier to sew and also reduce fraying, only took a minute so well worth the effort. I also embroidered the eyes rather than using safety eyes as its for a baby and safety eyes are tricky to get really secure on crochet.IMG_5192.JPG

End of summer

Those three words End . Of . Summer . felt pretty painful when I woke this morning. As I hung 2 huge loads of washing (the new giant slow washer of doom does have its plus side) on the line with the mist still thick in the air, I really felt tv that autumn was on its way. I plodded back indoors and made coffee ready to face my first child free day after 6 weeks of school holidays.

But you know what? By lunch time it was beautifully sunny and pretty warm! It averaged about 18C last week as we enjoyed our little holiday, but today it was about 23C, so not autumn at all. I noticed several posts on twitter today from upt’ North saying that the leaves we’re turning, including some very autumnal photos of golden leaves on the ground. It’s things like this that make me love the south coast, our summer is likely longer, our winters certainly milder. The weather makes up from being surrounded grockles (that’s tourists to us) half the year.
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Group Made Wedding Shawls

It’s always lovely when a member of our Stitch & B’ch group gets married or has a baby. We usually make something as a group or the few of us who know her best, make a blanket or shawl.  Early this year we found out one of the newest knitters in our group, Cat, was getting married and she knew what she wanted to knit for her wedding and what she wanted help with.

camping_half_circle_shawl_2It was so good to have guidance, sometimes we make something as a surprise without much understanding of what the person might want.  Cat wanted us to knit a special shawl to match the accessories for her wedding dress.  The yarn was Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon  in 4ply/fingering weight which I dyed a warm grey.

camping_half_circle_shawl_yarnCat chose the lovely Elizabeth Zimmermann 100th Anniversary Camping Half Circle Shawl (which is available for free on Ravelry) for us to knit for her.  This went swimmingly with each of us taking it home for a week or two to complete a section and bringing it back to the group for someone to carry on.  It blocked out to a lovely size for Cat to wear on her big day.

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camping_half_circle_shawl_3The lace for this shawl is really pretty and deserves some close ups, the edging is really lovely. You can find all the project details here.

camping_half_circle_shawl_1Cat also wanted to knit a shawl for her bridesmaid and decided to pick the Dew Drops Shawl pattern I wrote a few years ago. Those of you who have knitted it will know it’s not best suited to a new knitter who hasn’t really done lace. But she was brave!
Cat did amazing work knitting her way through hundreds of metres of lace weight yarn in stocking stitch, realising that the lace would take her until well after the wedding to finish and with lots of other things to do for the wedding she handed over the shawl to some other members of our group. They worked their magic and with 2 weeks to go before the wedding it came to my turn to work the last chart and cast off and block. I was quite excited, it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to knit some lace and even longer since I’ve knitted a Dew Drops shawl.

The first thing I did was weigh the remaining yarn, when the scales said 50g you could have knocked me over with a feather. We needed more than another 14 rows to make this into a good sized shawl!

I started adding an extra repeat of chart 4 and 5, this pattern is totally customisable on size and my triangular shawl calculator makes it easy to know how many rows you can knit your remaining yarn. It does all the maths for you!  My finger marks where the knitting was at when it was passed to me, with 50% of the yarn remaining, so it would have been quite small and a waste of the lovely coloured yarn.

dew_drops1A few days and 40grams of yarn later, not to mention 3 hours of casting off, I had this crumpled mess. The Dew Drops Shawl with it’s circle of lace with reverse stocking stitch looks pretty awful unblocked and I’d almost forgive someone who frogged at this point. dew_drops2
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After blocking I’m sure you will agree it is worth the effort! I’m sorry these last two photos are so poor, the tremor in my hands was pretty bad when I took them!
You can see how much it grew with the blocking too!

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Ta Da!!

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Next time I can hopefully share some great summer holiday knitting photos with you.