March WIPs

The last two posts on the blog were about plans and sometimes and maybes. However, while dreaming is nice, with so much on my needles, I should not consider for real starting any new major projects at all…

During the last few weeks, instead of turning out any FOs, I managed to cast on two new projects. Clearly, I’m deviating from my unwritten rule of having one major project (i.e. something taking up more than 100g yarn) happening at the same time. So let’s see how things are going:

  1.  Coda sweater: This one is actually getting close to completion – although I have my doubts about how much of a happy ending it will be. In fact, at this stage I’m rather frustrated as I had to rework the back completely. Mastering short rows was not a problem at all, but grafting the curved cables together turned out to be mission impossible – as I had initially suspected. Eventually, I managed to find an alternative solution (I plan to describe this in detail in a later post..), and what is missing now is to complete the right sleeve. What I’m not sure about is whether the yarn I have in my possession will actually be enough (I started this project a bit on a whim using yarn that was originally destined to become something else). Anyway, I guess I’ll tackle the new problem when/if I get there.
  2. Karusellen Hat: This pattern by Erika Smith (E. Knits) had been on my wishlist for a while, and after discovering Skeinz’ beautiful and squashy  Heritage Silver Lining NZ merino yarn, I just couldn’t resist the temptation any more. On a side note, I discovered that a carry-on knitting project is a good way to make long car commutes from our new home to town more bearable (thanks to Chan doing the driving, of course). Oh, and I also managed to raise a flight attendant’s curiosity knitting in-flight last weekend. So the hat is now almost finished – only some more rows for the crown and the pompom missing.
  3. Knitting basket: I justify getting started on this one with the fact that yarn balls and knitting accessories are constantly scattered around in the surroundings of our couch in a rather untidy manner. I mean, you really need something nice and decorative to store your knitting, and what better than making it yourself, right? I had previously posted about my knitting-for-the-home plans, and this was of course one of them. Eventually, I went for knitting instead of crocheting, although now I’m not sure if this really was a good idea. I’m finding that, although the – totally improvised – project is looking nice, the basket/bucket is not firm enough. I think I’ll knit a swatch and try felting it in the washing machine to see what happens. By the way, again I’m using NZ yarn for this one: Skeinz Southlander, which is a rather natural and sturdy looking wool yarn designed to give a homespun feel.
  4. Little Wave Cardigan: The cardigan still hasn’t seen any progress, and I’d better finish the Coda and resume this project if I want to see Chan sporting it this winter.

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