June WIP and queue check

I think not even I myself believe it, but I have managed to tick off to item from my WIP list since last time. These are the Coda sweater and the Little Wave cardigan. In fact, if we want to be strict, the second is still missing buttons and I have yet to get Chan model it in daylight to take some pics. But hey, it is time for a new list!

  1. Baya shawl by Mindi Wilkes: Surprise, surprise, this item has sneakily leapt to the top of my list. I never said a word of it, but I’ve sort of had a secret fancy for this shawlette, and I guess I really wanted to knit something colourful after the big grey Little Wave. Also, I’ve been dying to try my hands at some proper lace, and I might have accidentally  bought yarn for this project in the recent past (you know about trying to rationalize the shipping cost on mail orders…). Anyway, I swatched and now I’m knitting endless rows of lace.
  2. Striated cowl: My on the go project has grown considerably, but now it is on hold. For two reasons: 1) it is grey, 2) I’m using the 3.5 mm needles for the Baya, so I don’t think I’ll be back to this until at least the lace section is finished. But I was in no hurry anyway.
  3. Knitting basket: I haven’t laid my eyes on this project since the last WIP post. No advances, unfortunatelly.

I think right now I’m quite comfortable with what is on my needles, with no feelings of desperation as to finishing anything, just knitting away. The next bigger project I’m going to cast on for once the Baya is done will be my own Little Wave cardigan. Other than that, I have a few smaller things in mind, which can become my next on the go projects, but more on that later.

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May WIPs and queue check

Here comes the dreaded WIP post. I’ve just checked, and it’s been two months since the last one. Really not that much material advance has been made since then. I have already told the story of my at last finished Karusellen hat. It took literally three hats-worth of knitting, frogging and re-knitting to finish this one, so I guess, that makes for a few weeks of knitting time. It was totally worth it though! So, with the Karusellen off the needles, here is the rest of the news from the knitting front:

1. Coda sweater: Is almost finished. When I started this project, I wasn’t exactly sure if the yarn (originally to become something else) would be enough. So it happens, it wasn’t. I ran out of yarn upon knitting the right sleeve, and decided to save the day, by frogging and re-knitting the left sleeve, so now both sleeves are shorter than they should be, but at least they are equal length. I’ve just finished up the seaming together the pieces, and lo and behold, the sweater fits! It is perhaps a bit weird in the back, but hopefully the situation will improve after blocking. Now I’m left with the neck ribbing (is there enough yarn???), and our favourite weaving in yarn ends. All is looking (fairly) goof got finished sweater to be no.2!

Mental note: I shouldn’t forget that Chan would make a terrible fashion photographer. No more attempts at wearing FOs for photos.

2. Striated scarf: With the Karusellen done, this is my new knit-on-the-go project, and a much more suitable one too. To be honest, I’ve even cheated a little, and have been knitting this at home a bit, enjoying the mindless stitching away, not having to pay attention to more than the rhythmic alternations of stitches. No row and counts, no several pages long pattern to follow. With that said, I’m almost halfway done and using leftover yarn from the Carpino. There you go stash!

3. Knitting basket: So this was the improvised project with NZ wool, which I was so proud of. Well… I have conveniently packed it away a few weeks back when we were having people over for barbecue, and haven’t even looked at it since. The fact is, I’ve used up all my yarn, which means it is time for assessment.  And  I have to say, I don’t find the result entirely satisfying. Simply the basket is not firm enough, and I would also like it to be taller. Regarding the firmness issue, I have to try and felt a swatch and see what happens. In terms of shape/size, now that I’m on the frogging spree though, I might as well take the courage and start all over again, with a smaller circumference, so the same amount of yarn yield a taller and more bucket-like shape. I guess, I can also try going down in needle size, which might help with firmness.

4. Little Wave Cardigan: No progress whatsoever, but sooon! With the Code almost finished, this is going to jump to the top of the list!!!

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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