Posts tagged ‘wip’

I have some catching up to do

It’s been ages since I updated this, I know. Has Ravelry killed the need for a knitting blog? I guess not, since I sometimes do other crafts. In any case, I’ll try to add some entries on projects I’ve completed since the last post over the next couple of days.

My current project is a cabled hat for my brother – a Christmas present. Many months ago, when we were going through some of my grandmother’s old things, he came across a knitted cabled hat (bought from a store) that he loved. Except it was in a girly blue-green color. He off-handedly mentioned that he wanted me to knit him one in a more masculine color. He’s probably forgotten about that, but I haven’t.

I’ll finish this tonight or tomorrow and keep it under wraps until Christmas. That is, if I can tear it away from the cat.

 blick hat 2

Blick really liked this hat wip for some reason. He usually isn’t attracted to my knitting, but maybe it’s because he has higher standards than the other cats. This does have cashmere in it (Rowan Cashsoft).

Luckily Matt has cats too, so he won’t be put off if there are some stray cat hairs left on the final product.


November 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Oh baby

Blankie wip 3

A coworker of mine asked me to knit a baby blanket for her friend who is expecting. She didn’t have a pattern in mind, but had a few specifications: thinner weight yarn, acryllic, white. Her mother used to crochet baby blankets, so I figured I would do something similar, except with knitting. I decided on a basic garter stitch square with a lacey border – often like what you’d see in crochet.

The garter middle was a bit tedious and I kept fretting that it would be too small (I’ve never done a baby blanket before). This would fly on bigger needles and worsted or heavy yarn, but I’m using size 6 and DK. I finally finished the square a few days ago, and will start on the lace quite soon.

Blankie wip 1

I wasn’t sure about the yarn choice at first (I rarely use acrylic) but it turned out being quite soft and squishy, and looks even better now that it’s blocked. Now, onto the lace…

August 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Rue the day – in progress

No, I haven’t finished my wool Penelopiad Pullover yet, but I’ve lost momentum because it’s far too warm out to actually wear. Hopefully this weekend I will seam up the sleeves and…pack it away for next winter 😦

So of course I had to start a spring tee, Green Gable. I purchased a lovely color of Cotton Fleece called Rue, and I’m zipping right along.

tee wip

It’s hard to capture, but the color is a dusty greenish blueish shade – you know, sort of like the Penelopiad Pullover, hehe.

tee wip 2 

However, I’m a bit baffled by the math. My calculations do not add up to what’s in the pattern, but I don’t think I made a mistake (this time). I emailed the authors, the Zephyr girls, to see if the pattern is indeed wrong. No response yet, so I’m just going forward with hopes that it doesn’t make too much of a difference in the end.

April 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

When yarn makes you smile


I recently started another pair of socks, just a simple rib pattern from the awesome book Getting Started Knitting Socks. (I highly recommend this book for anyone new to sock construction.) I picked up a skein of this yarn from my LYS having never used it before. I liked the combination of blues, ranging from dark navy to medium royal to bright turquoise (with a variegated strip in between). I didn’t realize until I started knitting that it formed perfectly balanced skinny stripes on the leg. Fabulous!

sock wip

Now I just need to make sure I don’t get a case of second-sock sydrome. One of these days I will learn two socks on two circs. But first I need to knit a pair of socks that actually fit!*

*My last pair came out just fine, except a size or two too large 😦

March 12, 2008 at 3:24 pm 1 comment

On a more positive note

My cardigan is 95% done! Finally! All I need to do is block the darn thing and add buttons. Blocking is sort of a procedure at my house, because Molly always wants to lay down on every project – no matter if it’s on the floor, the bed, the living room table. She’s persistent…just try keeping her away! Here she is laying claim to the sweater after I finished the seaming.

molly helps me seam

I don’t mind the whole seaming process; I actually sort of enjoy it. EXCEPT for fitting sleeves into armholes. I think from now on I will try to stick with raglans.

March 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Color uncertainty

feather and fan

I purchased this yarn over the weekend and thought it would be very springy and Easter-y. Indeed, it is. However, I’m also thinking it may be a bit too …kid-y? …bright? …obnoxious? Maybe it’s just not suited for the feather and fan scarf I have started. Colors this loud might be best as socks?

feather and fan 2

What do you think?

March 11, 2008 at 1:22 am 3 comments

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