Wednesday, 12 January 2011

WIP Wednesday- Taking stock

I don't usually do WIP Wednesday posts, mostly because I prefer to put my FOs up on Fridays, and the posts would look rather similar. Since finishing up those UFOs and WIPs is one of my New Year Plans I thought I would do a post this week to take stock. So hold onto your, I assume beautifully handknit, hats...
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First up, knitting:
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The socks started over Christmas. The first is finished so I folded it up in the photo to avoid giving too much away. As you can see the second sock is a cast on and one round of ribbing. I like these but they are not my favourite socks of all time ever so will be done slowly over the next few weeks.
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This little chap is a caterpillar, a very hungry one! He was going to be a Christmas gift, but was taking way too long, especially as I don't know if the intended recipient really "gets" handmade stuff. I decided probably not and bought a gift instead. I will finish him up and he can guard my bookshelf.
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This scarf is a great pattern (details when I can officially FO it), but I am not a fan of using lace weight. It is taking for ever! Actually that is not entirely true, and it is fairly mindless working, which has its place. I hid behind it watching Resident Evil last night, which got quite a lot done as I am not good with scary films (film verdict- not too bad, feels a lot like a filler story between the last film and the next though, not too many jumpy bits, those are the ones that really get me).
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I decided a while back I should make myself a sweater. Since I like fast projects this is being done in chunky yarn with big needles, so a whole lot of new ground for me there! The body is done, but I need to think about the sleeves/make them up as I go along as I am miles off gauge and winging it!
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My sock yarn blanket, I think it has grown since it was last blogged, but I have not got back on it after the Christmas knits. The A-Z sock challenge will really give this a boost if I make it through all 26 pairs. This is exempt from the finishing up, I think it will be around forever. I really should sew in those ends though.
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Since a pair of socks takes about 70g of yarn there is a lot left over from a 100g supply. If I made too many blanket squares there would be a lot of samey areas, so to use up a chunk of the leftovers I have started a scrappy cot blanket. It might look like clown barf at the end, if it is going that way it may well be ripped out. This is exempt from the finishing clause too!
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My first proper attempt at colourwork, very cute but a fitting disaster. They are a struggle to get on and the foot is too loose. I have also decided I prefer heel flap and turn to a short row heel. In other words these need frogging and restarting from scratch, maybe after I have practised on a hat or something. I just haven't got up the nerve/patience to do it as all those wraps will be a PITA!
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Spinning wise I have just started this, it is handpainted roving in purples and black (ignore the red, that is the leader). It is coming out superthin, I can't seem to spin thick, it is a little frustrating. The plan so far is to three ply it and see if it is sock weight. If it is there might just be enough for a pair. Maybe with different colour heels, toes and ribbing.
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And finally this has been much neglected, it is really really thin and I am not sure what it will be, but it is a lovely orange. There is a lot of it to go!
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There are also a couple of planned projects that I kind of consider under the WIPs heading. The wool and pattern are both sat waiting, I just need to finish up some other stuff first.
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So, a big long list with a lot of photos, it should keep me busy in my work breaks for the next month or two :D








12 comments:

  1. Yikes! Lot's of WIP's! I don't dare take inventory of what I have in progress. I love the sock blanket. It's been a long time since you posted a photo and even longer since you let us see the overall progress. It's beautiful!

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  2. Oh my, you have even more WIPs than me. There are some corkers in there though, I can't wait to see them on FO Friday.

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  3. Wow! So many neat and interesting things you are doing. The first socks are very pretty and the blanket is neat and so is the scarf.

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  4. Love the ducky socks... and everything else you're making! And I never thought of using knitting to help me sit through scary movies-- I am the jumpy type as well.

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  5. Wow! That is quite a list. I love the idea of folding up your finished sock for your WIP photo. Personally, I just photographed the palm of my 3-rows-from-finished mitten. A bit of mystery is good, I think. :)

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  6. You're working on so many pretty things. I like to have a bunch to choose from myself to always make things interesting. The sock yarn blanket is going to be impressive though I don't envy you all those ends to weave in :-)

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  7. I'm in love with that sock yarn blanket, and I can't wait to see the finished caterpillar. I'm sorry that the duckie socks are a fit-disaster, because the ducks are just wonderful!

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  8. You have lots of stuff on the needles. I like those ducky socks. Your spinning looks really lovely.

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  9. Lots of fun WIP's! I really like the sock yarn blanket in progress, such a neat idea. The sweater is going to be so pretty when it's finished. I like to have several projects on the needles, too. That way, you're never bored, right?

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  10. I'm glad that I'm not the only one with multiple WIPs. I'm looking forward to seeing more of yours further along, esp. the caterpillar and sweater!

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  11. WOW, you have a lot of awesome projects going right now! I love the sock blanket and the duck sock is adorable. It's too bad it doesn't fit. :( I can't wait to see some of these move over to FO Friday!

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