I’m on a yarn diet. Trying to knit from my stash. Which is really not that big of a problem, given that my queue is longer than my life expectancy, but it does become an issue when I’m asked if I want to test knit something by one of my favourite designers and discover that nothing is really suitable… So I have been testing less. 😦
Actually I’m focusing on two major tasks:
1. Block all the things that are finished except for blocking. (I’m a little embarrassed to admit how many of those there are…) There are some really lovely unblocked items in the cupboard and I want them wearable!
2. Reduce the number of WIPs in the WIP basket. Some have been there for way too long.
Task One. Blocking. I started with two in the pile…
I finally blocked my Sea Dreams of Gold
This has already been worn and admired, and I love it. Success!
And I reblocked my Algonquin,
and got a very, very nasty shock.
Yes, my gorgeous soft lace scarf has two big holes in it!! I don’t know how or when it happened, because I checked not too long ago, but I am heartbroken. I have carefully wrapped it up and put it away until I can decide what to do with it. I’m not sure I have the yarn to repair it…I may fix it with other yarn and then knit something to sew over it, as an embellishment. But I’m too upset to decide now. (Imagine the violin music here…) Sniff, sniff.
On to Task Two. The WIP basket.
This is the basket:
The green basket with all the project bags is the WIP basket. (The blue basket underneath it is the Queue basket – projects not yet started that have the patterns and yarn ready and set aside.)
Starting with the project with a deadline – the Monsterpants! were finished and sent off to London.
Because every baby should have a monster on its bum, right? Got a text from the recipient’s mum:
Thank you SO much for the amazingly amazing monster bum pants!!!!! We LOVE them! It’s his first hand knitted clothing! It’s so nice of you and they really look professional!!! Love, (the whole family) xxxx
I had a lot of fun with these. Many thanks to Ayelet in my Stitch-n-Bitch who was the first in the group to knit these for her little one. However, note to self: When doing colourwork with a lot of colour changes, WEAVE IN THE FREAKIN’ ENDS AS YOU GO!!!!
Next out of the basket, I’m again working on the Mayflower socks after taking a break with them. Finished one, started the second, and have made one of the flowers to sew on the stems.
Current in-front-of-the-TV project is once again the Op Art throw
The rounds are getting l-o-n-g. And there are many more to go. I have also taken the note above to heart and have been weaving in the ends…. I want to cuddle up with this when I knit!
I have also dug out my first pair of magic-loop toe-up two-at-a-time socks, which have been hibernating for several years because I was having trouble figuring out when to begin the heel and just put them aside. Patterned yarn, plain vanilla socks.
I have since made other toe up socks with no trouble, but these were just languishing away. Then recently I bought the Fish Lips Kiss Heel instructions, and realized that this would be the perfect project to try it out with! Kidlet helped me make a foot template (I made one for her too), and this is the current take-along project. I’ve now finished the first heel and have started the second.
I’m slowly (s-l-o-w-l-y) making some progress with the infinity scarf that kidlet requested (and selected the yarn for herself – malabrigo lace – the kid’s got taste). No pictures, because she may well see the blog, so here’s a yummy shot of the yarn:
Once these are done, there are plenty more projects in the WIP basket to be chosen next.
Of course, even with the best intentions, there have been some new projects begun (and even completed), but they don’t belong in the two categories I’m dealing with here. There are always exceptions, right? You’ll hear all about them too.
And I’ve been doing a lot of designing, getting things test knitted and published, and that’s a whole new story.
I doubt the WIP basket will ever be totally empty. Some things from the Queue basket may find themselves moving up. And there are a couple of KALs calling to me…
But I feel like I’m accomplishing something, so don’t burst my illusion with reality, OK?