WIP Summary: July 2017

July was a rough month. I spent it in a deep, dark depression. I would think, “this must be the bottom,” and then it would get deeper and darker. And it turns out that I can’t knit down here in the deep and the dark. So I did very little knitting this month.

But “very little” does not equal “none at all.” I knitted in fits and spurts, in 15-30 minutes increments while watching the Tour de France highlights when I got home from work. It never felt particularly productive, but I somehow managed to finish my Find Your Fade and my second Palmyre shawl. I wove in the ends, I blocked both shawls, but I never took pictures. I’m sure that I will eventually, but it’s not a priority right now.

My Coloring cardigan and Gull Island henley are still very much untouched. Things are beginning to look up, and while I’ve started thinking about knitting again, I’m still having difficulty focusing. I’d like to finish these two projects soon, but sometimes there’s no rushing these things.

Hopefully August will be better.

WIP Summary: June 2017

June has proven to be a busy and trying month. It has been hot and emotional, and I didn’t get as much knitting done as I thought I would, and I’m not at all prepared with photographs of most of my still in-progress projects. But here’s what I do have: two of the three projects I brought with me on my recent vacation, hastily photographed on the last morning.

Find Your Fade
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo, Burnished, Cactus, Joshua Tree)
While vacationing on Big Burn Island in Lake George, I finally got to the last color in my Find Your Fade. When I started the green phase of this shawl, I wasn’t entirely sure about my color choices, but, now seeing all of the colors present, I’ve realized that I really like the colors I picked. When I began knitting this project, it was ostensibly for me, but I often plan to make something for myself, only to later realize that the colors aren’t right or I don’t actually like it or use it. And while working on this, that was always in the back of my mind: this might not be for me. But I think this is really, truly for me.

Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Worn Denim)
This was my subway and campfire knitting project, because it’s not yet very large, I can pick it up and put it down without losing my place, and — perhaps its best asset — I can knit it in the practically-dark. It’s still small at this point, and I have a feeling it won’t take center stage in July, but I’m enjoying it. I’ve never been much of a blue person, although blue has infiltrated other parts of my life, but recently I’ve been very drawn to blues, so I’m just rolling with it. Again: ostensibly for me.


And then, of course, Seasmoke is still languishes. My Cameo Flower shawl is, on the other hand, down to the last seven rows of the “Filigree” chart, but I’m about to run out of yarn. I’m hoping to pop by my LYS tomorrow and pick up a third skein of Malabrigo Arroyo. The rows are long, but the lace is easy, and I’m at that point where I can see the finish line, and it’s exciting.

My two WIP sweaters, Coloring and Gull Island, came more or less to a standstill this month while I focused my attention on other projects. I knit maybe an inch or so on the Gull Island body and a couple inches on the Coloring sleeves. It would be satisfying to finish both in July, but I think August is more realistic.

Finally: my month of baby knits was only semi-successful. I did finish both WIPs pictured, plus the Miel cardigan, but that’s it for completed projects. I do have an Aida Cardigan on my needles, the body basically complete. I have to measure the length and confirm that it’s correct, knit some garter stitch, bind off, and then work both sleeves, which can all be completed in about a week of my pre- and post-work knitting sessions. As for the rest of my baby knits plans, I feel less urgency to complete a pile of baby sweaters right now, so I might hold off casting on the rest of those projects.

Baby Knits for June

I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking, nor do I think this is even necessarily possible, but I’ve decided to set aside my personal knitting this month in order to focus on baby knits. Because there are several patterns I’ve wanted to knit for awhile, and my boyfriend’s sister is due towards the end of June. In theory, I’ll finish those two WIPs pictured above and transform all of that yarn into sweaters and maybe a diaper cover. Plus a cardigan sized to fit a four-year-old.

On one hand, it seems a little too ambitious. I work 46 hours a week, and I don’t have an abundance of spare time. On the other hand, I can usually finish a three to six-month sweater in about two days, if I don’t have any major distractions. But I’m also going camping for six days later this month, which will provide me with lots of free time while simultaneously diverting some of my attention away from my usual activities. (I’ll be without my bicycle for six days!)

Baby Knits for June

But rather than thinking about what I could accomplish or typing about what I’d like to do, I should probably just be knitting. (And in fact, I’ve completed half of this sleeve while not so carefully considering my words for this post.)

WIP Summary: May 2017

Find Your Fade
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo, Burnished)

If I had to pick a “WIP of the month,” it would probably be my Find Your Fade. I’ve been chipping away at this very consistently since I cast on and, on Monday, while I sat on a lawn chair at an annual Memorial Day party, I finally reached the point in the pattern where the increases and decreases cancel each other out (Section Seven). I’m on my fourth color of six and seem to be at approximately the halfway point.

Gull Island
Pattern: Gull Island
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Llama Una (Black Dahlia)

Gull Island was my second most-worked-on project this month, however it’s still just 3/4 of a sleeve and most of a body. I’m still have one or two inches left on the body before I set it aside to finish the sleeves and join all of my stockinette tubes. I would like to see this project finished before the end of June, but I’m not sure how serious I am about this goal.

Coloring
Pattern: Coloring
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Gems DK (Jet)

This is probably the project I’m most in need of, but I worked on it the least this month. I keep switching between knitting the sleeves two-at-a-time and working them separately, unable to decide which method I prefer for this particular project. (I generally prefer knitting sleeves simultaneously.) Despite my indecision, I somehow managed to half-complete both sleeves, and I’m hoping to buckle down and put a big dent in this project next month. I suspect I won’t be finished with it by the end of June.

Baby Sophisticate
Pattern: Baby & Child Sophisticate
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (Indigo Heather, Seraphim)

I cast on this little three-month-sized cardigan yesterday afternoon. My boyfriend’s sister is due next month, and I’ve been squeezing in baby sweaters throughout May. (Hence the slow progress on my own sweaters.) I actually knit two Flax sweaters this month — both of which still require finishing — as well as a Miel cardigan. This Baby Sophisticate has some mosaic work on the back, but I don’t love it. More on that in a later post.


Seasmoke is still languishing on my needles. It’s ignored, but not entirely forgotten. Instead of working on it this month, I impulsively cast on a Cameo Flower shawl, which I’ve enjoyed working on. Currently, I only work on it on Saturdays, and only on the foul-weather Saturdays, so it too has recently come to a bit of a standstill, but I might move this into my at-home rotation in order to get it off my needles.

WIP: Find Your Fade

As I anticipated, I ended up casting on my Find Your Fade shawl sooner rather than later. It was too hard to resist the charm of the yarns I selected for this project.

After casting on, I quickly realized that it’s equally hard to not give in to the impulse to knit “just one more row.” Similar to my previous experience with speckled yarn, I’m thoroughly enjoying the unpredictability of each colorway: watching how each singular hank transforms into fabric, and blending two in the “Color Melting.” And since I decided to skip the lace sections and knit the entire shawl in garter stitch, this has become an incredibly relaxing and mindless project, making it even harder to put down. It’s the perfect WIP for nights when I get home from work at 22:00, which is four times a week. (The fifth night I get home at 23:00!)

Additional changes: I cast on a couple of times, ultimately deciding that the YOs looked messy and caused a loose edge. I’ve opted to knit a kfb as the increase and slip the stitches along both edges. The recommended double decrease also wasn’t to my liking, so I’m working a centered double decrease (s2kp2), which creates an elegant line of stitches.

Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo)
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WIP: Find Your Fade

Find Your Fade

Okay, so this isn’t really a WIP. Yet. But I’m excited that I “found my fade” for the Find Your Fade shawl.

I know you don’t have to use a single dyer or base, but I ended up selecting six hanks of Madelinetosh Euro Sock, which is a plied, 100% merino fingering-weight yarn. From left to right, the colors are: Joshua Tree, Cactus, Burnished, Crudo, Havana (Minimal / Optic), and Antler.

Find Your Fade

I have to finish a couple projects before I start this, but I suspect I’ll cast on before the end of the month.

WIP: Palmyre

My Palmyre shawl has grown quite a bit since I started it at 23:30 on 29 April. I’ve just about reached the end of my first hank of yarn, and I’ve knit 20 of the 26 increases. Knitting DK yarn on US 8 needles certainly speeds up the process, but I also really like the way Farm Twist feels in my hands, so I keep picking the project up.

Palmyre

It’s also fun watching the fabric develop. Up to this point, I had appreciated the speckled yarn trend from afar, without really feeling the impulse to play around with it myself. But now that I’m knitting with it, I get it. The unpredictability of the fabric is fun: not knowing where the splashes and flecks of color will be. And I think the plain stockinette body of the Palmyre shawl is a particularly good canvas for the yarn.

Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste)
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