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.

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WIP Summary: February 2017

Grettir
Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407, 9421, 9426, 0867)

When we last left off, I was knitting the sleeves of my Grettir sweater, and, in the last month, I’ve also completed the body and the short rows that precede the yoke. All that’s left is the fun part: the yoke. (And the finishing.) Unfortunately, unless I do some serious time mismanagement, I won’t be able to finish Grettir this month, and I suppose there’s no real rush, because the weather has gone all springy on us, I doubt that I’ll get to wear this before next winter.

Carina (WIP)
Pattern: Carina
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (Onyx)

I frogged a project that had been languishing in my long-ignored WIPs pile and cast on Carina. Of course, my first hank of Onyx is noticeably more grey than the second, and any normal knitter would probably do something to fix this. But I’ve decided to leave it alone, because #lazyrecklessknitter — and because I realized this winter that maybe I don’t actually care about mismatched dye lots. If my Rosemont Cardigan has taught me anything (apparently it has not taught me not to use mismatched dye lots), it has been that dye lot differences pale in comparison to getting real satisfaction and frequent wear out of me-made garment.

Ginkgo (WIP)
Pattern: Ginkgo
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Tangerine Heather)

I’m not a scarf knitter. I get very little enjoyment out of knitting them, but I’m doing this as a favor for my boyfriend’s step-mother. (There’s a second scarf in a different to follow.) Truthfully, it’s not so bad, but I probably won’t be knitting more scarves anytime soon.


I also cast on a second Seasmoke shawl in 100% alpaca. It’s soft and black, but I don’t love knitting with alpaca. As a result, this project isn’t seeing much action.

I’m still chipping away at my Meadow Road pullover, which has taken up residence at my boyfriend’s apartment, where I basically only get to work on it one day a week — at most. The pattern is very intuitive, and I used up my first hank of yarn this past weekend. (Of course, I didn’t have a second on hand.) I’m considering moving Seasmoke over to his apartment, so that I can put more time into Meadow Road, which would be the perfect sweater for this high-40°Fs / low-50°Fs weather we’ve been having.

And finally, yesterday morning I decided to frog my Brio-Garter Hat. Frogged but not forgotten, this pattern is going back in my queue, so that, later this year, it can get the attention it requires and I can get the brioche practice that I want.