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.

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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.

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 Summary: April 2017

April was kind of a busy month. What with all of the madness at work, I completely forgot that I had made those steek swatches! And it took me two weeks to finally make it over to my LYS to pick up the yarn they special ordered for my Fusion cardi! (And truthfully, I brought it home this past Tuesday and haven’t had a moment to even line the hanks up and confirm that my colorway looks how I pictured it would.)

But I also completed a few projects and — naturally — I started some new ones.

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

This pattern is written for sport-weight yarn, and this West Yorkshire Spinners yarn is supposed to be DK, but it seems more like something that fluctuates between fingering and sport. So I decided to take a chance and cast on a Coloring cardi. This is probably one of those times I should have swatched, but I didn’t. Because I almost never do. So fingers are crossed for this project. Right now, I’m working the sleeves two-at-a-time, then I’ll finish the body. If I have enough yarn left, I’ll probably work a vertical button band.

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

This was the project I had in mind when I purchased the West Yorkshire Spinners yarn, but it’s definitely the wrong weight for this pattern. Since I’m between sizes, I’m knitting one of the sleeves first, and from that I’ll determine my gauge and figure out how many stitches to cast on for the body. The Llama Una is very soft, which makes me worry about pilling, and it also feels light and airy too. The fabric is quite nice, but I do wonder how it’ll wear.

Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste)

And, because I’m rarely without a quick and easy shawl project, last night I cast on Palmyre with some Farm Twist that I just got in the mail the other day. I’m curious to see how this yarn looks as it turns into shawl.


Seasmoke is also still on my needles (and still unphotographed) but I don’t think I’ve touched it in a month and a half. I’d like to move it back into my active WIP rotation in May. This also reminds me that I have a few 2016 WIPs languishing on my needles — a couple since last July — and I need to make some finish-or-frog decisions.

WIP Summary: March 2017

Meadow Road
Pattern: Meadow Road
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo (Black)

I’ve finally taken a picture of my Meadow Road pullover. I divided for the front and back on Wednesday night, and I’ve actually knit a couple of inches of the back since taking this photograph. I’m really looking forward to this wearing this sweater this spring. I have a large-ish pile of black Arroyo that I’ve accumulated over several 3-4 hank purchases, and I haven’t been paying much attention to the dye lots, and I already noticed that I have some mixing going on. It’s pretty subtle. I shrugged my shoulders when I saw it. Kind of funny to think that I’m a perfectionist in many other parts of my life, but not in my knitting?

Pathway
Pattern: Pathway
Yarn: Cascade 220 (Christmas Red)

Last scarf. Stay focused. That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m knitting this as a favor to the mister’s step-mother, and I kinda-sorta have a deadline. It’s actually knitting up quickly since the rows are short, but I might not definitely won’t finish by next week. The cable looks nice, but I can’t wait to block this project, because I think it’ll look even nicer once the fabric lies flat. I’m hoping that the columns of purl stitches also stand out more after blocking, because, right now, it’s difficult to see that the cable and textured panel are flanked by two columns of stockinette.


And I’m still working on my second Seasmoke shawl. This is my weekend project, which doesn’t always get attention on the weekends. It’s progressing slowly, but I’ve decided that I’m not in a rush.

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.

WIP Summary: January 2017

New Beginnings (WIP)
Pattern: New Beginnings
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Playa, Paris Night)

I’m so close to finishing this. I have six rows left in the MC, but I’m about to run out of yarn. I can’t find this colorway at a local store, and I’m not quite ready to pay for shipping on a single hank of yarn. (And I’m not supposed to buy yarn right now.) The alternative is to finish those last few rows of the lace section using my CC, then knit the garter stitch border and bind off in the CC, as planned. What would you do? Splurge on the hank of Playa? Switch to Paris Night?

Freesia Shawl (WIP)
Pattern: Freesia Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Larch Heather)

Yesterday, I passed the halfway point on the attached lace edging. I’ve completed 14 of the 21 edging reps. I can’t wait to get this off my needles, because I don’t actually have a fingering weight shawl of my own. I’m also excited to see how this looks when it’s blocked, because right now — well, you know how it is — it looks like a pile of… unblocked lace.

Grettir (WIP)
Pattern: Grettir
Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi (1407)

Although it’s all stockinette, knitting sleeves somehow seems much slower-going to me than knitting the body of a sweater. I spend a few hours each week on these, and it seems like they’ll never reach their proper length. For my next stranded sweater, I might consider knitting the body and yoke first, so that I can knit the sleeves top-down.


I’m also chipping away at a Meadow Road pullover. I finally decided to leave it at my boyfriend’s apartment, so that I have a dedicated Home Away From Home project. I’d like to finish it in time to wear this spring, but I’ve had considerably less free time this year than I thought I would.

And I’m on the verge of completing my fourth Langoz pullover, which needs to be ready to gift by Sunday.