Knitterly Confessional: WIP and UFO Counts

I have to level with you guys…until this afternoon, I couldn’t accurately tell you how many WIPs and UFOs I had. I knew there were a good amount but that’s about it. I’ve been in the habit of starting a bunch of different things in a couple day period, then only sticking with working on one or two of them. Instead of pulling out progress on anything I didn’t want to work, it just got put in a bag or shoved not-so-nicely into my yarn storage cubbies. In the spirit of Spring Cleaning, I decided it was about time I get honest with myself about all that I wasn’t actually working on.

What I Remembered

Rainbow Socks

I bought this yarn a few weeks ago at MD S&W and promptly finished the first sock. Then, they sort of lagged because I was in the mood for a larger project. I’d say these are a WIP, not a UFO, because I really do intend to finish them by the end of June. (Pattern: Charybdis by Fiona Bennett / Yarn: Knittyandcolor Acoustic Sock in Milky Way)

Black and Blue Brickless

This was started around the time of MD S&W, about when I started to feel guilty for not having used up yarn I got around the same time last year. I love the pattern but the yarn is rather dark so was annoying me to knit with it. There were also some really warm days about then and the last thing I wanted was worsted weight knitting on my lap. (Pattern: Brickless by Martina Behm / Yarn: Neighborhood Fibre Company Studio Worsted in OOAK colorway)

The Itchy (But Very Lovely) Sweater

Oh, this sweater. I knit the entire body then tried it on to realize it makes me itch. I pushed myself before to make the sleeves and picked up on side of the edging but it stalled. Certainly a UFO but I would like to finish this and pass it off to someone by the end of the summer. (Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig / Yarn: BC Garn Semilla Fino in Ox)

The Blue and Gray Blanket

We have one family member and two sets of friends expecting this fall, so I’ve got lots of baby knitting in my future. I started a blanket a few weeks ago but just got bored with it. I let myself get bored because I’ve still got months to knit. (Pattern: Made up but inspired by a pattern whose name I can’t remember / Yarn: Berroco Pure Wool in dark gray, lighter turquoise, and – once I add it – darker turquoise)

The Active WIP

I just started this last night, so it would be rather hard to forget about it. After finishing up a sweater for Lizzie – future post coming! – I still have an entire ball and then some of the yarn left. One of Lizzie’s teachers lost everything in a house fire. Her most important needs being taken care of, I wanted to knit her something to bring her comfort, but replacing the scarf of the same pattern I’d made for her earlier this year. (Pattern: Riparian Entertainment by Heather R. Robinson / Yarn; Neighborhood Fibre Company Studio Sock in Olde Town East)

What I Forgot

The Bat S**t Crazy Cowl

Started who knows when but, like many other things, abandoned because it’s boring. I pulled out my progress on this. (Pattern: Uhhh? / Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply in Bat S**t Crazy)

The Other Riparian Entertainment

No clue on this one, just recognize the pattern. Maybe started in February? Another one where I frogged the very little progress I’d made, so far. (Pattern: Riparian Entertainment / Yarn: Regia? Something I got in Germany, for sure.)

The Leftover Honey Cowl

In April (?), I bought a lot of Socks that Rock Heavyweight off of someone who was selling it via Instagram. I’m a big fan of DK for heavier things so jumped at the very good deal. After making two different cowls from the partial skeins she sold me, I started this one. (Yeah, those are a future post topic, too.) I like how the colors are blending, so far, so this one is in a bag, waiting for me to work on it again. I often get really into heavier-weight cowls so it will be nice to have this one already going. (Pattern: Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland / Yarn: Socks That Rock Heavyweight in, well, I have no idea what colorway)

The Blanket Made in Pieces

Soon as I saw the Tin Can Knits collection this is in, I had to make this blanket. I quickly whipped up as many of the motifs as I could make from a single ball of the yarn,…then fizzled out. I held onto the motifs I’ve made as I really would like to make Lizzie a small lap blanket with them and a dark gray. (Pattern: Polygon from Tin Cat Knits / Yarn: Berroco Pure Wool)

The Other, Other Baby Blanket

I started this right after my post about baby knits. Yep, got bored with it. I pulled this out today, in favor of making a different pattern. (Pattern: Four Corners Blanket by Rina Shaikh-Lesko / Yarn: Berroco Pure Wool)

The Too-Dark Socks

I have a coworker who saw me working on the toe of these and instantly claimed them (don’t worry, she’s knit-worthy). But the yarn is just too dark for me to knit into socks. I pulled out my progress and will probably use the yarn to make a shawl or something on bigger needles. (Pattern: I have no idea… / Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply)

The Adorable Sweater Dress

After Lizzie really loved her dress I made for her birthday, I decided to make her another. I remember putting this aside in favor of something with more of a deadline but I have no idea what that was now. (Pattern: Kelsey by Kelly Menzies / Yarn: Louisa Harding Yarns Cassia Prints)

 

When did you last get honest with yourself about how many WIPs and UFOs you have? Are you as forgetful as me?

Knitterly Confessional: WIP and UFO Counts

WIP Wednesday 2017.1

One of my goals for 2017 – which, of course, I have yet to blog about at all – is to keep up with semi-regular WIP Wednesday posts, even if all I do is explain why I have nothing to show.

This week, I’ve got three WIPs, none of which I have color photos to share. We’ll pretend it’s to keep an air of mystery, not just because I wasn’t able to get the colors quite right when I took the photos last night, well after sunset.

My first WIP is a pair of socks I’m making for my mom. These aren’t active right this second but will be once I feel like knitting socks again, probably in a few days. I had knit several pairs in a row there and just needed a break.

While the yarn itself is not new to me – Miss Babs 2-Ply – the pattern is. It’s called Jeck and a free pattern from designer Regina Satta. I swear my mom chose the color herself, though I do find it hilarious it’s named Bat S**t Crazy. You can’t tell here, of course, but it’s a mixture of deep blue, green, and brown. Not at all what I would have picked for her, but it was her first pick of the four colors I offered.

The WIP I’m actively working is a hat for a coworker. I’ve made the pattern before (Roku by designer Olga Buraya-Kefelean) but never did take a good FO picture to share with you. Again, no color photo but you it’s a muted, sort of medium blue Ella Rae Classic Superwash.

I’m also working on my perpetual WIP, getting the house organized, but no one needs to see before/after photos of my straightened-up linen closet. (Right?)

What are you all working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 2017.1

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

I’ve been a little bit all over the place lately, when it comes to my knitting. I started and finished both a dress for Lizzie and a pair of socks for my mother-in-law since my last WIP Wednesday post. Then, I found myself with a sudden gap in knitting projects. I knew I could finally start my Grinchalong project but felt compelled to finish one of my older WIPs that would be quicker finishes. This meant restarting work on the socks which are now for my Aunt Tricia or that scarf I, well, have never showed here and only have an inch done on, so far.

I sort of started everything.

First was a basic hat for an unknown recipient. I started this on Monday night, when I suddenly found myself with nothing to knit. I just sort of grabbed the yarn from my stash, a semi-appropriate needle, and came back downstairs to start on it. It’s, well, very red. The pattern is The Favorite Knit Slouchy, the yarn good ‘ole Cascade 220.

Then, last night, I was in the mood to, well, not work on a bright red hat, so I got out the cotton for my Grinchalong. I bought all of the patterns – well, other than the free ones – that I’d posted about before and randomly chose to start Echo Strike. I got just past that first contrast stripe but am not sure I really like how it’s working out so far. I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the pattern or what.

So, yeah, that got put aside. And now I’m working on the Monkey socks again.

What are you guys working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

WIP Wednesday 11/23/16

I’m now up to a total of five WIPs, knitting-wise: 1) the sweater that makes me itch, 2) the too big for my mother-in-law socks, 3) a cotton mix scarf that I don’t have a photo of, and these two…

The Lizzie Sweater-Dress

I had this big plan to knit Lizzie a sweater dress thing for her birthday. I talked last week about that, but I’ll reiterate: she picked the yarn, I picked the pattern. It’s a simple bottoms-up with a split front and back. I winged it and just sort of started, choosing the size based on her measurements. And, look! I’ve made lots of progress. Just a couple inches from splitting off the sleeves.

Yeah, it’s too small for her. I managed to get her to sit still just long enough to measure it against her and it’s clearly about and inch too narrow per side. So that’s now put aside, waiting for me to pick a new recipient for it.

The New Lizzie Sweater-Dress

Not wanted her to be without something handmade for her birthday, I started a new sweater dress using Worsted. She picked out these colors, I’ll have you note. Bit, okay, way, way, too bright for my taste.

The pattern is Mud Princess from the Wrestless Knitter. The garter stitch stripes continue on the end of the body and the edges of the sleeves. It’s knitting up really quick so a birthday finish shouldn’t be out of the question since, you know, I’m not actually working on anything else at all right now.

 

Programming note: The next week or so is all about our trip to Germany in October. You may see a different post here or there on a different topic, but they’re all queued up and ready to go.

WIP Wednesday 11/23/16

WIP Wednesday : Déjà Vu

My knitting seems to constantly repeat itself. This past week is the perfect example. Last week, I was so hopeful. My sweater for myself was going well and I had started on a dress for Lizzie. But, as I pointed out in our chat over coffee just the next day, the sweater doesn’t fit and I started a hat. (The hat is now an FO so it’ll show up here later. Or not at all as it’s, well, a basic ribbed hat.) And I haven’t felt like working on Lizzie’s dress which I feel guilty about but I’ll get over it.

That’s my pattern: Make lots of progress on a sweater, then it screeches to a halt. Start something boring and basic then finish it. Then make something that’s a bit more exciting but nothing too out of my comfort zone.

Alas, that’s exactly what’s happened. My only current WIP actively being worked is a pair of Monkey socks for my mother-in-law. I made her a pair of socks several years ago and she still wears them all the time, falling apart as they are.

These are very comfortable knitting. It’s a pattern I’ve made a handful of times, in a yarn I’ve used many times, as well (NFC Studio Sock). Great watching-TV-with-Lizzie knitting or riding-in-the-car knitting or even my-computer-takes-too-long-to-log-in knitting.

Déjà vu ain’t always a bad thing.

WIP Wednesday : Déjà Vu

Weekend Coffee Share

In an attempt to find something to write about today, I’m turning to another idea from a fellow blogger, this time from Part Time Monster. It’s called Weekend Coffee Share. You write what you’d say to a friend if you were having coffee on a weekend afternoon; what’s going on in your life and/or what’s on your mind.

If we were having coffee right now…I would tell you that I’m happy that Lizzie is asleep. It’s been a hard day, dealing with her. She chose me as her favorite parent for the day so barely left my side from when I got up to when Matt her to sleep. She sat on me on the couch or snuggled right next to me until she needed to get ready. She insisted that I sit on her little stool right next to the tub while she bathed. I had to sneak awake to get dressed in another room – perfectly timed with her dad coming down stairs to ensure her distraction. She didn’t nap at all, constantly making noise until I gave up and let her out of bed. (Yeah, she still won’t get out of bed on her own, despite being in a Big Girl Bed.) She followed me around as I framed and hung new photos and re-arranged old ones. Then she did lots more sitting on me on the couch while Matt made dinner – dinner that wound up taking longer than he expected and she didn’t eat any of.

But, again, she’s asleep now and I’m happy to be able to do my own thing. No one on top of me or at my heels or talking all the time or demanding to watch Hibe (The Hive) or Maya Bee (Maya the Bee). I can just be. Or, crazy thought, go to the bathroom alone!

If you have kids that are older, you’d tell me that this phase ends, that she’ll choose Matt as the favorite parent or she’ll get too big to want to be held. And that I’ll miss her come Monday when I’m at work, alone behind my desk. Right now, though, it’s really nice.


If we kept talking, we’d probably talk about the election. If we have different political leanings, you’d mention it with something non-confrontation like “I can’t believe he won.” If we have the same political leanings, it’s probably be a comment a bit something more like “I can’t believe he won. What do we do now?” You’d seem either afraid or empowered to do something in response. Unless you’re my high school friend LL, you’d talk about donating to a charity that supports women, minorities, etc; if you are LL, you’d talk of participating in the Million Women March.

I’d laugh awkwardly, either way. It’s not something I want to discuss, with anyone, really. Not anymore. I’m no longer angry. Or in disbelief. Just sort of numb. Not yet to the point where I feel like I’m going to do much of anything but trust that things won’t be as bad as we all think they’ll be. But that I should, that I feel guilty.

I may point out that I can’t get a single line out of my head: Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. That the line is to the tune from a song we sang in church choir when I was in middle school. We sang that song after serving in a homeless shelter in the middle of our annual tour, where we sang in other churches in our denomination. How I still remember how magical that day seemed. Like maybe we were doing something that mattered.


But you’re having coffee with me, I’d not want to linger on the topic for long. I’d make some joking sort of comment about how the election results weren’t all bad, that it’s meant I’ve had lots of energy to focus on knitting. That I finished the first sleeve on my sweater…and tried it on to find out that it makes my arms itch like crazy. I posted this on Facebook and a former coworker has already claimed it, though she’s much taller and thinner so it may be too big yet too short. The sweater is up on my desk in my office, in timeout.

Instead, I’m working on a hat for some coworker, using a pattern a friend designed (the friend happens to be Olga Buraya-Kefelian, the pattern Roku). It’s a sort of mustard but not yellow and going slowly with all of the ribbing but the 16″ needle I got this morning is making me a bit faster than the 24″ one I had on hand when I started. I want to make a whole box of hats, bring them into work, and let the guys I work with choose which one they’d want. Guys are always hard to knit for, all they want is boring hats. That’s why I’m starting with the yellow one.


What would you talk about with a friend, over coffee, this weekend?

Weekend Coffee Share

WIP Wednesday: Sweater Update

I’ve been mostly monogamous in my knitting lately, so I’ve made quite a lot of progress in the last week on my Featherweight sweater. I finished the body on Sunday and now have only four or so more inches to go on the first sleeve.

I took my progress photos last night on my bed, once it was already dark out. I knit a good three inches on that sleeve since think, sped up due to switching to using DPNs. Yes, DPNs. I have literally one set of them…and they’re a US 5, just what I needed for this.

I’m really hopeful that I could actually finish this before the end of the month.

My other WIP is a sweater dress for Lizzie that I started the other day. It’s using the Nova pattern which is actually a free pattern on Ravelry. It was designed using two colors but I didn’t have enough of two colors of fingering that were different enough in hue to make good stripes. But, hey, my girl loves blue, so blue it is.

WIP Wednesday: Sweater Update