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31 Days to Get Organized: Keeping Notes about Your WIPs

Sunday, January 6th, 2013
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Good evening everyone. It’s Day 5 of 31 Days to Get Organized and we’re onto our final WIPs task tonight. All of our works in progress are organized now (well mine aren’t quite yet, but will be by the end of the weekend). So today’s task is to make sure the notes we’re keeping on our projects are up to date.

I learned to knit before the days of Ravelry, and kept all my notes from projects in my Stitch ‘N Bitch Design Journal. Once I completed a project I would write about it on my blog. Knitting was the reason I started a blog. But now Ravelry is my notebook, and my blog is pretty silent these days. I add all of my projects to Ravelry and try to keep good notes, partially for my sake as a record of my work. It’s hard to remember all of the details like what yarn I used, who I made something for, what alterations to patterns I made. I’m glad it’s all there for me to come back to later. But I also know that some of this information is useful for others too wanting to make the same pattern. That’s the other reason I continue to keep my projects up to date on Ravelry.

Do you keep track of your projects on Ravelry too? Or do you prefer to write them down in a notebook?

31 Days to Get Organized: Storing Your WIPs

Friday, January 4th, 2013
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Welcome to Day 4 of our 31 Days to Get Organized series. We’re done sorting through our unfinished projects and left some clues so we can pick them back up again later. Next task is storing them so they’re ready for you when you’re ready for them.

Everyone has a limit to how many WIPs that they are comfortable with. Some people only work on one project at a time. When they finish it, they’ll start another. Others may only have at most 2 or 3 projects going. For these folks, they really don’t need to come up with a system for storing their works in progress. But when your WIPs grow much more than 3 projects, coming up with a way to keep them organized can be really helpful, otherwise you might start to lose track of some of the pieces, making it much harder to start knitting or crocheting that project again.

A few years ago I purchased this Lantern Moon Tower to store my WIPs. There are a few things that I really like about this storage solution. I like what it looks like so I don’t mind it being out in the open. Out of sight can mean out of mind. This stand currently lives next to my desk so I see it every day, reminding me of projects that need to be finished. I also like that it is vertical storage, so it doesn’t take up much floor space. Though I can fit quite a bit in the baskets, it’s a defined amount of space for my WIPs. I don’t allow them to accumulate beyond what I can store in the tower. Maybe it’s an arbitrary limit, but seems to be what I’m comfortable with.

As I look at my tower of projects, I see that it’s terribly disorganized (for my comfort level). Projects that need to be frogged, old swatches from finished projects, skeins of yarn not actually in a current project. I’ve got some sorting and cleaning up to do. Ideally, I like to keep all of the yarn and pattern for a project together, where each project has a separate project bag. My large Amethyst Crochet Blanket is too big to fit in one basket now. So it lives in my largest project bag on the floor next to the tower.

I use quite an assortment of project bags. There’s the inexpensive WEBS shopping bag. Some of you may have a few of these hanging out in your house too. Gallon size or larger clear plastic zip top bags work great to store projects. They’re cheap and you can see everything that’s in the bag. My favorite type of bag for most projects is a drawstring top bag. They’re easy to use and I can stuff it easily into my messenger bag when I head out of the house. I rarely leave home without a project!

Two drawstring bags that I love (for different reasons) are the Blue Sky Alpacas Pretty Cheep Project Bags (only $6.50 each) and the GoKnit Pouch both small and medium sizes (I’m crazy about the snap loop so I can attach it to my belt loop when I’m knitting on a plane or standing and waiting for a band to start). Sometimes though, I need a larger project bag to fit everything, especially for a big project like an afghan. WEBS carries a number of large project bags. It’s a really nice splurge if you don’t have one yet. When I got hired at WEBS, the first thing I did was purchase a big project bag I had my eye on. I still love it and use it frequently.

Now you know my system for storing projects. But what works for me, may not work for you. I recommend finding a storage solution that is flexible and is easy to use. If you’re the type of person who needs to see it to remember it, store your projects out in the open or somewhere you will see them frequently. Maybe a big basket near the sofa where the projects are accessible would work well. But I suggest at least sorting the projects within the basket with separate project bags, otherwise things could quickly become a jumble. Another option could be a storage ottoman, a place to kick up your feet while knitting and crocheting AND store your projects.

But maybe you want them more tucked away. If you have a little extra closet space, hanging cubby storage would be able to fit several WIPs, easily accesible, but still out of site. Plastic storage boxes could work too. But I would recommend plastic storage drawers over boxes since they’re easier to access. If you don’t have the vertical space for drawers, then an under-the-bed rolling storage box could work better.

I’ve mentioned just a few ideas for ways to store your WIPs. What’s your favorite solution or tip for storing WIPs? Share what works for you in the comments.

– Dena

31 Days to Get Organized: Tips for Your WIPs

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
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Yesterday’s task was to sort through your unfinished knitting and crochet projects (WIPs) and decided what you want to finish and what to let go. It’s Day 3 of 31 Days to Get Organized and I have a few tips for your WIPs so that they’re easier to come back to when you’re ready to pick them up again.

Don’t tie up your needles and hooks in your WIPs – If you’re going to stop working on a project for awhile, remove your knitting needles or crochet hook from your work before storing it. If it’s a crochet project, just slip in a locking stitch marker, paper clip, or waste yarn through your last stitch to keep it from unraveling. If it’s a knitting project, you’ll have a little more work to do. If you don’t have many live stitches, you can use a stitch holder (my favorite are the Clover Double Ended Stitch Holders). If you have a lot of stitches, move them to a piece of waste yarn. If you’ve never done this before, watch our How to Use a Lifeline in Knitting video to see how it’s done.

Leave a clue as to what size hook or needle you were using – You don’t always end up using the recommended size hook or needle for a project. And it’s really tough to remember what size you were using. If you haven’t made a note about your size yet, jot it down somewhere. Just write it on a sticky note and stick in your project bag.

Keep your swatch with your project – This is particularly handy if you run out of yarn and need just a little bit more to finish. You can unravel your gauge swatch and use that yarn to complete your project.

Write down details of where you left off on the pattern – I’ve spent way too many hours trying to figure out where I was in a pattern when I pick up a project again. Often I have to unknit or rip back my crochet to a known point in the pattern, very frustrating. Leave some kind of trace on the pattern, either a sticky note, highlighter tape, or actually writing on the pattern itself. I’ve learned not to trust the numbers on counters anymore since sometimes these get changed by accident (or by little children).

Make a note of the size you’re making – This comes up most often for me with sweater patterns either for me or babies and toddlers. It’s not always obvious which size I intended to make.

What tips do you have that make it easier to pick up a WIP and start knitting or crocheting it again? Share your tip in the comments.

– Dena

31 Days to Get Organized: WIPs – Keep or Frog

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
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Welcome to day 2 of our 31 Days to Get Organized series. Today we’re digging out all of our knitting and crochet works-in-progress (otherwise know as WIPs). Some of you don’t have a pile of unfinished projects. You may be a one-project-at-a-time kind of person. Or you may never have more than a couple projects going at a time.

But some of us are overwhelmed by the growing number of projects that we’ve started and can’t seem to finish. There are many reasons that keep us from finishing a project.

  • Running out of yarn
  • Getting bored with the pattern
  • Starting a new project you’re more interested in
  • Getting stuck with some part of the pattern
  • The person you were making the project for outgrew the size you were making
  • You no longer like it or you never liked it
  • You took out the needles or hook and can’t remember the size you were using
  • Holiday or gift making took over and you never picked up the project again
  • You have finished all the pieces, but hate seaming.

Whatever reason you’ve dropped a project, it’s ok to not finish it if you don’t love it anymore. Give yourself permission to let it go.

You can see above the Berroco Eastlake sweater I started 4 1/2 years ago. You know a project has been around awhile when the yarn has been discontinued. (Here’s hoping I have enough yarn to finish the sweater, otherwise it’ll be a short-sleeve sweater). This is my oldest project. My knitting gauge may have changed over the years. But I still really like this pattern and love the yarn. So it’s a keeper.

I recently looked at a multi-block afghan I’ve been knitting for years and realized I hate the yarn. Every time I picked up the afghan to knit, it made me grumpy. But I do like the pattern. So I gave myself permission to give away the blocks I had knit and the rest of the yarn too. Then I picked my favorite yarn and started the afghan over.

So your task today is to pull out all of your projects, old and new, and decide what you’re going to finish, and what you’re going to frog (rip out). If you can’t stand the idea of frogging it, you can also pass it onto someone else to finish.

What’s your oldest WIP? What project are you determined to finish in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

– Dena

p.s. Sorry about the late post today. I flew back home from Minnesota and got sick from my family on top of that. But I did get nice knitting time on the airplanes!

WIP – Flicker Scarf

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Back at the beginning of January, I was having a mad love affair with Berroco’s new yarn Flicker.  Flicker is a blend of 87% Baby Alpaca/8% Acrylic/5% Other Fiber (the sparkle).  I was nervous about going to  TNNA and how my yarn ADD might take over and make me forget all about Flicker.  I was tempted, as you’ll see in the coming days – REALLY TEMPTED.  Yet I have stayed true to my Flicker, which pleases me to no end.

Flicker is super soft and because of the acrylic content and its construction, its lofty, light and has a wee bit of stretch or “memory” to it.  I knew I wanted to knit a simple scarf that would be squishy and cozy and warm.  I initially thought of a rib pattern but then took to my stitch pattern books for further inspiration.  I couldn’t shake the ribbing out of my head and finally decided to go with my gut.  I cast on for a 4×4 rib – big and chunky-ish – I knew it would fit my criteria for this project, even if it’s not the most inventive or challenging pattern.  I was so right!  Yay me!  Here’s my progress to date:

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I’ve got about 25″ knit and I’m nearly through my second ball.   The first ball got me 15″ so I’m figuring 4 for this project.  The yarn calls for a #9 needles but because (a) I’m a tight knitter and (b) I wanted as much squish and loft as I could get without having a sleazy fabric, I am up on a #10.5.  I have not question I could have gone to a #11.  Look at my loft and squish:

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I’m using my WEBS Interchangeable Needles and they are a dream with this yarn.  No snagging or anything and the stitches are sliding seamless over the joins.  This yarn is a dream to work with.  For the record, my width is about 6.5″ unblocked and relaxed.

I’m not as far along as I would like to be – story of my knitting & crocheting life isn’t it?  But I am staying true to the scarf until I get to the 45″ mark or 3 hanks knit.  Then as a reward I will allow myself to add another project into the mix.

Had I been smart, I would have opted to make something a bit less time consuming.  The lovely Andra designed the Grey  Quartz Cowl using only 2 skeins of Flicker.

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(Photo courtesy of www.andra-asars.com)

She’s a faster knitter than I to boot.  Oh well, I am going to love my scarf and it’s all mine.  Of course, given the freezing cold, snowy weather we’re having, I am guaranteed an early spring if I get this project finished by March 1st :)

Next update at the 45″ mark!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Sparkling Distraction

Friday, June 25th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

It has been well documented on this blog that I am a great started but not the best finisher when it comes to projects.  I’ve made promises to myself, I’ve publicly stated that I shall not start a new project without finishing at least one existing project and I’ve sworn off learning to spin or anything else knowing it would be just another distraction.

We’ve owned our lovely bead shop for a little more than 2 years.  I’ve been to bead shows.  I even have a small bead stash.  Yet I have resisted the temptation to learn to bead.  I knew what would happen if I gave in.  I mean, about the only thing that can tickle me more than a few lovely skeins of cashmere is sparkle-y beads.  I knew if I went down that road it would be a VERY slippery slope.

Well, about a month or so ago I gave in.  I decided to string just one, little necklace.  I mean, what harm could a few Swarovski Crystals do??  Here’s my first creation:

Nothing super complicated – just basic stringing.  I’ve proven I know how to count :)  It’s also reinforced my almost obsessive joy in symmetry.  I’ve strung three other pieces but of course they are sitting on my desk at WEBS waiting to have the crimp beads and clasps put on – I still need supervision with that part of the process.  I’ll scoop them up tomorrow and post the pics.  For one of the pieces I used chunkier seed beads and focal beads and it’s like knitting with super bulky yarn – FAST!

Here’s my stash to date:

And look how compact and unassuming it appears in my della Q project bag:

(Note:  Sorry the pics aren’t the best.  It’s evident that I need to work on my photography skills with beads)

Some of the beads are from the shop, some I’ve picked up at the buying shows I’ve attended.

Not to fear, the knitting continues as well.  This is a hat I designed for a book and was able to retain rights.  The original yarn has been discontinued so I’m reknitting it in our Valley Yarns Northampton, the color is Jade.  The pattern is my Vintage Baby Hat from Luxury One Skein Wonders.  I’m knitting it in adult size this time.

I also have yarn for two other design projects pulled and I’m in the beginning planning stages for those.  One in Valley Yarns Deerfield is beginning to take shape while the other which will be in Valley Yarns Sheffield still hasn’t come together quite yet.

What is on your needles these days?

Kathy

When Simplicity and Stupidity Collide

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway and we’re grateful beyond words to our staff for taking care of things while we were away.   Although it was a bit strange to not be home for Thanksgiving I have to admit I did not miss the prep or clean-up.  How could I when instead of peeling potatoes, basting birds and ironing napkins, I spent the day here:

Granted, I didn’t play very well and I did miss my stuffing terribly when it came time to dine, but I can make stuffing any old time.  Golfing in November is a gift.

While away I of course had a knitting project with me.  I actually took two (I know – must of you are probably shuttering thinking how could I go away for a week with ONLY two projects).  I never even started the second as I was focused on completing the first.  I never claimed to be a fast knitter and I’m not a very good “on the fly” knitter either.

The project has been in the works for awhile and was intended to be a blog post the week before Christmas – a little last minute gift inspiration from me to you.  Nothing fancy, nothing difficult, just a little something in case you found yourself short a gift.  I’ve been working on it off and on and here and there for a few weeks, knowing I had plenty of time.

I stopped at the store on the way to the airport to grab another ball.  I was using two colors and needed another ball of one color.  I had only a few minutes as we were tight on time – we had to play/watch one last hockey game at 8am before catching our 11:30am flight.  Please, I know, it’s insane.

I ran into the store to grab the yarn and the color I needed was not there.  Crud.  I did not have time to go out to the warehouse, turn on the lights and locate the yarn.  I decided I would do as much as I could and if I ran out of yarn, I’d start the third part of the project and circle back when I got home.

Because of the hockey game, we went to the airport in two cars – a parent and a boy in each.  I called Steve after leaving the store to let him know we were on our way.  I casually mentioned the yarn was not stocked in the store and off-handedly stated that there was more of that color in the warehouse.  Steve sort of said “yeah, I think so” and that was that.  Sort of.

See, I knew right then and there from his tone I was in big trouble.  It’s not that he was lying or trying to avoid upsetting me before we left.  I know he really thought we had more inventory – at least on the surface.  We really didn’t discuss it again until we were home.  I asked him again if he thought we had more stock in the warehouse and he said “we may be out”.  Now he was trying to spare my feelings and let this sink in gradually.

I spent yesterday at home with the boys – they didn’t start back to school until today.  I called Steve and asked him to physically go into the warehouse to look for the yarn in the color I needed/wanted/counldn’t continue without.  He called and confirmed my fear – it’s gone.  The worst part?  I set myself up.  It’s absolute stupidity on my part.

Why you ask?

I’m using a  Valley Yarn.

Yup – my very own yarn that I am in charge of.  I cannot blame a wholesaler for being out of stock or discontinuing the yarn.  Nope.  I did it to myself.  This is a Valley Yarn that we knew and planned to be in and out of.  When it’s gone, it’s gone as the saying goes.  Well, it’s gone – of course only in one of the colors I was using – and my project is out the window.

The yarn you ask?  Valley Yarns Springfield.  How could I do this to myself?

I was so meticulous with this very simple project – that’s what really stinks.  I checked my gauge, I took nice notes so I could write up my pattern(s) – I mean, you would have thought I was designing some incredibly intricate garment with the time I took on all of this.   I never bothered to check the most important thing.  Inventory.

That’s right – I have the last ball in this colorway and in order for my project to work I personally need one more ball and then those of you who decide to make the project would proably like two balls of  your own in that color too.

So, what’s this great project that has caused me so much pain and suffering?  Are you ready for a good laugh?  This:

Yup – washclothes.  I’ve been stymied by squares – simple, stupid squares.

Now, you could say that I could choose another color, but the sand and the olive just worked so nicely together.  They’re soothing and spa-like and perfect.  None of the other remaining colors work well with the olive.  I brought home this, trying to convince myself it could work:

It doesn’t.

I mean, the colors themselves aren’t bad together, but not for this project.

I’ve lost all of my enthusiasm.  Why is it the simplest of projects can cause us so much anguish?

More importantly, how the heck did I let this project get the best of me?  How did I NOT check the inventory?

Grrr.

I know you’ll all survive without this coming to fruition.  It’s not like it was some incredibly inspiring, innovative design.  Honestly, it wasn’t meant to be.  It was just meant to hopefully bridge a bit of a gap for a last minute present if needed.  Heck, you probably all ohave plenty of yarns in your stash that would work – this wasn’t about selling yarn – it was just suppose to be a gift.

Well, time to move onto bigger and better and more interesting projects.  Any ideas?  What are you working on?

Kathy

P.S.  Here’s one more picture from our trip that makes me smile:

I’m thrilled I caught the moment AND that I remained dry :)

Rowan Spring ’09

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
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Despite the disgusting weather here today, we are continuing to receive new spring yarns at an incredible rate which is about the only thing keeping all of us from having a complete breakdown.  We keep it together because we are all knitters and we’d never forgive ourselves if we missed anything new that arrived while we were off in a padded room somewhere.  Although, if this winter continues the way it has been, I’m not sure there’s enough yarn to appease us until spring.

With that said, he arrival of Rowan’s new line each season is always a treat.  Not only is it about the yarn, it’s about the new magazine and let me tell you, #45 will not disappoint!

Rowan Magazine #45 is among the best values out there – 47 designs plus amazing content and stunning photography for $23.95.  Worth every penny.

I’m not including a bunch of shots – I don’t want to have so many photographs in this post that it becomes overwhelming and I do want to talk about the yarn.

First Rowan is introducing Lenpur Linen for spring.  This yarn is a blend of 75″% Lenpur/25% Linen.  What is Lenpur you ask?   Lenpur is a cellulose fiber created from trees. Lenpur is different because it is extremely soft, very absorbent, releases dampness, and has deodorant properties.  The blend is interesting, the yarn is very soft and I think would be very comfy during warm months.  It knits at 5.5 sts/inch on #6 needles and has 126 yards.  It retails at $8.95/ball and has a dedicated pattern book.

Last Spring, Rowan introduced Pure Life Cotton DK.  Although we saw many organic cottons on the market, what made this one standout was not only the cotton organic, the dyes organic, the packaging from recycled materials, but each ball is marked with a code that makes the yarn traceable back to the farm where the cotton was grown.  Based on the success of Pure Life Cotton, Rowan has introduced the yarn in a 4-ply with a dedicated book:

(Sorry for the price tags – I was in a rush taking these shots yesterday before I left, knowing today was going to be a snow day).

I love the knitted animals, but please know the book is full of adorable children’s garments.

The pattern booklet has 15 designs for children aged 0-3 and 4-8 using both the 4-ply and DK weight.  The book is $17.95.  (Inside scoop – this shot was nearly the cover of our Spring catalog).

Pure Life Organic Cotton 4-ply knits at 7 sts/inch on #3 needles and has 180 yards.  There are 10 lovely colors and the yarn is $9.95/ball.

The last new product is not completely new.  If you remember and enjoyed working with Jaeger Siena, you will equally adore and enjoy using Rowan Classic Siena.  Same yarn, updated color range.  For those of you not familiar with Siena, it’s a 100% mercerized cotton that knits at 7 sts/inch on a #2-#3 needle.  Each ball has 153 yards and it is machine washable, which often makes it a choice for baby/children’s garments.  A ball is $8.95 and I think that’s what it was when it was a Jaeger yarn.

The Rowan Classic Pattern Book – Romance - features 14 designs using Siena.  They are all adult garments and as the title implies, they are very flirty, feminine designs.  The book retails for $18.95 and is really lovely.

Rowan’s Milk Cotton is not new, but has a lovely pattern booklet for Spring ’09:

I’m not sure how well you’ll be able to see this, but I particularly like this pattern:

The booklet has 15 designs and is $17.95.

Before I wrap up, you may remember at the first of the year, I made a committment that I would work to finish my UFO’s and not just get wrapped up with starting new projects.  I had one small project that I had to complete before attacking any of my UFO’s.  I was able to accomplish that on my trip to TNNA (yay me!) and I’ve picked up and been working on my top down sweater.  I’m quite pleased with it:

I figure I’ve got about 4″ to go and then I can bind off.  I’ve always planned to add a bit of crochet trim to the cuffs and bottom.  Kirsten, our design coordinator thinks I may also want to consider doing something along the neckline.  Not sure about that but we’ll see.  I have some car time over the next few days plus a hockey practice so I am cautiously optimistic I might actually be able to bind off this weekend!

How are all of you doing on your projects?  Working on any UFO’s or have you jumped into something new?  I’d love to know what you’re working on!

Kathy

Committment

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
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Thanks to everyone who commented or posted their thoughts on UFO’s on Twitter or Facebook.  I really enjoyed the discussion and everyone’s point of view!  Seems like it’s about 50/50 in terms of those of us who have lots of projects going all at once and those who have three or less at any point in time.

Several of you noted that you thought I was brave to show my UFO’s.  For me, showing the ones I’m walking away from was not hard at all.  In fact (and as I commented) it was quite liberating.  Saying “no, I just don’t like you that much anymore and I’m not going to give you another second of my time” felt awesome.

This next part is what I consider hard.  Sharing the WIPs that I am determined to finishing is much more intimidating.  This is committment – public committment.  It’s like saying “I love you” out loud for the first time, especially if the other person hasn’t said it yet.  My success or failure will be out there for all of you to see.  That my friends, is scary to me.  So, are you ready?  Not sure I am but the time has come.

Here are the UFOs, that are officially WIPs that I will do my best to complete:

This very sad piece is my Tilted Duster.  What is concerning is that I could swear I had completed both sleeves.  If I did, one is lost.  I hope that is not the case because that could result in a yarn shortage and trust me, this dyelot is long gone.  I’ve seen lots of Tilted Dusters around the shop and especially at Stitches shows.  I admire everyone of them and get a little pang inside about mine.  I love knitting with Peruvia – it’s a wonderful yarn.  Not sure why this never was completed, it just wasn’t.  Norah – please forgive me.

Next up is this little beauty:

My first (and only) top down sweater.  Now, I know Kirsten (our design coordinator) and prophet of the top-down technique just died a little inside seeing this sweater incomplete.  Again, this was another project I was enjoying immensely and I have picked it up from time to time.  I still have a ways to go, but the knitting at this point is very simple so I really have no excuse.  I’m using Dive Autunno which is lovely.  I know at one point during the year I panicked a bit when I thought I was short on yarn.  In cleaning out all my projects, I found additional balls, so I know I’m good to go.

For those of you who listen to the podcast, this one will pain ALL of you:

It’s my Staghorn Cable Tunic.  Oh gosh, I can hear you all yelling at your monitors from here!  I know!  How can this not be done?  I love the pattern, I love the yarn which is our own Northampton.  I pushed Kirsten to make this design come to life and here lies mine, life-less.  I’ve just got a bit on the front to finish then off to the back.

Here is the only yarn/project that our cat Abigail has ever shown any interest in:

This is a scarf out of Misti Alpaca Baby Chunky (yum!) and the design is my own.  I was inspired by a scarf in a catalog that was knit with cashmere and cost some obnoxious amount of money.  So I picked a cable pattern, figured out the math and off I went.  I often kept this project in my Lexie Barnes Flo, which has a hinged opening.  Anytime I left the bag open, I would find Abigail in the bag, on top of the yarn purring.  She has never done this with another yarn.  Maybe I should knit her a little cuddlie out of the yarn?  Oh, look, there I go again!  Thinking about starting something without finishing anything!

Another Scarf:

There’s nothing magical about this one, it’s more about principle.  It’s knit in Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted.  I liked the yarn and the color and wanted a scarf.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Then, there’s this:

This one hurts my heart that it’s in this state.  Hard to tell, but this is my More than an Apron from Crochetme.com.   I LOVE the design.  I started it almost immediately after it was published back in Spring of 2007.  There, I said it.  APRIL 2007.  Ugh.  I’m using Valley Yarns Southwick and despite my love of black, it was probably not the best choice and probably part of the reason it has yet to be finished.  I’ve frogged it a few times and now I need to figure out where I am.

Finally folks, I give you this:

Not a WIP yet, but it has to stay on the list.  Why?  It was intended to become a Log Cabin blanket.  I have been jabbering about wanting to make a Log Cabin blanket 4-EVA.  Originally, I was going to make on from Mason DIxon Knitting.  These colors were chosen to knit the Valley Log Cabin Blanket which uses our Valley Superwash (which is the yarn shown).  I picked different colors so that it could be used as inspiration for an alternative color combo.  One thing I know for sure, a log cabin blanket will be knit by me.  Might not be the one I was planning or in the same colors you see above, but I will do one.  I must.

Well, that’s that. Now you know what I’ve got to do.  Not sure what I’ll tackle first.  I have one other project on the needles that will come to TNNA with me.  That’s one I cannot share just yet and has a deadline.

So, what WIPs are you going to re-commit to this year?  C’mon, I’ve shown you mine, the least you can do is tell me about yours!

Kathy

P.S.  Sorry for the blue hues in the photos.  Not sure what is up with that.  My Staghorn Tunic is charcoal grey.

You Won’t Believe This

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
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Seriously. I hope you are sitting down and if you aren’t I suggest you do before you read any further. What I am about to show you is, well, going to come as a bit of a surprise, especially coming from me. So here goes. Ready? I present to you knitting:

Knitting done by ME! I know, I know, it’s pretty amazing. Owner of one of the largest yarn stores/websites in the country, who blogs about said store and yarn, is actually blogging about her very own knitting project. Shocking, isn’t it?
My Staghorn Cabled Tunic is coming along! I am quite pleased with it and have really enjoyed working on it. Look at the lovely cables:

I am just about to work the armhole shaping and such to finish up the front then onto the back. Yeah, we finished this weeks ago on the Ready, Set, Knit KAL, but I never claimed to be a speedy knitter. Little bit here, little bit there. . . . There’s even a shot I’ll have this beauty done for Stitches East!
I am using our own Valley Yarns Northampton, (which is the yarn called for) in dark grey. The store sample was knit in light grey and I almost went with black (big surprise for those who know me and see me on a regular basis). I’m glad I opted for the dark grey. I was able to get gauge using the suggested needle size, which is a rarity for me. I started out on Colonial’s Rosewood Circs (a personal fave) but the dark yarn and dark needles were not working out. I resisted the change until it was forced upon me (call it a mini-intervention). Next thing I knew I was on Skacel’s Addi-Naturas, which I had not previously used. Love them! Not too pointy, nice and smooth with a perfect join. The cord is not quite as cooperative as the Colonial’s but it’s a minor intrusion.
In other news when is a crochet hook case not just a crochet hook case? A question I am sure many of you have pondered. Here, is the Lexie Barnes Dottie in the Diablo print:

Innocent, yet very functional crochet hook case.
When interpreted by a nine-year old boy about to start fourth grade, it morphs into this:

The coolest pencil case EVER! J1 spied this at the store yesterday and asked if he could get one for school. ABSOLUTELY! He’s loaded and locked and ready for the first day tomorrow! Woohoo! J2 goes back too! Double woohoo! Truly, it’s been a most awesome summer, but folks when I say it’s time for them to be back to school, I mean it’s really time. Even they are ready! Watch for cute, first day of school brag pictures tomorrow!
Kathy