WIP Wednesday

WIP; an acronym used by knitters to designate a work in progress. Typically I have several of these on the go; when I get bored of one project I can put it aside and move forward on another, always dreaming of the day when the current WIP will become an FO (finished object).

Also, I find that I need projects requiring different amounts of concentration to be sure not to waste a single moment of knitting time during the day! Lace is left for when I’m alone, socks are for knitting while watching kids at skating or Tae kwon do, long stretches of stocking stitch keep me company while watching television (although my husband says that I really only ‘listen’ to TV).

Right now I have 4 things on the needles (or OTN); a vest (for me!), a scarf (getting a jump on next year’s Xmas knitting), a pair of socks (birthday present for my niece), and a super secret project for my ‘swap’ partner on Ravelry (can’t divulge details, she might read this post!).

First up, Redhook Vest by Jared Flood. This year I’m using up ‘stash’ (yarn purchased, often without a pattern in mind, and stashed away for future use) to make room in my storage containers for more high-end fibre (yes, I’m a yarn snob!), so I cast on for this simple, yet stylish vest with a bag of Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool purchased several years ago online. Nice color (“Ink”) but very scratchy and ‘tough’. Hope it softens up in the wash. Out of the 6 balls I’ve already knit up, there were 5 knots (very unimpressive). Tackling the short row ‘wrap-and-turns’ today, a new skill for me!

Next up, Crusoe socks, a free pattern from Knitty that’s been sitting in my ‘to knit’ file for some time. It’s a really fun pattern and a great way to use up a very bright and variegated or self-striping skein of sock yarn. I’m using Fleece Artist Trail sock in ‘Flirt’.

I ended up casting on 60 stitches (way more than the pattern required for an adult’s large; and yes, I checked my gauge), and still, the sock is unlikely to fit an adult foot. Good thing my niece wants a pair of socks, likes pink and has a birthday coming up!

The third project I have to show you is a Heart to Heart beaded scarf, by Sivia Harding. Sivia’s patterns are beautiful, wonderfully written and enjoyable to knit. What makes this rendition even more fabulous is the yarn; Enya, by indie dyer Saffron Dyeworks. To be honest, SD yarns are the main reason I’m trying to create more storage space!

Adding beads to my knitting is a fairly new passion (as is buying beads and stashing them for some unspecified project; good thing they don’t take up much space!); expect to see more beaded projects in the future!

And here’s a quick peek at my super-secret-single-skein-mystery-swap project; just enough to see the color and not give anything away! Shh, don’t tell!

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