Works in Progress

by Craig on April 5, 2012

Lately I’ve been working on an average of 5 projects at a time. That’s a small number for me. At times, I’ve had as many as 12 to 15 projects going. I’m only counting active projects – not UFOs (unfinished objects) sitting in bags.

There are times – rare though they may be – that I focus on a single project. It’s a wonderful feeling, having a project that so completely engages me, but I can’t make it happen. I don’t know why some projects fly off the needles, while others require breaks to get excited about them again.

I don’t worry about having a lot of projects going at once. Even though I merged my hobby and work lives, I still view knitting and crocheting as recreational activities. To keep it fun and from feeling like work, I let myself work on what I’m in the mood for, without guilt.

MY CURRENT ACTIVE PROJECTS

Girasole

Jared Flood's Girasole blanket in Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn.

Pattern: Girasole by Jared Flood.
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Hayloft

I rarely knit lace. It requires row-by-row attention and, honestly, I get distracted and make mistakes. But the other day I came across the Girasole pattern, which I’ve always loved, and there was some Loft in the color Hayloft leftover from the Arrowhead Mittens that Elizabeth knit for the shop, and I decided to cast on and see where it went.

Surprisingly, I’m loving it. Maybe it’s the alignment of the stars, maybe it’s the weather – I don’t know – but I haven’t put it down since I cast on. I just began the fourth chart this morning.

Granny Square Blanket

Granny Square Blanket in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light yarn.

Pattern: Granny Square Blanket
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

I’ve been working on this blanket for a while now. A friend stopped in with the beginnings of a granny square blanket and in typical crafter fashion, I wanted to make one too.

My friend selected maybe 7 or 8 colors and was using a different one for each round. I decided to use just one color at a time. I started with some Windowpane that was leftover from another project (are you seeing a trend here) then went to Cousteau, Grasshopper, and now Baltic. With the exception of the Windowpane, each band is one whole skein.

The last time I measured, the blanket was about 28 inches square. I’m really not sure yet how big I’ll make it.

Two-at-a-Time Socks

Cuffs of Melissa Morgan-Oakes's Classic Socks

Pattern: The Classic Sock from 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers BFL Tight Twist in color Currency

I took Melissa’s 2-at-a-Time Socks class when she was here last month and cast on for these socks that night. Carol had brought in all this beautiful yarn she’d dyed and the greens in Currency were just calling my name.

I’ve been working on the 1×1 ribbed cuff and getting used to managing the yarn – I’m knitting from just one ball – so it’s been a little slow going. I expect I’ll pick up speed once I work on it some more.

Green Tea

Noro Shiraito and Rowan Kidsilk Haze yarns

Pattern: Green Tea
Yarn: Noro Shiraito and Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Shiraito is a new yarn from Noro. It’s 45% cashmere, 45% angora, and 10% wool. It feels fantastic. Every time I pass it in the shop, I stop, feel, and stare and the gorgeous colors.

Once I chose my colorway – purples/limes – paired it with a ball of Kidsilk Haze, and sat down to figure out what to make.

So, here’s what I’m doing. Because it’s not done, I obviously can’t show you what’ll look like or tell you the final dimensions. But in case you want to join in…

You’ll need 1 ball of each yarn.

CO 3 sts with Shiraito.

With Shiraito,
Row 1: K3.
Row 2: K1, kfb (knit front and back of the same stitch), k to end.

With Kidsilk Haze,
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.

Rep these four rows. Don’t cut the yarn, just carry the one not in use along the side.

At first I thought I’d continue this way until half the Shiraito was used. Then, I’d begin decreasing on Row 2, replacing kfb with k2tog. Now I’m thinking I’ll just keep repeating these four rows and see how wide it gets at the end. We’ll see.

WHAT’S IN YOUR PROJECT BAG?

So that’s my current WIPs (works in progress). What are you working on?

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