Works in Progress-October 2017

I always have multiple works in progress going on.  This month I had to drop everything, and start knitting a baby gift that I need by the end of the month.  Some of my October projects may get lost to winter hibernation as the holidays near.  I am usually working on holiday gifts by now, and am really behind.

Knitting

Architexture
Architexture Scarf Knitting Kit by Jennifer Weissman Craftsy
  1. Long Term Project – I am still knitting Architexture by Jennifer Weissman: from Craftsy It’s done in Cloudborn Highland Fingering yarn. You can get the kit  from Craftsy,  or you can get the pattern by itself from Ravelry. 
    Cloche Hat
    Lucy Hat Pattern by Carina Spencer

    Lucy Hat Pattern by Carina Spencer.
  2. Instant Gratification Project – Finished!   Carina Spencer’s Lucy Hat done in Lion Brand’s Wool Ease in Cranberry and Oxford Grey.  I wish I would have knit the bigger size.  The hat fits, but I would like more ear coverage. This pattern is adorable, and it knitted up quickly. I am pleased with the way it turned out. I love the swirl created by the decreases on the top of the hat!

    Susie Rogers
    Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts
  3. Fingerless Mitts – I had put this one aside.  I started it because I needed a photo for my post 10 Websites for Knitting and Crochet Patterns.   This is one of my favorite free patterns-Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts.  It is a delightful knit, and I would a pair of these for myself.  I am knitting the mitts in Lion Brand Wool Ease-Cranberry.

    Giant Ball of Yarn
    Instant Gratification Scarf
  4. Instant Gratification Project-Quick Scarf – This yarn is a giant ball of different kinds of yarn tied together.  I am knitting it into a scarf for an amazing family member.  It is knit on size 35 needles so it is going pretty fast.

    Baby Gift
    Baby Gifts
  5. Baby Gift – I need a baby gift before the end of the month, so I dropped everything and started knitting my favorite baby hat pattern the Umbilical Cord Hat by Jennifer L. Jones.  I finished the hat, and now am working on a pair of Beth’s Easy Knit Baby Booties by Beth Koskie to go with it.  The yarn is Bernat Satin. I finished the first bootie, and am working on the second one. You can read more about my favorite baby patterns in my post 7 of My Favorite Free Patterns for Babies.

Weaving

Weaving
Pink Shawl-Lionbrand Shawl in a Ball on a Kromski Harp

5. Pink Shawl –  I am still working on the pink shawl on my Kromski Harp. The yarn is Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball.

Pumpkin Art Yarn
Pumpkin Art Yarn
Yarn
Knitting into a Pumpkin

Spinning-Knitting

6. Pumpkin Art Yarn – I dyed up some Blue Faced Leicester wool in my “dye only” crock-pot using Jacquard Acid Dyes.  I gathered every bit of orange wool I could find in my yarn stash and put it in a bin.  There were some bits of silk, lovely merino wool, and some copper sparkle.  I used my hand cards and made some mini art rolags. I spun a thick and  thin yarn and then  plied with orange sewing thread.  Now I am knitting it into a pumpkin.

Works in Progress

I have so many works in progress-WIPs for short. Usually, I have at least 5, currently I have 8. This is not counting the projects that have been long forgotten.  I am talking about the ones that have been stashed in a yarn bag or a box for at least a year. Ravelry uses the term “hibernating” for such projects.  These are projects that I consider active projects.  I will probably write a WIP post once a month.

Knitting

I always have multiple knitting projects going on. Knitting is portable, and it’s easy to keep everything you need for a project in a “go” bag.  I don’t like to leave the house without a knitting project, because you never know when you can work a few rows into your day.

Architexture Scarf Knitting Kit by Jennifer Weissman
  1. Long Term Project – I always have one project that takes forever, like a sweater or a shawl. Currently I am knitting Architexture by Jennifer Weissman: from Craftsy for a wonderful kindred spirit. I love this pattern. It’s done in Cloudborn Highland Fingering yarn.  This yarn is absolutely gorgeous, and super tiny (so it’s gonna take a while).  Unfortunately, the kit is no longer available*(UPDATE: The kit is available again!), but you can get the pattern from Ravelry and the yarn from Craftsy. I actually have to pay attention to follow this pattern, and I take breaks by working on some instant gratification projects.

    Cloche Hat
    Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer
  2. Instant Gratification Project – Sometimes you just want to finish a project. I like a quick knit because it makes me feel like I have accomplished something. Currently I am working on Carina Spencer’s Lucy hat. This pattern is adorable, and it knits up quickly. I love the woven band, and the retro cloche flap. I am using Lion Brand Wool Ease in Cranberry and Oxford Grey.

    Susie Rogers
    Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts
  3. Fingerless Mitts – I blame the blog for this one!  I needed a photo for my post 10 Websites for Knitting and Crochet Patterns.   This is one of my favorite free patterns-Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts.  It is a delightful knit!  I love the edging!  I wanted it to match the Lucy hat so I am knitting the mitts in the Cranberry Lion Brand Wool Ease.
  4. Socks – There are numerous socks scattered about the house in various stages of completion.  I’m  always sneaking in a few rows while I am doing housework. I hardly ever finish a pair and have diagnosed myself with SSS – Single Sock Syndrome. I’m always starting new socks, because I like to see how the pattern knits up.
  5. Baby Gifts – Occasionally, I have to stop what I am doing and knit a baby gift.  Like just now while working on this post I realized that I need to knit a baby gift before November.  I have included it in this in this list even though I haven’t started it yet.  Digging out the yarn is going to count as “in progress” for this one.

Weaving

Weaving
Pink Shawl-Lionbrand Shawl in a Ball on a Kromski Harp

6. Pink Shawl – I always like to have a weaving project going on. Currently I have a pink shawl on my Kromski Harp. The yarn is Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball.

Spinning

I currently have two spinning projects.  I usually like to have one traditional type of yarn and one art yarn.

Spinning Yarn
Purple Romney Wool

7. Purple Romney Wool – This Romney wool in a beautiful purple is from Catoctin Creek Farm. I am spinning it, and then plying it.  I am spinning it on a Baynes Colonial spinning wheel, and plying it on a Spinolution Pollywog.

BFL Wool
Blue Faced Leicester Thick and Thin Spun Thread Plied

8. Thick and Thin Thread Plied Yarn – I am planning on dyeing this.  I haven’t decided on which method I will be using yet. I am spinning this on a Spinolution Pollywog.  This Blue Faced Leicester wool came from Little Barn.  They have fabulous prices for unspun wool.

Projects-Knitting Weaving Spinning