Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Work In Progress Wednesday v.23

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  Once again, I'm amazed at how slow my progress has been this week.  I can't seem to find any knitting time lately.  Clearly, my priorities are not in order.  Must work on rearranging them. 

If you've been reading here for any length of time at all, you'll know that I'm a pretty monogamous knitter.  I really like to finish one thing before I start something else.  Otherwise, I get a little twitchy.  I've gotten a bit better (worse?) lately though, and have had 2 projects going for a while now.  I'm happy to report that this week, I have 3 (!) projects on the needles.  Huzzah!

In no particular order, here's what's percolating around these parts today...

Chevalier mittens are still trucking along.  I got really excited to finish mitten #1 on my lunch hour yesterday, and I was chatting, and knitting furiously, and I totally mucked up the decreases.  I was off by two stitches at the end of a round, so I tinked back a round and found myself off by 4.  Sigh.  I'm hoping to get it fixed today, because it's thisclose to being done.  So close, in fact, that you only get a picture of the palm side this week so as not to spoil the "ooh!  ahh!" factor when they make their debut on FO Friday (but likely not this FO Friday).

I made a little more headway on the cable lace vest this week, too.  I'm working the bust increases now, and kind of stuck since the instructions of where to make the increases don't match the instructions for where to work the increased stitches.  Hmmph.  Trying now to decide how to move the increases around so that it all makes sense and the vest winds up having boobs in roughly the same place I do.  We'll see.

Finally, I was catching up on reading all of the (tons of!) WIPW posts last week, and ended up visiting Sudden Expression, a cute blog that Laura writes and that I keep forgetting to subscribe to.  Anyway, she's coordinating a preemie hat knitting project in memory of her two nieces who were born way too early last year.  You can read all about it here.  And here's thethread on Ravelry, if you're a raveler, where there's loads more information and also links to super cute patterns.  Personally, I picked this one, a modified version of this pattern

Go check it out, and then knit a hat or two.  It'll just take a minute because, hello?  TINY.  These things are eensy.  And cute.  And fast.  And for you Yarn Diet-ers out there, I'm thinking this would be an outstanding way to use up some stash and do a good deed in the process.  Bonus!

S'all I got for today.  But come back on Friday for Misadventures in Yarn Dyeing.  Whee!


  1. Thank you for reminding me about the preemie hat drive, I'm printing off patterns for teeny crocheted hats as I type. :)

    I love that cabled vest (and I hope the shaping works out), and I can't wait to ooh and ahh over the finished mittens.

  2. I feel for you about the mitten mistake! My knitting night pals and I are always commiserating over the errors we make once we start chatting. All your projects are looking beautiful still! Such a nice variety of colors.

  3. You're headed over to the darkside. If you peeped my WIP bins it might give you the shudders.

    It's hard to talk and knit with anything that requires much thought like decreases.

    Looking forward to see how your vest turns out.

  4. Smart (knitting) minds think alike! I chose the very same preemie hat pattern (and mods) to knit for Suddenexpression's collection, too! Loving it so far, too. Hope you get back on track with your mittens. Can't wait to see them finished up.

  5. So far I look at dyeing as a total experiment -- I think I want purple, let's see what happens! I've been lucky enough to like all the results, even when they were quite different from what I expected.

    Good luck wrangling your WIPs!

  6. I was just reading about the hat project and will be donating as well! The blue you picked for yours is probably my fave colour in this post. Also, reading 'so that it all makes sense and the vest winds up having boobs in roughly the same place I do' totally made my day. Hilarious. I hope it works, it's beautiful.

  7. For me, the combination of knitting, noshing, and chatting are always tragic. Either I make zero progress or an epic mistake. You're making strides, though, so I'm sure this will be up for FO Friday in no time!

    Also, love seeing some preemie hats! I knitted some earlier this year and definitely have some more stash leftovers to be put to use.

  8. I so wish that I lived closer because I would love for you to teach me how to knit! I've tried before, but it didn't really take. :( I started a baby's blanket and got frustrated when about an 1/8th of the way through my lines were uneven and I couldn't figure out how to end the row. Oh well... maybe one day!

    Your stuff is beautiful and it makes me wish I really could knit!

  9. You can finish the mittens! I have faith! The vest is looking great, and I also have faith that you will put the boob areas where they need to be. LOL

    I can't wait to start the little hats! That is in my near future.

  10. The preemie hat drive is a wonderful idea. I just read up on it.I love the color you're using for yours. If my knitting was a bit better I'd have to join in.