Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday v.60

Thanks so much for all the get-well wishes last week!  They seem to have worked, as I'm about 85% better.  I'm dying to head out for a trail run, but I don't want to anger my lungs so I'll hold out for another day or two.

I may only be 85%, but the knitting mojo is running at about 110%.  Would you believe that I actually have 4(!) projects on the needles right now?  I must be going through some sort of knitterly mid-life crisis, as I'm usually pretty monogamous with my yarn.  But not at the moment...

(Sorry about the crap photos, apparently the camera was in digital macro mode.  Who knew?  By the time I realized it, it was dark.  Sorry! -ed.)

Angostura is my current crush.  The back is finished, and I was all kinds of worried that it would be way too long.  I even frogged 6 rows of it.  It seems really, really long, but I laid my favorite sweater out on the bed, laid the vest over it and stretched it until they were the same width.  Once I did that, it was only about 1/2" longer the sweater, which I can totally live with.  Reassured, I plowed forward with the  front:
You guys, this is SUCH a fun knit.  It's really fast, and the cables and twisted stitches keep it interesting...
and there's this really fun detailing around the armholes and neckline that just sort of appears by  magic.  I heart it lots.

I'm also knitting Snug, which is a super cute baby hoodie that appears to exist only on Ravelry.  You'll have to click on the link or take my word for it, because at the moment, it looks a lot like an ill-conceived dishcloth:
I have high hopes, though.  The finished projects are adorable.  But Ravelers aren't kidding when they repeatedly say that it looks much easier than it is.  I have no idea how this is going to come together, but I'm going to just keep plugging along and hope for the best.  It's basically some square shapes made of garter stitch.  It can't be that hard, right?

Next is Sock, who despite being cute and lovely and fun to knit has been relegated to the cheap seats for the time being.
I swear I'll get back to it after I finish the vest.  Or the hoodie.  Or something.  Sock weather is looming, and I'll look a bit silly walking around in only 2/3 of one red sock. 

Finally, I dove in last weekend and started making puffs for the Beekeeper's Quilt.  They're so fun!  And so cute!  I have one finished, which you'll have to come back and see on Friday, and two more about to be on the needles:
They're educational, too:  I've never made a toe-up sock before, but apparently this is how you start one.  I've never done a 3-needle bind off until now, either.  Suffice to say, there was a lot of knitting video watching happening last weekend. 

And, if you find yourself hopelessly sucked into the vortex of hexi-puff knitting, there's still time to join the Sock Yarn Swap I'm hosting.  Details are here.  Once you've signed up (you know you want to), go check out all the other WIPW entries.  I'm betting there are one or two (or 30!) other quilts out there for inspiration...


  1. I am glad you are feeling better, you have certainly been busy! I am really bad for having lots of things on the go right now (currently, uhm, 5). I am trying to resist the bee keepers quilt but don't know how much longer I will be able to hold out. Your Angostura looks great, well it all does!!!

  2. Glad you're feeling better. I have a few things on the go usually - I'm definitely not a monogamous knitter, I get bored too easily! I'm another one trying to resist the beekeeper... Do not need to make another blanket right now!

  3. These projects all look amazing! I always have a ton going too and my hubby just told me that WIP Wednesday might be a bad thing for me to get into as it's encouraging me to start more and more projects from my list!

  4. I think I'm going to have to cave and sign up for the hexipuff challenge. I keep looking at the pattern and thinking about it during the day.

  5. But your close-up photos rock! LOL

    Can't wait to see the hexapuffs. I'm still considering making some of my own and joining a swap.

  6. Everything looks great! I'm so glad you're feeling better and back to your knitting.

  7. Adore the red sock! Both Colorway and pattern

  8. I made snug too, slightly confusing but looks cute when its finished :-)

  9. Oh, I love that baby hoodie! Very cute pattern. I really like the twisted stitch detail in Angostura - yours is looking great so far!

  10. Glad your feeling better! Love all your projects, they're looking great! Love the cables!

  11. Glad to hear you're feeling better! :)
    What fabulous projects -- I especially like Sock!

  12. Your sweater just keeps looking better and better. I cant wait to see the shrug looking more... shrug-like (so far I'm just confused).
    The yarn went in the post today!

  13. Funny you mentioning the Hexipuffs! I wanted to blog about the fact that it has gone viral, but life has gotten in my way and won't move... :P If my calculations are correct, at least the last time I checked how many projects were listed on the Ravelry page, she has made more than $8000 in pattern sales. Amazing! If you haven't watched her vimeo on the pattern page, please go now and tell me you aren't amazed at her personality!

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  15. Glad to hear you are feeling better. YOu have a ton of beautiful projects. I too am looking forward to seeing snug turn into a snug. But my favorite is Sock it is gorgeous.

  16. I love Angostura. Yours looks great - awesome colour.

  17. Glad you're feeling better. You're sweater is looking great.