Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday v.80

Welcome back to another week of Invisible Knitting Progress.  I'm continuing to knit a whole lot, and continuing to make cute things that I can't show you since they're about to jump into a box and head out to my swap partner.

Thing 1 was finished last week, and is now blocked.  My first time knitting two-sided lace, and it turned out pretty darn well -- as long as I was paying attention.

Thing 2 was just a wee little seed of a project last week, and now it's done and blocked, too.  With this one, I learned how to make bobbles.  I also learned that I hate them.  Good to know!

Thing 3 is really, really killing me not to show you.  It's pretty much the cutest thing ever and you can bet I'll be posting the heck out of it once my swap partner has received and opened all her goodies.  Anyway, it's about 80% done and the only thing keeping the package from being mailed at the moment.  I'm hoping to polish it off in the next day or so.

I'd be done with it by now for sure, but I've spent my very little knitting time over the last couple of days working on Duckie sock #2 so that I would actually have something to show this week.  And here it is (in all its blurry bad-photoness)...

Breathtakingly exciting, no?  I know I've mentioned this before, but I love this pattern.  It's so easy and fast to work up, and fun.  What more can you ask for  in a sock pattern?

One thing keeping me from knitting last weekend was a field trip(!) with my Monday night knitting group back to Fort Collins to visit the Loopy Ewe.  I know, I was just there a couple of weeks ago, but I'm a team player!  I had to go support my friends in their first visit.

I exercised more restraint this time, and only bought one skein of yarn since we're leaving for Stitches in a week.  (Yay!)  But boy, did I make that one skein count:

Yep.  It's the knitter's holy grail:  Wollmeise.  The colorway is Petit Poison n.5.  And it's even more spectacularly colored in person than it is in pictures.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but for the moment, it's sitting on the counter in the family room so it can be properly admired every time I walk by.  I have to say, it doesn't feel nearly as good as it looks in the skein, but I have high hopes for it once it's knitted up and blocked.  I'll definitely keep you posted.  Meanwhile, does anyone have any experience knitting with this stuff?  I'd love to hear.

And now, I'm going to go celebrate a quiet Valentine's Day with Mr. Right since it's still Tuesday night as I write this.  Hope you all got spoiled rotten yesterday, by yourself or a loved one!  And I'll see you over on the WIPW pages, but probably not until tonight (busy day!).


  1. Wow, yummy yarn! And Im looking forward to seeing your swap things!

  2. It's frustrating not being able to share projects, isn't it?!

    I have a skein of Wollmeise that I haven't used yet, and I know what you mean about it not feeling as good as it looks. But I've heard that it creates a beautiful fabric and wear like iron, so there's that!

  3. You are such a tease with all those projects you can't share. And oh how I hate to wait for things. Duckie socks have been added to my queue, thanks!

  4. I wonder about that you know - I had some very expensive Madeline Tosh, and that really wasn't 'all that' as far as it felt. Sometimes it's just hype :-( but I do hope that when you knit with it,it might turn out nicer :-)

  5. I love how you were able to resist buying anything more than one skein of yarn. I've been trying to master stash self control, I left Webs yesterday with only enough yarn to finish a project I've been planning. I'm sure that the Wollmeise will surprise you.

  6. I have a couple skeins of Wollmeise in my stash (most of it bought from Ravelry sales).......but I haven't used them yet. I love them in the skein and I'm not sure I'm going to love them all knitted up. We'll see...

  7. Wollmeise is even more impressive knitted up than in the skein. I've had the pleasure of knitting up two skeins and I can't say enough good things about it: lovely twist, entirely unsplitty, nice weight, perfect stitch definition, launders beautifully ... well, you get the picture. The two pairs of socks made are absolute favourites. You've picked a gorgeous colourway now go ahead and knit something fabulous!

  8. That yarn looks fab. I love the colour. What are you going to make with it? I cant wait to hear.

    When do we get to find out what the 'things' are?????

    I hope you got spoilt for Valentines day. xxx

  9. Ooooh Wollmeise! I've never been in the same room as it but it looks amazing.

  10. What a fantastic colour of Wollmeise! I am knitting a scarf from it at the moment and it is my favourite thing to work on, the yarn is that good.

  11. looking forward to seeing your "unseen" projects, your sock looks nice, have fun with the Wollmeise....