Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday v.114

Aaaaaaaaaannnnnd... we're back!  Hi.  Me again.  Still trying to work out how to fit regular blogging into my new life schedule and mostly failing miserably.  But I'm trying, so I get an E for effort at least.

Mr. Right's house went on the market and sold in 4 (FOUR!) days, so when he totters off to work in the morning, I've been spending my days packing up stuff at his house, moving it over to my (our! squee!) house and unpacking it.  It's working out pretty well, but it's sucking up a TON of time. 

We still haven't sent out our wedding thank yous yet, or even managed to finish opening our gifts, which is getting a little bit ridiculous.  This week.  Really.  I hope.

On the knitting front, we are in uncharted waters, folks.  I finally finished Nympheas, which is all blocked and totally lovely, and which you'll get to see on Friday.  And I don't have anything. on. the. needles.  Shocking.  It's not for lack of trying though, I promise.

I took the plunge and swatch for Idlewood. I'm always spot on for gauge (with the exception of the fancy new tube top described below), but this thing looked like swiss cheese. I don't have needles in the next size down, so it's on hold until (if?) last year's Christmas present shows up.

Undeterred, I bought a lovely skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino to knit Ptarmigan.  No swatch since it's just a cowl, right?  Yeah.  About 4 rows in, I discovered it was twisted, so pulled it off the needles and realized that the circumference was 38".  So.  You know, more slightly large tube top than cowl at that point.  I ripped.  I started again with smaller needles.  Smaller tube top this time, but still.  This yarn does not want to play with this pattern, and that makes me just a tiny bit sad.

Now I'm swatching for my Austin Hoodie.  Swatch with recommended needles was waaaaaaaaaaaay off (are we sensing a theme here?), so I went down a size and am not-so-patiently waiting for it to dry.  Proof:

Since I can't manage to knit a freaking thing these days, I turned my precious knitting minutes and all my pent up energy toward assembling a present Mr. Right bought me a few weeks before our wedding.  Behold, The Storage:

Isn't it purty (silly flash glare aside)?  It's so solid and wooden and organize-y that I'm completely in love.  Sock yarn in one bin, sweater quantities in a couple of others, cotton, laceweight, mini skeins... it all has a shiny new home.  My husband rocks.  It's not knitting, but it will definitely tide me over for a while.  At least a day or two.

See you all over at Tami's for WIPW!  Cheers!


  1. Oh how I covet your yarn storage, that is one wonderful man you've got there! I can relate to your gauge issues, and having nothing going right for knitting. It will all sort itself out as the stress dies down.

  2. Love your new storage shelving. That is a great place to store everything and it looks like things will stay super organized too!

    Good luck with the moving and the gift opening! You are very disciplined to do the moving stuff first! :-)

  3. I'm jealous that the house sold in four days. Mine has been on the market for over a month...but we did get an offer (at least). The other property has been on the market since February and hasn't had anything but showings :(


    Don't worry about the knitting. You have more important things to do right now.

  4. Love your storage! My cats would get into the bottom basket though. I have something similar to store our tv cables and video games and I've found the cats in those baskets. I'm afraid of what havoc they'll wreak if they get into the laceweight.

  5. Congrats on the house selling so quickly!
    Your storage is beautiful!

  6. Gauge. Such a finicky beast. That's why I'm starting to love making kids clothes. As long as you aim a couple sizes up from their current size, It will always fit... at some point.
    I can't wait to see your scarf.

  7. Oohh, love the storage! Such a thoughtful gift. My hubby needs to take some lessons from Mr. Right. His idea of proper yarn storage would probably be a jumbo size garbage bag. Oh well.
    Despite the gauge frustration, you are doing the right thing by being patient and blocking your swatch for the Austin Hoodie. Can't wait to see the finished scarf.

  8. Very good storage! Well Done! As for the knitting quandrys, that sort of thing goes in runs and then suddenly the tide turns and all is well again. Best to just wait it out and not worry :)

  9. Hmmm, you must be way more relaxed now that you're all married and stuff, so that's why your gauge is off (looser than normal). =)

  10. So jealous of your storage bins! And bummer about the uncooperative knitting, happens to the best of us. That's a really pretty cowl pattern, too!