Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday v.134

Hey guys!  I made it back from my California vacation/Stitches West trip just fine last week.  I had an amazing time as usual, and have been busy, busy, busy since I got home.  I didn't forget about you though, you'll have to come back on Friday for a trip recap and so you can enter to win the pretty, pretty yarn I bought for you.  It'll be worth the click, I promise.

For now, you'll have to settle for getting up to speed on the projects I've been working on lately.  I think I mentioned it, but a few weeks ago I brought my Peerie Flooers Mittens out of deep hibernation and started working on them again.  I love, love, love these, but I've learned something about myself:  I hate doing 2-handed colorwork on dpns.  It's ridiculously slow going for me, and also awkward and fiddly.  If I'm ever going to make all the fabulous colorwork mittens in my queue, I'm going to have to brush up on my magic looping.  Maybe that will be easier?

Anyway, mitten #1 is chugging along (No, really.  It is.) rather nicely...

I have high hopes to finish it this week, but we'll see if they materialize.

In other news, I started a Hermione's Everyday Sock to knit up on the plane and during down time on vacation.  I absolutely love the yarn, but it's a little bit fuzzy so the stitch definition isn't great.  I think I'm okay with it though.  It's such a pretty color, and sooo soft.

And yep.  This is me practicing my magic looping.  So far so good, but I'd be farther along on the sock if I had any clue how to work a heel on two needles.  I think I've got some youtube time in my near future.  It can't be that hard, right?

That's what's going on around these parts this Wednesday.  I'm still working on the Austin Hoodie, but haven't made any progress to speak of lately so you'll see it again when it's bigger.  Until then, go check out all the lovely projects on the needles and hooks over at WIPW.  See you Friday!


  1. Your mitten #1 is looking super!
    I love your sock yarn looks so nice and fuzzy :)

  2. I really like the color of your mittens! Could you switch to magic loop straight away? It would be a real shame not to finish them!

  3. Regarding colorwork on DPNs, I have only one suggestions: 9-inch circulars ( I used these for my Hermione's Everyday Socks last summer, and am so completely in love, I can't wait to try another sock or glove project.

    Tha said, both your mitten and sock look gorgeous!

  4. the mittens look good, and I can't imagine stranding on DPNs! I've found magic loop to be a lot easier, although I've taken to knitting inside out to keep my gauge even; as for the heel on two needles, it looks a little wonky, but once you get the rhythm of it I find it faster. Sometimes it helps to use a stitch marker to remind you where the second needle would be, if you had one.

    Good luck!

  5. Your mitten is lovely! I really think that is one of the most beautiful designs.

  6. Can't wait to see your haul!! I so hope to get to a Stitches event this year, but it all depends on Elder's college choice. Is it bad to hope she goes to the cheaper school so I can keep buying yarn? LOL
    Love the flowers, hope you get to a place you are comfortable with the dpns. I do my mittens on magic loop.

  7. Words can't express how much I love that mitten. I like the sock pattern too, socks are great for airplanes aren't they!!

  8. OMG..the work you are putting into that is lovely tho!

  9. The mitten looks fab.

    I knit all my socks on magic loop, and I tend to stick with shortrow heels (mainly because I haven't bothered to look up how to do any others!) and it is super simple, honest ;)