Actual Yarn Content

I promised you actual yarn content and here it is!

First up is the Willamette Scarf I’m working on.

Yarn is String Theory Caper Sock in Earthquake.  I’m nearly finished with the increases.  This is my purse knitting and part of the Stumptown Knits club that I talked about here.

Next up is Liisa‘s Hanukah/NewYear/Birthday sweater.

It’s the Yogini Bolero from by Wendy Bernard.  I’m knitting it in Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool in color 113 Smokey Black. I’m to the part where she needs to try it on for length before I continue.  There’s a lot of “at the same time” in the beginning of this sweater, but otherwise it’s a quick and pleasant knit.

Finally, I’m working on a new sweater for the husband.  He requested a Dude Sweater.

It’s simply 16 rows of ribbing right now, but it will grow quickly. It’s knit in Cascade Yarns Eco Wool (just like his last sweater) and he’s already excited.  I’ve promised this one will take less than 2 years to complete.  (My goal is to get it done while it’s still cold enough to wear.)

I have a few other projects going for classes I’m taking at the shoppe, but they’re not far enough along yet to take photos.  Perhaps next week…

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Willamette in Progress

Crappy pictures or no, I’ve decided to post more this year.  When it comes to sharing in this space, I am often held back by the lack of good photos.  I see other peoples’ blogs and feel ashamed that I don’t produce the same quality when it comes to images.  But this blog is for me.  If all I want to do is use the webcam on the MacBook and give you a grainy cat picture, then that is my prerogative.

Wow… That kind of turned into a mini rant.  I thought about deleting it, but decided not to.  Anyway, moving onto the yarn part of this post.

See?  Yarn!  Plus a bonus Chloe shot.

Early in November, when Star announced her Stumptown Knits club, I was immediately smitten with the first project and treated myself to a membership.  I have knit one of Star’s patterns before (Prairie House Shawl* anyone?) and knew going into this that I would get a quality pattern.  I rarely do any kind of yarn/pattern/craft club, but this one struck a different chord with me.  It is simply a pattern club.  If you want to buy the same yarn(s) she used, there is a discount coupon included for Twisted (my favorite PDX yarn shop).  Otherwise, you simply receive your pattern and choose your own yarn.  There is a knit-a-long in her group on Ravelry if you want to join, but you don’t have to.  I love the low level of commitment that this club demands.

(If you don’t want to join the club, each pattern is also available for individual purchase.  But without the price discount or the perks.)

When the pattern showed up in my inbox in January, I went to my stash and found the squooshiest yarn I could in a color that would work.  I’m using Caper Sock from String Theory in the colorway Earthquake.  (I could never photograph it in a way to do it justice, so just visit the link to see the real colors.)  I honestly don’t remember purchasing this yarn.  I’m pretty sure I picked it up in a wool fume induced coma at a convention (Stitches? Sock Summit? Black Sheep?) or in a yarn shop on a trip.  If it was a gift and you’re reading this, I’m sorry I don’t remember (but, thank you!).  Regardless, it is a very yummy Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend that will feel nice next to my skin.

I must say, I’m very smitten with the pattern.  Linen stitch starts it off and is pretty familiar to me.  Then Star throws you into herringbone with an i-cord style edging.  I have never done herringbone stitch before and I am really enjoying it.  I can’t wait to see how the finished scarf turns out.  It already has great personality and the yarn is really taking to the pattern nicely.  I’ll keep you posted!

*I knit a complete Prairie House Shawl to within 2″ of the end before running out of yarn (my fault for not reading the yardage on the label). Because it was a STR serendipity skein, there was no way to get more or match the color.  I had to frog the entire thing.  It was a very sad day.

WIP Wednesday

Poor neglected blog… How about some knitting?

I’m currently working on the Chevron Baby Blanket from the Purl Bee in Merino Sei out of the stash.  I got a bunch of this yarn at a Sidewalk Sale about two years ago and this will use up all but about three skeins of it.  It is incredibly squooshy and wonderful.  I’m a bit in love with it…

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It feels very 70’s to me, but it is missing avocado green. Wonder what Liisa thinks…

The Truth About UFOs

Ok, maybe not that kind of UFO, but rather, the yarny kind (and I don’t mean the Yarn People of Nylar 4).  I was browsing through my Ravelry project folder and had to avert my eyes as project after project paraded by with a little “WIP” tag.  Thirty-five in total (25 WIPs and 10 hibernating) OUCH! I’m not sure I want to admit that in public… (Woops!  Too late!) So, let’s do a breakdown of these projects.  I want to get that number down to a manageable size pronto.  Are you ready for this?  I’m not sure I am… (Warning!  Ravelry links ahead!)

Easy to Finish:

In the Middle/Active Projects:

  • Simple Thing – Recently started and my active purse project.  No complaints.
  • Bramble Owl Softie (aka Fred) – His body is knit, I just have to do the wings, eyes, sew and stuff.
  • Sweet Peas – The pod and one of the three peas are complete.  Now where did I put that project…?
  • Mystery Socks – These are ready for the boring foot knitting, that’s why they’re languishing.  I need to suck it up and finish them.
  • Corde Market Bag – I was chugging along on this and got distracted.  It’s not far from completion and would be great for summer.
  • Crossover Top – This is fairly close to being finished and really just needs to be seamed up.  Whether or not I knit the pants to go with it is another story.

Long Term Commitment:

  • Man’s Ribbed Cardigan (aka Sam’s Sweater) – The back is nearly complete, but this one is requires lots of knitting and I keep getting distracted.  (Sorry, honey!)
  • Swirl Shawl – This one is a pleasant, ongoing project that I pick up in between other projects.  I’m in no hurry to finish it.
  • Harvest Blanket – Another ongoing project that is in no hurry.  I need to get at least one of each block done in time for the fall schedule at the shop.
  • Great American Afghan – This is a club at the shop that I was in and then got distracted.  I do plan to finish it, but it has no time line.

Stalled, In Time-Out, or Single Socks:

  • Cabled Coat with Hood – Originally cast on as a gift for a friend who recently gave birth.  But I’m realizing now that it will be too big and too warm for late spring/summer baby.  I need to decide whether to rip it out and knit something in a size the baby can wear in the fall or make something different altogether.
  • Colonnade – This is complete to the pattern requirements, but I wanted it larger and bought another skein.  Now I’m considering whether to end it where the pattern states or continue on.  I need to decide and finish it one way or the other.
  • Dangerous Dinosaur Sweater – The front is nearly done, but I ran into a snag and I can’t remember what it was.  Now I need to re-evaluate it and figure out where I was so I can finish it.
  • Calvin & Ripple Socks – Not even sure where these are.  They will most likely be frogged (if they haven’t been already).
  • Ribbage Socks – A sock I was knitting out of boredom.  One is nearly complete but I’m just not that into sock knitting.  Not sure where this one will end up.
  • Steggie – This one isn’t even cast on yet (other than the swatch).  I have all the yarn and I want to knit it for my darling nephew.  This will most likely end up as next year’s Christmas sweater.
  • Mariposa – Finished through the first repeat and then I screwed up on the eyelet twist row.   Not sure if I’m going to finish it or rip it out and re-purpose the yarn.  I really don’t have any strong feels about it one way or the other.
  • Todos Scarf – I got stopped in the first stages of this.  I want to finish it, but I’m not sure where I’m at in the pattern.  This one may rest a while longer.
  • Finn Socks – A baby sock pattern I designed up when everyone was pregnant a couple years ago.  I’m not even sure where this project is.  I’m just listing it for good measure.
  • A4A Sweater – Started out of scraps of Lion Brand Wool.  I just need to finish it.  (Are they even accepting sweaters anymore?)
  • Cabled CoatI may have already ripped this one.  If not, it needs to be ripped and the yarn re-purposed. The kid this was started for is way too big for it now.
  • Raindrop Lace Socks – Single Sock Syndrome strikes again.  Do I knit the second sock or just call it good at one and let it go?
  • Mixed Motif Cami – Not sure if I have any intention of finishing this.  It’s a pretty concept, but a little too finicky for me.  Most likely the unused yarn will go to something else and the finished piece will become artwork or something…

And that’s it. That’s the list.  I’m a little afraid… I’ll update later on when I’ve located these projects.  Hopefully this list will start shrinking soon!

Olympic Sweater Update for February 17, 2010

Ready for a flyby Olympic Knitting update?  As of this morning, I am a little more than 14″ into the back of hubby’s sweater.  The group meeting last night afforded me two hours of uninterrupted knit time (WOO!), so I was able to nearly double where I was previously.  For your viewing pleasure, I have taken a crappy cell phone picture.  More updates to come as the sweater drama unfolds.