Welcome to my entry in the Bark ‘n Knit WIP Parade.
A group shot was out of the question, so grab a cuppa’, a snack, and settle into a VERY comfortable chair…
But wait! Every parade needs some pagent queens, right?
Haddon Wood’s Princess of Joy, more commonly known as Sissy, is riding on the well-used chair of the late Pop. She is wearing a glow in the dark ruff, accented with orange bells. She is sponsored by the Woodridge Hound Club.
Next up is the Haddon Wood’s Junior Miss Princess Gretchen Greer. L’il Miss GG is a foot entry (and thus, she sulks). She sports a very seasonal gown with a glitzy jack o’ lantern. She is sponsored by the Hogwarts Crup Alumni Society.
Both princesses’s attire was donated by their doting Gramma MJ. (And yes, the girls are at work today, and they’d like you to read their very important post today too.)
We now return you to the parade in progress.
First up are my spinning works in progress, just because there are fewer of them and they are easier to cover.
This definitely holds the title of oldest WIP. It’s an unknown fiber that came free with the first spindle I purchased. There’s a tiny bit on that spindle, and even more on my Kundert. I’ll be practicing with this until I feel like a slightly competent spindler. (Is that a word? It should be. Spinners who can master wheel and spindle are special.)
Next up is the first pound of wool I bought. It’s of an unknown, coarse, krinkled crimp stuff that LOVES to be a tightly twisted laceweight single. I spun about a 1/3 of it on my Bellus and another 1/3 or so on my Aura, and it is what I’m spinning on now. I want to finish it this month, as I started it immediately after a friend lost her battle with breast cancer. I think I’m going to navajo ply it and then it’s definitely going to be Grace’s Comforting Embrace, the shawl she had just finished designing when my friend died. Grace kindly donated the proceeds from the sale of this pattern for a time to cancer research.
Last in the spinning WIP division is the silk merino the Knight gave me for my birthday. It’s all spun up, waiting for me to find the right commercial yarn to ply it with. It’s roughly a fingering weight single, and I have visions of it being knitted into a lovely stole or cresent for dressier wear. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated, both in terms of a plying yarn and a pattern. I think I want either black or pewter…
Now, to the knitting projects on the needles. I am happy to say there are no crochet WIPs. For whatever reason – maybe because crochet is sooo quick? – I tend to finish what I start in crochet in a short order.
First up is the Tea Party Cardi, which I hope to finish this month too, but I need to get knitting. I have the back done, but only a couple of inches of one front panel. That’s a close-up of the broken rib pattern that dominates the sweater. It’s a very fast knit, but I haven’t had much time to knit at home, and it’s a bit too bulky to take it with me as a travel knit. I’ve had it on the needles 2.5 weeks, so a more realistic completion date might be mid-November. I’ll need three buttons for the front. Any suggestions?
My most recent cast-on is a mystery sock a bunch of us are doing together in the Stash Sock group on Ravelry. Since it is a mystery knit along, I’m not sharing photos, but that’s the yarn. The goal is to finish by year’s end. I’m really enjoying knitting with the Shi Bui yarn, even if the color is “peony”. I’m pretending the color is merlot or some other lush, red wine that makes me think of fall. I’m doing these socks magic loop, one per circular needle, but I’m knitting each clue on each sock before I move on. I’ve finished clue #1 on one sock, but not the second. And I believe clue #3 is being released today, so I’m falling behind, right on schedule.
I have another sock on the needles, the awesome Cotty pattern in a custom hand-dyed colorway by Ann. This is my easy, breezy travel knit, and there’s no deadline, although the colorway says muted Christmas to me, and Ann did give me the yarn for Christmas 2008. She calls the colorway Spring Ahead/Fall Back, and I can see that too…
As an aside, because this post won’t be too long already, I do need to tell you how much I love the ChiaoGoo Stainless circ. I wasn’t at all sure about that bend in the metal tip near the cable join, but it makes the join a non-issue. And the stainless wrapped in rugged plastic is a GREAT cable too. I need more circular needles like I need another hole in my head, but… Of course, you might guess that they’re available at Dog House Yarns & More.
Those are the three projects I’m actively working on. Next up is the shop sample scarf for Dog House in a laceweight cashmere. The pattern is one Plymouth released for their Eco Cashmere, and it’s a nice pattern, but I cast on for this in April, right before my knitting mojo went on a summer sabbatical. I haven’t been able to get back into it, but I need to, because it’s a heavenly little cashmere… just ask Gretchen. I’d like to finish this before I go up on Halloween to teach a magic loop class at the shop, but something has to give… I can’t finish everything NOW!
The other lingering WIP I worked on over the summer was MooSon. I’m ashamed to admit I cast on in April, 2009. It’s a great pattern and an even better Gypsy Knits custom-dyed yarn. It was supposed to be a birthday gift that year, so I’m still hoping it’ll be a Christmas gift this year. If not… well, there’s always said birthday 2011… Christmas 2011… You get the point. Can the intended recipient guess this is for her?
Even older is the gift made from another Gypsy Knits custom dye job. Ravelry says I cast on in February, 2009. Anita found it and figured out it was for her when she was doing some graphics work for me. The mystery is though… neither of us have a clue when she’ll get it! Sadly, despite this photo, it is almost done. I think I have a bit of one sleeve to finish and then all of the second sleeve and the trim. You’ll understand if I don’t remind her of the pattern or tell her when I hope to have it finished, right?!
Do parades have an intermission? Maybe this one should. Get up, stretch, head to the bar for a latte or something else to wet your whistle…
Actually, we just have one more hibernating project. Sadly, I’m going to have to frog it and start over (it’s a good thing – I need a smaller size!), but I think it’s next up on the sweater agenda. I cast on for Whisper in December 2009 (look! less than a year ago!) almost immediately after Jessi sent me some of her laceweight to try. I haven’t broken it to GG – Gretchen Greer – that her second favorite yarn is no more, but I’m not beyond a shameless plea for any remaining laceweight in her former shop inventory to head my way! For Gretchen’s sake, right?! It is a FINE merino, in every sense of the word. And if ever you need help deciding how soft and premium your yarn might be, Gretchen works for cashmere, new frocks, carrots and bananas.
My float would be bigger/longer, but I did frog two projects two weekends ago. Just don’t go look at my queue, okay?