Category Archives: Works in Progress

Up, Up and Away!

Well, it's that time again. Time for me to make my groggy way to the airport first thing tomorrow morning, knitting bag in tow to keep my hands occupied during those tense take-offs, landings and dull layovers. I was running the list of all the bits and bobs I still need to shove into my suitcase tonight when I realized that I haven't actually picked a project for the trip! All these knitting needles without a stitch of yarn keeping them cozy. That was a problem for about three seconds until I remembered the Fightin' Words mitts pattern.

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Mission accomplished

Hubby isn't the only one with a new sweater, though his modeling is a little better: Our house isn't really lit well enough for portraits, so we went 8300 feet up into the Wallowa mountains to get a shot. The locals were duly impressed, I might add. It's still missing one thing, though. I need to snag it from him long enough to sew in a very appropriate label!

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WIP

I've had some serious stash busting to do since I ordered 11 balls of Brava Sport this week for a rather large, pretty blanket that I've been dreaming about for some time. However, 11 balls of Brava will take up some serious real estate on my already cramped yarn shelves, so while I wait for my package to arrive I'm busy trying to make room for it all! I've had a few skeins of Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder and Stroll Hand Painted in Lullaby nestled together in a basket in my living room for a few weeks now, just waiting for a project to come along and inspire me to pick up those size 4 needles again. Well, now I need the basket and I found the perfect project: the Tempest cardigan by Ann Weaver.

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Color Affection

I realize that many many people have been writing about the Color Affection Shawl (almost 3000 projects on Ravelry!). I actually completely missed all the buzz around it & only found out about the pattern when Jenny showed it to me one day when we were discussing patterns with interesting construction. And as I have approximetly ten thousand skeins of sock yarn (that I had to buy because I thought it was so pretty, of course), this seemed to be a good project to take on.

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Your go-to sweater

I really think I'm on a sweater kick this year, and it's got me thinking an awful lot about favorites. You see, now that I'm knitting a little cardigan for myself, and I'll be starting one soon in Tropical colors (thanks for your votes, everybody!), what I find most interesting is that in both cases I pretty much want to make the same sweater. A V-neck, lightly shaped cardigan. That's pretty much The Cardigan I Want all the time. I must admit that being a designer has its advantages. I can knit the same sweater several times but it doesn't really look the same. Different weights, different colors, different sizes, and maybe a different finishing touch, but I can essentially just plug those things into a formula and get my same, favorite, familiar sweater. My 'go-to' cardigan is based on a simple, light grey alpaca cardigan that I picked up at a thrift store for $5. But I love it so much that I want to re-create it over and over again. So, I just plug a new gauge into the same shape, and out pops a 'new' sweater.

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Decision made!

A few weeks back, I talked about the difficulty in choosing a new sweater pattern to work on. I see so many beautiful patterns, it's hard to make up my mind! But I finally decided to challenge myself and crochet my first sweater: I went with the Fiji Cardi! I enjoy crochet and this was one of the best sweaters I've seen - plus I have some lovely new Chroma to use.

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In the Depths of Procrastination!

First of all, I excel in procrastination - the mountains that I need to climb are huge and overwhelming!  I thought by sharing my woes, you might encourage me to kick it in gear!

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Have you any wool?

Why, three bags full in fact! Actually, I have so much more than that! But I did get those at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival last weekend! I can't really pass up a deal like that - it's scraps and seconds, but $6 for 8 oz of fiber is just too good. Unfortunately I must come across deals like that too often, because I have so, so, so much spinning fiber that I'm quickly running out of places to put it. So, obviously knitting is not my only pastime. Spinning is certainly one of them, and although I wouldn't consider myself to be a great spinner, I love the process of watching a big ball of fluff turn into something wonderful and useable.

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