WIP Wednesday 06.02.19

Current WIP count: 4

It will come as no surprise to anyone that my itchy fingers got the better of me this weekend and I started another 2 projects.

The first is a hat, using a Caron cupcake that my brother bought me. I actually started this project once before, pulling from the centre of the cake as you do, but it came out like this.

When I finally noticed that I was making an accidental boob hat, I stopped and frogged it. This weekend was the first chance I got to start again, this time from the outside of the cake.

It’s turning out much better!

The other new start should make it into the history books to be remembered for all time, because I’m knitting my first ever gauge swatch!

I bought some beautiful WYS yarn last year specifically to make a jumper for myself. It’s my first knitted item of adult clothing EVER, and the yarn is just too pretty and silky soft to mess it up, so I’m determined to do everything by the book. I am aware that I could still make a right pig’s ear of it, but at least it won’t be for lack of preparation!

There has been some progress on the dragon so he now has ears, tail, and a tummy patch.

And I’ve realised why Roses for Grandma isn’t really going anywhere. The border is not an easily memorise-able pattern so it needs constant concentration and stitch counting, which really doesn’t work when I have Angel on in the background. So now I know this, I can schedule in some quiet time and give it the attention it deserves.

So it’s been a busy crafting week, and I’m enjoying having such varied projects to work on. There’s no chance of boredom setting in any time soon.

What’s everyone else crafting at this week? Any handy tips for my first knitted jumper? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah
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WIP Wednesday 30.01.19

Current WIP count: 2

Look at that short little WIP list still going. I’m half pleased with myself and half getting itchy fingers for something new! Which is why I started an amigurumi yesterday.

I’m actually surprised how far I got in one day. Eventually it should (hopefully) look like this:

Isn’t it cute!

Despite the new start, I have made some progress with Roses for Grandma this week. You may remember that I finished up the forget-me-not motif a while ago, and now I’ve finally started squaring it off.

This is a pattern that looks a millionty times better when blocked so it’s a bit of a mess now, but it will get better!

That’s what I’ve been doing this week. What’s everyone else up to? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 17.01.19

Current WIP count: 3

Did we have a Wednesday this week? I think we must have skipped it; there’s no way it can be Thursday already.

I know I said it was time to focus on Roses for Grandma, but then I saw a string of posts on Instagram about the Kalinda shawl and I got sucked in.

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Can you blame me? It’s simple but so pretty.

I’m using a Cotton Kings Twirl, giving them another chance on a gradually increasing item. I wasn’t too impressed with the Hitchhiker, but I think Kalinda grows more quickly so the colour changes should be a bit more even.

This is as far as I’ve got at the moment. It’s nice having a job again, but boy do I miss all the crochet time that comes with being unemployed!

So that’s all I have to show for this week. Did anyone else miss Wednesday or was it just me?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 09.01.19

Current WIP count: 2

Now that’s a manageable WIP list! I’ve started a bag to use up some Caron Cakes that have been lying in my stash for ages.

It’s not my favourite colourway (strawberry trifle) so I’ll probably give it away when I’m done. I really just wanted to try the folding method in the pattern.

Once this is done I’m going to focus on Roses for Grandma. It’s definitely time for some serious progress on it.

What’s everyone else working on this week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP clear out

Starting WIP count: 7

Having decided it would be good to go into 2019 with as clear a WIP list as possible, I had a good hard look at the list and made some decisions.

WIP 1: lacy scarf

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This has been sitting in my WIP drawer for several months. And by several months I mean over a year. I’m clearly not feeling it, so I frogged the whole thing and caked the yarn so it’s ready for a more enthusing project.

WIP 2: Knitted blanket

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This has also been lying around for months (although not as long as the scarf) waiting for me to add a third colour. But, being realistic, it’s a charity blanket for cats; they don’t care how many colours it has. So I cast off and packaged it up ready to go to the cat shelter this weekend.

WIP 3: Roses for Grandma.

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This one stays. I’ve collected everything into one project bag so I have a better idea of my progress and I don’t have to hunt around for the right yarn every time I come back to it.

WIP 4: Furls crochet-along skirt

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I’m still dithering over this one, it may yet be frogged and abandoned. It just takes so many tiny stitches to get around my hips!

WIP 5: Mittens

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These should be finished by tomorrow so I can cross them off too.

WIP 6: Sunrise Scarf

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This one’s a Christmas present so will be finished before 2019 rolls around.

WIP 7: dragon

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My dragon is now a drake. I gave up on the wings and stuffed the parts so now it just needs sewing together.

Final WIP count by new year: 2 (possibly 1 if I bin the skirt).

That’s a clean enough slate for me! Of course I’m making a few Christmas presents this year so the count will go up again before it comes down, but I’m confident that I can slide into 2019 with only a couple of projects on the go.

Which will leave me with tons of space on the WIP list to start exciting new projects! Hooray!

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WIP Wednesday 21.11.18

Current WIP count: 5

I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself this week, because I managed to make some forget-me-nots that will fit in my roses for Grandma blanket.

This is the same size as the rose squares were at this point so it should all work out perfectly!

There’s also been a bit of progress on my slightly neglected skirt, but not much. It’s going to take a while.

That’s what I’ve been doing this week, what’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 24.10.18

Current WIP count: 8

After pretty much nonstop knitting for two days at the weekend, I have made some serious progress on my nautilus shawl. Not that you can tell with it all bunched up on my cable.

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Apologies for the photo quality. It’s a dreich day in Glasgow.

I’m just over two thirds done and getting excited about reaching the finish line.

I’ve also made a start on a little robin bauble for my Mum. She loves robins, as they’re a reminder of her Mum (my Grandma), so I’m thinking of making a wee set of three for her.

It’s a very different experience to amigurumi, I must say. Lots of blindly following the pattern without really understanding where it’s going, then having an AHA moment when it all comes together. The sewing up is still definitely my least favourite part though.

Hobbycraft supplied me with some enormous skeins of cream yarn so I can get back to my Roses for Grandma blanket again. I want to make some real headway this week. It would be good to aim for some form of completion, like ‘make all of the roses’, but that’s a bit difficult as I don’t know what size I want it to be yet. Maybe I’ll focus on completing all the squares I’ve started so far.

So that’s what I’m working on this week. What’s everyone else making? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.10.18

Current WIP count: 6

I bought some yarn from Mothy and the Squid, colourway Zombie Bloodmoth, with the intention of knitting it into a Hitchhiker for myself.

I even cast on and did about 50 rows, but for some reason I wasn’t entirely feeling it. Looking back now I know it’s because my needles were veeeery slightly too small, so the resulting fabric was stiffer than I like. I mean you couldn’t have knocked nails in with it or anything, it just didn’t have the same flowy drape of my first Hitchhiker.

Then I came across the Nautilus shawl by Orla Howard on Ravelry and the interesting shape intrigued me.

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It took no time at all to frog the start of the Hitchhiker and cast on (with slightly larger needles) a Nautilus.

This is another easily memorise-able pattern that I’ve been working on while watching various films and series on my laptop, but it has one feature that I know will put off some of my knitting friends: the even numbered rows are almost entirely purl stitch.

I can already hear the groans! But I actually quite like the purl stitch, in fact I feel like I can purl faster than I can knit. Tell me I’m not the only one?

Roses for Grandma has stalled a little, as I ran out of the cream yarn. The plan is to run to Hobbycraft during my lunch break at some point this week, taking a square with me, so I can get a good match for the colour and make use of the 3 for 2 offer they’ve got on at the moment. I shall try very hard not to get distracted by all the other yarn on offer while I’m there…

So that’s what I’ve been working on! What’s everyone else up to? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 29.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

Yes, I started another WIP. No shame. It’s a skirt for myself, which I mentioned in my Griddle Stitch post. That was only yesterday so there’s not a great deal of progress to show since then (#fatgirlproblems!)

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So far I’m a little worried that the fabric is not quite…solid enough, if you know what I mean. I may yet end up lining it when the crochet part is done.

I’ve also been working on that amigurumi I mentioned a while ago. I left all the fiddly little bits til the end so of course it’s going much slower than I thought it would when making the easy peasy body, but this Friday is the deadline so I’m going as fast as I can.

It’s a copepod, in case you’re wondering. (I had to google it too).

Roses for Grandma is also bobbing along nicely, although I’m a wee bit worried the cream yarn is going to run out before I’m finished. This might call for a trip to Hobbycraft with one of the squares on hand so I can get an exact match if I buy some more.

Not that a trip to Hobbycraft is ever a bad thing!

So how’s everyone’s week going so far? What you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 23.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

This week I’ve been focussing on my broomstick cowl and Roses for Grandma blanket. The cowl is now finished crochet-wise so my next task is finding some suitable buttons for it. I’m thinking dark grey would look good, but I don’t know for certain that I’ve got any big enough in my button stash so I might have to make a trip to the fabric store and buy some. What a hardship!

The logical side of my brain keeps telling me that I should do each stage of Roses for Grandma one at a time; all the roses, then all the leaves and so on. But the childish side gets bored far too easily so I’m chopping and changing between them all, as and when I feel like it.

So far I’ve got 3 complete squares, 4 roses with leaves, and 4 roses on their own, plus my playing around with forget-me-nots. I’ve got a ways to go, but I’m still not bored with it!

What’s everyone else working on? Are you having a good week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Forget-me-nots

As soon as I said forget-me-nots couldn’t work in the roses for Grandma blanket, my brain started whirring. There might be a way to fit them in, but first I had to work out how they could be made.

A reference photo, as I realise they might not be called forget-me-nots everywhere

I had an idea

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That in reality turned out to be pants

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So then I started experimenting, and these are the results

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My question for everyone is which do you think looks best? I am slightly leaning towards one of them, but my mind could yet be changed!

So one, two or three? Or do you know of a better way to make them? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 15.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

I’ve already mentioned the broomstick lace cowl I started at the weekend, but here’s a slightly better photo of it.

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Wow my camera is struggling to focus on this thing!

There’s been a wee bit of progress with Roses for Grandma, the most of exciting of which (to me) was the discovery of a more suitable yellow in the depths of my stash.

Mum told me that Grandma loved yellow roses so I had to include at least one. Mum also sent me this photo of the last china set Grandma bought.

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Using that as inspiration I’m going to add in a few roses using this colour:

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And possibly a pale blue one. Forget-me-nots are mine and Grandma’s favourite wild flowers, I love that we had that in common, but I’m not sure it’s possible to work those into the blanket so I might just go for a forget-me-not-coloured rose.

The only other progress I’ve made this week is caking yarn to better fit into the new storage I got. It’s so much handier than the six different cardboard boxes I had before.

So that’s what I’m working on. What WIPs has everyone else got going at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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