I test knit a doily that I intend to use as the center for a shawl. Finished it today, it took about a week of "coffee hour" knitting to do the piece.
The attached picture is from the original instructions - hopefully I will have a photo of my finished piece by tomorrow.
There is no exact line between a UFO and a WIP for me; indeed, to some extent the only UFO's I will admit to are ripples in the frogged pond.
Though I will admit that sometimes I have ripped out a project because I used up the yarn for that particular project on something else. whoops!
(Speaking of which - what did I do with that crochet afghan I started 8 years ago?)
I'm feeling good today because I picked up and knit on one project that has been sitting in my car as an "emergency knitting project" since August. If I whittle down the number of projects currently on the needle I can treat myself to an orgy of starting new projects.
One thing I like about Days getting longer -- with better weather and light later into the evenings I will soon be able to start taking my daylight knitting time - approx half an hour I spend parked in ascenic overview on the way home - knitting.
Because by the time I go home and do the chores etc; often I am too brain dead to knit. So this is a little "me" time - and it helps things get knit faster.
For example - I've been struggling to meet my (self-imposed) goal of 20 rows a day on a scarf I've been working on. struggling. the shame of it all is that I did get some undisturbed knitting time a while ago and found out it actually takes me less then a minute a row when undisturbed.
Believe me, I celebrate finishing objects - usually because I have so many on the needles that it takes *forever* to finish one. This is "Goober" - at least in my mind - though the actual title of the pattern is, I beleive, 'Ocean Tide' - from on of the online "mystery" knit alongs.
way too much stuff available too easily - I'm currently trying to resist
*the kilo cone of mohair silk blend that cost about 1/4 of what it would come to in individual skeins;
*the Icelandic book "Three cornered and long shawls";
*Addi Turbo's in several sizes; (I need them, I do, I do, I do!)
I did give in and bu a reprint of Sarah Don's 'The Art of Shetland Lace'
I fudge around with patterns quite a bit - for a number of reasons.
Recently I wanted a simple lacey pattern for a mohair variagated yarn (need to get picture - promise soon) and came up with Fibonacci Eyelet Triangle.
If I do say so myself - it is working up beautifully. And usually when I do something like this it does.
Then I read various peoples blogs about how they swatch and calculate and rip and re-swatch and select a different yarn, etc,etc,etc. I think the most false starts I've ever made on a project was three, and two of them were less then 15 stitches.
So why is this? I put it sown to sheer dumb luck. Though I will admit normally it may be that subconsciously I put a lot more "thinking" time into a project then I am aware of - I know I like to have yarn marinate in stash a while when it hasn't been purchased with a specific project in mind - and it is rare that I don't have a pattern idea that mulls around for a few months in the back of my mind before I actually start it.
Whatever - I'm grateful so many of my projects come out in a manner I'm satisfied with. For example - the circular version of 'Progressive' I did earlier this year - - a whim; but it worked!
okay - the airport is in Tampa - I'm staying in clearwater and my Dad's b-day party is in North Redington beach - but that's probably more information then anyone wants to know.
So I most likely won't be around MWK until monday or tuesday.
I saw mention of an online yarn shop the other day - looked into it and the prices seemed really good. I mean *really* good.
So I just ordered some yarn. I had SHIPPING confirmation 15 minutes after ordering. And WITH shipping the five pounds of yarn is only $105.
(it works out to about 1/2 cent per yard)
Makes me wonder....am I dreaming? will let you know how things look after I get the yarn.
I've started "Helga" the second in a four part series of shawls I'm designing with Harry Potter/Hogwarts as inspiration. The first shawl "Godric" and what I've written up on "Helga" are over here
This one is simple, Faroese in style, and mainly designed to be nearly mindless knitting to give me a change from other knitting I am doing. Just enough design in it to keep it from being totally boring. I'm looking forward to the titillating anticipation as the rows go from almost 400 stitches down to 23 stitches.
By that time I may have figured out how to finish the neck band....
Second cable attempt - a bit more ambitious then the Irish hiking scarf.