patelyne: (knitting)
I was originally going to call this The Giant WIP (work in progress) Post of Shame, but I'm not really ashamed of my projects. I will admit that there are a ton of them though.

I've been quiet on here for a while, so here is your advance warning (if there's anyone still reading that is) I've got lots of words and just as many pictures. This time around they're all about knitting, so if you're curious what I'm working on
-Since it's been so long I'm really (really!) out of practice with formatting and links and images and whatnot, so if something's not working let me know and I'll try to fix it. We aren't going to talk about how many edits it took me to get it this readable.


First WIP I'll probably finish is this set of preemie hats to go to the NICU.



I’ve been trying to mix it up with the patterns and needle sizes so they aren't all the same size. Last time I made the teeny tiny preemie ones, these go from just slightly larger than that to just under average sized. Three of them just need the ends woven in, which I’ll do as soon as I finish that last one.
I had promised another hat in pink/yellow for the grandbaby-to-be of the person who drops these off for me, and I just remembered today that the due date is in about two weeks. I guess I’ll be adding another project in really quick!

Now if I could get a prize for my longest running WIP, it would have to be my winter twilight mitts.
(links go to the pattern pages on ravelry. If you are a knitter or crocheter and not on Rav, why not?!)



I started these back in November 2010. I stopped working on them because I was almost out of the black, now that I’ve found some more I need to get to working on them again. Love the purple to pink color changes in the Kauni (what a great yarn!) and I'm nervous I won't get the other one to match up as well. That yarn deserves to be perfect in the project, hoping it will end up that way.


I've started a small sock monkey for Cody. He doesn't get to come over to our house very often, but when he does he tries to "practice knitting"
It's the cutest thing ever. Once he memorized the morbid rhyme he refused any help other than casting on and off. In case you haven’t heard that one it goes:

Stab it
Choke it
Rip its guts out
and throw it off the cliff

Maybe not so sweet, but very memorable!

He tried to knit a square last visit...it wasn't exactly square and a couple rows were crazy loose. But for a third attempt months after the last one with not a speck of help? Not going to fault him.

besides that, he was happy as could be. He declared it was just what he wanted - a pirate patch

(If you’re paying close attention you can sneak a peek at my Sherlock blanket WIP in the background and the monster I knit a couple months ago. Oh! And the PVC niddy noddy RLBF made me...wow I need to clean up that table!)

Even if the results aren't perfect, the amount of effort he puts into trying deserves some sort of reward. What he wants most of all is a sock monkey, not sure why but it's easy enough to make so why not?
I found a skein of cotton yarn in Monkey Brown and a pattern for a smallish monkey. I finished the main body last week, I still need to knit the arms, tail and the face.



While I'm blaming the things in my shockingly long list on the little guy, might as well throw my Beekeeper’s Quilt on there too.

Since I already had the pattern printed and put the needles and a few minis from a sampler (or two) plus my own scraps from the failed yoga socks and my first pair of socks...which I never did show off here- HEY LOOK AT MY SOCKS!



Okay, moving on...since I already had all that stuff in my old knitting tool bag, when RLBF found out we were going to have to take Cody to his Dad's for the weekend I needed a car project ASAP and that was the only thing loaded and ready to go. There was no way I was going to spend 500+ miles riding in a car with no project. I had to start something new.
Now I've got 3 hexiflats.

I made a couple as puffs, but I like flat better for a blanket, so those are going to Sharee for doll pillows (why not? They're cute)
I'm keeping it as a car only project for now though. Unless I start kicking it up on sock knitting I'll never have enough scraps to keep me steadily knitting on it, and I have more than enough other things to keep me busy.

Did I like knitting my socks? Yes. Do I like wearing my socks? Hell Yes. Am I fast as knitting socks? No, sadly not. Here's the first sock in my second pair

As much as I like the color, I hate working with this yarn (Yarn Bee Walk Away – I can see why it’s been discontinued), but I still love the pattern . It’s from the Winter Blooms ebook I won in a drawing on the Hot Pink Socks review blog. I also want to make the Helianthus sweater but that's going to take a serious amount of yarn so it will have to wait.


My poor Blanket of Unusual Size (heavier weight version of this Princess Bride Shawl) hasn't been worked on since November, it is very neglected. It is also very hard to photograph, being larger around than the circular needle I'm using.


Also neglected and hard to photograph is my Abalone


First Cardi I'm knitting that isn't for a child or doll. Since I don't plan on wanting to wear it until Fall, it got put in line behind the coordinating cotton summer tops/beach shirts for my nieces.
The pattern I’m using for those is Tropical Lily. Impossibly cute, quick and easy (no seaming!) The main color is a crazy bright multi, that only photographed well in this one shot:

Rochelle's is done, size 2T(hard to believe she's 2 already!)
Front and back views -

Just started knitting the size 6 (with maybe an extra repeat of the lace pattern to add length) for Sharee, I’m looking to finish it in the next couple weeks. The first one was a really quick knit, so I think that’s do-able.


There is also this beaded bracelet I’m making up. I mainly started it because I was bored one day and wanted to try and knit with beads. Wandered off, and haven't picked it up again. Need to decide to either finish or frog it.


Going through my WIP basket I found a towel I made to match a dishcloth set. I had totally forgotten about even starting it, easy to do when I don't make a Ravelry project page for something. It was going to go to my parents, the colors match the Americana theme they have. For this Christmas with some other sort of kitchen gift maybe?


There is one more small WIP, but I'm not going to put it up here yet (It's not very big anyway) Being that it's a gift for someone who actually knows this blog exists I am zipping my lips. Hopefully it will end online as a FO soon.

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I have a couple more epic sized WIPs that I haven’t included, but I think they deserve posts of their own (for picture quantity alone) - a Sherlock themed blanket for the 221b KAL on Ravelry and the playmat (planning on 2) I'm making from a book called Knit a Fantasy Story.

To keep from accidentally having extra time this summer, I've also signed up for Tour De Fleece (beginner - so very beginner- spinning with the RavTav group) and Ravelympics (knitting with the Sherlock group)

I expect that any of you who are left reading my rambles and not interested in yarn crafts will have run away screaming by the end of the summer LOL

Date: 2012-05-24 04:38 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] iamshadow
iamshadow: Still from Iron Man of Tony Stark blacksmithing. (Knit)
I adore those mitts. Oddly enough, I'm knitting mitts myself right now - Magic Mirror that I'm converting on the fly to be fingerless gloves/mitts combo. I'm knitting them in an undyed wool, so I'm thinking I'll dye them once they're knit, see what happens.

Once you start wearing handknit socks, you will never go back. :D

I need to get up the courage to knit with beads - I have a mostly knit Shipwreck that is languishing because I've reached the beaded section. I know there's a technique you can use that doesn't involve pre-stringing the beads onto the yarn, but I haven't got up the courage to try it yet.

Date: 2012-05-25 03:23 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] iamshadow
iamshadow: Still from Iron Man of Tony Stark blacksmithing. (Knit)
Yeah. I've sort of mashed up the Magic Mirror pattern with a pattern called Podster gloves. I'll put up pictures once I'm done; I'm pretty happy with how the first one has turned out. I'm just knitting the fingers now.

It is lovely; and once I found the 'fix' for the leaf lace chart, it looks even better (the pattern has a flaw).

The info about knitting with beads came in a Knitting Daily newsletter. They were trying to sell me something, but the information they DID give is probably enough for me to figure it out on my own.


I learned to knit with beads by stringing them onto the yarn before knitting, which works great. But in Sivia's class, I learned to place a bead on a stitch before knitting it. She places the bead on a tiny crochet hook, places a stitch on the hook, and holds the stitch tight against the hook. Then she uses a little flicking motion to flip the bead onto the base of the stitch. Then the stitch is knitted with the bead in place. The stitches with the beads at the bases are a little taller than the other stitches, but the height difference doesn't really matter on the finished product. Pretty slick, I thought.


I think I have tiny enough crochet hooks to do it, in my Boye kit.

Date: 2012-05-26 03:49 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] iamshadow
iamshadow: Picture of knitting needles with the caption Knitting Yet another socially acceptable way to stim (Autknit)
I will definitely show them off, since I've modded the pattern. Right glove is done, left has about half a cuff, now. :)

Date: 2012-05-24 05:53 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
kath_ballantyne: Circle that is half Captain America's Shield and half Winter Soldier Star and lines representing the metal arm (Default)
I love the hats. So cute.

I adore the winter twilight mitts. I saw them years ago when I was looking for some wrist warmers but I couldn't knit in the round at that point and then Ruth made me the reading mitts and I've not needed another pair.
They are gorgeous though. May have to get around to them eventually.

The socks are awesome.

Sock monkeys are fucking scary. I really don't get the appeal. *g* It is awesome to see kids excited about knitting though.

I love the blue blanket.

I love the cardi. That colourway is gorgeous. I must see if I can get that out here.

The dresses are gorgeous too.

I think I'm starting to get interested in the Tour De Fleece.
I looked at the rav page thing though and it was a little confusing. I may have another look when I don't have a migraine and when the internet is not capped.

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