cleaning up some wip’s

I finally stopped baking enough to show you some long finished wip’s. some of these have been done for a while, but I just never bothered or didn’t have time to take a picture. since I don’t really remember when I started or finished these, no dates will be given as usual (I will not prove that I’m a slacker).

how long does it actually take to knit some socks?

60 st picot cuff socks
my own hand dyed (purples, pinks, greys = punk) merino/nylon
2.5mm needles for magic loop

I started these back in october and then quickly ignored them once I got to the second sock. I think I either started the second ones with the wrong needles or my sock mojo was just gone. the pile of unfinished stuff got to me though and once I finally met one of the last deadlines I “treated” myself by jumping in.
not much to say about these other than I’m pretty happy with how the colors knitted up and how the heel and toes fit (short row heel and round toe a la lucy neatby).

the hat that shall not be worn
nashua creative focus worsted (less than one skein of green)
diakteito diaepoca (a little over one skein of orange)
4.5mm needles

I think I blogged this one in december (I had to look it up even) and then it was never to be mentioned again. this was some slooooow knitting. partially because of the double knitting (duh) but mostly because of the nashua yarn. I can safely say I will NEVER use this yarn again. it felt scratchy and hairy and the singly ply didn’t help matters. I just never wanted to touch it. (the diakeito, in contrast was heavenly, a nice 4 ply that was soft enough with an orange hue that really struck me.) for my love, I kept working on it. a little bit here, a little bit there. till finally I bound off the very top. and then. and then! he won’t wear it!!! he claims it’s too tight and that it doesn’t cover his ears enough. nevermind that I see no ears when he puts it on. this is the last hat I knit for him in a loooong time. I’ll be giving this one to one of our friends that moved to chicago.

c’est fini!!
simple knitted bodice by stef
kona bay pima cotton in 62 and 02 (otherwise known as grey and black)
4.5mm needles
mods: contrasting colors. knit sleeves in the round with magic loop method. is knitting to my size a mod?

I know, you probably don’t remember me working on this one. sure it was started a long time ago, but in a way that’s great because I actually have a season appropriate sweater that I love. it’s so sunny and warmish outside, that a cotton sweater is quite apropos.

this is a fun and simple knit that results in something both elegant and comfy….dress it up or dress it down with the yarns you choose or the way you wear it. I chose to dress it down with some jeans and some tanks, but it could go either way with the pima cotton and colors. this soft yarn knits up evenly and, I think, this is the perfect gauge for it. I haven’t blocked this sweater yet, but I knit it a little shorter knowing that I can stretch it out a bit when wet and gravity will take care of the rest as I wear it.

then why so long? umm I was being a brat? I didn’t want to pick up stitches? I didn’t want to seam the armholes? I was knitting other things? life in general? take your pick.

I think that no matter how simple the project and how much we lust for it, projects have their own timeline or ‘due date’. they know better than we do when we’re ready for them. so I think I’m going to stop feeling guilty when my basket is full of unfinished things. it’s ok. really! I’ll be more mindful about finishing up those little things that somehow are the bane of my existence…seaming or picking up stitches, but if something just isn’t feeling right I’m not going to worry about it. it’s just yarn, it isn’t going to go bad.

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  • Chris March 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Those are lovely socks!! And ah well, you finished the sweater. We’ll leave it at that!

  • Heather March 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Wow, your socks are gorgeous, a really striking colorway. Nice work!

  • natalja March 12, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Sorry to hear the hat will not be worn. I think it’s fantastic! But, if it doesn’t fit it doesn’t fit 🙁

  • jacqueline March 12, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    flipping heck…you have had a spurt of finishing productivity!
    i love all your FO’s they are great!
    btw…i’ve recently come to the realisation that sometimes plain vanilla stocking stitch socks are just the way to go!

  • gleek March 12, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    they all look great! too bad about the hat but i’m sure your chicago friend will enjoy it (windy city and all that.) the glampyre top is totally cute! i wish i had the time to whip one up right now 🙂

  • jessie March 12, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Every time I go into my lys I always *almost* buy a skein of the Nashua. Needless to say I won’t even be looking at it again. I’m sorry the hat didn’t work out, but thanks for the review!
    Your socks and sweater both look fabulous! Totally worth the wait!

  • Stephanie March 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Lovely finished projects. I love your idea on wips – I think I will adopt it for myself.

  • melissa March 12, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    i love your version of the skb, it’s so super-cute!
    i’m knitting a sweater from fitted knits right now and can’t wait to wear it.

  • Aimee March 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    The sweater is great! I love bell sleeves like that.

  • BrownPants March 12, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Yay for you!
    From my possy in the UFO abyss this is most impressive!

  • keohinani March 12, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    i like the last paragraph of this entry. 🙂
    great FO’s, too! your socks are sooo cute! i’ve got a picot edged sock waiting in the wings, too.
    ah, i love socks!

  • lauray March 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Niceee! I love those socks!

  • yaiAnn March 13, 2007 at 2:29 am

    pshhh… why knit when you can cook or bake? ah ha! Yes, I’m unloading all my UFOs soon too. Congrats on getting those off your chest.

  • Dorothee March 13, 2007 at 4:47 am

    The socks’ colors are gorgeous! So yummy… the picot cuff is very cute!

  • stacey March 13, 2007 at 8:22 am

    nice projects! too bad about the hat, but at least the scratchy stuff is on the outside! I love the SKB with the contrasting colors – it looks great!!!

  • vanessa March 13, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    that hand-dyed looks great! when i first saw the picture i thought “ooh i’d like some of that colorway” and then i was almost disappointed to see that you’d done it yourself. good job!!

  • frecklegirl jess March 13, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Great job with that SKB- so gorgeous on you!

  • Knitting Bandit March 13, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    I love your socks! I was searching for the yarn and colorway. I was kinda bummed (selfishly) when I saw you died it yourself. But thrilled for you, because the colors are great!

  • jenna March 14, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Ahhh…(sigh of relief). That last paragraph was so convincing (read: logical) that now I don’t give a good gosh darn what’s at the bottom of my knitting basket or how long it’s been there! Thanks!
    Great FO’s. All of them!

  • Oiyi March 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful knitting!

  • Alison March 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    I love your sweater. It’s really amazing.

  • Amy March 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Gorgeous knitting, chickie!

  • Jaime March 24, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Your simple knitted bodice is beautiful! I really like the contrasting colors, very inspiring. (sorry, behind on regular blog reading!)

  • Sabrina hirsch March 30, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I have been thinking about knitting that simple knitted bodice, and I think you may have just convinced me, nice work!