I am unable to be monogamous with my knitting projects. I’ve tried many times to be one of those knitters who finishes one project before moving on to the next, but I can’t do it. I like having several projects on the go at a time to suit different moods.
For example: I’m knitting this great sweater pattern, Beacon Hill by local designer Jane Richmond. It is going so well. The stitch pattern is interesting enough that it’s not boring and it was fast to memorize. The colour of the yarn is fantastic and I’m super happy with it.
BUT on Tuesday, I cast on another project, a pair of hand-knit socks inspired by classic work socks. The pattern is called Climb and it’s also by designer Jane Richmond.
Even though I cheat on my projects, I don’t think I’d want it to be any other way. I’m very happy having multiple things on the go and pulling out whatever suits my mood that day.
Are you able to stick to one project at a time or are you a project cheater like me?
I’m constantly inspired by Lucy of Attic24. When I first discovered her blog I was taken aback by how colourful it is, the general tone of her posts and her lovely crocheting. As soon as I saw her Granny Stripe Blanket I knew I had to have one and it had to be made in the same yarn with the same colours! Lucy is a British blogger and luckily I had a British connection so I asked if they would be able to find the yarn for me, which was done with success.
A little while later I received the yarn and started the blanket right away, this was in August of 2011. I looked up the pattern and did the math to start the project. I happily foundation chained 375 stitches and measured it against my bed. Looked like the perfect width! I then did the first row and then the next few more. I then realized that it was accidentally king-sized rather than a comfortable queen-sized. Oh dear.
I decided that I was quite happy with this new width and continued on. The project was put down when I discovered I was running out of yarn and needed to acquire more. During this time my cat, Bella, decided that the rainbow blanket was hers and the new bookshelf was her new favourite place to be. I decided that, since I needed to order more yarn, I could spare a bit to make Bella her own version of the blanket for on top of the bookshelf. It was also great to get the practice on the edging of the blanket and figure out exactly how it will work when I do the big one.
I ordered more of the colourways and was super happy when they all arrived so quickly. I was inspired to continue on! I added a few rows until I ran out of the colour pattern I had figured out from looking at Lucy’s blanket and matching the colours. It was put aside again, until recently when I’ve been inspired to work on it again. I’m not really sure what prompted the new inspiration but I love it’s bright, cheerfulness and warmth and I’d love to see it finished. I also love to see my cat wrapped up in a rainbow. It makes me happy. 🙂
I have seen many ‘Finishing February’ posts in the knitting blog-o-sphere which inspired me to do some WIP (work in progress) finishing myself.
First up, I finished some purple socks knitted as a birthday present for my friend. These took me a loooong time. This incarnation was started in September 2012, but before I started using the Seagrass pattern (from Toe-Up Two At a Time) I attempted to use Wendy Johnson’s Laurel sock pattern way before that. For some reason I kept putting this project down and getting discouraged with the patterns even though they are both beautiful. I finally finished them and gave them away and I was very happy to do so.
Next, a secret project that I can’t show you yet. It is beautiful and I love it so much. It is a gift for some very special friends. This project is a more recent start, January 2013, it only took 1 month to complete. By the time it was finished there were 508 stitches on the needle!
Third, I finished my Sanpo hat. I love colourwork and this chart is very easy to read, but I kept having sizing issues. I started following the pattern as written and found the hat was too big. I dropped a needle size and still found it was too big. I then decided to remove a pattern repeat and now I think it may be a bit too small.
UPDATE: I’m very happy to report that I finished a cardigan on Feb 28, thus including it in Finishing February! This cardi has a bit of a story. The pattern is called Tea Leaves and I bought it at Fibres West last year and I started the project soon afterwards using some stash yarn. The project got put down for a long time. When this year’s festival started approaching I decided that I needed to finish the it and continued working on the body. I tried it on to see how long it was and discovered that it was 6″ too large across the shoulders! Ugh. I had to rip out the entire thing! I did that 3 weeks ago at my Thursday knit night and I then restarted the project the following Saturday. It was pure determination that allowed me to finish this project so quickly!
Also, I forgot to mention the 2 projects that I frogged (ripped out). I decided that I would not be continuing those projects at this time which is a kind of finishing. I frogged a hat based on Hermione’s Deathly Hallows hat (the grey cable and eyelet one) and a shawl with a leafy, lacy boarder.
In all, it was a successful February for my knitting projects.
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In other news, did you see my new logo?! Sarah of Stationery Bike Designs is amazing! I love the new logo and the little pretty heart (which she hand drew!).
Here are some of my favourite knits (and crochet projects) of 2012! From left to right: Diagonal Lace Socks, Magrathea Shawl, Kevin the Minion, Sapphire Witch(e), Camping Socks, There’s No Place Like Home (slippers), Cute Cupcake, Jolly Jellyfish, Penelope the … Continue reading →