Monday, September 8, 2014

Finished Objects!!! WIP-tember 2014 Update

Well, another week has gone by.  Though it isn't officially fall for another few weeks,  it is starting to feel like it.  School started last week (though I'm not really involved with much around that anymore).  We're still getting hot temperatures during the day, but it certainly feels like it with the cooler temperatures at night.  Things at work have geared back up after a slower summer season.  All of this makes me feel like fall is coming, and of course, with that comes sweaters!!  Big, bulky, tweedy, knitted sweaters.  And that is my incentive to keep me going on the WIPs and get the big reward of being able to cast on a sweater.

Here's the update:


1.  Finish Welting Fantastic Socks - one sock is finished without the heel, and I've started the second sock. Haven't touched this one yet, but it is on my list to work on after the Sorbet Socks are done. Started working on these!

2.  Finish Sorbet Socks - these are actually going to be a Christmas gift so that's two incentives to get them done!)  I've actively been knitting on these every morning before my brain has woken up ;)  I'm almost done the leg of the first toe-up afterthought heel sock. I've finished the first sock, and started working on the after-thought heel of the second sock. These are DONE, DONE, DONE!!!  I even have photos up on Rav!!
Sorbet Socks 

3.  Finish Where's the Opaque Sweater - this should be fairly easy to do since I'm actively trying to get this done to wear before the cooler daytime weather arrives.  The front and back are already finished, and I'm now working on the two sleeves. The knitting on this is finished and it has been blocked.  All I have to do now is sew it together and weave in the ends. This is DONE as well!!!  I love how this turned out.  Also have photos up on Rav.
Where's the Opaque Sweater (great late night selfie)
4.  Finish Effortless Cardigan - again only have the two sleeves to finish, along with the front and neck bands.  This is blocking as I type (I think it should be dry today, unless the humidity is unbearable, which it is forecast to be!).  The knitting is completely finished, all I have to do is weave in the ends. I already love this sweater and cannot wait until it gets cooler so I can wear it!   Another project DONE!!!  I really love this one, and can certainly see wrapping myself into it in the cold winter months!

Effortless Cardigan (another late night selfie)
5.Whip off the second Emerald Raspberry mitten - another Christmas gift with additional incentive, and they're tiny in comparison to the sweaters!  I've pulled these, and downloaded the pattern to my phone.  This will be one of the next projects.  I'm thinking it should be really quick to finish these off! WOW!  I appear to be on a roll!! These are also done.  Funny how long these hibernated when I finished them off in about two evenings! Need pics of these yet.

6.  Finish Brickless, which is part of the Yarns at Yin Hoo Asymmetrical KAL - deadline is the end of September.  This is an active project that I've been knitting on every day at lunch.  I'm really enjoying this knit!  I'm already about half way finished. Ongoing - working my way through the cake of yarn.  I think I may have enough yarn for one more complete repeat of the lace, garter and ribbing left.  Maybe.  There may be a game of yarn chicken in my future.  If I really need to, I can break into a second skein of the same yarn, but I'd really rather not if I can at all avoid it. Done!!!  Hooray!  This turned out great, and I really did enjoy knitting this.
Brickless Shawl (more selfies...sensing a trend here)

7.  Steek (EEK!!) Francis Revisited sweater to make it into an, ahem, larger size as a cardigan (Note for Future:  Swatching for gauge is good.  Lesson learned.  Moving on.), add buttonbands and finish neck.  I've pulled this sweater out too, and will work on it again.  I'm debating blocking it before steeking, just to make sure the yarn doesn't stretch as much as I was previously told it would before cutting into my knitting! So...I steeked this last night.  Not sure how great of a job I did at it, and I have some darning to do, but the point would be here that I picked up a languishing object, and tried something new.  This is still a WIP, but it's now an active one.

Francis Revisited

8. Finish the Not Manos Jacket.  This will be perfect for fall.  And I thought in 2011 (!!!) that I would have it done for the new year.  HA.  Really need to get this long time hibernating project off the needles.  I've pulled this one out of the storage area.  I'm debating not doing the sleeves, and leaving this as a vest.  It seems as though it would be a pretty heavy sweater otherwise.  Will have to revisit once I've finished the Emerald Raspberries and the Francis Revisited. As I am still working on the Francis Revisited, I haven't knit on this project yet.  I have pulled it out and tried it on to see where I am though...

9.  Work on February Fitted Pullover at Lace Knitting Nights.   I didn't go to lace knit night last week, but will go tonight and bring this along. I haven't made it to Lace Knitting Night yet, but I think this project will get picked up in the near future.

10.  Work on Cabled Yoke Sweater - another Christmas gift, and I'm at the stockinette stitch portion, so it should be relatively straight forward!  Haven't made it to this one yet. Haven't made it this far yet...

11.  Make decisions about frogging the remaining Hibernating Projects, or whether I will buckle down and continue to get them done. I haven't made it to this one yet either.  Figured I'd reassess after seeing how much progress I could make on the others.  Holding off on this till all the above-noted projects are done.

12.  Plan my Reward Cast On Sweater to start when I've finished all these projects!!  I'm thinking this one will probably take the most time out of the entire list!!  Always thinking about this one.  So.  Many.  Sweaters!!! I've been browsing my Rav queue and favourites when I cannot knit...

Stack of finished knits from this weekend!!!

I'm really happy with the progress that I'm making.  I've accomplished much in only two weeks.  I passed my re-certification exam that is coming up this past weekend (PHEW!!!), which should open up a few more hours of "free time" in my week.  My work schedule is a bit busy (understatement made dripping with sarcasm) over the next few weeks, but I will certainly rely on knitting as a stress-reliever!

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