It's a Wednesday, so I guess that means I should be trying to figure out just what in the world I expect to accomplish with my yarn.
First up is the Ribbed Beanie pattern from Knit Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps. It's going to be a late birthday present for my brother-in-law.
I've finished the brim, and I'm ready to move on to the larger set of needles and start increasing! I'm using some leftover Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool. This is a pretty basic knit, and I'm excited to see how the rest of the hat will look with alternating rows of knitting and ribbing.
Then there's this little guy.
This is a Tomten jacket (I use the version from Knitting Without Tears) with fingering weight wool and Size 0 needles. Gosh, I don't know why I don't work on this more often! Just kidding. I took a break because its intended wearer isn't showing up until late in the summer. So I set it aside for a while--and actually forgot about it a little. But while the wearer won't need this jacket until much, much later in the year, the mommy will be having a shower much, much sooner than I anticipated. The more I look at it, the more I think I'll push it back until either the time the baby is born, or until the time the baby might actually need it. I like the yarn, and I like the pattern, and I feel good about my gauge and my color choices and the amount of work required for the person and there is nothing holding me back except I have no motivation to make a sweater this early. I would like a break from little tiny baby sweaters with little tiny yarns and needles. You'll see why.
Next up is a Tomten jacket with fingering weight cotton sock yarn with nylon. Yes, another. And another. Twin Tomtens!
This is Sweater A, and I'm done with the body and ready to move on to the arms! I'm going to place those top stitches on a holder until I find out if I have enough yarn for a hood. I'm really hoping so, because red hooded jackets on little girls are so adorable. But if not, there's an easy modification for a cardigan collar that should work nicely.
And if the references to twins and this red yarn sound familiar, it's because I scrapped my other plans. If there's anything I've learned about myself since I started dragging my WIPs out into one place, it's that I'm not especially skilled at pairing yarns with patterns.
This project looks a lot like my last one. See?
Aside from being a whole bunch of garter stitch, the Little Baby Sweater, is modeled after Elizabeth Zimmermann's Tomten jacket. And I still think it's absolutely precious. I was about to see that for myself when I was 75% of the way through the jacket when I realized the yarn just wasn't going to work with the pattern, and I certainly couldn't bring myself to make a SECOND project when it wasn't looking like I wanted it to. So Tomten-inspired jacket is out, and the genuine article is in. It works much better with the yarn, and I'm really trying to use up a lot of my stash this year.
Which is why I have this:
It's just a tiny little start, but I'm going to knit up a swatch and try out a Tree of Life motif. I really love blue yarns, especially when they're in this particular shade. So a lot of times I buy them without thinking about what I'll use them for, what the yarn is made of, how well it work, etc. I think this is a bamboo cotton blend that I hoped to make granny squares with.....3 years ago. It looks gross when crocheted. Just gross and odd and wrong. Two whole skeins of it.
But I found out that a library may let some local knitters yarnbomb the front of their building and when a friend mentioned the idea of placing swatches over some of the squares in the window, I started thinking. So there we have it! I've made swatches for yarnbombing before, and it's always fun. Once you know that you're making a piece that doesn't have to be perfect, or easy to care for, or even make sense, you're free to just work right through and finish it right up!
I don't know why I don't think about yarnbombing as a cure for stash ills more often. If you don't have a clue where it came from, how it should be washed, what it would look good as when it's all knitted or crocheted up, who would like it, or even what it is, then you'd best get to swatching. Try out a new technique. Try out some of your own designs. And then, get that swatch with some of its odd little friends and make some public art (after getting permission!).
Okay, that's it for me. I hope you and your Home for Wayward WIPs are finding solutions to the big problems in life, like what in the world to do with the aforementioned wayward WIPs, when to work on them (and when to not), and how to find a way to use them to make the world just a little bit prettier.
|My local yarn store has a tree in front of the shop that they decorate sometimes. I got excited last summer when I saw my granny squares on the left branch.