Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lots of Knitting

Mum was nice and let me borrow her camera (thanks Mum!) so I now have pictures to show off!

Upon digging through my knitting stuff I unearthed more "in progress" projects then I thought I had going.  So here we go...

(1) Purple socks

Purple Socks
These are knit using some unknown yarn from my stash that a fellow knitter gave me years ago.  The picture really doesn't show the color very well.  The lighting in our living room is not very good for photographing purposes; when I take the finished picture I'll take it in sunlight.  I used a pattern from 'More Sensational Knitted Socks' by Charlene Schurch.  As you can see I'm very close to finishing them; I've only got about half the toe left :o)

(2) Pink socks (Well, sock.  It's pair is not yet in existence)

Pink Sock
These are also knit using some unknown yarn from my stash given to me by a nice lady from church.  I've been successfully ignoring these so much I can't remember what pattern I was working them from and have been thinking of ripping them out and starting over because I don't really like this style of toe :o/

(3) Blanket for Miss Ladybug

Baby Blanket
This is a baby blanket I started about a month before Miss Ladybug was born (she just passed her 3 month mark).  It's knit using Carron's Simply Soft and the pattern is from 100 afghan squares to knit.  I decided to work it in strips rather than all squares so I won't have so many seams later.  I'm also weaving in ends and seaming as I go so as to cut down further on finishing.

(4) Dragon Shawl

Dragon Shawl
This shawl is a beast of a project.  I started it about 4-5 years ago.  I've had to start over once and rip out about 20 rows once.  It has spent most of it life either in time-out or being ignored.  You see, it is so complex I have to concentrate on only knitting when I work on it.  I can't listen to music or watch TV or talk to people.  The chart (the entire shawl is charted) is also so big I had to mount it on a poster.  Here's what it will look like:
Heere be Dragones
I'm still on the tail.  Mine doesn't look very much like the finished shawl yet as all lace looks like poo till you block it.  I'm knitting my shawl with a Knit Picks yarn called Shadow and the pattern is Sharon Winsauer's "Heere be Dragone".

(5) Leftovers Blanket

Leftovers Blanket
This is just plain old garter stitch.  The yarn is, as I said, all my leftovers.  I'm only using acrylics for this as it is so massive (it's scrunched and then folded in half) I don't ever want to think about hand washing it.  Once it's finished it will easily fit on a queen size bed.  It's very squishy and I love it already!

(6) Thrummed Mittens

Thrummed Mittens
These mittens are thrummed!  Meaning all the little orange flecks are bits of unspun wool worked into the piece with the ends sticking out inside.  Like this:
Thrummed Mittens - Inside
This way the mittens are lined!  Eventually, with wearing, the ends inside will felt together.  The yarn I'm using is a Lion Brand yarn but I can't remember what line it's from.  Originally Mum and I bought it together for her to use; she was going to knit a pair of slippers but didn't ever finish them so she gave the yarn to me!  The roving is from a friend and I don't really know anything about it.  The pattern is from an issue of Interweave Knits.  As soon as I find it and finish these I'll post which issue it was as I can't remember off the top of my head but will know by then as I have to find it in order to finish them :o)

Now we move on to the projects that are finished, but not finished.  In other words, I've finished knitting them but they still need some sort of finishing work such as seaming, buttons, or blocking.

(7) Cardigan for Miss Ladybug

Pink Cardigan
I knit this for Miss Ladybug while I was pregnant.  I used Caron's Simply Soft and the pattern is one I got off Ravelry.  Originally the sleeves were supposed to be longer but I ran out of yarn.  I even had to bind off in a different color!  The only thing left is I need to add buttons.  First I need to go buy them though; I'm thinking little white ones...

(8) Shrug

Vogue Shrug
This shrug is from an issue of Vogue Knitting.  I thought the construction was fascinating so I had to make it!  It still needs is to be blocked and I need to add a button.  Here's what it's supposed to look like:
Vogue Knitting
I finished knitting mine a few years ago and can't remember what yarn I used except that it was wool.

(9)  Pi Shawl

This shawl is knit from 4 different yarns.  It was not intentional, I just kept running out!  I started out with a Knit Picks yarn called palette (that's the light grey in the middle; I had originally purchased it to make socks but got bored one day what I was sick and stuck at home).  Next I thought I'd be able to finish it with the red; that's a hand spun/dyed yarn my sister brought me back from Michigan.  As that didn't quite do it I bought more palette but it's been so long since I bought the grey they've changed up the yarn a bit so it's like a different kind.  And then with about 3 inches left I ran out of that so stuck some leftover sock yarn in there.  It's made using Elizabeth Zimmerman's pattern.  I've got a few ends to weave in, and then I need to block it!

So there you have it.  My knitting-in-progress list of guilt and shame.  No one should have 9 projects going on at once; especially when half them have been on the needles for years and spend most of that time being ignored!  I'm going to try really hard to change that though.  From now on Friday will be my knitting update day.  I'm going to post what I've gotten done on the knitting front and possibly a picture of it too.  And as my knitting group meets on Thursday I should have at least a few rows done.  I'm hoping that the possibility of having to post that I got nothing done will inspire me to find little bits of time here and there to knit.

If only I could figure out how to knit and nurse Miss Ladybug at the same time....


  1. You amaze me :) when I see all those projects lined up, I realize I couldn't make ANY of them. They're all wonderful!

  2. Jessica you are amazing! These are awesome and that shrug is gorgeous!

  3. Thanks guys! Mum I know you could do a couple of them no problem as I've seen you knit when you started those slippers. Christy I'm glad you like the shrug! I've got my fingers crossed that it will look ok on me once it's finished.