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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday :)

It's been awhile since I've participated in a WIP Wednesday post but that needs to change right now. It doesn't take much to take the WIPs out, photograph them, upload them, and go from there...really, it doesn't.

So, let's see what's been going on lately...

My longest-going WIP: Dragon's Egg Socks

I started these on September 2, 2013; a full YEAR before Stormageddon was born. And this is how far I am. To be fair, it requires reading charts and that's not something I can do with small children around. So, these socks have been delegated to "nighttime" knitting and I'm not always coherent enough to knit from charts at night. But I'm past the heel on the first sock so they should go pretty smoothly from here on out...if I would just work on them :)

My next longest-running WIP: Pacific Shawl

I started this shawl on June 8, 2014 after I was gifted the pattern from one of LSG's monthly craft threads I'm on the final set of charts and I can't brain what I was doing so it's currently sitting in time-out until I thread a lifeline through and figure out what the heck I was doing. I have a feeling I'm going to have a good chunk of yarn leftover so I may have to think of something else to do with the yarn :) Also, I'm making the medium version and I suspect it's still going to be quite small. Oh well.

Next up on the WIP Train: Snape's Stockings

I started these on August 20, 2014. I worked on them while I was in the hospital with Stormageddon when he was born. He was in the NICU for jaundice so I didn't have much else to do. I'm currently working on the gusset decreases (that's what those stitch markers on the bottom of the foot are about). These also require chart reading but I can do it a bit with the boys around so I have worked on these here and there. But, they're mostly for "nighttime" knitting.

One of my more recent WIPs: Traveling Socks

Ooooooops. No photo. These were started on December 23, 2014. The reason there's no photo? They're stuck in my purse somewhere and we're having some work done on our ceiling and I'd rather not walk through there if I can avoid it. I'm close to the heel flap but not quite yet. Soon, though, soon.

Next up: Wink

Yeah, I realize this doesn't look like much. The blue is for my provisional cast on and the camel is the actual color...and, honestly, it's pretty close to the actual color. I've not exactly restarted this after Little Man had an adventure with my needles but I do have the pattern printed so I don't have to scroll back and forth looking at charts and chart keys...which means it's also "nighttime" knitting. I hope to get it restarted (again for the fourth or fifth time) in the next week or so. For now, it looks like this. ::sigh:: It was originally started on January 5, 2015.

And my next-to-most-recent WIP: Vanilla Fingerless Mitts

I'm officially halfway finished with this project. That's not bad considering I started them on January 23, 2015. These are definitely going to need a good washing though. You can see it on the first mitt: laddering. I normally don't have this issue when I work with DPNs but it's something about this yarn. I had a similar problem when I made Elefante, as well. But I think it will come out with some washing and agitation. The yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend so I don't have to worry about felting or anything like that. We'll see. I hope to start the second mitt either today or tomorrow.

And my most recent WIP: Paradiddle Hat

Again, I know it doesn't look like much (because it isn't). I started this on January 24, 2015. You also won't find a pattern for this as it's coming from my own little head. The ultimate goal is to have this in a range of sizes from newborn-adult but this one is the 0-6 month size. I think. It'll fit Stormageddon and that's important.

In other random events, there's not much going on. I'm debating about whether I should put myself on some sort of nightly schedule. There are so many things I'd like to do and I feel like some of it I just never get to. I want to start doodling/Zentangle again. I want to read more. I want to knit. I want to spin. I want to blog (more than just WIP Wednesday, FO Friday, and my Self-Imposed Year of Projects). So, perhaps I need to do a schedule or something. Maybe that will help. I don't know.

Oh, here are some photos from when my sister-in-law was in town a couple weeks ago :)

These are the Painted Ladies. The view is from Alamo Square, made famous in the US as being the hill that the Tanner family is sitting on in the opening sequence of Full House as well as being heavily featured in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (which I've not seen).

Here are the five of us. Husband and Little Man both wanted to be Captain America that day. And Stormageddon, of course, is looking off in a completely different direction.

And of course we went to see the Golden Gate Bridge. This was taken near Fort Scott. It's still an active military base with occupied military housing and all that.

Anyway, I'm linking up with Tammy today :)


  1. Great projects! Thanks for sharing!

  2. You have some very pretty projects in the works. I always love seeing folks in San Francisco. We sight see there when we visit our son at Stanford. Doesn't happen too often as we are 3000 miles away.

    1. We take everyone sightseeing when they visit us, usually because they're coming from 2500 miles away (we're from southern Wisconsin originally).

  3. The painted ladies...I've always wanted to see them...I knew about them before Full House...did you see the cast was at the creator's birthday party over the weekend and sang the theme song? It's all over Facebook...glad you joined us....and just FYI...I'm Tammy....not Tami......:-) I know funny that I'm taking over for the other one....

    1. I've not seen the cast singing the theme song. I shall have to take a look. And yes, you are Tammy. I couldn't brain which was which when I wrote it so I've since fixed it :)

  4. Wow, and here I felt like I had a billion things started! ;-D Love the shots with the Golden Gate bridge in the background!

    1. This is fairly normal for me. I feel kind of....naked, I guess is the best word, if I don't have at least four going (and at least one of them needs to be socks).

  5. Yay, I'm not the only one with project ADD. :) The fingerless mitts in particular are great. Love that you call your baby Stormageddon.

    1. I feel naked if I don't have at least four projects going at once (and one of them has to be socks).

  6. I really like the first two colorways you're working with. That green made me smile. I feel it has a deep connection with dragons. The shawl yarn is lovely. I like the stormy variegation.