Friday, September 05, 2014

Progressing

So much is in progress right now. Lots of balls in the air! I'd like to have something finished to show you but I don't. So here's a WIP report. Hopefully the pictures make up for the lack of completion ...

First up: Bluet, which I'm making for the Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL. The yarn is a luscious new merino/silk blend from Stitch Sprouts called Yellowstone; the colorway is Caldera.

Pea soup humidity gone! Lotsa knitting gonna happen today #bpnk2014 #bluepeninsula #knit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram

A few rounds each morning is all I can devote to this project ... But as we knitters know, every little bit counts! One rep of lace chart done. #bpnk2014 #bluepeninsula #knit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram

So far I've done the rib chart and one repeat of the lace chart. Pretty good progress, considering I only work on this for a little while each morning. 

The KAL continues through September 30, with prizes drawn on 9/19 and 10/1. Come join us—we're having a great time! You can cast on any time this month and make any of my scarf, shawl, or cowl patterns. 

I've also been swatching for a new cowl design. It's got cables. slipped stitches, plenty of texture.

I'm liking this swatch even better than just-picked raspberries, which is saying a lot #knit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #bluepeninsula

One more swatch to go, and then I think I'll have all the elements worked out.

WIPS

If the weather's cool enough, I'll be wearing my new burnt-orange Bluet at Rhinebeck in October, and—fingers crossed—maybe also a new sweater. The stitch patterns are variations of those in Bluet, so I'm hoping the two pieces will look good worn together. We'll see!

Can't get over how evenly this new Yellowstone yarn knits up ... #bluepeninsula #knit #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #stitchsprouts

Back in July, when I started a pair of Couplets for my sister Jackie, it seemed like I had "forever" to finish them—it was much too hot to wear wool socks. But now? It was only 50F one morning recently. Time to step up the pace! The first one's almost at the toe, so I can claim to be "nearly halfway done."

Couplet

And then ... ahem ... dare I mention my oldest WIP? I started my Seersucker afghan in spring of 2010, thinking I'd have it done by the fall. (I know, I know, I can hear you all laughing.) This February, four years later, I finally finished knitting the 48 squares! 

Oldest WIP

But then ... there's the seaming ... without that, it will never be more than a pile of squares. Luckily, motivation has arrived in the form of my new futon. I picked a cover that perfectly matches the afghan. 

New futon

So now I have to finish seaming, right? Right. And, Snickers is keeping an eye on me so I don't slack off.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

3 comments:

Susan Johnson said...

Can't wait for the new cowl pattern!!

Shelda said...

Oh, I feel your pain about the afghan! Whenever it comes down to just sewing or just blocking, and not the knitting, my projects tend to languish a bit. But that futon cover is gorgeous. Hope it (and Snickers) keep you on point. It does feel good to finish those things!

Bonnie said...

Thanks, Susan. I've just blocked what I think is the final swatch.

Shelda, I agree - it does feel good to finish things!