Sometimes you need to go back to go forward {Wednesday’s WIPs}

 UntitledI had managed to finally get down my WIPs to just two blankets.  A ripple blanket and a hexagon blanket.  But, I had this feeling that I really wanted a shawl.  Not just any shawl, I want a big thick rectangular shawl that is cozy, but still lacy.  I looked on ravelry but I couldn’t find what I had in mind.  I didn’t want to use fingering weight yarn, because it is really hard to find here in Kuwait and the sock yarn I do have in my stash is mostly single skeins.

So I spent a couple of hours pouring over my stitch dictionaries until I found a few that  I liked.  Then a couple of swatches and modifications later I cast on.  I have 4 balls of this navy blue yarn, unfortunately I couldn’t find anything acrylic free so this is a wool/acrylic blend.  I have already used up one ball (so the shawl is bigger than it is in the picture), and three to go.  It is fun, but it was starting to get tedious.

So I decided I needed to cast on something else.  After a lot of thought, I decided on plain vanilla socks for the foot and then ribbing until the yarn ran out.  I want thick house socks, the kind that are long but will scrunch down the leg, if that is a thing.

Also the book was awesome, I probably read it in two days, and it is 400 pages.  It is a kids book, but I loved it.

UntitledI was so hung up on having no WIPs at all and getting them all done, but the monotony of a single project was killing me, sometimes you have to go back to go forward, with the two new WIPs I am knitting more and enjoying it more too. 

 I am going back and forth between both projects. Well I’d better be off, those WIPs won’t knit themselves.

Arabian Nights Shawl {Friday’s FO}

I am slowly finishing off WIPs. The operative word here being slowly. I still have three more. All of them blankets, all in crochet. Thankfully one is a bulky weight, the second is a worsted and the last one is in a fingering weight. Because unlike normal people I enjoy torturing myself with fingering weight yarn. I actually do. I love the weightlessness of it and of the finished piece. I love the drape and fabric.

So here is my finished Arabian Nights shawl. I love the colors. Subtle yet strong. I sometimes think that the things I knit are just a reflection of my unsaid words and unspoken feelings.

Another Hitofide {Friday’s FO}

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It is done, blocked and just perfect.  I am so ready to make another one.  But I will resist until I have finished some of the WIPs I already have.

Another FO this week

I just finished #knitting the cardigan. She said she wanted short sleeves so she could layer. My 6 year old has more fashion sense than I do.

This kid has me wrapped around her finger, she sat (not so patiently) next to me as I worked on the sleeves, asking every 5 minutes if I were done yet.  She then proceeded to ask me every 2 minutes if I were done while I was weaving in the ends.  She said she wanted the sleeves short because she wanted to wear a long sleeved T shirt underneath it.

The front is shorter than the bag. But it is really difficult to picture.

When I was done, I told her it needed to be blocked first to straighten it out, and she said please do it quickly.  So I steam blocked it quickly and she wore it until bedtime.  She wanted to wear it to bed too.  If that isn’t the best compliment a knitter can get, I don’t know what is.  Eventually, she took it off and carefully folded it and put it in her closet so she could wear it tomorrow.  She then asked for another cardigan.

I told you she had me wrapped around her fingers.

Hitofude Cardigan {Friday’s FO}

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I should have taken a picture with the big girl camera, but I took this a couple of days ago and I still haven’t woven in the ends yet.  I am so pleased with this pattern.  It is written beautifully.  It was a fantastic and extremely enjoyable knit.  I have already purchased yarn for a second one for my sister.  I knit this using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Basalt Heather color way.  I love Knit Picks yarn, it is very affordable and is always robust and wears really well.

A thumbs up from me for both the pattern and the yarn.

 

Can’t wait to cast on the second one.

Knitting for other people {Wednesday’s WIP}

Striped Cardigan

Knitting is a solitary sport, it is a doorway to the place in your mind where you can have some very interesting conversations with yourself.  But then again we knit for others and that changes the game a little.  When you knit for someone else, you want to appeal to their taste, their choice of color, their fashion sense and how they want the world to see them.  The person I knit for the most other than myself is my daughter, since she is 6, it is quite easy to pick for her.  Yet, when I ask her what she wants, she usually has clear preferences.  She asked for a long sleeve cardigan this time, not a dress.  When I told her I was going to mix the gray with another color, she picked blue even though I gave her a choice of purple, pink and a brightly colored striped sock yarn.  Interestingly, I also decided to knit my sister a hitofude.  I have finished mine, but forgot to post the finished object.  I gave her a choice of colors and she said that given a choice of pink in the mix she could not choose anything else.  I chose the pattern, the yarn and she just chose the yarn.

Knitting for someone else is special, it is a gift of time and effort.  The average sweater takes at least 35 hours of knitting in my case.  Or at least it does when you have an obsession for fingering weight yarn.  I just love the drape and fabric produced when knit with a finer yarn.  I have yet to knit a lace weight sweater, but I am sure it is just a question of time.  Speaking about time, it is perhaps the best gift you can give anyone.  When I knit something for someone, especially newborn babies it is my way of saying, you are loved, you are special, you deserve my time and my effort.  I am giving you something irreplaceable.   The blanket I knit or crocheted for you can never be replicated again, because while I can buy the same yarn and make an exact replica of it, the real cost of it was time.  Time that can not be lived again.  Whenever I look at something I made, I can remember how I felt while I worked on it, what else was going on in my life and how I made a conscious decision to invest in it.

It is a true labor of love. 

Quick update {Wednesday’s wip}

I cast on a hitofude cardigan. It is a genius pattern. It is knit in one piece usinh a single strand of yarn. Meaning you start knitting and keep on without any seaming or even adding new yarn. The lace is so much fun. It is simple enough to be easily memorized but interesting enough to keep you engaged. I am using Knitpicks stroll fingering. It is not a fancy yarn but it is robust and great value for money. I dream of the day I can buy a sweater quantity amount of luxury yarn but until then I am happy with knitpicks. I thought about the color for quite a while. I finally settled on grey because I figured I would get more wear out of it. I am already considering making another one in a bright color.

 

I am also working on my daughter's halloween costume. She wants to be Wanda of where is Waldo? So I am knitting striped leg warmers and I have already finished her hat. I also have some striped red and white fabric to make a shirt for her. I really wanted to find t shirt fabric but all I could find was a heavier weight cotton. So I am still thinking I should make it into a dress or a tunic.