Acts of Knitting and Nerdery

When I first began knitting almost a year and a half ago, I never had more than one project on my needles at any given time. It is official – I have WAY TOO MANY works-in-progress. I am truly and thoroughly WIP’d.

There’s the Slouchy Ridges Hat that I’m making with the Tree House green yarn that I dyed awhile back.

Slouchy Ridges Hat

Sorcha models the Slouchy Ridges Hat

I’m sure you can see my thought process in this photo. “I need to take a WIP photo of this hat for my blog, and the most sensible way to to this is to put it on my cat.” (That’s Sorcha, she’s the crabby one.)

Then there’s the Ambroso Mittens that I’ve been meaning to get back to since, oh, forever. I actually finished one mitten, but decided once I finished with it that I need to make the large size instead. I started on the cuff for round 2, but decided to pull it out to make some mods since I’m not crazy about the cabled rib. It’s fussy, slow, and doesn’t get carried up into the hand portion of the pattern, to which I say, “Meh.” I’d already finished a hat and a shawlette/scarf in this same color, so by the time I got to this point I was pretty sick of it. Then I got caught up in a couple Christmas projects, and then I was bitten by the Kool-Aid yarn dyeing bug, and the next thing I knew it was Groundhog Day.  But do I still want those mittens? Oh hell yes I do!

Ambroso Mittens

Unfinished Ambroso Mittens

Going back even further, I started the Seafoam Shawl way back in September. It’s going to be great when it’s finished, a soft and versatile shawl that can double as a lacy scarf, and I see myself getting a lot of use out of it at work where the air conditioning can be a touch too cool sometimes.

Seafoam Shawl

The Seafoam Shawl is lost at sea.

However, it’s been a sort of background project. The thing I work on when I have no other projects and don’t know what I want to make next. I haven’t had that problem for quite awhile, so… yeah.

The Nereid Fingerless Gloves were a project I started when I found this terrific, 1980s-style gray and rainbow yarn that I absolutely had to have. Finding a pattern that would work with the unusual variegation was a challenge, but the Nereid seems to be working out very nicely. This is another case of getting distracted by something else and then just failing to get back to it.

Nereid Fingerless Gloves

Neglected Nereid Fingerless Gloves

Oh, and don’t forget yarn recycling. I have ten sweaters to unravel, including the PINK Saks Fifth Avenue number I mentioned yesterday. I did finish pulling out one sleeve, and it’s coming apart so beautifully that it may spoil me for all future sweaters.

Unraveling a Sweater

I think this counts as a WIP, too.

I have plans for this thing, don’t forget. I am in love with the Caera Cowl, and I was lucky enough to find a copy of the pattern even though it’s no longer available on Ravelry. Yes indeed, I have plans for that silky PINK yarn.

By the way, the chunky scarf that I work on every morning while on the El? I’m totally not counting that. It technically meets the definition I suppose, but it exists in its own separate little universe as the “train knitting project”. I’m not happy with it at the moment, but that’s a topic deserving of its own post later.

So here’s the deal. I have too many unfinished knitting projects right now. I am going to finish the green hat. Then I’m going to finished unraveling the PINK sweater. Then I will allow myself to tackle the Pioneer sweater. And after that I am hereby banned from starting anything new until all of these (except the Seafoam Shawl, which I’ll keep as my background project) are finished. I’m counting on y’all to hold me to it!

How many WIPs are lurking in your project bag right now? Do they taunt you like mine are taunting me?

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