OK, this is it. Time to declare myself free of that weird crafting guilt you get when too many unfinished things pile up for too long. This is going to feel good. Let’s do this thing. I give you the Official List of Allowable Knitting for the Foreseeable Future, in Approximate Order of On-the-Needles Time:
No, I don’t expect to finish this, but I am giving myself a milestone to reach; I want to fill in the pretty jagged top so that’s squared off again and fill in all the side triangles (I have the bottom done & one side complete up as far as I’ve knit rows of squares, so the triangle part of the goal is pretty doable).
2 Secret Project #1
Almost exactly 6 years old, more than half done (though I need to recheck my gauge and see if I even can continue from where I left off or if I have to start over).
3 Giant Oceania Shawl
This one was still in progress when I started typing up this list last night, but honestly once I pulled it out to take pictures I just had that oh god so sick of this feeling I’ve been getting lately, and, well, here:
It’s really hard to get accurate colors in the spare room. Why those walls? Why?
Pattern: Triangular Shawl Recipe #2: Increasing Triangular Shawl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Oceania, color Java
Needles: 5.5 mm/US 9 KP Harmony interchangeables for the body of the shawl, then it sat on the cord with stoppers for at least the last 3 years, judging by the date on my last Ravelry notes, and then yesterday I just grabbed 2 tips that looked big enough to bind off with but I honestly don’t know what size
When I started this, the plan was to have a giant blanket-sized shawl to keep me warm at work. It took longer to knit than it took that job to lay me off, though, and it’s just kind of been languishing forever since then. Seeing that this only took 130 g out of 400 and it was this big has me convinced I made the right decision and I never would have knit a giant shawl out of this. Also I just knit the giant shawl of my dreams and I don’t feel the need for another one. I found a friend who will give it a good home and I think we shall all be happier for it.
LOOK AT HER NOW SHE JUST NEEDS LONGER SLEEVES!
5 Conference Call Socks
Maybe I’m done with these? Maybe I give them one more chance? Maybe I try to get the same size on the second one and find someone who’s like half a shoe-size smaller than me? Maybe I don’t have to knit this list in order so I have some time to decide.
6 Secret project #2
Started in 2013; high chance this won’t get done; best not to get into too much detail.
(There should be a pair of mittens here but I remember some horrible yarn tangles and I’m not sure if I know where one of the yarns that I need even is right now and also the hat & scarf they were supposed to match have had some stain misfortune befall them, so I’m gonna keep a place for them but not get my hopes up.)
Fingering weight leftovers from the sock yarn blanket. I like this but I don’t know how much, really. This one might get ripped out.
9 Ugly Knee Socks
I tried this one on yesterday to see how the fit was, and everything but the heel was great. I think my recent short-row-heel revelation extends to afterthought heels. Since I didn’t love the yarn anyway, I haven’t decided what to do with these. If I decide to finish, I’ll probably cut the foot off just above the heel and add a contrasting heel flap and then redo the foot. I just have to decide how much I care or how much I would wear these. My original plan was to wear them in my boots on the farm but that’s less useful to me right now. Idunno. But I’ll report back.
10 Secret project # 2
I can finish this. I CAN finish this. I can FINISH THIS!!!! And then you can see it.
11 Muriwai the Third
Big blob of green cotton. Nothing to see here.
12 Worsted Weight Scrap Blanket
I don’t think I ever showed you this! It’s fun.
I’m just sort of taking leftovers and knitting 20-stitch-wide garter stitch strips. For one strip, I’m alternating 2 colors and changing one of them out every 20 ridges. For the other, I’m splitting it down the middleand knitting until each color runs out. Not sure what I’ll do with the next ones. I think this will be like a 24″x36″ lap blanket maybe?
13 & 14 Mismatched 2-at-a-time Socks
Haven’t started the second socks yet, but you can see that I intend to, since I actually know where both the yarns are.
When they’re done, they’ll look just like this but on the other feet:
Also then they won’t have to be mismatched anymore if I don’t want them to be.
These don’t need much! Just the thumbs (with conductive thread) and a good blocking. Watch this take the longest of everything on the list.
Holy dang these are fun, you guys.
So…that takes care of everything with a Ravelry project page. But that doesn’t take care of everything.
In less of any kind of order, here is what remains:
17 This is a sweater. I swear.
18 This used to be a sweater.
Back before the blog, I knit a Buttony.
While I was super excited to knit an actual garment, I think that face I’m making there pretty accurately sums up how I have tended to feel about the thing since. Like, sure, I’m kinda smiling but I’m not like smiling smiling. It’s nice. It’s OK. It’s lived in a box for 8.5 years.
It’s gonna be a pillow now. Probably a pillow with buttons tho ’cause dang I love those buttons.
19 Gray & Yellow Shawl in unphotographable yarn
20 Myrtle, which I am finally ready to swatch after like 5 years of thinking about it–in unphotographable yarn
21 Gray & Teal Scarf in yarn I am too lazy to photograph right now but would probably look fine if I did
22 Big Pile of Socks With Problems That I Should Really Fix
Not much in this category, thankfully.
24 & 25 Mystery Projects 3 & 4
26 My Current Year-of-Socks Socks
Hey, so if anybody’s having trouble getting in the right mood to knit short socks, let me recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Let me also note that is the ONLY situation for which I can recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Any time I think about socks lately all I can think is well there’s no point covering up too much of my legs, given that they’re about to melt off anyways.
27 Wild Card
This meets neither of my “on the needles or significantly along in the planning stage” criteria and I don’t even care. I bought this on WWKIP day to celebrate my local store’s 20% off sale. I have no idea what it’s going to be yet but I’m putting it on this list in case something comes to me.
OK, folks, I…think that’s it? Like, I really really believe this is everything. I don’t see how there could be more.
I’ve done a slight reorganization of the yarn baskets to aid in my goal of clearing out all the unfinished things. (The general yarn storage system in my house is like this: there’s a set of Rubbermaid drawers for most of it, there are 2 baskets for more of it, there are various bags of it about the place; the baskets are the most accessible from the couch.) I have chosen one basket, named it the Allowable Knitting Basket, and put all in-process and next-on-the-queue stuff (and nothing else except needles & such) into it. The only Allowable Knitting not in this basket is the Life-Long Blanket, because it’s taking most of the space in 2 super market paper bags to handle that thing and all its attendant minis right now. If I reach into the AKB I am sure to find either something I am already partway through or something I plan to make in the next month or so, which means I won’t get distracted by something shiny and add another just barely started item to the pile.
If memory serves – and it should, as I just filled it a few hours ago – these are the contents of the AKB:
- The Unexpected Socks (I got some very generous partials in my latest Life-Long Blanket life support trade and decided that one of them, while it did make a lovely square, simply had to become socks for me, with contrasting heels, toes, and ribbing to make up the needed yardage)
- The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents
- Francis Revisited
- Plain & Simple
- The Oceania Shawl
- The next Thor hat (in my size, to test my pattern-writing skills)
- The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock (I knit the 1st one last Xmas, so I suppose it would be fitting to knit the 2nd one this Xmas)
- The Kitchen Muriwai
- Xmas garland for the office
- The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks
The Unexpected Socks are making good purse knitting and the rest of the yarn for the garland has mysteriously disappeared (now, I admit there have been times over the years since this yarn came into my possession that I have wished it would disappear because it’s tough to find a use for 9 skeins of Caron Christmas Glitter Multi; but now that I have a use I really don’t want it running off on me), so I think I have a date with Kristi tonight.
In other news: PURPLE PEA COAT HAS ARRIVED!!!
And now, I must leave you. There is roasted delicata squash to scoop and freeze, cranberry nut bread to cool, and apple butter to mush and strain (because also in other news: FARM SHARES ARE THE BEST), French bread heading into the oven soon, spaghetti for dinner, and the difficult choice between Inspectors Lewis and Frost. Life is good.
Pattern: 36-Stitch Mittens from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Grey Mix. Made to match the Knotty But Nice & Widening Garter.
Needles: 3.5 mm Clover bamboo dpns
Mods: Knit 15 round on the cuff instead of 10.
So, last October I decided to start working my way through all my unread books shelf by shelf. At the time shelf one was in the following condition:
- Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
- Watership Down by Richard Adams (read)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (read)
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
- The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (partially read)
Here’s what’s happened since then:
Books Read So Far: 10 – all 5 in Hitchhiker’s Guide…, Wilderness, Early Autumn, Pastime, The Judas Goat (all 4 by Robert B Parker), In The Presence Of The Enemy by Elizabeth George
Books Acquired: 6 or so (Spensers, Lynleys, and some from my wishlist, all obtained through bookmooch)
Progress On Shelf 1: Yes. Well. About that. Flatland was a big no-thank-you. Hitchhiker’s Guide… was pretty great, though (and I might have just been getting bored with the series) it seemed to kind of fall apart at the end of book 5. Like he knew how it would end but got sick of writing it so he just sketched out the important points quickly and called it done. I started Cat’s Eye and it was very good but I hated my childhood and my entire time in school enough that I feel I earned the right to choose not to read about such things if I don’t want to now that I’m an adultandmakemyowndecisionsdamnit. The same way I refuse to watch Freaks and Geeks or Glee, no matter how good I hear they are, simply because they are about high school, but I do eat ice cream for breakfast any time the mood strikes because being 30 is awesome. So, I think that one’s going back in the bookmooch pool. I thought about Alias Grace or some of the unread Austens, but the only fiction I’m feeling lately is detective/murder mystery stuff. I’m into the intellectual challenge right now. I think if I really want to make progress on the book project I’m going to have to skip ahead to non-fiction. More to come.
The knitting is stagnating a bit at present as well.
I want all of these done but I don’t want to finish them. I want to knit a sweater but, with almost 300 stitches to cast on, I really don’t want to just jump in without a reliable gauge swatch (that little red sliver of fabric in the back). With fingering weight yarn on 2.5 mm needles, though, the gauge swatch is going to take enough time to be considered a project on its own.
And, also, I’ve just been exhausted this week. I declared this weekend to be one for hardcore relaxation, but so far I have not had a spa treatment, aromatherapy, or deep tissue massage. I have had a shoulder rub, a bit of a lie-in, and a couple of beers, though, so that’s a start. Must find some way to relax hardcore tomorrow. Hrm…