WIP Wednesday: Purple Knucks

See? Keepin’ right on rollin’ with this here blog. Not taking another 3 month break, no-siree.

This week my main project (I think I currently have 3 WIPs total – not counting the cross stitch) is a new set of KnickKnackKnucks. This is an older pattern of mine that originally came out in 2011. I’ve knit quite a few pairs of these and I still have my originals and wear them every winter! img_4611

I wanted this pair to be in the same yarn – Pattons Kroy – but I wasn’t able to find a colorway that would work for the recipient. I ended up choosing Premier Yarns Serenity because they had a pretty purple colorway that is knitting up beautifully. The yarn is softer than the Kroy and I’m a little concerned about it’s hardiness but only because I haven’t worked with it before (and obviously the Kroy can hang with the big dogs and still be my main pair of gloves after 5 years). Have any of you knitted with it yet? Does it hold up well?img_4610_medium2

I’m working on the first glove but it’s going quickly! Compared to my latest projects that were all pretty hefty (sweaters, shawls, etc), gloves are a quick knit!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Zarena Cowl

I wanted another quick project in my WIP pile a few weeks back and decided that a hat would be a nice addition. I picked out this gorgeous blue mystery stash and cast on for Zarena.

It wasn’t long before I decided that a hat wasn’t going to work and I ripped out, found slightly bigger needles and re-cast on for a cowl. I wanted to get the most out of the yarn and a hat might leave me with a few odd yards left. Besides, the yarn is a bit bigger than the DK called for in the pattern and trying to knit this closer-to-worsted on US 4 needles was going to give me wrist pain.

So this and Soren are rotating depending on what I feel like knitting at the time. What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Back to the Peony

This poor little shawl has been my “purse knitting” for months but hasn’t gotten much actual love until just the past few days! I’m loving the yarn (Hazel Knits Entice MCN) and how it’s working up in the almost-linen-stitch pattern. The little bit of cashmere must be working it’s charm on me – I love feeling it flow through my fingers and the color is to die for!

I’m only a few rows away from starting the eyelet section and I’m looking forward to having a new shawl, a quick(er) project and the freedom to cast on something totally new!

What are you working on this week? Be sure to come back Friday for photos of the Hualpa! It’s finally done 😀

WIP Wednesday: Almost There!

I debated writing this post today. These fronts are so close to being finished that I kind of wanted to wait and surprise you all next week with the finished kimono!

As of this picture, these fronts are only a few rows away from being bound off, then it’s straight into a bath and block, then seams, little armhole edges and fringe and it’ll be done! Writing it out like that makes the process seem long but I don’t think it’ll take more than an hour to seam, maybe an hour for the armhole edges and probably another hour for fringe – soooooo T minus 3 hours + blocking time? That’s so quick, right?

Aaannndddd it doesn’t look like I’ll be in danger of running out of any of the yarn!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Quiet Week Around These Parts

Sorry for the radio silence you guys! I had full intentions of blogging last Friday and this Monday but, as you may have noticed, that didn’t quite happen. I’m going to my damndest not to let it happen again!

I’ve been primarily working on the Hualpa Kimono the past few days and I’m so close to being done with the back piece! I’m more than 75% of the way there and I think the fronts will be a breeze (how many times has that sentiment blown up in my face? Don’t answer that.).

And another victory I’ve reached on this project – the need to start a new ball of the blue! Woo! That surely means I’m making progress – yarn doesn’t just disappear without being knit up (don’t correct me on that one either).

Yes, I am still keeping my yarn in the original kit bag. I don’t carry it around with me as a project bag because of the size and that fact that it isn’t a flexible material but I have enjoyed keeping the spirit of the original kit alive.

What are you working on this week? Making more progress than I am I hope!

WIP Wednesday: Every Little Bit Counts

I’ve been primarily working on the Hualpa Kimono project lately, a few rows here, a few rows there. I haven’t been able to spend a good chunk of time cranking it out but it is moving along, I think I’m about to the halfway point for this back piece! I love watching those center diamonds come together.

The combination of smooth cotton yarn and the slick aluminum needles means that this is my at-home knitting project. Almost every time I put it in my purse I lose a few stitches off the end. It’s not a hassle to pick them back up but I would hate for something more dramatic to happen in the black hole that is my catch-all bag. IMG_3488

The Peony Shawl is my purse knitting because I need to pay less attention to it. I’m getting to close to the texture change and I’m very excited to see how that works up! As always, it’s hard to show all the real progress on shawl projects, they just squish up on these needles, but I hope that the center spine looks longer to you since the last time I shared it!

I’m still totally in love with this yarn, the color is perfect and it’s knitting up beautifully in this pattern!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Notable Progress

It’s another Wednesday, it seems like WIP Wednesday posts are the easiest ones for me to stay consistent with (and for that, I kind of apologize, if I were finishing things and making it interesting…well that might be better).IMG_2838

The NaKniSweMo sweater grows and this week I’ve got a finished body, a finished sleeve and the beginnings of the second sleeve to show you! So now all I need to do is finish the second sleeve and button band – sounds pretty close, doesn’t it? I don’t know that it’ll be done by the end of November but it’ll be done shortly thereafter at the very least. I’ve been eyeing my button collection too and I think I’ve got just the ones…IMG_2841

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US and I’m traveling to southwestern Colorado to see my folks, spend some time in the mountains and play in the snow! I hope you’ve all got fun plans as well, holiday or otherwise.IMG_0651

What are you working on this week? How’s your NaKniSweMo project coming, if you’re working on one?

WIP Wednesday: Mad and Mal

This week I’m trying to focus my energies on that collaborative project I mentioned a few weeks back. I’m knitting it with Malabrigo Twist in a simple rib pattern and really loving the quick knit process. Can you guess what is it yet?IMG_1898

I’m also working on a new hat design I started just the other week. This is being worked out of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino DK in the Maple Leaf colorway. I’m planning on writing up two versions of this hat pattern and offering them both on Ravelry.  I’ll be looking for test knitters soon, if you’re interested drop me a line!IMG_1902

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Another Viking In The Making

This is….probably…the…fourth? fifth? Viking Helmet I’ve made and although it’s moving along slower than the others (thanks painful ulnar nerve) it *is* coming along.IMG_1855

This puppy has been put into high speed because the recipient of it will be visiting Denver in just a few days and I want to make sure that I can put the finishing touches on it while he’s here.

You see here the first horn and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I wrapped up the first horn while drinking delicious beer at Upslope Brewing on Monday (I love their Thai IPA). In an attempt to outsmart myself and the clock, I cast on the second horn right away and it’s moving along slowly but surely.

What are you working on this week?

WIP: An Update

I told you I’d have a knitting update for you since, well, this is a knitting blog after all (or at least, it started out that way).IMG_1643

I’m trying to do more yoga (ideally everyday but I don’t get too mad at myself about it if I miss a day or two) and I’ve noticed that my wrist pain has diminished quite a bit which means that I’ve had more motivation to knit when I do find a few minutes here and there!IMG_1639

The new collaborative project I mentioned is coming along, albeit slowly. No, it’s not actually cowl…but it will be worn on the top half of the body…does that count? This piece is now at least 5 inches long and is almost ready for the next bit of excitement and shaping. I don’t want to give away too many details just yet, you’ll have to wait for it’s release!IMG_1645

What are you working on this week?