Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday Number 35

Well, I went on a bit of a casting on frenzy at the weekend *laughs* I think it was the novelty of not having any projects that I have to knit, so I wanted to knit everything. Also, as I'm trying to reduce stash, my brain seemed to think that having lots of projects on the go would make that happen faster ;)


So, in the middle of the picture you can see my fair isle hat. It's about twice as long as last week, despite the fact that I only work on it when I have the time and capacity to focus for a little while ;)

Just peeking in at the bottom left is the Striped Scarf. Not a lot to say on this really, although it is so close to being finished now (which, I think, was a justification for casting on more stuff!) It's nearly 7 foot long at the moment - good thing it's so narrow or I would have lost the will to live *laughs* A few more inches and it'll be finished.

Top left is a cowl using some stashed Manos Silk Blend. This is actually for a swap, so I will say no more about it ;)

Onto the more exciting updates, in the top right you can see the start of a sock. My next pair of socks *grins*  I'm using the KnitPicks Imagination yarn that boyfriend bought me for Christmas, because it is so soft and fluffy and I want soft and fluffy socks.


And, because I have lovely soft yarn, I am also making myself some princess soles *grins* I figured that as I made socks for my brother and boyfriend with luxury soles, it was about time I had some for myself. And, as the yarn is the Unicorn colourway, I am calling these my Princess Unicorn socks ;)

Finally, the lovely teal/green in the bottom corner is the start of my Shalom cardigan (the colour is somewhere between the top picture and the picture below, but with no natural light this morning I was struggling a bit!)


I'm using a giant, 400g ball of yarn, with the idea that knitting it will make a lot of room in my stash *laughs* I'm following a few different people's modifications on ravelry, to make this in aran (worsted) weight instead of chunky, make the yoke finish just above the bust line for a more flattering look, have long sleeves and make it button all the way down.

Quite a few modifications really! But I love the pattern and I want to make a version that suits me. And we saw from my Cria that cardigans that button at the top just don't.

As Tink commented last week, I do also still have my fuzzy ballet sweater on the needles, but as I haven't picked it up in a while it didn't make it into the picture. As I only have the sleeves left to finish, I should really just get it done and out of the way!

No book this week - I've been too busy with all the new projects!

Ok, that turned into quite a long post! Sorry about that ;) But, as ever, if you want more lovely knitting and reading content, head to Tami's and Ginny's *smiles*

67 comments:

  1. OOOOOOOH some lovelies!!!!!! Those socks are going to be so luscious! Shalom is one I've had queued for the whole year I've been knitting but I haven't cast it on because I know it won't look nice on me so I'm interested to see your mods and hope you keep a note of them *wink*

    Have a great day
    x

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    1. Don't worry, I'll update my project page with all of the mods ;)

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  2. Beautiful socks. Dying to cast on for socks but no yarn!

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  3. You are one talented and busy woman! I love all your projects, but the fair isle hat is my favorite. I am very intimidated by the whole colorworks process, but would love to try it myself.

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  4. Holy smokes, that's a lot of cast-ons! You are a superwoman!

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  5. I love that I'm not the only one that casts on project after project! Lovely sock yarn, it is going to be gorgeous! Great projects!

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  6. The colours are all so gorgeous!

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  7. That Shalom is going to be lovely. I too think in terms of getting rid of volume rather than meterage. I don't know if that is a good idea or not, considering I will be measuring the meterage I get through each month LOL.

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  8. My my my you are a busy knitting bee! Love all the projects swirling around in your house. You're making me want to cast on more projects!

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  9. Everything looks great! Casting on with abandon is so much fun.

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  10. Hahahaha. I chuckle 'cause I just did the same thing. The new year seems to have that effect on people. Have fun.

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  11. I'm amazed how much you're managing to knit all at once, and all so beautiful too......I have some Manos Silk Blend looking for a new project, it's also very similar in colour to your cowl........I think a browse through the great halls of ravelry is in oder, I've yet to knit a cowl, thanks for the inspiration. x

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  12. Wow, you have been a busy girl! Great looking projects and you have a very pretty yarn stash!

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  13. Yeah I've kind of had project ADD and reading ADD the past week...

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  14. Some really gorgeous projects there!

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  15. There must be something about the new year and new projects to cast on. I did the same thing--although you've got me beat with the number. Now I don't feel so guilty about casting on more...guess I'll go do that!!!

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  16. Wow, you have been busy! It all looks lovely.

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  17. That is a lot of projects -your fingers must be aching! Love the new sock colors.

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  18. I love a crazy cast on weekend... I need one of those :)
    They all look like great projects!

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  19. Love all of your projects. Such variety is awesome!!

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  20. Not going to lie, my eye went to the Manos cowl first, soooo pretty! The colorwork project is looking great too. I need to have one of those weekends for sure, I only have two projects going right now.

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  21. You definitely have enough to keep you busy! I can't believe I've resisted starting anything new -- I must be ill.

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  22. Wow - there is no way I would have that many WIP. 2 is my limit. They are all awesome though. Love the socks!

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  23. WOW....now i feel really bad about my LACK OF lol
    you have such a great eye for colour!! hope you get through them all quick :D

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  24. Princess Unicorn socks! I LOVE IT! All your projects are making my head spins though! Good luck with them all - you are clearly better at multi-tasking than I am! ;)

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  25. Princess Unicorn Socks! Amazing. I like the look of that colourful pile of WIPs.

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  26. Your Shalome looks fantastic so far! Can't wait to see it done.

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  27. Beautiful pile of stuff! Who wouldn't be happy with a pair of Princess Unicorn socks? Pretty much no one, I think. Love the color of your Shalom, too!

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  28. What a gorgeous pile of yarn projects!! I love the socks...I need to try toe up sometime. The name is great! I tried making myself a shalom cardigan last winter with 3/4 sleeves but I chose the wrong type of yarn (which would have worked if I'd been patient and worked through modifications for it) but didn't like the way it turned out so frogged the whole thing. The only good thing about that is I've gotten tons of projects out of the yarn! I also LOVE the color of the scarf. Gorgeous!

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  29. oh my!!! your wools are gorgeous!!!

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  30. Natalie, You are a knitting super hero! That is a lot of WIP's and I love them all and the yarns are beautiful!

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  31. Hahaha! That's cute! I've done that before too. In fact, when I'm finished with the socks and sweater for my daughter's birthday I might just have 3-4 fun projects going as well. :) The fair isle is so gorgeous! I haven't been brave enough to try anything like that yet.

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  32. Lots of gorgeous things! Those little socks look fun and I just love the look of the Manos Silk Blend yarn you're using for the cowl .... lucky swap partner !

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  33. Right-O, Tams queued on my Ravelry to do list! I see some other stuff peeking around the edge of our first pic. Looking forward to further reports... I like to work on more than one thing at a time too!
    Willow4

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  34. You have a lot of lovely things in progress which is nice to see. I have ADD when it comes to projects (and books for that matter) and have to have a few going at once. Can't wait to see the FOs

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  35. This is so funny, you 'sound' like you are talking really fast and are super excited about everything! I too have a Shalom on the go, a long thin scarf on the go and have just finished a hat for myself! Your fair isle hat is looking great!

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  36. Wow, you have a lot going on - and I am also looking forward to that great freedom of being done with the projects I "have" to make!

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  37. my goodness dear you have been busy! well done on all the stash busting and beautiful knitting! slow and steady, everything will be completed in time, and how lovely when you'll be wearing all your gorgeous handknits!
    and yes, of course, pin away! (thank you).
    xxoo

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  38. Oh my that's a lot of WiP but good to have options of projects to work on when you get bored with one. I love that first picture with everything all cast on!

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  39. Oh that cardigan is just gorgeous. Almost you persuade me to pick up my knitting needles again. (too bad my WIP list is so long already!)

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  40. I love a good cast-on frenzy! I think I will treat myself to one when I am finally done knitting all the gifts I've committed too. : ) I can't wait to see your Tam and your shalom.

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  41. I have images of you rushing from one cast on to the next! I'm not sure what we all did before Ravelry and its wealth of knowledge and recommendations.

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  42. You have lots of pretty projects to keep you busy!

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  43. Wow, that's a lot of projects at once. I'm impressed.
    Just FYI my pillow pattern came from this book:
    http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-9781584798026-3

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  44. wow that is an amazing amount of WIP's!!! And they all look fabulous - I love the look of that cardigan and all the colours are gorgeous too. Have a great Wednesday xx

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  45. I love that Unicorn colorway! It's very My Little Pony.

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  46. So many knits! I like to cast on like crazy in hopes that I will knit like crazy...it doesn't work but the variety is always nice, right? I'm excited to see your Shalon - the Cria is so pretty!

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  47. So many pretty knits! I wish I had that many, I guess I have to start by caking all of my yarn first :P

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  48. I laughed out loud when I saw your first photo. You have knitting ADD...ha ha! I wish I could knit that fast, very inspiring. I'll get there someday. Thanks for sharing :)

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  49. So many pretty colors! Due to my tendency to not finish projects, I never have that many things in progress- but kudos to you because you can! I especially love the Unicorn colorway!

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  50. I look forward to seeing the Shalom and all the mods you are using - might make one myself if it turns out good!

    I've been failing to include books for the yarn along because I'm doing all my reading on iBooks at the moment, and it doesn't make for an interesting photo!

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  51. KNIT.ALL.THE.THINGS :D

    But seriously, it looks like you're having fun :)

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  52. Wow, you're busy! Lovely projects, the yarn for the shalom looks delicious!!

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  53. LOL on the casting on frenzy! It looks like a fab party. I'm glad I'm not the only person who wants to cast on everything - it's an addiction that's hard to resist.

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  54. I love the yarn for your socks, the colours are fantastic. The Shalom is looking great so far. :)

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  55. Oh, you've made me laugh! AND have yarn-envy. I mean, that unicorn colourway? I love the name of it almost as much as I love the colours!

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  56. Look at all of those projects. You go! I know what you mean about reducing the stash. I went to a yarn sale and was such a good girl. I drooled but didn't purchase.

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  57. I had myself one of those cast-on frenzies right around the new year.... I think your stack of projects wins!

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  58. Beautiful knitting, I wouldn't be able to keep all of them straight!

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  59. Wow. How are you keeping them all straight?

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  60. Heavens, this is gorgeous knitting! That Shalom sweater? The color is delightful...I have a scarf that approximates that color and I really love it.

    Thank you for commenting on my little blog. It was very kind of you to stop by...I am looking forward to seeing these projects progress. What fun!

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  61. Oh my! All this gorgeous knitting...I am completely impressed! Love that Shalom and oh, those Princess Unicorn socks are dreamy!

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  62. Hi there! Thanks for joining me in Keep Calm Craft On {Crafting on}. I know you'll loveyour shalom, I LOVE mine. I made quite a few mods,too, and even knit a child sized version for my 6 year old daughter. Love, love love it!

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  63. I love the color of your shalom! it seems that everyone has knit one but me! hopefully later this year....

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  64. Goodness you have been a busy little bee. Everything looks lovely!

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