Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday Number 36

Last week I had a very busy WIP picture, having had a bit of a casting on frenzy... This week, I have had a bit of a finishing frenzy instead *laughs* So, the scarf, hat and swap cowl are all done. I'll be posting about the hat on Friday, as it's the one I am most proud of ;)

You may wonder if this means I have cast on more projects to replace them. It's a fair assumption *laughs* But no, I have been working on the 3 WIPs I still have, showing remarkable restraint!


You can see that I have dragged the fuzzy ballet sweater out of hibernation finally. I stopped knitting it last year because I was focusing on Christmas presents, but as I only need to finish the sleeves and seam it together, it seemed a waste to leave it hanging around!

My Princess Unicorn sock now has a heel. And a much more sensible shape than my last pair of socks *laughs* See...?!



My Shalom cardigan has passed the twisted rib yoke and is ready to divide for the sleeves. I'm making it in a particularly cheap and cheerful yarn, 80% acrylic/20% wool. Similar to the one I used for my hooded cardigan. I forgot how much I actually really like this yarn. It's surprisingly soft, knits up nicely and is very easy to work with and care for. It's certainly not the most luxurious, but great for a cardigan that I hope will get a lot of wear.



As for the book - I am reading "The Raw Shark Texts". I picked it up from the library, based entirely on the title and the cover *laughs* I'm not far into it yet, but it seems interesting and a bit different.

As ever, if you want more lovely knitting and reading content, head to Tami's and Ginny's *smiles* And this week I am also linking up at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Crafting On.

47 comments:

  1. Love all of your WIPS! I really got to learn how to make socks!!

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  2. Love the Shalom. I faved it long ago and may eventually get around to it. I even have the yarn in my stash! Good on you for all that finishing.

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  3. I have had Shalom on hold and really want to cast on after seeing yours, it's lovely.
    You always find books with the greatest titles and I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  4. Your cardy is very very nice! And wow on finishing so many things in a week!

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  5. Oh I really like your Shalom! It's in my queue........

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  6. Can't want to see your Shalom cardigan finished. love the color you've chose.

    -Josie

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  7. I love top down and getting to the sleeve division--it feels so much faster! Lovely knits, as always!

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  8. Love the shalom, great colour. I'm currently working on one to.

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  9. Everything looks great! Your Shalom is beautiful. I love that color.

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  10. What a productive week! And that is remarkable restraint for not casting on another project. ;)

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  11. The yoke on that sweater is so pretty.

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  12. Ooh, that Princess Unicorn sock has (a) the best name! and (b) great colours and shape. That's going to be such a fun pair to wear. :D

    And cheap and cheerful is a good look in the case of that yarn for the Shalom, it looks lovely, it has really nice depth.

    I read The Raw Shark Texts a few years ago, I remember feeling much the same about it, that it was...interesting, but a pretty good read.

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  13. I love the yoke of your Shalom, it looks gorgeous. And i think the best yarn for clothes is not always the most expensive. i'd sooner be able to wash them easily.

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  14. After your post last week, look what popped up on Etsy today...

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89630262/friends-dont-let-friends-knit-drunk?ref=af_circ_favitem

    Well done on all of the FOs. I seemed to cast lost on but not finish anything.

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  15. Good for you. Lots of things done!

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  16. What's not to like about that yarn for your cardigan?! You say it's soft, and it seems to hold the stitch definition beautifully! I'd be interested in a review of the book once you're further into it. I've got a few books on the go, but they aren't really holding my interest.

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  17. I remember that fuzzy ballet sweater, thanks for bringing it back. Love the shalom, the yoke is beautiful and you are getting so much done!!

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  18. I'm loving the way the cardigan is turning out. What's your secret cheap yarn - if you don't mind my asking?

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  19. Love that ballet sweater; it look so comfy and elegant. That Shalom is amazing. It's great that you keep trying with socks. I have yet to cast on any. I just admire them from afar.
    xo

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  20. Mmm that cardigan looks great, I'm going to have to queue that pattern. Way to go on the improved sock heel! Also, I have no regrets in inspiring you to get a spindle. I'm so excited to see the beautiful yarns that you will spin!

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  21. You are a knitting machine!! What a bunch of beauty. And yes. I have to agree that the new sock looks a bit more... comfy.

    Blessings, Debbie

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  22. glad to see the sock knitting is back on track ;)

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  23. you are my hero!! All those finished things and nothing new cast on!!!! Love the shalom! Very pretty (pretty good incentive to work on that and not start anything new, I guess!!!!)

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  24. Love the sock comparison picture!
    Such restraint not casting on more projects.

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  25. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished fuzzy ballet sweater. Those socks are really cool too!

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  26. I'm in awe at how much you get done! they all look great.

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  27. You're such a busy knitter...and so inspiring! I love the reference to Madame Defarge...that was a book we had to read when I was a sophomore in high school...the tale of 2 cities by Dickens...the guillotine!
    Yeah, those knit boxers on your previous post...don't think so!!!

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  28. Ha! I always pick books by the cover and title (when I'm browsing the library shelves that is) and I really like it when choices like that work out too!

    I am impressed with you staying with your WIPs. I cleaned my office last week and was shocked at the number of WIPs under my desk that I haven't touched since before Christmas...and yet, I still started my sweater for my daughter. :-)

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    1. As always, I envy the amount of beautiful projects that you crank out! I LOVE that cardigan! Do you mind sharing the brand of yarn? I'm always looking for inexpensive, soft, wearable wool blends. You're an amazing knitter!

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  29. Wowoooow, this is what I call WIP! I am very impressed that you really finish so many of your projects. I wish I could say that...
    And yes, on my list of projects to start are mainly socks and the Shalom. We'll see about that ;-)

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  30. wow you have been busy...I love the orang knitting in the top picture...the yarn looks so soft.

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  31. I am in awe of you and your mad wip skills :D

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  32. At least your cast on frenzy was quickly followed by a finishing frenzy! There is usually more of a gap between those 2 events at my house. : ) I look forward to seeing the hat on Friday.

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  33. The shalom cardigan knits up nicely. Have fun on your finishing frenzy :).

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  34. Love the yoke of the Shalom, it's so neat!

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  35. I love the sweater. I can't wait to knit my own Shalom... such a pretty knit!

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  36. I love the shalom, the colours are gorgeous! And the colours in the sock are fantastic. Well done on being so restrained and not casting on anything new :)

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  37. I am envious of your productivity. It is good to see the fuzzy ballet sweater again. The Shalom is lovely in that color. I often prefer acrylic/wool blends for sweaters that I know will get a lot of use.

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  38. everything looks so good natalie! i love color of your sweater, it's going to be so pretty on you. good for you doing so much finishing. (trying here too!)

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  39. I love the yoke of the sweater and those slipper socks.

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  40. Your projects are all progressing so well! And I'm impressed that you are working on ALL of them. Wow!

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  41. I like the Shalom Cardigan. I added it to my gueue in Ravelry.

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  42. Shalom looks great! I've had it on my to-do list forever, one of these days I may actually get to it:)

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  43. Wow! Looks like you have made some serious progress! I have had the itch to cast on about 6 different projects right now and I am trying to control myself and set a limit to 2 at a time. Why is the start of a project just so much more appealing than the end??

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  44. I love cheap and cheerful yearn, it is surprising when you knit with it how nice it actually is! All your projects are looking great so far, and well done you for bringing those WIPs out of hibernation! Not an easy thing to do hehe x

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  45. Even though the yarn for shalom is cheap, it's beautiful!

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