progress report

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I’ve ended up having so many active projects going on at once now, and it’s a bit nuts. I really should try to be better about not starting (or re-starting, in some cases) a whole load of projects every time I get a break, because I wind up just feeling overwhelmed by it all, and I’d really rather not be overwhelmed by my hobby, given that already I find the rest of life rather overwhelming a lot of the time.

So anyway, I have made zero progress on some of my projects, but I thought I’d do a quick progress report for the projects that I’ve actually worked on. First up, the crocheted granny rectangle:

i can crochet! [365x2.207]

It’s actually bigger now than it was in that picture, and the only reason it isn’t even bigger still is that I ran out of Noro, and am waiting on more to arrive. Crochet really guzzles yarn! And is also terribly, terribly addictive, I’m finding. I just could not put this down. It’s almost a good thing that it’s on a forced hiatus for the moment, because crochet is harder on my wrists than knitting is, and they could use a break.

I brought my Hollyberry cardigan with me on our impromptu trip to OH, and ended up starting one of the sleeves:

sleeve beginnings

I really like adding a little something special at the wrists of my sweaters. In this case, it’s a wee little nupp and roositud hollyberry motif, like the ones I’m going to be placing around the yoke of the sweater. I’m not sure I’m 100% happy with the roositud leaves, but fortunately, if I should need to rip it out, I could always weave it back in a different way after the fact. I’d rather weave it in as I go, though, so I definitely want to settle on an ideal roositud leaf before I get to the yoke. In other news, I am rather strongly regretting my decision to knit the body of the sweater flat, instead of in-the-round plus steeking. Yes, I’ll get my beloved sl1, p1 edging to pick up from on the fronts, for a button band, which I can’t use the same way if I steek, but at this gauge, knitting flat is crazy making. I’m going to finish it off the way I started (that is, flat), because I want the front to look consistent, but I definitely plan to write a steeked version when I write the pattern, and if I ever make another of these, I’ll steek.

The other project I brought with me to Ohio was my dad’s Skier hat, which now is starting to at least look like a hat:

skier hat progress

On the next row, I’ll be starting to knit the actual skier guy, who, according to my brother, looks just like some character from The Price is Right. My hands are actually rather unpracticed at stranded colorwork these days, since it’s been awhile since I’ve done any! Hopefully blocking will fix whatever wonkiness is there in my gauge.

So, anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to the past few days.

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11 thoughts on “progress report

  1. Busy, busy! So many lovely projects. I went wild with the knitting over winter break, but now need to get back to the realities of research and teaching!

    • Too many lovely projects, alas…I suspect the transition back to the realities of research and teaching is going to be a very bumpy one this time around. Good luck with getting back, yourself!

      -whitney

  2. Annegret

    I have the same problem: I start so many projects very quickly and it takes to much time until I end one of the projects.

    Annegret

  3. I really do love every photo I see of that Hollyberry sweater. If you ever write it up, it may be the first colourwork sweater I take on.

  4. Nom nom nom… that sleeve looks so delicious! Here’s my question: how do you go about writing up instructions for fiddly ethnic techniques like roositud? I always want to throw in vikkel braids and nupps and Channel Island cast-ons and Armenian knitting in my patterns, but I always draw back when I think about having to illustrate or describe in my own words.

    I’m liking the hat, too. Can’t wait to see the Price is Right skiier — that’s so funny!

    • Thank you! That’s something I’m currently debating, myself, how best to produce instructions for things like vikkel braids and roositud and nupps. I feel like I got a little bit of practice describing a non-standard cast-on and bind-off in words, in my Stripes! pattern (I used the Twisted German cast-on, and a variation on a sewn bind-off, there), so describing in words isn’t completely scary to me at this point, but I always wonder how easy it is for people to understand if it’s just written. I’m also considering making some videos, although my video-making equipment is pretty terrible at the moment.

      My brother went and found a clip of the Price Is Right guy on YouTube when I was visiting, because I’d somehow never seen it. It cracked me up.

      -whitney

  5. what a lovely array of projects, Whit! I love all of them. I am particularly loving the crochet because I am so bad at it :P should really practice more. Love the colorwork too!

    Cheers~~

  6. Sue

    I just love the skier hat. The Bea Ellis website is no longer working. Do you have any idea where I can get a copy of that pattern?

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