Shiny New.

…as in projects. knitting projects, that is! I got my Mondo Vest (ugh, still no photos on Ravelry!) onto the blocking board this morning and spent a few hours on what’s next – printing patterns, winding yarn, taking photos and updating Ravelry.

What once looked like this – just three WIPs???

now looks like this (that’s right – a whole ROW of WIPs!)

Because three WIPs is not nearly enough for this knitter! 
Especially since one of the projects is a crocheted afghan that takes up a whole basket (and, as I discovered last night, a certain “frame of mind” to make forward progress. my fingers were too tired to find the rhythm and I ended up ripping as much as I stitched). 
And one is the Braves season scarf that I’ll be adding to s l o w l y over the next five months. Sadly, I had to wind the ball for Home Loss. The team had a great 5-0 start, but now they’re 5-1 after yesterday afternoon’s loss to the Mets. Note that I haven’t knitted any of the Home rounds yet. I might just wait until it’s over and I know the whole section (that happens Wednesday, and I’ll still only have 12 rounds to add at that point). 
The third is a cardigan for Charlie that’s at a fiddle-y spot right now – I have to join the shoulders and pickup stitches for the sleeves (all on dpn’s and I’m grateful they’re size 5’s not size 1’s like the onesie from a few weeks back) and then knit the sleeves. One at a time, counting rounds to get the increases in the right place and to be sure sleeve #2 is an identical twin to sleeve #1. And then button bands (and blah, blah, blah till it’s done). And then…happy baby photos. but that will likely be next week. 
So I’ve been spending a bit of time these past few days thinking about what’s next. and here it is – THREE new projects! All of which I plan to start this week. Yay for shiny new!
First is Twinleaf. This one wasn’t even on my radar until recently (one of my students is knitting it), but it made my queue on Wednesday when I saw the almost-finished version. Another friend is going to KAL and we both bought yarn this weekend. I already had two of the brown skeins in stash; the girls helped me choose the gray yesterday (y’all would laugh to see some of the other suggestions they had 🙂 This is my traveling epic knit. It’s all garter stitch. on size 5 needles. it begins with 360(ish) stitches and there are short rows. My goal is to finish it in June (so I can start another epic knit with another friend).
And then Same Same but Different. I’m calling this Same Same (Not) because 1) I’ve never used the contiguous sleeve method; and 2) this is the second time I’m trying this yarn in a cardigan (the first was a couple of years back and I frogged it) – I can only hope this version doesn’t end up in the frog pond, too! The yarn I’m using is Spud&Chloe Fine in the Dolphin colorway.
And finally, the Through the Loops Mystery Socks. My sister and I are going to KAL (she’s already started hers, but she does two at a time…I’m hoping I can catchup quickly and then keep up since I’ll just be knitting one). The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Ysolda Red that I bought in 2010. It spent the first four years of its life as a WIP and then in hibernation. I finally frogged and reclaimed the yarn this past weekend.
Feeling pretty good that I’m getting three new projects out of just two new skeins of yarn! And that I’ll have a variety of projects…big and little, easy and hard (and hopefully a few in between), quick and not-so… to suit any type of situation. Because EVERY situation requires a project, right?
What’s next in line in your queue?

13 thoughts on “Shiny New.

  1. Blimey, I am worn out following all the many things you work on at once! It's as much as I can do to keep my photos and photobooks in order. But I do agree that it's nice to have several projects on the go. Cross-fertilisation of ideas, I call it :).

  2. Looking at your whole row of WIPs made me feel a little anxious, but after reading through their specifics, you truly do have a project for almost any knitting situation. I just looked at my WIPs on Ravelry and I have 8(!) I think what's next in my queue is being honest and ripping some of those that will never be completed.

  3. Everything is going to be fabulous! The shawl is especially elegant and should be easy to do. I hope we get a regular progress report on your beautiful work. You can never have too many projects.

  4. Ok, I have a problem. After looking at your beautiful WIP's, I immediately ordered some Meadow to make Twin Leaf!! I think I have enough left over from another project for the contrasting color. Can't wait to cast on!! I am having Spring start-itis for sure! Love your crocheted afghan. That's on my list, too!

  5. Love the colors you chose for Twin Leaf — what is that yarn (looks like beautiful hair to me)! Happy to see I'm not the only one with multiple WIPs. If I get bored with something, have to cast on another instead of going back to something already OTN ;-( !

  6. Good Morning! I am in *awe* – not only of all your projects but their scope and I know that you'll probably have all finished, well maybe 99%, by next Tues! Kidding aside, the "shiny-new" is so interesting and looking forward to seeing all, especially Charlie in his new outfit and the stole on you! BTW: Nats and Braves will be batter-up soon!Cheers~

  7. always nice to have something new and fun to work on. I'm hoping my 3rd attempt at a finished project with my hempathy will indeed be a charm!

  8. Nice WIPs, Mary! You ought to always have something you're "in the mood" for, given that well-rounded selection! Right now, I'm knitting Romi's mystery shawl, I just cast on for a simple pullover (Heidi Kirrmaier's "Beeline"), but I'm mostly stitching away on my Alabama Chanin t-shirt. (Always something to work on. . .)

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