So it turns out I’m having a lot of fun following the hive lately. First it was YOP, then F/O Friday, now I’m going to toss my hat into the ring for WIP Wednesday. While I prefer “Projects Half Done” (PhDs) to “Works In Progress” (WIPs) as a general rule PhD Wednesday just doesn’t flow as well and since someone has already gone to the effort of setting up the better sounding spot, I’ma just go with it.
On the knitting front, I’ve got 3 projects on the needles right now. In a strange twist of events, it’s the sock that’s become my at home project and the scarf is the traveler. This might be a problem soon as I’m a little past the half way point on the scarf and it’s about to explode out of my knitting bag. Being anti-purse as a general rule, the bag is entirely larger than I am comfortable with to begin with so going to a bigger knitting bag is not an option so I’m really not sure what I’m going to do if Clapotis the Sequel gets bigger than the bag. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, I guess.
As with Clapotis the First, I can’t honestly say I enjoy knitting this one. But I LOVE beyond love the finished scarf. So I trudge along. Never being one to take the easy route, I’ve added extra “fun” to the knitting on this one with my yarn choice- Malabrigo Merino Worsted . Malabrigo is at the top of my Love list for yarn. So soft and squishy, knits up beautifully, gorgeous colorways. Yep. I love it. But the Worsted is really REALLY grabby and a tiny bit splitty. These do not a good combination make when one has to drop full rows of stitches. But, as with everything Malabrigo, the finished product is such a little cloud of heaven I can survive anything in the knitting to know I can wrap myself in the finished scarf on a cold day in upcoming season of doom and be happy. Well, as happy as one can be during the season of doom.
We had an event last weekend so I needed a project to take along for that. None of what I had OTN worked so I cast on one of my YoP projects, Athena, using a skein of Malabrigo Sock. One false start (learning new stitches plus reading a flat knit chart and realizing I’m coin’ it wrong causing the whole thing to be frogged and started over) and several inches of scarf knit told me it wasn’t working. Not sure I love the pattern and I definitely didn’t love it with this particular yarn so I frogged again. Since I couldn’t really pull out my phone and find something new,and the only yarn and needles I had along were the Mal Sock and a set of Lantern Moon straights in a 7, I opted to cast on a Boneyard shawl. I’d read the details enough to punt my way through the first several rows until I could check the real thing and decided I was close enough to continue as is. This is now becoming my take to work project (see note above re: CtS fitting in my knitting bag). By Friday it’ll be abandoned for a couple weeks while I dive into my Ravellenics projects but it’s an easy enough pattern to stop and start so all will be well I think.
Then there’s the sock. Argyles for Dad. An Orgy of Greed Production. These are my at home project because of the sheer volume of tangled yarn required to knit them. You know how I mentioned above that I’m not one to take the easy route? Yeah. For real. I am not a smart knitter sometimes. Leave it to me to decide to learn intartia using teeny little 9″ circular needles in a size 1 with fingering weight yarn. In the round. That I only knit on at night. When I’m tired from a long day at work. In black.
So not a smart knitter. But I also HATE to be defeated by a project or technique I want to try. So with yesterday being a rest day in the Tour de Fleece/France, I decided I was going to kick this sock’s arse. Or at least decide if I can see the project through to the end or raise the white flag and call it a day.
I’ma kick this sock’s scrawny little butt. And it’s mate’s, too.