WiP Wednesday: Socks and shawls


If you dig around in the nooks and crannies of my house, you will find unfinished projects all over. As with a lot of knitters, I start a project and then find a new pattern or a pretty new yarn that just must. be. knit. NOW. Right now, I’m in that danger zone. I have three active projects. That is the limit of my attention span. If I’m not careful, something new and pretty might catch my eye leading me to abandon one of these projects. And that would be a pity.

The Hitchhiker shawl in a Knit Picks yarn is so pretty and it’s a really easy take-along project. I can pick up, knit a little and quickly stuff it back in my bag no matter where I am. But it’s getting long and I would rather not drag it across the table when I pull my knitting while waiting for the food at a restaurant (yeah, I’m that knitter). I need something smaller and portable.

Socks it is! While the toe and heel are still a slow knit for me, the rest of this modified Peaks ‘n’ Valleys sock should be a mindless knit for lunchtime, car rides and TV watching. I’m not sure how I feel about this yarn by ModeKnit Yarns, yet. So far it’s grabby, twisting around itself and holding tight. It will be interesting to see what happens as I get deeper into the sock.

Then there is my push-myself project. All you see is a ball of yarn, right? Yep. I was almost finished with my first ever charted project. There were little mistakes throughout, but it was lace. I did it. I successfully followed a chart and saw the end. Ten more rows. But it was TINY. Even when I pulled it as tight as I could, it was clear the shawl was going to be a shawlette-tini and I’m pretty sure babies don’t wear shawls. I decided to pull it out and start over on larger needles. You know what? I’m okay with that decision. I don’t feel defeated and I’m really excited to cast on and try this pattern again. This is a beautiful Malabrigo yarn. I look forward to see how the shawlette turns out on larger needles.

What are you working on today?

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