Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday - A Little Bit of Knitting ADD

It must be contagious!  Although it is startitis that is going around, I think I've come down with a mutated strain more commonly known as finishitis.  I have a total of 7 WIPs, 3 of which I actually have in progress in different parts of the house.  I feel a bit like a bouncing ball trying to decide which one to work on.

I'm almost done with the Mona socks.  In fact all I have left to do is seaming.  But have I finished?  No. When I reached the toes, instead of doing kitchener stitch, I cast around for something else to work on.
I'll finish these before Friday to maintain my self respect.

Feeling guilty, I pulled out my husband's sweater that was supposed to be a Christmas present.  He didn't mind when I set it aside in favor of the holiday baking and the niece's and nephew's presents.  But now I don't have any excuses.  Well, maybe I have one excuse . . .   The pattern uses the unusual construction technique of first casting on for each sleeve lengthwise, then knitting from the back hem to the underarm, at which point you join the left sleeve to the back while using short-row shaping.  I started on it, but when I lined up the left sleeve with the back of the sweater it just didn't look right.  I'm slow sometimes, but it didn't take me long to figure out that I had cast on for 2 right sleeves!  After figuring that out the other night I went to bed without knitting any further.
That little ribbed area is the cuff,
it's supposed to be at the other end!

Later in the week when I had time to knit, I couldn't resist casting on for a whole new project.  I've had my eye on the Antonia Shawlette ever since I happened upon the Family Trunk Project blog and patterns.  I had been resisting new cast ons because I want to finish up some WIPs before heading off to Stitches West in February.  But then this luscious yarn arrived in the mail:

It is Plucky Knitter 50/50 Silk Merino that I won from Z Knits . . . and Sews 5th blogiversary contest.  It was a nice surprise, especially as it arrived in the mail the same day I posted my own blog contest.  I feel so lucky!  It was a perfect match for the Antonia shawlette pattern.  The shawl was inpired by a classic novel, Willa Cather's My Antonia, while the yarn color "Funny Affair with Tiffany's" was inspired by some classic movies.  If I am looking for an audiobook or movie to keep me busy while knitting, I'll have plenty of relavent works to choose from.  Thank you Zonda!

I will try to focus in hopes of not spreading my case of startitis around town!  It may be hard though after reading about interesting knitting projects on the WIP Wednesday list at Tami's Amis.

19 comments:

  1. Is there an herb I can take for that as I will be in close contact with you Thursday? I do not need another project going right now. Your socks look great!

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  2. What pretty Plucky yarn that is! Geeze, that would make anyone cast on.

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  3. Wow. We are not wired the same, you and me. I would be absolutely twitching if I had a pair of socks that close to done and I wasn't working on them. :) I admire your ability to switch gears! Also, that Plucky Knitter yarn is A-mazing. Can't wait to see it knit up!

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  4. Those socks are so lovely, the little light-coloured flecks are just perfect. And the yarn for your shawlette is making me swoon a little! I can't wait to see how beautiful it's going to be worked up into that gorgeous pattern.

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  5. I'm equally fond of starting and finishing so I like to have 3 or 4 projects going. They're all in various stages and i can switch gears when I get a little bored ( or very stuck). Good luck with the finishing the almost-finished and deciphering the confusing ones!

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  6. Finish those socks! Finish those socks! They are gorgeous!

    And what sumptuous yarn. Congrats.

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  7. those socks look soooooooooo comfortable and cozy. out of hand. beautiful <3

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  8. I think I've been afflicted by startitis years ago. Sorry to say, there's no cure. But if I had a pair of gorgeous socks like those, I would definitely tie myself to a chair with needle in hand and Kitchener those beauties up! That sweater you are knitting for your husband has peaked my curiosity. Can't wait to see more pics of how it's constructed. Contests on winning such lovely yarn. Perfect match for the Antonia Shawlette.

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  9. Typo alert! I meant to say Congrats, not contests! So, Congrats!

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  10. I could use a case of finishitis, sadly, I've had a mortal case of startitis for years. 8 shawl wips deep in the wip bin I need to finish someday.

    Those socks look wonderful. Your description of that sleeve construction hurt my brain a bit.

    I love that merino/silk yarn. Looking forward to watching your progress on the shawl.

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  11. Absolutely perfect pattern for that yummy Plucky yarn. Your socks turned out great-they look so comfy and cozy. Glad you're working through all the bugs in Klaus first! No, no, no, no......after you say Chip to Dale or is it the other way around?!

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  12. Yum. What lovely yarn to get as a prize. The sweater construction sounds very interesting. I look forward to seeing the finished article.

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  13. I love the word play of "affiknitty" - really clever! I love the socks and look forward to seeing those WIPs become FOs.

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  14. Knit the socks! So pretty! Of course, this is coming from someone who never, ever knits socks and can't seem to get through her first pair.

    Also, the Plucky Knitter yarn is gorgeous. What a fabulous contest prize, you lucky gal!

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  15. Those socks looks great. You're so close to done, go for it! If I were so close to being done, I would not put it down. In fact, it's bothering me so much I want to finish it for you ;-).

    The Plucky Knitter yarn looks lllovely. Yum yum yum! Enjoy knitting with it!

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  16. Finish the socks! I'll be your cheerleader...Go Toe Go Toe Go Toe!!!

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  17. Beautiful socks and yarn! I'm so glad you were able to figure out the problem with the sweater and can continue on! It's always so frustrating when a pattern isn't coming out how it should.

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  18. I love the yarn you won! It's beautiful..I can't wait to see the shawl :D

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  19. That Plucky yarn looks divine-- lucky you!

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