I’ve decided I need to deal with my chronic startitis and start to work down through my mammoth WIP list. In order to give you an idea of the scale of this, lets see the list, shall we?
1 A vest: I’ve been working on this since early 2011, but the end is finally in sight. The pattern, Catriona, used to be available for free, but the website that hosted it has had a revamp, so I can only find it as a paid pattern now. Which would have been less of a problem if this project hadn’t hibernated for so long that I changed laptops. I had to revive the old dell and pray for a backup, which I thankfully had, along with a chart I had made from the written instructions. I’ve split for the arm-holes, but I now have several inches of back and forth before I can shape the shoulders and bind off. The yarn was from the January sales, a bag of DK wool from Rowan. Yum!
2. Socks: These are for himself, since he wore through the soles of his last pair. This yarn has nylon though, and now I know where to check for future holes. I’m only on the leg of the first sock, but I’ve made Cauchy before. The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres ‘Graphite’ from my trip to the studio in Cork last month.
3. Socks, again: For me! I love this purple sparkley yarn. And the twisted cables of Aaragorn are working up so nicely. Unfortunately, it’s one of those ones where you have to have the charts to hand, so it’s not a good mindless or travel project.
4. Gloves: Lovely pattern, great concept, lovely yarn (more Hedgehog Fibres sock), hate fingers. At least once these are finished I get the pleasure of picking out the perfect ribbon to lace them with.
5. Shawl 1.0: The big one. This is my failed Ravellenic Games project, though I got very far. Unfortunately now it’s unwieldy, and the chart is pretty much unmemorisable. It’s going to take a while to get this finished, but I have about six months.
6. Shawl 2.0: Om nom nom, angora fuzzy nummmmy! This is my fourth time with Nightsongs, so it’s an easy knit, but the yarn does set my throat tickling.
7. Shawl 3.0: This one is going to be interesting. It’s quite big, so more of a wrap up at home shawl, but should be super cosy. The yarn is from colourmart, so it will need a seriously intense wash when I’ve finished to get the oil out. I’m hoping it will brighten and fluff up nicely.
8. Shawl 4.0: Ah laminaria, my arch knitmesis! I’m going to frog this, wash the yarn (colourmart again) and start over. Probably the same pattern. Probably.
9. Shawl 5.0: This is just getting silly! Ok, this one is a big shetland style shawl. Very nice yarn, should be a straight forward but challenging knit. I bought some nice Addi lace needles just for the occasion.
10. Shawl 6.0: Citron, ah Citron. I have to figure out what needle tips I was using for you and see if they’re free again. This is part of my problem, borrowing needles from one project to use on another. This is the danger with such a crazy WIP list.
11. Shawl 7.0: This one I’ve thought of frogging, but I’m thinking better of it now. I don’t do many long rectangular shawls, so this is a bit out of my mental comfort zone. If I recall correctly, the pattern for this is reasonably memorisable, and the final effect will be worth the time.
12. Dishcloth: I’m pretty sure I have a dishcloth hidden in the bottom of my knitting box… eh, one of my knitting boxes.
13. Master Level 1: This is possibly the scariest UFO, my master knitter swatches! I’ve been making excuses all year, with travel commitments (which, in fairness, I’ve had a plenty). I did a couple of the basic swatches, so I know a bit more about what I’ll need to deal with.
14. Scarf: Just using up some of my left over Cascade 220 in a big blue scarf. Memorisable as anything without being completely boring. I have no excuse for this one other than statitis and project hopping.
15. Mittens: Another scarily old project, some fair isle mittens that I started over two years ago. In theory there is enough yarn for the two mittens and a matching hat, but I’m a bit skeptical about that.
And these are just the knitting projects on the needles. I haven’t even counted spinning projects, lucet projects or things sitting waiting for blocking, end weaving and, in some cases, being sent off to their intended recipients.
As you can see, my knitting life needs some major organisation. I came across a group on Ravelry where people pick seven projects and assign each a day of the week. That way you get to work on a little of everything and don’t get bored. I’m going to do my own adaptation where I assign five projects to the week days and leave the weekends as wild card days. That way if I’m on a roll with something I can do a marathon session. Or if startitis gets too strong, I can whip up a hat and scratch that particular itch.
So here’s my plan.
First I’m going to frog Laminaria. The leave it and don’t cast it on again until I’m waaaaay down my WIP list. Then my five projects are going to be
- Monday: Catriona
- Tuesday: Socks
- Wednesday: Shawl 1.0
- Thursday: Dishcloth (since that’s one I have a chance of finishing quickly) followed by gloves
- Friday: Scarf
So what’s on your needles?