A few weeks ago, the lovely Dayana of Dayana Knits, published a post about her WIPs. (For those not in the know, a WIP is a work-in-progress.) She started the post with a photo of all of her WIPs piled on top of each other in a neat stack. Since Dayana is a very accomplished knitter who chooses interesting and challenging projects, the pile was very pretty, with lots of colour and fancy stitchwork. This started me thinking about my own WIPs. Now that I have finished off Leah’s sweater, I have only two! These two:
On the bottom is Exeter, an amazing double-breasted heavily cabled jacket designed by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. When done, it will look like this:
Both sleeves are finished, washed, and blocked, the back is very nearly done, and I have started on the ribbing for the left front. The front pieces, which include the collar, are both large and fiddly, however, so there is still much to be done.
The WIP on the top is the gorgeous Soumak Scarf Wrap designed by Lisa Richardson for Rowan 54. When finished, it will look like this (except, of course, on me!):
There are seven pattern repeats in this shawl and I have finished 5 1/4 of them. Close, but no cigar! That also does not take into account all of the ends that will need to be woven in:
Dayana commented in her post that “nothing is quite so pleasing (and yet so alarming) as piling them all on top of each other!” Dayana’s alarm was no doubt due to the fact that she had quite a few projects on the go (I counted; it was 7). I, too, was alarmed but for a far different reason. I cast on for the Soumak Wrap on September 13, 2013! That was (just) over a year ago! And, I cast on my lovely Exeter on February 17, 2013! Clearly, this is a case of the never-ending knit!
So I ask you, Dear Reader, what do you think was my immediate thought upon reading Dayana’s post? Was it to devote my efforts to finishing off these long-lingering projects? I fear not. My very first thought was: I have too few WIPs! Yes, I am the very same knit blogger who once wrote a post about the utter insanity of having too many WIPs. However, as I am sure we can all agree, when it comes to WIPs, two is not too many.
That leads us to this:
A clever knitter, faced with two never-ending projects, would cast on for something quick – a hat perhaps, or some speedy mitts. So what did I do? I decided to knit a turtleneck sweater in fingering weight yarn. Above, you can see the “turtleneck” portion of my new top-down knit-in-the-round turtleneck. The pattern was designed by Hannah Fettig and is called the Lightweight Pullover. When it is done, it will look like this:
I am knitting it with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Tart. Perhaps next September, it will show up in a post about long-lingering WIPs!