Taking Stock

Taking stock of my WIPs (works in progress), that is. Taking stock of my life, or of life on earth, or of the crazy sauce that is politics these days, would take too long. And be rather depressing. Knitting is better.

I only have three projects in progress right now. I was going to say “on the needles” but one of them is in the finishing stage, so already off the needles.

TREIT

I finished knitting this little lace tee-shirt at least a month ago, I think. It is knitted with a lovely wool and linen blend yarn called Kalinka 21, in a gorgeous, sunny, grassy green.

I have only three things that have still to be done with this one. First, I need to graft the sleeve stitches at the underarms:

Second, I have a few ends to weave in:

And third, it needs a good blocking.

If that is all that remains to be done, why haven’t I done it? First, I hate grafting and insist that it can only be done in full morning light. I have been working on the weekends again, and the weather has been often cloudy and rainy, so there has been no opportunity to take advantage of clear, morning light. Second, I finished knitting it just as the summer ended and the autumn weather set in. What motivation do I have to finish a summery linen tee at the beginning of autumn? I can’t even use the winter holiday in sunny locale excuse, because well…Covid. I’m clearly stuck in England for the foreseeable future. Third, I am lazy. Enough said.

URSULA

In my last post, I talked about having swatched for a vest for Doug, using the Ursula pattern (Ravelry link) by Kate Davies. This is a women’s cardigan pattern but I am trying to be creative and transform it into a men’s waistcoat. It will be my first steeked garment, so I am imagining all sorts of anxiety to come as I take up the scissors to cut my knitting. But, for now, it is a rather straightforward project. Here is exactly two weeks worth of knitting progress:

Today, I had Doug try it on for the first time, and it fits. Whew! I am terribly slow at stranded knitting, however. At the moment it is taking me 18 minutes per row, which amounts to 3 hours per colour pattern. I am hoping to improve on my speed a bit, but the days of my super fast knitting have gone. This will clearly not be a quick knit. But see how pretty it is?

By the way, Treit is a Kate Davies pattern, too, so I seem to be on a bit of a Kate thing at the moment. I have also joined her latest club so I am currently waking up to a new design by her every Friday morning. Chances are this will result in another Kate project on the needles before long. (Anyone else enjoying the new club?)

KOKO

Remember this?

It is an ingenious three-dimensional knitting pattern designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, which I am knitting in three luscious shades of Northiam by Kettle Yarn Co. This is what it looks like unblocked, but rest assured, when it is blocked it will undergo a transformation and knock your socks off.

I have only knitted about 4inches/10cm since the last time I showed it on the blog, some months ago now, so this is clearly going to be one of those very-long-in-the-making shawl projects which I sometimes undertake. They take forever to knit because I can’t stay monogamous to them, but the end project is worth it (like this or this).

I am looking around for a new project to cast on, so that I have enough variety in my WIPs to keep me interested. What’s next? Well, Doug and I have been walking a lot and it is getting colder outside, so mittens and hats are appealing at the moment. How are your WIPs going? Does this autumn air make you want to cast on? (And for those in the Southern Hemisphere, soak up some sun for me. If I was there with you, I’d be wearing my Treit right now!)

13 thoughts on “Taking Stock

  1. On my first steeling sweater I used a crochet steek which I found extremely easy and holds forever. Several of the women in my fiber guild suggested it so I gave it a try, YES, there was moisture in my eyes as I was cutting the sweater but I lived through and LOVE the sweater now. Good luck and great job on the knitting.

  2. All your projects are looking beautiful! Don’t stress the steeking. If your yarn is even a little “sticky” and you either crochet or sew a reinforcing row on either side of the cut, it will go just fine 🙂 I hope work calms down for you a little bit!

  3. All gorgeous, as always! Doug’s vest is going to be a masterpiece. I feel as if I have got about 265 WIPs on the go at the moment, with about 6 actually out and being worked on. As you say, it is good to have variety. And I do actually finish things in the end, so hey!

    • I would go crazy with so many WIPs! But there is no denying that you turn out some lovely projects. As you know, I have been trying to find a vest pattern to cast on for years!. Now that I finally have one on the needles, I keep thinking of doing more. No sleeves!!!

  4. The top looks lovely and I’m sure by spring when it warms up it will be finished. I can understand why the dark mornings and cool weather has allowed your eye to wander to some woollier projects. I don’t know if I will ever have the guts to steek something.

    • I did think about doing a lot of practice steeking first, but then decided I had to jump right in! (I don’t know if I can actually say “jump right in” since it took me years to actually cast on a steeked garment, but I’m sticking with that.)

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