WIPs & Plans

WIP Wednesday

Yay! A real WIP Wednesday post! I’m pretty proud of myself as I’ve whittled down my WIPs to just 10. I’ve been working pretty hard on my Whispers sweater (which I will wear to Vogue Knitting Live!) until I finished it. I will be sure to take pictures of me wearing this! I love it!!!

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My needles have been going so fast, they are smokin’!

I’ve been making some good progress on my Twist Vest. I’m hoping to knock it out so I can block it and weave in the ends before we leave on Friday morning.

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I need to do about 6 more inches on the collar portion. I’m hoping it will fit and be long enough when I finally cast off…my needles have been keeping it too tight for me to try on. Cross your fingers!! If not, I’ll just have to rip it out and try again 😦 That is one nice thing about knitting vs. other crafts where you don’t really need to cut anything and it’s all able to be undone.

My Technicolor Take 2 Socks haven’t seen much love since they were cursed for the Cardinals games. I guess now that they’ve lost and the Royals/Giants are facing off in the World Series, I can pull them back out. I am still really liking the yarn and pattern and my Karbonz!!

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I am questioning if they will be too big…I have skinny ankles but long feet so I traditionally make the bigger size. However, my 2 pairs of socks I have made for myself are both pretty slouchy. After reading so many blogs and posts about socks and Socktober, I am inspired to knit myself socks I will love. Ripping may commence if I can try these on 🙂

Not to worry. I have been doing a little unselfish knitting as well. In the name of a few gifts.

First up is my Flurfy Scarf for Jabes. It’s coming along. It takes a little brain power. I’m into the solid section of the 3rd of 4 colors.

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And the Array Cowl for Lyndsay. Taking a while since it has a bunch of slipped stitches. I know initially I was a little hesitant about the color combination, but I’m really liking it in the daylight. I’m not sure that the picture here does it justice.

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And the Skinty Stripe Scarf for Deana. Also taking a while since it is on US size 3 needles.

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On to the planning stage for my super fun trip!!!

Last year, when I went to Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago, I rode the Megabus early in the morning, spent about 3 hours in the giant marketplace, spent way too much money buying impulse yarn, took a class on cables from Amy Detjen, had delicious deep-dish pizza with my husband (who was an insane trooper through the whole experience), and took the Megabus back to Louisville that night. I spent roughly 24 hours on this trip and around 12 hours were spent on the Megabus.

I think this is the haul from last year. I tried to pull it all out of my yarn cabinet from memory. I’ve got a couple skeins of sock yarn, a few skeins of some bulky Malabrigo Rasta, some Shibui Cima for a scarf, and some Neighborhood Fiber Company to knit the Monomania sweater. I’m pretty sure I haven’t made anything from my haul last year. What a shame!! Pulling it all out makes me want to cast on something right away, but I’m trying to stay disciplined and finish up what I already have on the needles.

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When I received the email this year about year’s event, I knew I wanted to go back. I also knew that St. Louis had a train that went to Chicago which would be more enjoyable than a bus (public transit is a way better option for me than driving because I can knit on the way there and not worry about driving or paying an outrageous amount to park in Chicago). I also knew that I wanted my mom to go with me. Plus, I knew I wanted to stay overnight and not be rushed. And staying overnight gave us the opportunity to take more classes!!!

This year, I’m looking up patterns I want to buy yarn for and trying to make a list of some unique dyers and companies that I want to look for. Also going to keep on the look out for a few books. I just don’t want to come home with a bunch of random single skeins that I bought in the throws of “ooooooooh that’s so pretty and soft and squishy.” So I’ve made a few lists. I need to finalize these in the next day so I can go in with a solid plan.

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So the lists are coming together…

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v’s & bumps,

Jenna

Linking up with Nicole.

 

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16 thoughts on “WIPs & Plans

  1. Glad to know I’m not the only one with several WIPs! I just get so excited when I find a new pattern, I have to cast on regardless of what is already on my other sets of needles. 🙂

    I love how your array cowl colors are pairing together. I would love to see the FO when it is done.

    For your twist vest, if I have a project that I would like to test the fit before I get too far, I like to take a long strand of scrap yarn and a tapestry needle, and thread it through exactly as it sits on my needles. Then I can pull out the needles that are constricting the project and test it out. This has saved me from a mini-sized hat many a times. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Amy! Thank you for your kind words. After reading your suggestion, I did put the stitches on a piece of yarn and try on the vest. It fits but I’m not sure if I’m totally in love with it 🙂 thank you again for such a great idea!!

  2. knittedblissjc

    whoa, look at all your awesome WIPs! I adore those socks, the yarn looks so fun, and a great fit for the textured pattern you’ve chosen. And look at all that pretty yarn!

    1. Thank you!! The socks are one of my faves since I switched over to double points. Looking at my haul from last year almost makes me want to not buy anything this year until I knit some of it 🙂 we shall see!

  3. Beautiful projects!!! Are you back from VK Chicago? Hope you had a wonderful time. I know these events have shopping but I’m finding out that the classes are really worth going them as well. I just got back from Stitches East then Rhinebeck … had a blast at both!

    1. We LOVED the classes!! The shopping was good but I’m finding I like shopping at my LYS more since if I get stuck in a pattern I don’t feel guilty about going in for help. Definitely worth the no sleep and the trip 🙂 can’t wait to hear about your Stitches East and Rhinebeck adventure!!

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