WIP: Nuvem Wrap

This mass of copper-colored yarn is going to be a Nuvem.

A hexagonal wrap, knit in the round, miles and miles of stockinette, in laceweight yarn.  Let’s just say I’m going to be working on this one for a while.  It survived the reckoning with my WIP basket because I’m enjoying the knitting, it’s mindless stockinette, and I know I will use the crap out of it when it’s done.

I’m using Knitpicks interchangeable needles for this project.  My opinion of the knitpicks needles is not as high as it used to be, but I can say one good thing about them: since they are affordable,  I have a full set of wood tips and also a number of metal tips purchased individually.  Which allows me to do this:

I like the feel of the wood needles and the “grabbines” of the wood prevents the stitches from sliding off the right needle when I put the project down.  But in a project of all knit stitches and trying to be speedy, the slick metal surface on the left needle helps things along.

I started with about 200 g of yarn, and after six months of on-and-off knitting I’m down to 150 g. Sigh.


Frogged Project: Double-knit mittens

My recent come-to-Jesus meeting with my WIP basket had some casualties. This one is my first serious attempt at double knitting.  I learned so much from this project, but you can see I made some big mistakes along the way. (Poor pics, I took these after dark.)

I love the idea of double-knit mittens – smooth on the inside! No yarn floats to get your fingers tangled in! But let’s face it, my first attempt is not wearable.

So, I unraveled it.  I’m going to try this again, probably over holiday break when I will have more time to concentrate while knitting. Until then, I’m going to soak the yarn in hopes of returning it to its unknit state.  I’ve got the grey yarn waiting on the niddy noddy for a bath.

The projects I kept on the needles are all either simple knitting or almost done. Sometimes we have to accept reality, after putting in 10 or 12 hours at work I am not going to come home and focus really hard on my crafting. It was over-committing myself mentally that got me into trouble over the past few months, there is no shame in knitting a bit of stockinette now and again. 😉

A Reckoning

It was time to get real with myself.

These days, my job is overwhelming and I have precious little time to spend on hobbies.  I found myself knitting less and less and I came to realize that it was time to give my knitting basket a makeover.  It was full of projects I simply didn’t enjoy, but I felt obligated to finish.

A hobby should not feel like an obligation. I either had to stop knitting or get over my hangups about finishing what I start.  So I emptied out all my WIPs in one place,

And ruthlessly cut out the things that weren’t making me happy.

I frogged dozens of hours worth of knitting. My ball winder got a workout and it felt good! This was a few days ago and since then my knitting mojo has returned in full force.

I’m planning to revive this blog along with my knitting and spinning, so I’m going to try to post every day for a month to get in the habit of blogging. (Why? well, many blogs I follow have been revived this way when things get quiet.) So, over this week I’ll talk about the projects you see above along with new ones to replace the projects that got frogged.

Yee haw!