Looking back at the year so far, my knitting has been rather below par in terms of volume. I think I need to be more focused in choosing what to knit and when to knit it. So, let’s have a round-up of WIPS and queued yarn and patterns. My ravelry project list is pretty honest. I don’t think I have projects that aren’t listed.
- Trillian – easy knitting scarf. Keep for knitting in meetings or during tv that needs concentration.
- Orange cabled socks – Stage 5 of Tour de Sock. Good pattern, but slow going. Just knuckle down.
- Amigurumi – this was started on a whim a couple of months ago. After swift progress with the first creature, I’ve stalled somewhat. Action: rediscover some desire to crochet
- Swirl – this has been on hiatus in summer, while it is too warm to be covered in wool, and just needs time pouring into it. I would like to wear the swirl this winter.
- Cotton blanket made of squares. I had a go at this in July, gathered all the patterns together and got organised. The original KAL had an extra, optional, square each month in addition to the main square. I’ve been knitting them so far, but I think what made me stop knitting in July was that I didn’t like the square I was knitting. Action: frog or finish the current square, push on with a square each month between now and Christmas.
- Mitred square scarf – I’ve reached the mid-way point on this and need to decide whether to continue with random colours, or try for some measure of symmetry. I’m thinking rotational symmetry would work best. On the other hand, if I keep to a random pattern, I might actually use up some of the scraps, instead of just making them scrappier.
- (this one has been hibernating) – another fairisle hat. I bought the yarn to make a hat, then discovered that I had used less than half of it, so thought I would make another hat. Let’s be honest, the first hat didn’t really fit in a way that kept my head warm (although it is beautiful), so there is no reason to knit a second one. The yarn is lovely (Rowan) and can be used again. Action: This is one for the frog pond. Use yarn to make a better hat.
So, what’s coming up in the knitting calendar?
- First up we have Sock Sniper, which starts at the beginning of September. I will knit a pair of socks very quickly, then possibly have a WIP to finish for another sniper. I will almost certainly need to buy yarn for this.
- The knitting and stitching show at Harrogate is in late November. I can’t help feeling that I really should at least cast-on the projects I planned to make last year before going to the show again. I’ve started the malabrigo shawl (item 1 in the list, above). I need to schedule in some knee-high socks and a laceweight shawl.
- Christmas. The orange socks may be for someone’s present. Otherwise, I don’t have plans.
What do I want to knit?
- Beth of Sanday Spinners has suggested a KAL of Catkin and very kindly gifted the pattern to me. I need to decide on a contrasting colour to the deep purple I have in mind for it.
- I want a Color Affection scarf and I have the yarn for it: cashmere from the sale.
- I want to be warmly covered in knitting before winter sets in
Bearing all this in mind, I think this is the plan.
- Finish the cabled orange socks – deadline 1st September
- Frog the fair-isle hat
- Knit socks for sock sniper
- Make gradual progress on the cotton blanket and the mitred square scarf, while at the same time…
- Knit on the swirl.
- Mid-September (maybe) start the Catkin KAL
- Make knee-length socks