March roundup

Has it really been more than a month? Wow. My bad. I actually blame the Olympics. Between watching the Olympics, and then trying to catch up on all the things which took a backseat during the games, I feel like I lost an entire month of my life.

On the plus side, watching the Olympics allows some simultaneous knitting, so I do have quite a few things to show you. In fact, I was cleaning out my WIP basket yesterday, and decided to document what’s currently living in there.

Presenting, in order from most complete to least complete, Kathy’s knitting basket, March 17, 2014!

1. This is an entirely finished lace shawl. It’s not blocked. It’s been finished for more than a month. I’ve become one of those people. Don’t judge.

(Lehe Square Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush, knit in Sundara Yarn Lace Silky Merino, Earth Studies #198.)

2. A nearly complete crocheted scarf. I just need to crochet maybe another 5″, and then add an edging.

(Alpine Frost Scarf from The Best of Interweave Crochet by Amy O’Neill Houck, knit in a locally-produced 50% merino/50% tencel blend.)

3. Something like 1.3 socks.

(Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, knit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Aslan.)

4. A bit more than 1 sweater. Two friends are expecting baby girls in June, and I decided to make one of those adorable Baby Kina sweaters for each one. One sweater is done, but not blocked (don’t judge), and the other is just getting started.

(Yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, one of my old time faves; the rose is #036, and the off-white is #101.)

5. One crochet potholder in progress, for the 2014 potholder swap!!! I’m so excited that this swap is happening again this year.

(Poppy from Crochet Flower Power Potholders by Cameron Sibley for Annie’s Attic, 1996, in Tahki Cotton Classic.)

And how is your knitting basket doing? As poorly as mine? ;)

11 thoughts on “March roundup

  1. Samina

    Ha! Your knitting seriously outshines mine. I’ve got two sweaters that need finishing necklines/button bands & have needed them for months on end. I won’t judge if you don’t!

    On another note, I am going to really have to learn how to crochet. I love that flowered pot holder!

  2. Mary K. in Rockport

    Oh boy. In my WIP basket: one giant bag that no matter how much I felt it, is still going to be overly ginormous and probably needs to be ripped, one of a pair of mitts knitted from very sheddy dog hair, the dog – a chow – being owned by the recipient, a piece of one mitten with a complicated pattern that I can’t face, and the pieces for boxer shorts that need only to be sewn together. There’s more there, down on the bottom, but I don’t care to delve down too far……

  3. Anne

    Hi, new(ish)reader, and never commenter, but this has been a theme for the last two months – what will I finish? heh I’ve made a hat/scarf/wrister set for myself – needs photos and Ravelry entry, but its done! I also managed to actually mount the doily I made for a friend’s birthday, in a t-shirt frame, and now I want to do more. What haven’t I finished? Well, that list is way too long! I did go through the WIP pile and moved anything I’m pretty sure won’t get done ever into a specific area. Mostly large(r) projects; I’m learning to admit I prefer smaller things. And since I am commenting, that shawl is beautiful! Blocking is difficult for me; 3 cats, and not much in the way of large flat areas out of the way make it difficult to even flat-dry my sweaters! :)

  4. Chelsea

    I keep a basket in the craft room for unblocked items. When I get a few, I have a blocking afternoon and set several items to dry at once. I’ve found that system works better for me than blocking one item at a time.

  5. Amy

    Oh, mine is way worse. I’ve got UFO’s that are years old. On top of that, I don’t know if it’s been a little ADD for projects (a little here, a little there) or something else, but it’s taken me two months to finish a pair of mittens. :(

    I’m hoping that I’ll suddenly have a bunch of FO’s from the little bits that have been accumulated!

  6. Angelia

    Wow – you’ve been busy!

    That shawl! I’m currently looking for a shawl pattern and your post is the second reference to the Knitted Lace of Estonia book that I’ve seen today. I think I need to get that book!

  7. Susanne

    Can’t wait to see that shawl blocked!! Lots of stuff in my knitting basket too but not close to completion …yet!

  8. Wendy

    I am impressed with your knitting and crocheting, even though you disparage it. The shawl is gorgeous, and I put the baby sweater in my queue, as I am all about making baby things these days (new niece, not me).

  9. Lizy Tish

    I, too, felt like I lost a whole month with the games. But I LOVE them. Wonderfully cute baby sweaters – went right into my queue!

  10. earthchick

    Wow, you’ve got a lot going on over there! Everything looks great (per your usual). Love that potholder!! I totally missed that the swap was happening again this year (for some reason I was thinking it was an every-other-year kind of thing). Every year, I think I’m going to do it but then don’t manage to actually finish three potholders. Hmm, maybe this year?

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