WIP’s: A Knitter’s Best Kept Secret

~Raise you hand if you’re too embarrassed to truthfully tell people how many wip’s you have on needles.  Thought so, both of my hands are raised.  I know sister Barb has some, but I really can’t tell her how many I have – my dirty, little secret.  So, sister Barb has given herself a mission and that is: she can’t start any other BIG project until she finishes a big project.  I mentioned this a few days ago. Big projects are like sweaters, shawls, vests, etc.  Little projects fall into the hats, gloves, and scarves categories.  My problem is, except for shawls, I tend to stick to little projects.  Every time I walk into a yarn shop or look at knitting blogs online I become enamored by the patterns, yarn, colors, etc and just have to try something new.  I think I should officially call my syndrome “Knitters Attention Deficit Disorder”  or KADD.  If there were medals for oldest wip, I probably win the gold.  I started this afghan when I was sick with pneumonia my senior year of high school.  I fell in love with the pattern in Good Housekeeping magazine. It think it was the “holes” that did it. My sweet mom bought the yarn and needles for me. When was that you ask?  Back in 1966! And, yes mom I still have 4 more balls of yarn to knit. This wip has followed me thorough 9 moves!  Unfortunately, the pattern was lost long ago.  There were two rows, I just remember it was something like K3, *K12, (yo, k)3x* repeat * across row end k3.  The next row was k3, *k6, (yo, k)3x* repeat * across row end k3.  Knit until you get tired then quit!  I have added to it off and on for years.  Maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll finish it and put and end to the saga.

There actually is another knitter’s syndrome called “Finisher’s Attention Disorder Deficit” or FADD.  It apples to all of us who don’t like to weave in ends, block, sew parts together, etc.  Sad to say I have that disorder too!  Count my mother-in-law in the ranks with that disorder.  After her death, my sister-in-law Les gave my m-i-l’s two unfinished knitting projects to me.  Geri had taken the projects off of the needles, she just hadn’t done the finishing touches.  Les said since I knit and she doesn’t I could have them.  I’m glad!  One project was slippers. Luckily, there was still enough yarn left so I was able to sew the parts together.  I gave them to my granddaughter, Maddie. They fit so beautifully and she was excited to get them.

The second project was an afghan.  There were a bazillion ends to weave in.  It was a knit-across-the-row, cut-the-yarn, add-a-new-yarn-the-next-row type of pattern.  I have been weaving in all of the ends, I just have a small portion left.  I’m giving the afghan to my son Michael because those two had special parts in their hearts for each other.  I’m going to surprise him with the afghan.  It is the most boring job EVER but I’m doing it as a labor of love.  It really is quite a striking pattern.  She began it in the 1970’s, but I don’t know when the actual project was taken off of the needles. And yes, I have been weaving in the ends off-and-on for over a year.

I can’t blame these syndromes on my mom (dang it) because she never left projects on the needles and she always finished her projects so nicely.  What both Barb and I inherited from mom, who in turn got the gene from grandma, is our collection gene.  We both have fairly hefty collections of yarn and fabric!  Ala mom!  But that is a different story.

I have made a promise to use sister Barb as a role model and try to finish some projects.  Please, where is Knitter’s Anonymous (KA) when you need it?  I did finish the Maja Shawl last week.  I’m on a roll!

It’s All About the Office! AKA Starbucks.

~What a fabulous day at The Office! Barb and I arrived around 9 am and left around 12pm!  When on our Northwest Journey we planned each day while at Starbucks; thus we began calling Starbucks – “The Office”.   You can see our “briefcases” and how we’re ready for the day.   It’s Barb’s birthday this week so we did some celebrating.  Pop Cake and drink of choice!  Yum!  Looked at Spin-Off and Creative Knitting Magazines.  Knitted. Talked.  Took pictures. A wonderful day!  Ended it by going to a thrift store to look for sweaters to unravel.  Barb found a 100% silk, light, sage green one which she want to try dyeing and I found a mohair- acrylic blend in a heavenly shade of peach.

One present I gave to Barbara was Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.  I purchased one for my self knowing we’d have a blast filling these out.  I told Barb that since it’s her present she gets to pick out the page we’d do every week.  The first page she picked is the name page,  saying we have to have our names in the journal!  We’ll share next Monday.  She’s told me she’s going to rename hers but wouldn’t tell me the title, said I have to wait until she picked the cover!!  So mean!

Cooler morning, although bright and sunny.  Barb showed up wearing her knitted: sweater, hat, and scarf.  Can’t get better than that.  I’ve mentioned these items in previous posts.   I had on my Maja shawl.

This is the Herdis by Elsebeth Lavold sweater that I mentioned a few days ago.  It is stunning!  What a knitter!  The buttons she used are antiques from our grandmother at the beginning of last century.  Tried to get a good close-up, but this was the closest we could get.  They are metallic and there is a bit of a shine that’s hard to capture.  The color is washed out even though there wasn’t a flash.  Sigh…  Guess it was a bad picture day!

And, she had completed the bottom and top of the slipper, after assuring me she wouldn’t get that far.  Instead of working on the slipper, I made a special, small, knitted gift for her.  I’ll write up the pattern and share on this blog.  So, I need to go catch up on the slipper.  Here I am madly working on it!