Thursday, April 28, 2011

WIPs--Works in Progress--Knitting that is!

Works in progress--WIPs--needles, yarn and pattern--all combine to get the creative 'juices' flowing freely--and this person can not be involved in just one WIP--oh, no, there has to be several at one time.  That way, you don't get bored!
Using some handspun merino/silk blend, we have embarked on another year long adventure through our favorite website--Ravelry.  This is the beginning weeks of 2011 Kalendar.  The 2010 shawl is finished but still there is the lack of motivation to block--don't know why--should just DO It!  Anyway, this triangle shawl will take several months to complete--which is good.  The group also features a square shawl, but heaven to betsy--we wanted to work with five needles all the time?!!  anyway, maybe some time in the future, we'll go there. The group is led by Never Frog
And yes, we do love mysteries!!  This is one from Ravelry again--solid socks group, but as you can see from the yarn, it's not solid.  The pattern is different and we are now working on the second heel.  Soon, we'll put the socks back on just two needles and continue knitting two socks at the same time--that way, we know the length will be the same.  The yarn is 100% merino wool from Rio de la Plata-- we found this on sale and bought several skeins at one time--different colors (mostly odd lots)
Always up to try a unique yarn, this one is 100% cotton yarn called 'color changing', dubbed "gemstones" by Wolle's Yarn Creations.  The pattern is easy peasy to knit--Upstairs Shawl by Michaela Behrends.  It's a free pattern, which is very kind of Michaela.  This yarn is unique in the fact that it is not plied but several single strands of yarn run together & every so often one color yarn is dropped and another color yarn is added into the four strands.  At first, it is hard to get used to knitting--sometimes, you do not catch all four strands, but once you get the hang of the yarn, it works really well.
And now, we add one WIP that has become finished!!  can we have a drum roll please......this one was on the needles for it seemed forever--somehow it was just forgotten in it's storage bag.  So, on our last flight, this one was taken along and we were determined to finish it on that trip and alas, it was!!  The pattern is Saroyan,
designed by Liz Abinante, who likes to create patterns from the television show "Bones". This is the third one in her series; all these designs are lovely and easy to knit. This wool/tencel yarn is hand dyed by these tiny little hands and comes from Wool 2 Dye 4--a great place to find yarns to dye.

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