Frog Pond

Posted in planning, WIP by tchemgrrl on February 15, 2012

Well I’ve had a good look at the v-yoke cardigan, and I’ve had a good look at my swatch, and I have a sinking feeling that never the twain shall meet. I don’t know what I was thinking casting on for this (fortunately it was juat a few stitches), but now I understand why I set this aside when I was looking forward to both working with the yarn and knitting the pattern.

Now, I’m trying to decide which feels more like cheating on the list–knitting the v-yoke cardigan in another yarn, or using this yarn for a different cardigan? I have this lovely navy yarn from Blackberry Ridge that I’ve been trying to put a project to for a very long time; it’s well onto the fingering end of laceweight and I think it would work for this project. On the other hand, I’m also looking at lighter-weight cardigan patterns now, and there are a bunch that would look great with the chocolate brown hemp yarn that I’ve been looking forward to wearing. On the other, other hand, if I’m frogging the thing, maybe I should just remove it from the “UFO” list entirely, as it is not actually IN progress, in any way.

Nnngggh. I was enjoying plugging along on all the unfinished things but I’m ready to reward myself with something new. (And it WOULD be a relatively large-scale project like a fingering weight cardigan that would attract me, wouldn’t it?) Perhaps I will keep with the finishing old stuff this week, and then get something else going next week if I’ve made some good progress. I’m nearly to the halfway point on the ridiculous list of ridiculousness, after all.


Posted in FO, knitting, spinning, WIP by tchemgrrl on February 12, 2012

Finished on or worked on some more things from the Ridiculous List of Unfinishedness:

5-Wheel project-3-ply yarn from batts



270 yards, 4 ounces all together, just to the light end of worsted weight. I had a vague plan of making a hat for Jeremy but the finished yarn seems much sparklier than the batts did–in chatting to my main batt dealer, this seems to be a pretty common thing. The thicker diameter of the sparkles may push them to the outer edge of the yarn, giving them a stronger effect in the yarn compared to what you see in the fiber.

That’s the only thing that got finished this week, but I made some progress on #2 (sewing a zipper onto a baby sweater), after trying to sew it on a few different ways and ripping things out. I think I’ve got it going better, now, and should have it finished and sent to the recipient before she’s too big for it. I finished frogging the yarn that is now intended for the linen sweater (#18), and need to finish some calculations before that gets going in earnest. And there’s some progress on #11 (a spindle project in a yak-merino blend), I’m hoping to finish the singles on that one next week, if not the plying.

I’m really pleased with how much I’ve been able to get done. It seems like I haven’t finished a project in months and months, so it’s wonderful to get out from under the weight of all these bits and pieces sitting around. Once I get more than half the projects on the original list finished, I’ll reassess the list and see if there’s anything that needs to be updated or modified.


Posted in FO, knitting, spinning by tchemgrrl on February 3, 2012

An update on the ridiculously long project list I posted last week:

1-A big loose black ribbed hat for my uncle.


springsteen hat

Want to get a picture of someone wearing it to compare to the original image, before I send it off to uncle B.

3-Baby sweater for baby J.

Done. Also now just a matter of bringing it in to work so I can leave it on my friend’s desk for her or her husband to pick up.

bsj and matching hat

4-Spindle project, 4 ounces of handdyed BFL, spun as a 3-ply DK weight.

Done and then some.

tartan yarn

210 yards, 4.2 ounces all together. I mixed what I had with some scraps of aqua-colored BFL singles that I had kicking around in a different project, so I went beyond the original goal by a tiny bit. It’d be a fun baby sweater but it’s not superwash. Maybe a shawly scarf, one of those assymmetric triangular dealies. That would set the aqua-to-navy transition off nicely.

8/9-Calorimetry and Wavy repair.


calorimetry and wavy

And now bagged and sitting in the “eventual present” box which is empty, it being several weeks after the holidays.

11-Fine yarn spindle project, yak-merino blend.

It’s the current bus project. There wasn’t as much bus work as there usually is because I was home sick on Monday and too pooped to do much but look out the window the rest of the week–maybe a quarter of an ounce more done? I have 3 ounces and am about half done with the singles spinning, so it’s a slowly-but-surely thing.

21-Craft room sorting

I did start putting things in their place a little, and even destashed some yarn on Ravelry. Finishing these bits and pieces helps–I was able to rewind the leftovers from the BSJ without trying to convince myself that I’d need them soon for… something. And pretty soon I’ll have space in the “in progress” areas, so that I can restage the “not in progress” stuff. That’s one of the things I hate about things being as out of control as they are right now; normally I can approach it like one of those little puzzles with the 15 slidey numbers and the one empty space–what the heck are those things called? But right now I don’t have that one empty space, so I can’t even start in earnest.

So not too shabby for putting a dent in the unfinished projects. 5 out of 21 complete and ready to go out the door, and a little bit of progress on 2 more besides. I’ve now knocked off most of the of the ridiculously-easy-to-finish ones so continued progress is unlikely to be as speedy, but it feels good to prove to myself that yes, I do have enough time to do these things, even with this week having been non-ideal. It feels like I’m returning to my normal self.