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Work in Progress Wednesday

I thought that borrowing Nathan from California (@knit1eat1 on Twitter)’s “Work in Progress Wednesday” would be a good idea, so here is my first one complete with pictures.

First up, my sister’s raspberry stitch scarf:

Something looks different than earlier pictures, right?

Those who follow my blog will notice that something looks different (and possibly wrong with this). The difference is that it is now about half the length that it was. When I ordered the yarn, I noticed that they were two different lots. At first I thought that they were close enough that I could switch between them when I finished a ball. After finishing the first, I tried and it didn’t work. However, alternating them every 12 rows is producing a rather nice light to normal shade subtle striping pattern. The regular shade of it has light spots throughout that also help to blend the lighter lot in better. The reason I ended up with two different lots: Sheep Shop apparently went out of business long before I had ever heard of them.

Next up is the basket weave scarf that I am working on for my dad for a holiday gift:

It's coming along pretty quickly.

This scarf is actually coming along quickly and easily. I think the reason it’s coming along quickly is a combination of my improving at knitting, using bulky weight yarn (which I personally think is awesome for nice, warm scarves), and a pattern that is really easy to knit. This scarf may, however, be the first that I’ve done a pattern with a variegated yarn that I’m not 100% happy with, but I think it will work out with other patterns.

And last, but certainly not least, is my very first attempt at socks:

Aw, look at those widdle, tiny needles! They're so cute...and frustrating for my non-petite hands to hold onto...

I don’t mind using double-pointed needles. In fact, I’ve done two hat patterns that called for a circular needle with double-points because I found it easier (I also found the double cast-on the easiest when I started as well [yes, I know I’m weird]). However, these needles are very tiny at size US 2.5. The yarn is fingering weight and I’ve never worked with anything smaller than worsted before. However, this is proving to be an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. These are made using Knit Picks’ Stroll Multi Sock Yarn in Aloha.

Also, I can’t say how much I really do like ordering from Knit Picks (follow them on Twitter @KnitPicks). Their products are great and so is the customer service. I had a problem with an order and got a very polite response and resolution within an hour. If you order yarn from anywhere, definitely consider Knit Picks.

Pillows and double points.

At the moment I’m kind of working on two projects: pillows and a hat to go with Mom’s scarf. The pillows have been kind of an ongoing project and I’ve got three knit, two of which are blocked.

The pillows are based on MakeOne’s Chunky Baby Pillow and these are the second and third I’ve made. Probably a few more to do, plus the chunky baby blanket.

 

Pillow before it is blocked.

Pillow looks much better after blocking (aside from my crappy photo)

The hat has been a fun project so far. It’s my first experience with double point needles and it has been surprisingly not as bad as I expected. At some point I’ll probably end up trying socks after I get better. The hat isn’t very big right now so no point in posting a picture yet.

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