WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Well, after a short absence due to holiday and then recovery-from-holiday this is going to be a brief update.

I’ve been pottering along on the Honeybee Cardigan:

Wow, that will really need a good wash and block!
Wow, that will really need a good wash and block!

As you can see I’m well into the yoke now, so all that remains is to finish that, work the neck and button bands and make the pockets. “That’s all“, she says!

There has been a corresponding lack of progress on everything else, of course, so all I have to show are these couple of rows on the Advent Stole:

A tricky lace pattern makes for very slow going.
A tricky lace pattern makes for very slow going.

And that is all for now!

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Leading off with the most progress in the past 7 days is the Honeybee Cardigan:

As of 8th April 2015. Pocket opening.
As of 8th April 2015. Pocket opening.

And a better look at the 3 lace panels in the centre back:

It helps now I've memorised the lace pattern!
It helps now I’ve memorised the lace pattern!

The Birch Stole plods on (although it’s now getting tricky to photograph it all):

Progress on the Birch Stole is steady.
Progress on the Birch Stole is steady.

Look at the size of the remaining yarn to get an idea of how much I’ve done since last week.

And I managed 4 rows on the Advent Calendar Stole last night (there’s an awful 3-into-9 increase that slowed me right down):

Row counter provides "proof" of the 4 rows I've completed!
Row counter provides “proof” of the 4 rows I’ve completed!
UFO Tuesday

UFO Tuesday

Spelled correctly this week! (oops)

So, here’s last week’s UFO project, the Iznik, I Heart You shawl 7 days ago:

I Heart Iznik shawl status as of 31st March 2015
I Heart Iznik shawl status as of 31st March 2015

And here’s the progress I’ve made (colour is more accurate in this photo than last week’s)

Pinned out one half to show the patterning slightly better. As of 7th April 2015.
I’ve pinned out one half to show the patterning slightly better. As of 7th April 2015.

Closer shot of the number of rows I’ve done, as indicated by the blue stitch marker:

Stitch marker indicates where I started last week.
Stitch marker indicates where I started last week.

I think 7 days is all I can manage on this (it takes a great deal of concentration and I’m increasing 6 sts every other row so it’s only going to get harder!), so I’ve switched to another long-languishing UFO.

Introducing the Advent Scarf/Stole from 2010!

Days 1 - 19 complete. As of 7th April 2015
Days 1 – 19 complete. As of 7th April 2015

Oh look, it’s a big lump of lace! I’ve only got 4 “days” of pattern to go so I’m not quite sure why this stalled. I intend to press on and try and get it finished this week or next.

So, how are your UFOs progressing?

UFO Tuesday

UFO Tuesday

This is where I started with the Rainbow Changes Shetland Stole two weeks ago

Stole progress from before UFO Tuesday was implemented.
Stole progress from before UFO Tuesday was implemented.

And here’s where I’m leaving it today

Not a great deal of progress but still ...
Not a great deal of progress but still …

in favour of this

birch stole wip1

The Birch entrelac stole. There wasn’t a Ravelry project page for this and the only reference I can find to it on my blog is this “Wall of Shame” post from February last year. Oh, well!

Advent of Knitting

Advent of Knitting

Firstly, thank you for the lovely comments on my Broadripple socks (and the shoes!).  I’m not a fast sock knitter but each one really did take me about a week to knit so I’d highly recommend the pattern. With holes or without!

My main knitting focus right now is a knit-a-long.  I know, I know; I don’t have a great track record with any kind of -a-long but I couldn’t resist this one!

Grey. Lace. Lovely!

It’s the Advent Calendar KAL (or Adventskalenderschal) by Kristin Benecken. I’m already half a day/a day/a year behind (delete as appropriate depend on when you read this!) but I hope if I get some simple lace patterns I can catch up!

My favourite day so far is Day 4 – I just love that pattern even though it required a lot of concentration.

My favourite so far.

The yarn I’m using is the same I made my Swan Lake Stole in (back in the mists of 20??).  I’m holding it double (and using 3 mm needles) to make the fabric a little more substantial and it’s working up as a heavy lace/light fingering-weight.  The yarn is still oiled, even after all these years, so it will bloom and soften when I wash it in a metric tonne of soap!