Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Fighting Off Startitis

I've been trying to resist startitis, which is has become much harder since YarnCon this past weekend. For instance, I discovered I have enough Seda Sock to knit the Elfe sweater, but I am trying not to cast on til I finish the cropped cardi I just started. Unfortunately, progress hasn't been swift because I keep getting distracted by other things - this is as far as I've gotten since casting on last Thursday:
Not a whole lot so see there! There is also the problem of some serious laddering near the cable panels, which I think is tied to how I'm increasing (I'm doing a m1 where you lift up the bar between the stitch you just worked and the stitch on the needle and knit through the back loop); this is also where there is a stitch marker AND a switch from knit to purl, so basically that is the trifecta of unappealing laddering, at least for me - I've always had this issue with my knit-to-purl transitions. The question is, should I frog and restart to try to fix the problem, or soldier on and hope that it will block out?

Since those as the kind of questions I apparently don't want to answer, I've been working on other things. For example, I cast on for a new sock design with some pretty Fleece Artist sock yarn that's been in my stash for several years now...hoping to have a salable PDF pattern by mid-summer, but I am historically very slow with these things. Rather than keeping it a total secret, I think I'll share my progress here as well as on the HBS Facebook page and my Instagram account.

Since I am dying to spin up my custom batt and Manx Loaghtan top from YarnCon, I have been working more diligently on the merino that has been in progress for the last month or so:

The only light at the end of the tunnel is the nearly-done Constitution Hall Scarf; over the weekend, I managed to begin the lace border, which means I am coming down the proverbial home stretch:
Of course, once the scarf is done, I plan to cast on for a baby hat for the Cutie Patootie KAL/CAL happening in the Green Mountain Spinnery Ravelry Group. There are prizes from both the Spinnery and Eucalan, plus I get a chance to use the skein of Cotton Comfort I bought from their January sale AND knit a pattern from one of the books in my library - a challenge I've made for 2013 that I don't think I've blogged about yet.
More or less, I want to see how many projects I can make from books on my shelf (and if I can destash along the way, that's just the icing on the cake!). Ideally, I'd make at least one project from every book I have; I suppose if I don't make something from a particular title, that probably means it's a good candidate for selling back (though I've already thinned the herd considerably during my last burst of spring cleaning). At any rate, I've been keeping track of my progress so that I can give a full report at the end of the year, if not sooner!

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10 comments:

  1. Hee, I've basically given in and accepted my own startitis, though I still have a big list of things to be cast on too. Financing everything at once is a bit impractical so my 5(!) current projects will have to do!

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    1. I guess I don't get spring fever so much as spring startitis!!

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  2. Lots of interesting projects! Your Constitution scarf is very interesting and I think it will look great when finished. I also like the Elfe sweater and I added it to my favorites. A great project for sock yarn - looking forward to seeing your version.

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  3. Everything looks great! There is nothing wrong with startitis particularly if you can get a case of finishitis at the right moment:)

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  4. Well, "HELLO" fellow Chicago knitter. I didn't make it to YarnCon this year, but from your pictures, it looks like it's grown considerably from its inception. I'll have to make sure I get there next year.

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    1. Yes, it has gotten much bigger and better (though it was always awesome) in the past few years! We should do a Chicago Blogger meetup next year!

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  5. Loving the single on the bobbin do you knit with singles or ply?
    Love all your projects nothing wrong with having a choice!!!

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    1. I usually ply them, so far I've just done 2-ply, but maybe this year I'll give 3-ply a try!

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  6. I wouldn't frog it out, just soldier on and hope that blocking fixes it...and if it doesn't tell everyone it's a feature!

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