I have some secret knitting to do, so before I got all caught up in that, I thought I better catalog all the early stage WIPs I have and what I think of them at this time. These are the projects I start just to see if that yarn looks as good as I think it will knit in that pattern. I looked through every project bag I have, and I found some WIPs that I had forgotten, so this post is here to remind me. Let’s take a look:
Obstacles Shawl by Anne Hanson
Yarn: BMFA BFL Sport in Star Sapphire
Summary: Excellent choice of yarn and project, but I need to start over on needles one size smaller (US 8). It should be drapey but not flabby.
Cloisters Wrap by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Ethereal Merino Laceweight in Black Cherry from Knit It Up
Pros: gorgeous color; knit gothic arches!; 7 charts for variety!
Cons: takes a long time to get anywhere with laceweight yarn
Summary: This may take years, but I’ll enjoy the knitting immensely.
Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Merino Laceweight in Hendrix
Pros: end result is feminine without being to fussy
Cons: majorly boring to knit (and see cons for Cloisters Wrap)
Lune Shawl by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Jeweled Hand Dyed from Cascade Yarns in Ruby
Pros: Stash busting! (Do NOT EVER buy thick-and-thin yarn again!!); Beautiful color; shape (open circle) very wearable; good TV knitting; pattern designed to use the yarn til you run out; goes fast on US 9 needles.
Summary: high priority
Arrowhead Lace Wrap (making it up)
Yarn: La Spezia from Schoeller and Stahl
Pros: I’ve wanted to use up this yarn forever.
Cons: Very turquoise; very, very turquoise. Watching grass grow is more exciting than knitting this.
Summary: I don’t think I’ll be using up this yarn. *sigh*
Little Colonnade by Stephen West
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Aegean
Pros: matches a sweater I have perfectly! Gorgeous colors! I love these keep-the-neck warm shawlettes! (don’t like the word shawlette, however)
Summary: top priority
Parisienne Shawl by Katie White
Yarn: Wagtail Yarns 100% Fine Kid Mohair 7-ply
Pros: great pattern and gorgeous yarn (deep violet!)–the mohair is silky not fluffy
Cons: not the right pairing; try pattern in navy Classic Silk and this yarn in Sarai by Vanessa Smith
Aria Delicato by Anne Hanson
Yarn: 2 ply Silk/Cashmere Anacostia by Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Pros: a near 50/50 blend of silk and cashmere–angels in heaven wear scarves made of this yarn; lovely pattern
Cons: doesn’t go with anything, but could buy something
Summary: a definite yes, but not a rush
Cinder Block Socks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet Color #7 (from Webs)
Summary: All is fine, but no hurry
Roger Socks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Potluck
Pros: Stash busting! Matches new super comfy but oddly colored Privo shoes (75% off sale!)
Summary: Full steam ahead! (and don’t knit the foot too long this time like you did last time)
Calcareous Socks by Hunter Hammersen (check out her book of socks based on Oriental rugs: Silk Road Socks)
Yarn: BMFA STR lightweight in Rose Quartz
Pros: matches those odd shoes; neat pattern
Cons: I remember being much farther along.
Summary: finish Roger socks first, then these