Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WIP Update: Things That Aren't Sweaters

In the last week or so I've gotten a bit sidetracked from the sweater I'm knitting for my boyfriend. I'm going to blame in on the miles of stockinette stitch that's involved. Somehow, I got the idea in my head that I should try designing something as a goal for the year. I really noticed the lack of worsted weight crescent-shaped shawls on Ravelry, so I decided to embark on that little journey. This is where I'm at with it:


 I had about 90% of the top short rows done this morning (I got to knit in the car while a coworker drove us to a meeting two hours away- awesome!) when I realized I wouldn't be able to make it with the amount of yarn I had. My options were either to buy another skein of yarn or rip it out and make the short rows less steep so they wouldn't take up as much yarn. I'm using Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, so buying another skein isn't as hassle free or cheap as driving to the store, so I decided to rip it out.


It was painful, but it's for the best. Hopefully I should have it finished by Friday night and then I can take pictures this weekend.

That leads me to my other work-in-progress, my Winnowing. I absolutely loved this pattern when it came out in Wool People 2, so I ordered the yarn the same day. I cast on on January 31st (due to boredom) but I only knit it that one night and haven't touched it since. My plan is to finish my shawl, then my second sweater of the year, then Winnowing. I think I can do that by the end of February if I stay focused.


As for the sweater, I haven't made much progress since my last post about it. The body section is done and I have about 7" of the back shoulder region done. My unofficial goal is to finish it by next weekend. Hopefully I can make it happen.

8 comments:

  1. Having to live with the knowledge that such a beautiful texture has to be ripped out and knitted again is simply painful. I am so sorry! I'm sure that it will pay off in the end though. It's a good thing that you knit so quickly!

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  2. Estimating yardage can be a total pain. Good luck finishing it up!

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  3. Ooooh, winnowing looks so pretty!

    I love the idea of a worsted weight crescent shawl, I much prefer crescent shapes to triangles. Look forward to seeing your design :)

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  4. As tough as it must have been to rip out the shawl, it still looks lovely.

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  5. I hope the re-knit is quick and painless. :-( It's really beautiful; hopefully, that makes it easier to forgive.

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  6. All your WIPs are terrific and even though you had to frog your shawl and reknit, I know it'll be worth it in the end. What do you think of Shelter?

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  7. Mmmm, that Shelter is yummy-looking. Sorry about the ripping back. I've been designing for about 8 months now, and I can tell you that ripping things out is an essential part of the process. I had to frog 75% of a completed sweater back in DK yarn last month--I nearly cried, but it turned out great in the end, so I'm glad I did it!

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  8. You shawl is looking beautiful! Good luck on the goal for the sweater, I am sure you can make it.

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