Weekend WIP Wrap-up

It is Sunday afternoon, an overcast day in February, and it is nap time at my house. I used to blog on Sundays. I’m not sure quite how or when I got out of that habit. It seems like it was a good one, though, so perhaps I will get back into that routine…since I obviously have not yet fulfilled my 2014 goal of blogging more! (I have done better with some of my other goals, but I decided I wanted to talk about other things in this post.)

Anyway, I’m calling this the Weekend WIP Wrap-up, and maybe it will become a go-to theme for these future Sunday afternoon blogging sessions if I can’t think of anything else to write about. There are, after all, always Works in Progress where a crafter lives! It has been a long, long time since I did a tally of all the projects I have on the hooks and needles, so this may be enlightening for me! So, let’s get started on my list, shall we?

Crochet Projects:

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First off, I have a pair of these custom faux fur baby booties in Charcoal on the hook right now in the 0-6 month size. My goal is to have them finished and out the door by Tuesday at the latest. I have the body of both boots almost done, and once that part is finished, I will just have the trim, buttons, and tags to put on, besides weaving in all the ends. Totally doable! I have mentioned this designer’s shop before, but for new readers, you can find the pattern at http://www.etsy.com/shop/patternma, not to mention lots of other fun patterns to crochet!

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I guess this isn’t so much of a WIP since I haven’t started on them yet, but I also have a pair of these newborn baby loafers to crochet in sepia brown organic cotton, once I get done with the faux fur boots. The pattern is from https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoGirlsPatterns where you can find a bunch of really cute crochet patterns. I totally recommend you check out their shop if you like to crochet!

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I also have a pair of wee baby rain boots on my hooks right now. I am in the process of creating a pattern for these, but it is slow going because I am going to create various sizes…and because other things keep getting in the way, putting this project on the back burner. But I hope that over the next month I will be able to get the pattern written, tested and finalized in time for spring so lots of other people can make their own sweet little baby galoshes!

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I guess that is just about all for crochet projects that I’m actively working on at the moment. There is still this huge afghan that is sleeping in the closet right now…and it is so close to being finished, but I never seem to have both the time and the desire to work on it at the same time. I just need to attach about half the squares and do the edging, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very, very long tunnel!

Knitting Projects:

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On the needles right now, I have several different personal projects, either for myself or for gifting. I started knitting a pair of house slippers for myself a few days ago because my store-bought slippers are so old and hole-y and worn out. The pattern is called “Non-Felted Slippers,” and it is a free download on Ravelry. I am making these in handspun yarn given to me by my sister in law for Christmas! Both yarns are from Moondance Springs Farm, which is located in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota. The soles are a 100% llama fiber in the “Sage” colorway, which may actually be the llama’s name, for all I know, since the yarn appears to be a natural color. The uppers of the slippers are 100% merino wool in a super hot pink color. I will never lose my feet when I have these things on, that much is certain! (It also happens to be close to the same shade of my favorite yoga pants, so it’s all good!) I have one slipper completed, and it is a wee bit small, but I am guessing it will stretch with wear, so no biggie.

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All my other knitting is more of the gift-giving sort. I have a Meret scarf in the works for one family member, although it hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. When I do get it out, I really have to think hard to figure out where I left off in the pattern since I am still quite a novice when it comes to lace knitting. (Let’s admit it, although I’m very adventurous, I’m pretty much a novice at all knitting, period.) I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint for this scarf.

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I also have another lace scarf in the works, although I am a bit dubious as to whether I will have enough yarn to complete this one. It is another Moondance Springs Farm creation, 100% wool, hand dyed in beautifully vibrant green tones. It is a pretty light weight yarn, but I don’t know how many yards there are, only that it is 1.8 ounces…and I don’t know if it will be enough for a scarf of decent length. The pattern I chose is the One Row Lace Scarf, so I can stop it at any point. I may need to frog it and make it narrower, though, in order to get a nice length for it. I’m not sure yet.

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Little J often wants to play with yarn when I am knitting or crocheting, and he has asked me several times to teach him how to knit. He doesn’t have the fine motor skills or attention span to really do much right now (he is only three, after all!), but I decided I can at least let him sit on my lap and hold the needles with me. He wants to make a bunny rabbit, so we are just knitting a basic rectangle of garter stitch right now, and I will sew it up, stuff it, and make ears and a tale for it. And when it is done, he can say that he helped make his very own toy bunny!

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Another project that is almost in hibernation right now is a baby cardigan I started around Thanksgiving 2013. It is my first ever attempt at knitting a garment, so it is something of a challenge. I am using this beautiful, luscious, squishy organic wool sock yarn from Gynx Yarns in a colorway called “Wolf.” This yarn has been discontinued, and I got it at a deep discount. It is a lovely combinations of cream, grey and tan. The pattern is simply titled “Garter Yoke Baby Cardi.” If I ever get back to working on this cardigan, it will make a great gift for any baby, boy or girl!

And, that, folks, is a wrap-up of all the WIPs I have at the moment. Looks like I’ve got some work to do, huh? That being said, I think I will wrap up this blog post and go stitch! Have a great week, everyone!

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