Once in a while, I find it helpful to go through the various projects I'm working on to see what's what. Those who knit, refer to those projects as WIPs. It seems to me that the beginning of the year is as good a time as any to do a WIP round up. Doing so lets me formulate a plan (part of many New Year's tradition is planning ahead for the coming year, why not allow it to be a knitters' tradition?). I have also been known to show off all the stuff I've finished in a given year, but 2012 was so busy otherwise, that I didn't really finish a lot of knitting projects. I think this year I'll skip the "look what I made" post in favor of other things. Like the WIP Round Up.
So, here's what I've got on the needles.
I started these over a year ago. In time, they will grace my library window. I'm a bit shy of half way through the first panel of two. While it would be lovely to finish them this year, I think my goal for the year will be to finish one panel before years' end.
Yep, that's one of mine. I know, the colorway is not one you'd ever expect me to work with -- but a dear friend from my childhood gave me the yarn, and I promised to design something for it. I'm still futzing about trying to work up a shrug style that I'll like. It's been in time out for long enough that I now have new ideas. In fact, another dear friend just bought a sweater that has some construction elements I think will work well with this. This should come to the front again.
I had fantasies of finishing these by The Day of Gift Giving. I did not meet that deadline. However, as of January 5, I had finished knitting one glove, and had completed the cuff, thumb and pinky of the second. I anticipate that weaving in ends will take a long time.
Another bolero in process. This is one for which I promised to share the ongoing design process. Alas, I got all side tracked. In the back of my mind, I was mulling just how I wanted the back to work. I'll bring that to the front. My goal - finish the design and the knitting this year, and get it out to testers. Oh yes, and continue to share the process with you.
Mitts of Flame
I started these ages ago for Bookworm. I like the corrugated ribbing in two colors, though I'm no longer as sure about the black participating at the cuff end. I got blocked by a design that did not really want to carry three yarns every round, but that looked coolest if I got that done. These will either be frogged or revived this year.
These are so old it's rather scary. I bought the kit back when I still lived in a suburb of Chicago. That would be before Bookworm was born.
Yes, this poor sock has been languishing for a decade and a half. It is time. I know where all the yarn is. I think I even know where the instructions are. The biggest challenge will be to figure out which needles to use. Whatever needles I WAS using are certain to be wrong now.
Sylvia's Leafy Mitts
My design again. I started these for a dear friend who doesn't know they're coming. That's likely a good thing, as they've been "in progress" for a couple of years now. I'm hoping to get them back to the front burner, and to send them to her this year.
Finally, someone else's design! I started this to have some simple mindless knitting in my life. It's perfect for movies. So far, I've worked my way to both elbows, and am dithering about just how much bell I want in the sleeves. I'd likely have gotten much farther had I not stopped to knit a closet full of slippers...
Woman to Woman
This is definitely on the list of things that must be finished this year. Preferably this spring. It's a long over due gift.
I'm pretty sure that if I go rummaging about in the Knitting Closet I'll find a few more projects lurking. If I do, I'll parade them out as well. Showing them in public like this makes me feel more obligated to get back to them (or at least more embarrassed about neglecting them).
Anyone want to predict which ones get finished first? Or if I manage to finishe them all this year?