now we return to our regularly scheduled programming

Look, whilst I enjoyed having visitors and going off to visit my family, I gotta say, I’m pretty durn glad it’s over! No offense guise, but I need to get down to business – the business of knitting a wholeheckofalot! Since I’m such a busy and important person, I haven’t updated in a while – let’s recap what projects are currently languisihing shall we?

Our last update was Work In Progress Weds: 2 and there are a few things on that list that have moved no further forward:

  • The Beetle Cardigan has not been touched
  • The Fuzz Bunny Hooded Jacket is in the midst of an existential crisis i.e. I feel it shouldn’t exist. However, I can’t frog it cos the Shutterbug has developed an attachment.
  • The Never-ending dresing gown has had absolutely no work put into it. It will become a thing of legend, ballads and myths will spring up around it. Of course, I could be tending towards dramatic. That’s been known to happen.
  • Another project that has not seen the light of day in a rather long time is the Butterfly Dress. I still love you, precious, I’ll get to you soon.

I dragged out Beth’s Little Star Afghan last night and put in a few stitches. Actually, I managed to get a whole round done which is no mean feat at this size. I haven’t made enough progress to warrant a new photo, so if you are a visually inclined person you’ll just have to suck it.

The Forest Petals Shawl had annoyed me and got put in the naughty corner, even though it was clearly my fault for being ditzy and not joining rows properly (FIVE TIMES). I am no longer angry at it so maybe I’ll put some time in on it soon.

I mentioned that I was doing the Heirloom Rose Medallion Shawl MKAL. While the pattern has not ceased being really lovely there are three reasons why this is going to be a small wrap rather than a full shawl:

  1. the shine has rather worn off the pattern for me, it just doesn’t seem as pretty now as it did in the beginning.
  2. the medallions are getting a little repetitive
  3. I was way too optimistic vis a vis the yardage and I cannot find more of the same yarn

It remains to be seen whether I will start another one in different yarn to remain part of the KAL or if I’ll just finish off what I’ve got going on and call it good.

There is the Joule pullover, which has peeved me so much that I am NOT taking a photo. It does not deserve that kind of attention since it will only serve to reinforce it’s horrific behaviour. I’ve reknit it from the back neck shaping once already because it was too puckery and the SLEEVES DIDN’T FIT INTO THE ARMHOLES!! Now the sleeves still don’t fit, the back is still too puckery and I HATE IT WITH PASSIONATE FURY! So at the moment it is having time out while I decide whether it gets to live or is executed for it’s crimes against my sanity.

Also, my Ariel/Joy 18 or whatever is sitting sadly on it’s own. After trolling facebook for opinions, it has been decided that it needs a black or dark purple/blue border to finish it off nicely and I just don’t have that kind of yarn in a sock weight hanging around at the moment, *le sigh*.

I’m also working on the Delphine camisole, but since that is the one occupying the majority of my attention it gets a post of it’s own later on.

Please feel free to leave your own list of hibernating projects or a link to a post on your blog about projects-that-just-don’t-get-done!

The Never Ending Dressing Gown

When I started the project I understood that it was a massive undertaking. Little did I know how very long it would drag on…

I began knitting the Dressing Gown published in Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson. *Sigh*. I look back now and can recognise how my ambition got the better of me. But it’s so beautiful! And it will be so comfy!

This is my progress after almost three years – pardon the slight blurriness (my daughter is ten and is working towards a career in photography so she takes a great many of my photos).

Whenever I work on this I think of the Earth’s Children books by Jean M. Auel, I devoured the first four whilst knitting this.

I bought 24 balls of Dinamico wool from ICE yarns – 30% wool, 40% acrylic and 30% polyamide. The yarn has only a little of that plasticky, sticky feel that acrylics often have. I’ve found that the softness of the yarn overall makes this slight plastickyness easy to overlook. Originally, I used Symphonie Knitpro interchangeables but the yarn just did not slide well on the wood and it slowed me down to a frustrating degree, therefore I was ridiculously happy when the Nova tips arrived as a Christmas gift (a year after I began the garment). Honestly, I would have been ridiculously happy anyway, those Knitpro needles are the best knitting investment I’ve ever made.

This is all the yarn that I have left, and there is a LOT more left to go on the gown. I have used 8 balls so far. I am a leetle worried that I won’t make it. Dinamico isn’t even being made anymore, and past experience tells me that even if I could order another batch it likely wouldn’t blend. Eeep.  I find it all a wee bit irritating, since I always check the approx length in a ball and the weight when I substitute yarns, and both matched. It rankles even more because I ordered an extra FIVE balls. I’m tempted to just cross my fingers and plow onwards. If worst comes to worst I will consider a contrasting edging… maybe in cream?

I employ the Never-Ending Dressing Gown as a motivator. You see, this is the one I’ll pull out to work a few rows when I am between projects and I’m deciding what to do next. It is so tedious and the progress made is nigh on invisible, I find it really encourages me to figure out what the hell I’m going to do next so I can put this mo-fo down and get on with it!

This is Pixie, she likes to help Mommy knit. The collective unconscious would have you believe that cats are the ultimate knitter’s companion and yarn menace, but I contend that chihuahuas are far more insidious a threat to your stash and make much better lap warmers. My cat Ben (God rest his soul) was never interested in my yarn or my lap. Pixie, however, has been banned from my studio upon penalty of no cuddles! She has brought this upon herself – largely due to the tangles of yarn I have found strewn up the length of the hallway the few times I forgot to close the door.

Obviously knitting is SUPER FUN since Mommy does it so much…