Friday, January 13, 2012

A Slow, Wippy Start

This lace weight's colorway is
entitled Betty Friedan. True to
its name, it was pretty
obstinate while I was trying to
wind it into a ball at one of
the area local yarn shops. 
Well, it's Fee-Fi(ber)-F.O. Friday, and I'm definitely fee-fi-fo-fumming through my projects in progress (at least the ones I can talk about). I have two small projects going, one shawl (cause when am I not working on a shawl?) two sweaters ... and then other stuff. So I'll provide a round-up of the projects in progress:

1. My Cables 'Round the Nebula sweater: this test knit is coming along ... at a snail's pace. I'm past the first armhole, and am some ways into the back. Since it's a sideways-constructed sweater, I started at the left front and am working my way around. There is some short-row shaping in the back, and this is my first taste of working short-rows. Can anyone say wrap and turn?

My Cables 'Round the Nebula: this
photo was taken just prior to my working
the armhole and starting on the back.
2. My Marbled Cardi: this is a sweater I started last summer (yes, folks!) and with the camraderie of a few Ravelry friends over in the 52 Projects in 52 Weeks thread, I'm determined to get this completed. I'm done with the body, and am now working on the front trim before I tuck into the sleeves (which won't be for at least another week). I'd really like to wear it this summer. Ummm ... do you think I'm giving myself enough leeway?

3. A placemat for my dining room table: This is my small, hopefully quick project from Totally Simple Crochet. I wanted to use up some of my stash of cotton in addition to wanting a new something to brighten up my table, and this little pattern did the trick. I really like how simple single crochet and chain stitches can, when using different colors, produce an almost woven look (sorry about the crappy scanner pic).

4. And my new shawl: This pattern, while not mine, is going to stay under wraps at the moment. Suffice to say that this is, hands down, one of the most beautifully lace-y crochet shawls I've ever attempted. Started at the beginning of the year (right after I finished my last one for the 2011 shawl challenge) I'm about 40% done. I'd like to get it done by the end of the month, but that might be a little optimistic.

Finally, I'm also working on a certain scarf pattern with a certain alpaca and silk fingering yarn. Since a certain someone has hers in (much-needed) time out, I will spare her, and the rest of you, with the update. Mine is going better than hers - no time out needed over here. The perks of writing your own pattern.

Here's to hoping I actually have something finished for next week! In the meantime, definitely head over to Andrea's blog and see what progress everyone else is making on their respective projects. And to all in the U.S. over this holiday weekend - take time to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy in your own, unique way. For myself, beyond the myriad community service projects previously accomplished, it's always worth it to be mindful of his struggle as well as how far we as a country have come, in no small part, because of that struggle.

60s Redux, Divided
This is a portion of one of my recent paintings


  1. ;-) You are a rock star!
    My scarf will come out of time out this weekend after a much more patient person assists me in fixing my mistake.

    I love the colors of your Nebula. That yarn in the first photo is gorgeous too. I Love your painting. You are so talented...and I adore all of the projects you are sharing.

  2. Denise--Wonderful projects...and so many 'in process' at one time! Your brain must be much more agile than mine! :)
    I think you and Andrea are always having fun together!!

  3. 52 projects! that's incredible, you'll have to finish one project every week on average. I joined the 12 in 2012 group, but right now I'm not positive if that's even possible.

    1. Vivian: for you, 12 projects in 2012 is definitely possible. I've been watching how you manage to effortlessly whip up sweaters!

      And this is my second year in the 52 projects group. One can join at any time and adjust the weeks/projects - but you're correct, it is a project a week. We do keep each other on track ... most of the time. :)

  4. Great projects, you are really ambitious taking on so many! I love the yarn choices!

  5. Wow....nice projects. Makes my 1 knitting project at a time seem easy.

  6. You've been busy! I am very curious about the shawl pattern. When do we get to peek? I bought a Tunisian hook today. I've only done one Tunisian project before, and used a regular hook. Now that I have the proper hook, I can try a project that is a little wider than the scarf I made.

    1. The marbled yarn pattern is very very lovely!

    2. Well, hooray for the addition of a tunisian hook! I promise you'll be able to peek at it soon.

  7. I'm currently working on a shawl that is full of short rows. It's taking forever!!!! I dread having to go back and pick them all up.