Too Many?

Yesterday I decided to take a closer look at the contents of my knitting basket that has long been overflowing and slowly taking over the entire living room. To bring some order into the mess I put everything on the couch and the number of WIP is shocking!

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How did I ever get to this point? Let’s see one by one:

1: Else Johnsens Store dug. This is a very beautiful cross stitch tablecloth that I started working on last fall. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since I was a child and having a little extra cash I made my dream possible.

2: The Princess shawl. This one has been going on since 2004 but always with steady progress. I’m still working the center which is kind of boring more repetitive than the border.

3: Grignasco Merino Silk. I don’t know if this is really a WIP but I’m still making lace swatches in this wonderful yarn. One day I may use it for a shawl.

4: Hairpin Lace Scarf: Hairpin work is related to crochet and very easy to do. The only tricky part is right at the beginning when it can be difficult to keep the work taut. I only need to weave in the ends but when will that ever happen?

5: The fair isle vest. This one is at a complete standstill for the time being. I took another look at the swatch and decided that it was too tight but I’m not in the mood for colourwork right now so another swatch will have to wait.

6: The Madil Merino Extrafine. One hank has been wound into a ball and I’ve started swatching. Using 2mm needles it makes a very fine lace but it may be a bit too open. When it has been dressed I’ll put up a picture.

7: The Butterfly Dress. This one had a flying start but then I got bored. That seems to happen a lot but once I do decide to work on it, I always make good progress.

8: The Alien Scarf. This scarf is just too cool! Now you see it, now you don’t. It was started for trip to Italy because it’s such a portable project, especially because I’m using the Grignasco Bambi and 3.5 mm needles.

9: Diamond Shawl. This shawl was started last fall and well before Christmas I got bored with and tucked it away. Then about a month ago I remembered that it might be useful for the winter and continued chucking away at those long final rows. It looks a lot like this shawl but is made by a great Danish knitter Åse Lund Jensen (link in Danish) who died too soon of cancer.

10: Murersweater. This is the one thing that really deserves to be called WIP. It used to be a sad tale about a yarn that couldn’t meet the right pattern and was lingering alone in bag for more than a year even though it was supposed to be a birthday gift for a very special person. Then finally the right pattern came along and somebody stopped asking about what happened to his birthday sweater.

11: Socks in Trekking. Never be without a pair of socks in progress. They save your life while riding trains, waiting in airports and every other situation where you can do nothing but resign yourself to wait. I came across some Trekking by coincidence and while it’s not a very soft yarn it’s very funny to knit with. It does the self-striping-thing but in a nice discreet way without any ugly pooling. I’ve actually cast on for the second sock!

12: Crocheted bedspread. This is my regular on-the-go project. Whenever I have to go by train this gets worked on. As I usually go everywhere on my bike or by the bus (I suffer from motion sickness but not in trains) it hasn’t seen much progress. It’s made of hexagons which in the end are crocheted together. The center part of the hexagon is a bit complicated and this also causes slow progress.

13: Tatted edging. This is probably the one thing you can do on an airplane without getting into trouble, that is, if you can do it without the help of a crochet needle. It is needed if you want to connect picos. I once got admonished by a steward for using a metal 1mm crochet needle that had passed two security checks…

This is only what I keep in the living room. I also have a stash but let’s not go there…

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