The state of things – January 2011 WIP roundup

I’m feeling a need to sweep the decks at the moment.  It’s partly a new year thing, but also just a feeling that quite a lot of loose ends have accumulated around me in the past few years, and it’d be nice to either tie them off properly, or snip them short.  Having them floating around all over the place like this means my mind and energy are likely to get all tangled up in them.

Also, I’d like to be able to state, categorically, what projects I’ve completed in the year, so starting with a kind of baseline would be nice.  It would be brilliant to be able to come to the beginning of 2012 and look back at the things that were unfinished – and see what progress has been made – as well as to list the new projects that have been completed.  So, what’s currently in the works?


Basil is still only partially seamed.  It’d be nice to get this one off the list, though it won’t be Summer Tweed weather again for a few months yet.  (Embarrassingly, this was supposed to be my “two-week” sweater).

Cast on in June. Seamed...?

Dad’s Christmas Sweater is now officially a WIP again; I detached the ribbing from the main body of the sweater just before Christmas, so I can lengthen it.

Needs alterations to fit...

The Nightingale Stole is on the needles, and has been for over a year. This has been an on again/off again project when I need something small and portable. At this rate, it’ll still be on the needles in three years’ time! I think the problem is that it’s not really very interesting; every row is lace, including the purl rows, so you have to concentrate and progress is slow, but it’s all the same, from one end to another. Another issue is that, though this is a beautiful pattern, I’m knitting it in a mohair lace yarn, and I’m not sure I actually want the finished object, or would actually use it.  There’s no way I can rip out this much mohair, though, so I have to decide – hibernate indefinitely, crack on and finish it, turn it into something else (a cowl??) or throw it out?

To finish or ...?

There’s also a pair of socks (anklets, really) that have been languishing for about 18 months.  I think they’d be better turned into a woven something, so I’m pretty sure they’re going to be unravelled.  No photos of these, but the yarn is this:

Lorna's Laces, 'Get Knitted' colourway


Spinning for the Sandi Wiseheart Sweater KAL.  This is my main wheel project: I am still plying my first set of singles, though that should be finished soon.

No plying pictures yet...

A second linen strick.  This is currently languishing as a second wheel project, whilst I tackle the Wiseheart Wool.

The Titania batts, on my Bosworth Midi spindle.  I’ve plyed the singles I’ve spun to date, Andean-style, but I think I was getting better results with using plying balls for the last of my tussah silk, so I might revert to that method.

Merino, angelina - soft and sparkly!

The Mauve it on Over Abbybatt which will be the weft for a scarf, eventually.


Some cotton, which is on a spindle at work.  I’m not sure whether this is really a project, or an extended exercise in sampling.

Some BFL top, which is on a big, heavy spindle and which I haven’t touched for at least two years.  Need to make a decision about this one, because I suspect that even if I was to go back to it, my spindling has evolved so much that I’ll never match my previous work.


(This is the point where I run out of photographs…)

I have nothing on my looms right now!  Oh, wait, that’s a lie.  I have nothing on my Klik right now.

A card woven band which was intended to trim my SCA cloak.  This is a huge job; only half the warp is actually on the loom, and I know the other half is horribly tangled.  Might be another ‘throw’ job.

The very beginnings of my cut pile sampler, started way back in July at Sara Lamb’s awesome workshop.  I definitely want to do more cut pile stuff, but I don’t know if I want this on my loom at the moment.  Not least because a lovely lady from the workshop actually owns some of the hardware currently tied into the loom to make warp spacers, and I really should return them.

Anything else?

The sword dance quilt which I started (crikey) probably almost a decade ago now.  Needs quilting (tying, actually) and binding – that’s it.

Mum’s filet crochet curtain, which I started at least 20 years ago!  In my defence, it was a truly giant project, and it’s nearly done – at least in relative terms.

The Tudor costume could use a few final updates – lacing holes for the sleeves, in particular.

The damn sleeves would not stay put...


  • That stole is pretty, but if it’s a pain to knit and then you don’t know if you would wear it, I’d say Cut your losses! If you could make it into a cowl — either for yourself or someone else — that would be good.

    I would love to see that filet crochet curtain!

    Good luck with it all in 2011!

    6th January 2011
  • I’m curious about the curtain, as well. I had a pattern for one years ago, but never started it, knowing that it would take me probably 20 years to actually do it… (And that’s if I buckled down and stuck to the project. Which is totally unlike me.)
    How much of the stole have you knit? (Is it big enough for a wimple?)

    6th January 2011
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