Early Stage WIPs

I have some secret knitting to do, so before I got all caught up in that, I thought I better catalog all the early stage WIPs I have and what I think of them at this time. These are the projects I start just to see if that yarn looks as good as I think it will knit in that pattern. I looked through every project bag I have, and I found some WIPs that I had forgotten, so this post is here to remind me. Let’s take a look:
Star Sapphire Obstacles: WIP
Obstacles Shawl by Anne Hanson
Yarn: BMFA BFL Sport in Star Sapphire
Summary: Excellent choice of yarn and project, but I need to start over on needles one size smaller (US 8). It should be drapey but not flabby.
Cloisters Wrap: WIP
Cloisters Wrap by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Ethereal Merino Laceweight in Black Cherry from Knit It Up
Pros: gorgeous color; knit gothic arches!; 7 charts for variety!
Cons: takes a long time to get anywhere with laceweight yarn
Summary: This may take years, but I’ll enjoy the knitting immensely.
Flutter Scarf: WIP
Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Merino Laceweight in Hendrix
Pros: end result is feminine without being to fussy
Cons: majorly boring to knit (and see cons for Cloisters Wrap)
Summary: hmmm….
Ruby Lune Shawl: WIP
Lune Shawl by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Jeweled Hand Dyed from Cascade Yarns in Ruby
Pros: Stash busting! (Do NOT EVER buy thick-and-thin yarn again!!); Beautiful color; shape (open circle) very wearable; good TV knitting; pattern designed to use the yarn til you run out; goes fast on US 9 needles.
Summary: high priority
Arrowhead Lace Shawl: WIP
Arrowhead Lace Wrap (making it up)
Yarn: La Spezia from Schoeller and Stahl
Pros: I’ve wanted to use up this yarn forever.
Cons: Very turquoise; very, very turquoise. Watching grass grow is more exciting than knitting this.
Summary: I don’t think I’ll be using up this yarn. *sigh*
Little Colonnade: WIP
Little Colonnade by Stephen West
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Aegean
Pros: matches a sweater I have perfectly! Gorgeous colors! I love these keep-the-neck warm shawlettes! (don’t like the word shawlette, however)
Cons: none
Summary: top priority
Parisienne Shawl: WIP
Parisienne Shawl by Katie White
Yarn: Wagtail Yarns 100% Fine Kid Mohair 7-ply
Pros: great pattern and gorgeous yarn (deep violet!)–the mohair is silky not fluffy
Cons: not the right pairing; try pattern in navy Classic Silk and this yarn in Sarai by Vanessa Smith
Aria Delicato: WIP
Aria Delicato by Anne Hanson
Yarn: 2 ply Silk/Cashmere Anacostia by Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Pros: a near 50/50 blend of silk and cashmere–angels in heaven wear scarves made of this yarn; lovely pattern
Cons: doesn’t go with anything, but could buy something
Summary: a definite yes, but not a rush
Cinder Block Sock: WIP
Cinder Block Socks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet Color #7 (from Webs)
Summary: All is fine, but no hurry
Roger Sock: WIP
Roger Socks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Potluck
Pros: Stash busting! Matches new super comfy but oddly colored Privo shoes (75% off sale!)
Summary: Full steam ahead! (and don’t knit the foot too long this time like you did last time)
Calcareous Sock: WIP
Calcareous Socks by Hunter Hammersen (check out her book of socks based on Oriental rugs: Silk Road Socks)
Yarn: BMFA STR lightweight in Rose Quartz
Pros: matches those odd shoes; neat pattern
Cons: I remember being much farther along. 🙁
Summary: finish Roger socks first, then these


Pictures from the Week

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes for my Grandmother Frances. My mom commented on all your comments to the effect that knitters are kind people. Yes, indeed.
Here’s a little look at what a week in January looks like in the northern Central Valley of California (if you look at a map, I live 20 miles west of Sacramento). We get a lot of fog during the winter here. With the full moon this past week, M took this great morning photo of the moon setting through the fog.
Moonset with fog
This morning was foggy too, but I stayed inside and shot out the window. Yes, I’m lazy.
Morning Fog
To brighten the world up, I bought some yellow roses at the Sacramento Farmer’s Market last Sunday. I often buy flowers from the same flower farmer. He always has a big smile, will tell me the names of flowers that I don’t know, and he calls all women “sweetie” in the nicest possible way.
Yellow Roses
At work, I have a gerbera daisy plant on my window sill. It nearly died last summer when I tried to keep it outdoors. After I brought it back inside with only one leathery leaf remaining, it regained its will to live. I think the four blooms at once are a thank you.
Orange Gerbera Daisy Plant
Since M had a lot of weekend work to do on Saturday, I sat down to view a birthday DVD and work on the back of my new sweater project.
Notre Dame de Grace: back
The Lucy Neatby Knitting Gems 1 DVD is quirky in a good way. And I have learned a lot. I actually want to knit something with bobbles now! And picots! I don’t think it would be a good idea to just throw some in on this sweater, however. I’ve started Notre Dame de Grace by Veronik Avery. I’m knitting it in Cascade Ecological Wool in a natural grey sheep color. I’m hoping for a cozy pullover to throw on when M is hot and turns off the heat and opens the windows and it’s only in the low 50s outside. I always thought it was women in their 40s, not men, who got hot. Not here.

Wisconsin Knitter turns 100 on 1/11/11

It may be heresy in knitting circles to say this, but Elizabeth Zimmerman is not my favorite knitter from Wisconsin. My favorite Wisconsin knitter is my Grandma Frances. Actually, since my mother is also from Wisconsin and a knitter, my favorite Wisconsin knitter born before 1937 is my Grandma Frances, my mom’s mom. She was born on January 11, 1911. Only 1 in 4400 people in the US live to be 1o0. She’s a grand lady, so on January 11, 2011, she invited all of us to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to celebrate her centenial. Her local newspaper The Sheboygan Press did a very nice article about her party, and they even quoted me (M and I came the farthest distance to attend).
My brother, Thomas, took this picture of Grandma Frances and me over the holidays, so she’s not 100 in this photo but merely 99 years, 50 weeks.

Grandma Frances and me 122810

At her party, she had no trouble blowing out the candles on her cake. My Aunt Ann is on the left, and my grandmother’s friends, Fr. Mike and Gracie are also in the photo.

Grandma Frances and cake

My mom and dad gave her a box of 100 chocolates (several layers) from Oaks Chocolates, a favorite of Grandma’s. They were so excited at Oaks to make a 100-piece box of chocolate for a 100th birthday, that they spelled out 100 in “oysters” (balls of soft vanilla cream enrobed in chocolate and rolled in crushed peanuts).

Box of 100 chocolates

When I was young, Grandma Frances often knit me a sweater as a Christmas gift. I still have the last sweater she knit, which is from the early 80s when I was in high school. It doesn’t fit anymore, but it still is beautiful.
Red Cardi in rocker
Red Cardi from Grandma Frances
All her sweaters came with her label neatly sewn inside.
Label for Grandma Frances
Up the center back of the sweater is this lovely cable and lace panel:
Back panel detail: red cardi
When I started to knit 10 years ago, she gave me the book this pattern is from:
Neat Knitting Projects
I hope to knit it myself someday. I’ll probably make a chart for the lace and cable panels. It’s knit in sportweight yarn and a mass amount rather than yardage is given, so I’ll also buy a lot of yarn to be sure. My version won’t have all a grandma’s love knit into it, but I’ll be able to button it over my now larger body (I was bust-free until my 20s).

Thanks, Grandma, for all the love and sweaters, mittens and scarves! Oh, and the genes aren’t half bad either.