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


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