Wrangling some garment WIPs

I took a look at my Contiguous Blue cardi:

It’s the sister of my Deco Cardi which are both made from one kilo total of that lovely Donegal Yarns Irish Heather, straight from Ireland.

This WIP is more round and friendly than Deco Cardi. Deco Cardi is more… deco.

It’s too wide at the back:

It’s too small at the front. It’s meant to close flush but it’s not meant to stretch like that over the bust.

I frogged it up to the sleeves (y’all still don’t like the word arm pit, do you?) and will reknit, decreasing at the back for my sway back and inserting bust darts in the front. Aran weight, needle 4,5 mm, it should go fast. I already started the cuff of second sleeve last evening, winging a copy of the detail in the first sleeve:

It’s a 3 under 2 cable, then purling 2 of those 3 and slip the 3rd. Then it’s 2 over 3 cable and knit that first stitch together with the one you just slipped. Not just knit it: make a bobble. k, yo, k, yo, k. And give it long loops because you’re not k5tog for at least 2 rows.

Then the rest of the cable: p2, k2 and p rest of sleeve round.
Make two rounds (all p, except for the two 2k from the leaf edge or frame)
Next round: k5tog from the bubble. All other stitches inside the leaf are purl stitches.
Now closing the leaf by decreasing the k-edge/frame over the p-stitches inside the frame. When the k-frame meets it’s just a double decrease in k.

Now knitting on some more because the existing sleeve is too short. Have to decide on an edge too. Either a rolled hem or garter stitch.

I frogged Yuuret, a WIP from 2013:

A wonderful pattern, Yuuret (Roots) by Kessa Tay Anlin:

It uses the cable for shaping and it would serve my sway back so well!

I’ve spend months on knitting and reknitting it, trying to get it to work on my body. But the way the cable determines the shaping and where you have to put the decreases and at which pace if you change the pattern is just too difficult. And all that seed stitch!

My style has also deviated from the clearly fairy tale vibe this pattern has. Hee hee, I’ve gone into stealth fairy tale mode 😉

Yuuret was frogged, the yarn was soaked and I started arching cables jacket by Mercedes Tarasovich with the yarn because why finish a WIP when you can start another?

Fun pattern. You start with the belt, then work up. I like the shaping at the back. I thought: “Right! A nice pattern and I will just follow it to the lettre. No thinking needed, just mindfull mindless knitting.”

So I knitted the belt. Started three times. First according to pattern. Then decided it would be too small so started again with extra stitches at the sides. Then realized this pattern looks best with stitches picked up at the end of the cable, not the end of the belt, and restarted with the fewer stitches, according to pattern.

Then I studied some of the project pages and saw that the pattern probably benefits from a bit of tweaking when you’re a small person with big busts. Bust dart probably. But keep the edge of the front panel fitting, don’t make it too loose.

Giving some attention to how the belt overlaps and where to pick up stitches, to avoid gaping. At least change the lower part, the pendulum…penta…what’s the word.. the little “skirt” under the belt. PEPLUM! It tends to draw in and this looks weird on people like me who have a tummy and/or like to breathe with their belly.
Besides, the yarn is a hard blue. (Dyed it myself)(years ago)(my taste changed)(not sure I’d wear a hard blue anything much)

Anyway. It’s now parked in the Raku yarn bowl in the middle of the sitting room. By no means stuffed in the closet. Yet.

I then took a look at Silver Buttercup or what was left of it after last week’s frogging session:

I’ve got to be honest with myself here: it stretches over the bust (not super comfortable to wear) and the way the lace bits stretches… that’s just painful to a knitter’s eye.

Here it is in non-pained condition:

I frogged it up to the start of the waves. “If I just put in a couple of more waves, making sure the “dip” is still at centre front, then it will be fineeeee.”

No it won’t. I won’t have enough yarn. So I’m going to frog it all and start over, in another year or so. See if I can bring in some colour stripes, to save the grey yarn. Speaking of grey: my hair is turning rapidly. I am loosing contrast in my face. Wearing a grey top like this will wash me out more.

So that’s where the colour will go: at the neckline and probably the whole of that lacey bit too. If I find a suitable yarn that will play with this silk cotton blend by Rico.

Nijntje Sweater!

Looks good. Separated for sleeves. Knit on for at least another hand’s width. Then start designing those stranded flowers.

Good 🙂 mindless mindfull knitting.

Crazy Stripes sweater was fixed by sewing.
I determined the excess flap and pinned it with clothes pins that happened to be stuck on our bathroom mirror (?? my husband is an odd one)(well, isn’t everybody’s spouse?)

I put the sweater on my sewing table, centre front on centre back. Can you see what’s weird here?

Front excess is one finger wide, back a full three fingers wide.

That’s what you get when you put the mammas in mammal. The front of my garments need more room than the backs. That’s what bust darts do. That’s why the back of all my sewing patterns have less width than the front. Not only at the bust but also below the waist because I have a tummy and a sway back.

For this knitting garment the side seam is not at the exact side of the garment. But it is at the exact side of me. Here CF is not at CB but the excess flap now has as much width at the front as it has at the back:

Sewed it shut, with a wide straight stitch, just to determine fit. Here worn inside out because that’s how you determine fit when sewing darts:

Looks good to me. I will knit on, towards the hem. I will deal with how to finish that dart properly later.

I made decisions on two other garments but I’m done writing for now. I’ll let you know about those two later. The funny thing is I could not make decisions on all my WIPs (there are five more!) because I’m now fired up to knit on the garments I mention here. I don’t want any more to deal with, I just want to knit these!

Contiguous Blue, Nijntje sweater, Crazy Stripes and Little Flower Cardigan (more on that one a next time).


Sock decisions on a Sunday morning.

I made up my mind about the cashmere sock blend: it should not be socks with textured stitches. This is not sock yarn. It should never have been in the bag of sock yarn. I will frog. But first I looked to see whether they might be wrist warmers:

Love the leaf but no. Those holes of the lace stitch are too big, I like my wristwarmers to warm my wrists.

While I was making up my mind I had started the cuff of the second sock, from the inside of the ball, and of course the ball went all tantrum on me:

Yarn barf at both ends!

But here’s where we are now: the ball is balled up again, hiding all it’s little drama inside. Looking a bit unkept on the outside, just like Lillepoes. I will soak the yarn and reskein.

Lillepoes will get a brushing and will wash herself.

Right. Next sock. Chance sock.

I had a whole datyto knit on it yesterday and I finished one sock and started the toe of the second. At home I realized I forgot to put in the little cat marker. And that the cuff was too tight and that the leg is not quite long enough. So I frogged the cuff and now I can lengthen the leg, put in the marker ànd give it a better cuff.

As soon as I finish the second sock which got a toe yesterday afternoon.

Let’s talk Lentesokken. I ripped out the ugly leaf tips and gave the second sock a heel flap:

As I was knitting better tips on the leafs I realized I am knitting these socks out of sense of duty rather than out of joy. I hate knitting the reverse stockinette stitch on this sock. Which is weird because I don’t mind purling much at all, because I knit Continental Combined which makes purling a breeze. I think only Portugese style knitting gives a faster purl technique.
There’s just something about knitting it on a sock…

For a while I knitted this sock inside out but that didn’t give me joy either.

Then I thought about putting in only a small band of reverse st.st. rather than a whole heel and half a foot and do the rest in plain st. st. Originally I wanted so much rev. st. st. because I had designed some leafs on the foot, growing towards the leg. They would look better in a back ground of rev. st. st. Which I do not enjoy knitting…

Going round in circles I though about abandoning leaf and lace all together and frogging the sock back to the cuff. Put in Prickly Pear (which I really want to knit right naow miaow!) but these Spring cuffs really look better with leafs and around I went again.

As I am writing all this my wrist got cold. Turns out I am only wearing one wrist warmer today. I don’t know where the other went, I think I started out this morning with two but somehow one got away? By now my wrist got REALLY cold and the cat is on my lap so I cannot go grab another one from the closet. If only I had some knitting lying around me… wait, I do:

Hey! That’s a good idea! I can make these socks into wrist warmers!

No need for much reverse stockinette stitch. Just rip out the heel flaps and attach a bottom. Hey! Yay!

I can use the rest of the skein to make some Prickly Pear socks…. this yarn has good stitch definitions and fantastic wear! (It’s Wolop Basis Sok plantaardig plant dyed fingering yarn)

So many wholesome decisions early this morning, things are looking up for sock knitting in my life 😀

And I got this!

It’s a Wolop Sock Shake Blank Eco printed. Beautiful! 425 m of fine merino with 25% nylon.

A friend was making socks from it, as a surprise, for me! It was taking too long to her liking and she thought I might enjoy the blank myself – she must have caught my greedy looks when she was knitting with it –  and offered me the project to finish. Yes please!

I love looking at this blank. Pretty soon I’ll love knitting from it.


PS oh duh. I took off my second wristwarmer when I took the picture with the dark green cashmere yarn. I was sitting on it.

Well a good thing it happened, I wouldn’t have thought of putting on the Lentesok as a wristwarmer otherwise.

Matching Sock Problem. The sock WIPs.

Some people need two exactly matching socks. I love wearing those too, it feels so organized! So in control of life and limb.

But looking at my sock WIPs I concede that I mostly knit sibling socks… I’d better learn to extract some feeling of control from that.

There’s that one Checkbox sock finished I showed you yesterday. It will surely get a non-identical sibling. I can only hope the next pattern plays nice with my colours so they seem somehow related.

These are my Chance socks Work In Progress (WIP):

The pattern is Chance Socks by Anne Rutgrink. They are steadily progressing. But I’ve got to keep the pattern nearby for the cables and a dice to decide which cable to knit next. Yarn is Cat Sock yarn by Wolbeest and I put a cat marker in. I think I’ll attach a permanent marker to the socks. A cat 🙂

Not this one though, this is my progress keeper:

There was a tiny problem when I turned the heel: my instep is too high and the sock got too tight:

I consulted with Anne and we discussed options. She advised to do whatever works for me. So I winged it:

I ripped out the heel flap and did not decrease. Instead I rounded the heel with 99 stitches on the needles. I put in a second set of shortrows. Then I started to decrease a bit. And then a lot. And now it’s just knitting steadily upward until I need to decrease some more for my skinny ankles.

These will be short socks, just above the ankles. Because they will eventually replace my Wolop Slush Shake Socks. Made from that wonderful sock blank that I dyed with help from Wolop in Anna-grey-purple:

I love these socks!

I wear them A LOT and I’m quite rough on them. Walking in them on the brick floor or even outside. Wrenching them into my sneakers without loosening the laces…

This is them today:

They hold up well! I photographed in raw morning light but the colour is still the same. The yarn pills a bit but doesn’t wear. Plenty of months left to wear these.

One sock was knitting toe-up and this sock is weaker at the heel than it’s top-down sibling. This has to do with me being a loose knitter. Also with me not understanding toe-up heel construction very well thusly focusing on weird decreases instead of tension:

Don’t let me wing a heel on a toe-up sock! I have no idea what I’m doing.

Next sock WIP:

I haven’t knit on the Lente Sokken by Dutch Mama. All clues are out now and there are so much cables! Again I’ll have to knit near a computer with the pattern and have to look at the knitting all the time and I don’t have much knitting time like that. Also I am doubtful about the fit and this makes me knit other, more fun things.

Last sock WIP are the Fee Dragee socks, the qualifying pattern for Sock Madness by Caoua Coffee. They are now my no-need-to-look-at-them/ car knitting project. I save them for mindless moments.

As soon as I qualified for the Sock Madness I abandoned the half rib from the pattern and gave them plain stockinette stitch feet. Nicer to knit for me and a nicer fit in my shoes. I ran out of the grey yarn and attached a different yarn. I inserted a sneaky pink line to fool the eye. I’ll end up with two similar looking socks except one will have a pink line in the middle of the foot.

Matching Sock Problem? Ain’t no such thing.

the WIPs benefit from Italian icecream

One mitt for Francis finished!

I got all doubt-y because the yarn is not soft but a bit scratchy and I wouldn’t want to wear these all day. But I send her a message and she replied that she’s fine with natural wool texture so I started the next one.

In the mean time I knitted a few crazy stripes:

Each stripe takes hours and hours. That’s great! I do have to mind my tension though.

Concrete Cardi is here:

But the cold weather has gone and with it the urgency to finish it. Also I knitted this while watching an interesting and intense detective series that ended like a collapsed soufflé. (it was Mosaic, with Sharon Stone).
I’m not sure I can knit it to anything else now. It needs some sort of transition association. Is that weird?

Fee Dragee socks, the qualifying sock for Sock Madness, are my mindless knitting project. I knit it in the car, while walking or when waiting somewhere. I changed the design and am adding a plain stockinette stitch foot to it. Looking forward to putting in a pink toe:

My other sock is going slowly:

Chance Socks in cat sock month yarn. Not doing too much on it now because of the other WIPs.

I’m also still busy designing the stranded Art Nouveau vest. I balled up the skeins and it was very inspirational colourwise and contrast wise:

I’ve divided the mushroom-yarn I want to use  dark and light colours because contrast is very important.

I now love to look at them every day. It really helps to contemplate designs based on typical Dutch imagery.

But I had to put them in protecting bags because of a certain furry yarn snob in the house:

While thinking about the vest I needed to knit something stranded SO BADLY that I started a sweet little stranded pullover:

It’s a go on the fly thing, I’m making it up as I go, based on this shirt of Miffy:

But in green. And top-down.

It’s a very Dutch imagery, don’t you agree? I’ll write about the knitting some other time.

Also last weekend it was very VERY cold. VERY COLD. Minus 10 degrees. I still had an Italian citrus yoghurt cone because I had been looking forward to it for the four days while we were at the cabin, working on the court case. And Spring was about to begin.

This weekend it’s much warmer. Spring is here. Today the city was buzzing with people enjoying themselves. Having drinks on terrasses.

Again we’ve been working hard on the court case. So this afternoon I went out and had another ice cream. And then the Italian gentleman recognized my voice and called from the kitchen: “You’re back again?!”

(I may have been there a couple of times during the week too. You know, because Spring was here and is that the 20th or the 21st? Well, celebrate both I say. And I worked hard. I love the handmade citrus yoghurt ice cream, it’s with full cream and no added sugars.)

the wrong kind of Norovirus but it was free so hey

I caught a bug. It was the Noro-virus. Which I thought would look like:

Norovirus by Astrid Colding Sivertsen

But it was more like:

Amigumicrobe #2 T7 Bacteriophage and Amigumicrobe #1 Cold Virus by Krista Frank

Mr. Sniffles the Cold Virus by Wendy Smalley and Enterovirus D68 by Liz Perkins

I’m on the mend now. But I still have symptoms: I want to buy two skeins of Noro and knit that self proclaimed Bohus style stranded vest. It’s free! (it’s only the colour chart though, it doesn’t explain how to knit a vest)

The joy of colours!

Norovirus by Astrid Colding Sivertsen
(I don’t see purl stitches, doesn’t Bohus always have some purl stitches?)

UPDATE Knitting instructor Lieneke from Wolop has been in touch: yes, Bohus knitting always incorporates purl stitches.

I’ve already looked in my stash, I have some Noro, but in the “wrong” colour. All warm and reds. But that other vest in the “wrong” colour makes me very happy so why not enjoy where the colours take me?

No no, I have other things on the needle!
I’ve made my first Crazy Stripe the other day, before Noro struck:

It’s so enjoyable 🙂

And I have beautiful new yarn! Mushroom yarn, excellent for stranding!

And behind me on a chair is other excellent stranding yarn, which I brought here from the cabin because I couldn’t wait for the mushroom yarn to be ready. Looking for a green nature loving Swedish inspired cardi:

The yarn is Estonian, from RareWool, the former Evilla-mill. Akin to Kauni. Patterns are Hvitveis by Lene Tøsti and Wedding Belle by Mary Scott Huff. Lena8, the Swedish kofta queen from Talamodspasen, where I enjoyed a wonderful Advent KAL, made a beautiful Wedding Belle, here’s a link to her project page on Ravelry.

O my, scrolling through her site I want to knit a stranded project so bad!

Oh. I’ve already combined the two greens from RareWool, in 2014. In a hat I never wear because it’s too scratchy on my head. Good for a sweater though. And a good sample how hard the colours are together:

Yeah…. I’m going with the softer, natural dyed colours. As soon as I beat the virus and my WIPs.

At the cabin with Lillepoes

I’ve been at the cabin all week, with Lillepoes. She has been utterly delighted to be here, I’ve never received so much cuddles, head butts and chirping.

I have not done much knitting. I expected that to go differently and I brought a ton of knitting along but it’s all still here, ready to go home with me tomorrow:

All week I’ve been outside, chopping wood. A few trees had come down with the storm a month ago. The weather has been fabulous, sunny with crisp clear skies.

In between chopping wood I’ve been going inside, making notes for the upcoming court cases against the manure plant they are planning in this adjacent field:

The management of the plant have upped the pressure on me over the past few weeks, to get me to drop the court cases, and it’s not been easy. But we manage: I reset my “easy there now honey” button many times a day, invoking the Relaxation Response that gets the Central Nervous System out of Fight or Flight and into Rest & Digest.
Lovely nature helps:

Today is our last day here. Tomorrow Lillepoes and I go back to the city. I’m planning to return here soon though, it’s lovely just being out and about.

A while ago I finished the new foot on these socks :

I’ll be wearing them a lot I suspect, there’s a bout of cold temperatures coming to Europe.

I have knitted some more on the Sun on February Snow cardigan and I’m ready to fit it this Sunday morning, to see where we are for length of yoke and separating of sleeves:

I’d love to insert stripes with this colourway and I like how my stitchmarker matches this anticipation:

Yesterday we visited the organic farm I get my eggs and fleeces from, Laan van Wisch. Farmer Francis was wearing the wrist warmers I knit from her own flock:

They were well worn! She uses them every day, she says, and is ever so careful with them. But I could see there were getting smaller and thinner. A little end at the thumb had come loose and she was worried. I fixed it then and there, it was just a woven end that had come undone. But she really needs to get new ones!

Secretly I resolved to knit her new ones and in the mean time I gave her the ones I happened to have with me:

I love this mitts! Handspun from happy colours dyed by knitting tea and herbes merchant Tibbe:

It’s soft merino with sparkly nylon.

They were a replacement for another set of happy coloured mitts that I wore until they fall apart:

Susie’s Reading Mitts (Archived) by Dancing Ewe Yarns.

Knitted in 2010, in two days if my project page is to be believed: 29th and 30th of March, 2010. Back then I was very ill and very cold. I wore these indoors and the happy colours lifted my mood 🙂

They were spun from this roving, in 2009, and that’s probably one of the first rovings I spun:

The replacement mitts from Tibbe-roving have made me happy, both spinning them and knitting them. I remember loving the roving 🙂 Ha! These mitts were also knit in two days! July 4 and 5, 2013. Started the day I finished spinning the yarn. I was probably willing the yarn to dry. Probably hung it outside, in a bush, right here at the cabin.

These mitts I’ve never worn. Their thumbs were knitted too tight in 2013 and apparently I waited a full year before giving them new thumbs. By then I’d pretty much stopped wearing mitts with thumbs, I now prefer cuffs or full sized mittens and gloves. I’ve also stopped wearing bright colours so these mitts have not seen much use at all.

Now they will make Francis happy!
I hope she wears them vigorously and that they are full of holes by the time I see her next and hand her new mittens from her own spun fleece:

today’s WIPs

in between court-y things and house hold chores I’m doing this:

The socks celebrating 10 years of Dutch Sock Knitting Group.

I found my circular one size bigger than the one I knit the body on. I could knit the sleeves now:

And these are ready for plying:

Weird Wool Wednesday: Late for Summer

skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing

Summer’s gone and I finished my skirt from Wolop indigo dyed shibori linen today!
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewingskirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing

It has godets for walking ease and the yoke made of that nice piece of Wokume Shibori (wood grain):
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing
Nice pockets too:
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing
I’m wearing it today, Summer linen in the rain, with knee high knitted tights. And a woolen jumper.

This one I finished yesterday:

So conveniently!

I drafted the pattern myself. Somewhere in May…
Perhaps I can tweak it to a thicker Winter fabric for a nice Winter dress?
Which will likely be finished somewhere next Spring…

Which is when my Lilac Summer Cardi will have its two sleeves finished:

The same for my Buttercup Summer top:

I’m not late, I’m planning early. Summer 2018 is looking good.

more WIPs

The new Sock Madness pattern dropped and it’s Symphony Socks by Elisabeth White:

Beads! Twisted stitches! Lots of little cables!

It’s a lovely pattern but pretty much from the start I knew I’d better be sensible and stop racing. Allow myself to become a cheerleader in the Sock Madness competition. A sock like this, with little cables and a deadline, would ignite my RSI. The same thing that knocked me out in the first round of the competition last year.

It’s not too bad to bow out. I had so many things I wanted to knit on instead. The startitus was raging and now I got to do something about it.



This flew off the needles.
It’s my continuous version of Debbie Vest by Aethalia O’Connor. Provisional cast on at the back, only need to cut yarn once before the body is cast off.

This part took 150 grams of handspun, about 340 metres on needle 3,75 mm. Getting pattern gauge which is 19 st /10 cm
The ribbing on the neckline and arm holes is done on needles 3,25 mm. Which means my 3,75 mm needles are free to cast on another Continuous Debbie vest in the green yarn I bought at Midwinterwol for a Spring vest.

I’ve also started on my mushroom dyed stranded project:
It will be a wristwarmer. So much more sensible than trying out for a vest.

This way I can try out the pattern I made on Stitchfidle and find out the gauge. I was tempted to cast on for a steeked vest but that’s really too ambitious if you don’t know your gauge, if you don’t know how much yarn the stranded parts take, if you aren’t sure about the design you made anyway and if you have never steeked before.
Also: next week there’s a woolfest in Nieuwpoort, organized by De Schapekop, and I promised to show my stranded mushroom thingie there. Knitting a stranded vest in fingering weight in the coming 7 days is ludicrous.

The yarn knits very nice and the pattern makes me want to do one more round, one more round, just one more round 🙂
I’m knitting on 2,25 mm and my gauge seems to be 26 stitches in 10 cm. The colour work is done over 60 stitches, the ribbing over 54 st.

In between I’m knitting away on my magic ball:

Here’s me this morning, having a bit of quality time by myself 🙂

The yarn is indigo dyed sock yarn from Wolop and I’m making it into Blattwerk pattern socks top down. The magic ball unravels while I knit and reveals little presents. This one was made by Lieneke from Wolop.
I’ve nearly finished one leg and the first little present is in sight!

On my plate i a Dutch pastry called a Bokkepootje. This one is huge! Usually they are about the size of a finger:
 pic by cliokchia
It consists of two almond merengues, glued together with buttercream and both ends are dipped in chocolate. With almonds sprinkled on top. Here’s a recipe.

The name means something like “Billygoat-feetsie” and originates from a baker in the very old dike-hamlet of Tuitjenhorn. In this God loving community there was an annual gathering to commemorate all the local people who had died. Eating pastry was part of that event. Eating little devil-feet shows wished victory over evil influences in the hereafter.
(I did not know. Eating “bokkepootjes” no longer has this connotation but it does explain where the name comes from.)

Two vests, a sock and a stranded cuff can be added to the WIPs I’m already working on.

some WIPs in more detail

Thursday evening I started the Wolop self striping Harry Potter sock because I wanted some easy stockinette stitch:

I couldn’t find the little grey mini that goes along with this skein for cuffs, heels and toes. So I just casted on with the main yarn, directly for the leg, and will attach the cuff later.

I got some mindless knitting done while my husband celebrated my being downstairs again by watching his bloody series together. Not swearing, we watched bloody series. There was Elementary and Lucifer and this new series we tried out with a mr. Wednesday who used to run a brothel saloon in Broken Wood but now is followed by a filmmaker who is enamoured with the series Hannibal but does not have the same restraints and finesse. We’re not sure what we think of it yet.

After 3 x 45 minutes of visual murder I was tired and went to bed. But knitted I had.

Remember snowdrift cardigan? The one I was going to attach onto this lovely handspun collar portrayed here? The cabled collar I so expertly knit on car trip?

Yeah, I frogged that and am using the yarn for this, the plan I always had for it: a gorgeous vest to wear over all my handsewn dress shirts.

The pattern is Debbie Vest by Aethalia O’Connor, it’s free and sensible. I modified it a bit to be able to start with a provisional cast on at the mid back and then work upwards, into the first one shoulderstrap. I love it! I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the gauge (needle 4,5 mm).

This is how I want vest patterns to be: top down, without raglans and with as less “breaking yarn” as possible.
Which is why I’ll steaming right ahead to the two other vests I have wanted to make ever since I got hold of their yarns. The green Welsh yarn and the orange handspun.

I also picked up the lilac cardigan, with just the lace flower backpanel, inspired by Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti:

This was my panel on Friday:

and this is my panel now:

It’s The Little Flower Doily by Andrea Jurgrau and I managed to make a square out of a circle! I’m pretty proud of that. I know in order to get a flat surface, when knitting from the centre, you have to increase 4 stitches every row. Doesn’t matter which needle or which yarn you use. For a circle you place those 4 stitches ad random. For a square you place them in four corners. For easy knitting most people increase 8 stitches every other row, which comes down to the same.

With the doily I examined the chart and identified which YO was paired to which /, \ or ^ decrease. That told me which YO was surplus in which row: the increases. These I took and placed at four corners.

Soooo are all my WIPs ongoing, planned or ignored?

No, I transferred one WIP into an FO.
This one:

The lovely wintery Birch handspun that became a stupid hat back in January. The shaping idea I had for it didn’t work out and it sat stupidly on my head and I didn’t know what to do with it.
Eventually I just started wearing it without shaping it any further.. With the unwoven ends stuck under. I asked a few people and apparently it doesn’t look so stupid on me when I wear it like this, just plain, without folds.

So this is a finished WIP without any effort. I changed its status to “finished” on the project page and took this photo’s.  Then it’s official and true. This hat is finished! (Haven’t sewn in the ends of the hat yet, though.)

(I’m not better yet and I’m stupid cold, I’m wearing my handspun snow sweater from 2013)
So these are the current WIPs, the sock, the vest an the cardigan. Better knit on because the new Sock Madness pattern is about to drop any moment. (I forgot all my beads at the cabin!) Oh and I designed some more on the stranded mushroom vest. Slow going though. I’m never going to make it before the deadline of 19 May. Might bring the swatch with me for show and tell.