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WIP Zero

As inhabitants of the internet, you’ve surely heard of Inbox Zero, a semi-mythical state of one’s email inbox which increases productivity, reduces stress, and makes everyone around you ooh and aah in admiration.

It’s not a state I see very often; I find a blank screen a little unnerving, I do find it harder to remember things if they’re not right there, and I’m really lazy. Things pile up. It’s just the way I am, and the best intentions cannot fight my very nature.

But I can’t deny the thrill of a good clear-out. File the receipts and interesting articles and fun conversations. Archive all the notifications and marketing emails. Delete everything else. It’s even simpler with RSS feeds. Get behind? Declare RSS bankruptcy. Mark all as read. Done.

It’s not quite so easy with WIPs. It’s more of a wrench to decide that you’re never going to finish that pair of knee-high comedy Fair Isle llama socks, and undo the whole lot. And you can’t often just sit down and finish a bunch of things in one day.

However, that’s exactly what happened yesterday.

First, I cleaned up the photos of my oldest WIP and finally marked the project complete (17 months after finishing).

Switchy Tunic

Switchy Tunic on Ravelry

Then, I finished the ends on a shawl that’s been finished for ages, taunting me with all two trailing threads (five months since cast-off).

Unnecessarily Twee Spring Shawl

Unnecessarily Twee Spring Shawl on Ravelry

Then I finished the last row and cast off on my winter socks (14 months after I cast on).

Offset Cable Socks

Offset Cable Socks on Ravelry

And finally, I added the ZOMGSPARKLEBUTTONS to my new favourite cardigan in the history of ever, Oxide (only 11 months from cast-on to buttons).

Oxide Cardigan

Oxide on Ravelry

Then, all was quiet. No WIPs. My mind was free to think of other things. I was released from the torment of 12 month WIPs nagging at me to finish them.

I lasted about half an hour.

And already casting on the next one. Insatiable! #knitting

WIP Wednesday: 17/04/13

Definitely need a better naming scheme for WIP Wednesday.

Anyway, welcome to this nth edition of WIP Wednesday.

Still mainly three projects keeping me going through these delicious Spring days.

Spring Shawl:

This is getting there. At last. I’m on to the outer edging now so whargarbl excitement. Probably five more rows, then cast-off and blocking. Might finally invest in some blocking wires as I’ve been wanting to do for ages.

Shawl is on final 6 rows! #knitting

unnecessarily twee spring shawl on Ravelry

Orange cardigan:

Getting there as well. Probably needs a couple more inches on the sleeves, then I can do the rib detail. Then I can see how much yarn I have left, finish the lower edge rib, then pick up the button band. You might think this is unnecessarily complicated; well, it probably is. This is what happens when you buy yarn in totally random quantities and don’t do any calculations before you decide on a design. 😀

And the cardigan is looking pretty good too. :D #knitting

oxide cardigan on Ravelry


And even this is going quite well. It’s all in one piece, I’ve added waist facing (I did the best understitching of my life on that waistband, I’m super-proud), and now I need to do the fastening, hem the bottom, and probably add a lining because it sticks to tights like you wouldn’t believe. Not sure whether to use the icky polyester lining I originally bought for it or to splash out on something a bit fancier. My heart is drawn to silk but I’m not sure. Decision for another day.

Skirt is coming along nicely. #sewing

fancified pencil skirt on MSC

And there we go. A goodly amount of progress over the last couple of weeks. Now imagine what I could do if I hadn’t lost entire days to rubbernecking internet drama. 😉

WIP Wednesday: BST roundup

Moving house meant I had to face a few uncomfortable truths about the number of WIPs I had squirrelled away all over the place. I pose to you a philosophical question; is a WIP still a WIP if it’s hibernating? Does it get included in the WIP count? How long does a WIP lie neglected until it goes into hibernation, or must hibernation be a deliberate decision?

We all must make these decisions for ourselves.

Unnecessarily Twee Spring ShawlRavelry link

This had a sudden burst of activity when I finally made myself sit down and figure out how to do the edging, i.e. I pinched an edging from another pattern. Said pattern is Lilah, from Knitty, and required only a little bit of tweaking to make it fit to my stitch count and the flower/foliage theme. I’m probably 2/3 of the way through the edging, so the end is in sight.

Burst of activity on my springy shawl thing. #knitting

Oxide CardiganRavelry link

This only just registers as out of hibernation – I’ve knitted about five rounds on the sleeves. The cotton content makes it harder to knit with cold hands, plus I keep destroying my fingers with oven burns, IKEA-furniture-assembling wounds and most painfully, shampoo bottle injuries. Those sleeves are about half-way done, after which I’ll need to finish the lower edge and pick up the button band.

Also, two-at-a-time sleeves: great in concept, but pretty difficult to check the length. XD #knitting

Hey look, yet another pencil skirt:MSC link [1].

I can’t help myself, I just love them. This one is a self-drafted number, with gathered detail at the front, faced waistband, and some sort of fastening that doesn’t involve a zip because I wanted a challenge (and didn’t buy a zip, apparently). This one’s quite high on the ‘likely to end up stuffed in a WIP bag for months because thinking is hard’ scale so I need to keep close tabs on it.

Attempting a skirt with gathered detail on front. Terrified of taking it to the machine.

In hibernation:

Still in WIP prison are the socks, dressing gown, and actually-finished-jumper-that-just-hasn’t-been-photographed. But one long-lingering project has actually achieved completion, and I’ll be sharing that soon. EXCITING. Perhaps.

1. My Sewing Circle. If there is another hip sewing site (one that focuses on WIPs rather than FOs, tutorials or shops), let me know. MSC seems pretty good so far but I’m willing to experiment.^

WIP Wednesday: same title as last week (damn)

Last week’s title being ‘oxide cardigan plus WOOORDDDDSSSS‘, in case you weren’t here for that one.

Oxide cardigan:

Going well, though it doesn’t actually look much different to last week.

Cardigan is getting there! #knitting #WIP

Still, it’s just about time to start the bottom edge ribbing. I’m thinking something like mistake rib, just to be a bit more interesting than boring old 1×1. But then I’m not sure how I’d do the tubular cast-off and I just don’t know if I can cope without a tubular cast-off.

I’m also approaching the classic panic-point of omg omg am I going to have enough yarn left to do the sleeves halp. This is the point at which the whole thing might end up stuffed into the cupboard with all my other WIPs.

Gameface on. I can do it. The most important thing is to get the ribbing and the button band done. If I end up with short sleeves, I end up with short sleeves.

Why yes I am whimpering like a dog who’s heard the word ‘bathtime’.


My NaNoWriMo story has run face-first into a wall and is now sliding slowly down the brickwork. I should be able to get the last 5000 words out before it hits the floor, but it’s going to hurt. I also reached the zenith of my blogging career by writing a series of blog posts about… blogging. I HAVE MADE IT. Soon I’ll be able to do posts about blogging, posts about blogging about blogging, and ‘this time in this blog’s history’ posts and never have to produce a piece of original content ever again.

Actually, that would suck. I won’t do that. 😀

WIP Wednesday: oxide cardigan plus WOOORDDDDSSSS

I realised this morning that I’d neglected to take any photos of my current project. In fact the Rav page was entirely blank.

Time to fix this.

first photo of this WIP, oops. #knitting #wip #orange

This is a V-neck, raglan-sleeved cardigan (codename: Oxide), in a blend of 50/50 wool/cotton. It is going to have pockets and sparkly buttons.

I’ve been working on this for about a month, but due to NaNoWriMo, progress has been fairly slow. At first glance, knitting might seem incompatible with writing, but I’ve spent a lot of time with it on my lap, picking it up to do a dozen stitches while pondering a suitable word. It’s sort of a comfort blanket, really. Good for deflecting inner editor attacks. And cold legs.

You may remember my initial post about this cardigan, in which I demonstrated my typical, concise, pattern notation. Well, I’ve never met a pattern I haven’t changed, and this is no different. I discovered that I had mis-under-estimated my upper arm measurements, so had to amend for that. I also tweaked the neck shaping to give it more of a scoop, instead of the plain V I was initially planning.

ball o' yarn on my shoulder. totally not weird. #knitting #wip #orange

Looks like I’ve managed to get the underarm C/Os right. The past couple of raglan sleeves I’ve done, I’ve had to cast on too many stitches under the arms. They fit, but they don’t lie flat or fold very well. I think this (only four stitches cast on) will do nicely.

Other projects:

You’re probably sick of hearing about it, but NaNoWriMo is still ongoing and I’m still ahead. In fact I broke 40,000 words last night, which was nice. The end is in sight. Now if only I knew what was supposed to happen at the end of the book. sigh

Let’s not mention sewing. cough

Also the socks and shawl are still around. Somewhere. I think. cough again

So. How’re your WIPs treating you?

tl;dr design

I’m currently working with my other half while his company goes through a startup accelerator program. While he codes and strategises, I’m writing his blog for him.

He’s been working well into the evening, so while I’m waiting for him to get finished, I’ve been doing a lot of thumb-twiddling, internet-browsing, and generally adding to my encyclopaedic knowledge of memes.

Last night, as I was giggling at the newest addition to that knowledge (Cat Bounce), I suddenly realised what I was doing wrong.

I was not knitting.


So this morning, I carted a big bag of delicious yarn into the office, knitted myself a gauge swatch, and did some maths. Here’s what I ended up with.


Twenty lines. Love it.

This is going to be the cardigan with the sparkly buttons I posted about back in March. Top-down, raglan-sleeve, v-neck. Standard-issue except for the zomgawesome buttons and POCKETS. Though it currently lacks – well, any info at all – here’s the Ravelry page.

Looking forward to the 5pm slump onto the beanbags a bit more than I was yesterday. 😀