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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: 24/04/13

Hello, friends, and welcome to another edition of What’s On The Needles (or sewing machine, or floor if I’m being really untidy)

Spring Shawl:

First up, an item that is no longer on the needles. Heh. I cast off on the shawl yesterday evening, and now just need to wait for an optimal time to get it washed and pinned out for blocking. I’m considering waiting until I can buy some blocking wires because I really want some and this would be the perfect use for them. But, I need to wait until I get paid.

Hey look, it's a knitted object without any needles attached to it. #knitting

unnecessarily twee spring shawl on Ravelry

Did I mention that I got a job? If not… I GOT A JOB. Trying not to spend my entire pay check in advance but it’s going to be tough. BUY ALL THE YARN AND KNITTING ACCESSORIES OMG *cough* anyway, moving on…


Yeah, this is the same picture as last week. And it doesn’t look any different, although since that picture was taken I’ve completed the fastening and added the lining. I went for snap fasteners and the crappy polyester; while I’d like to be a bit more sophisticated, it’s all just a bit too slapdash for me to go full-on couture. Next time. When I actually measure things properly.

Skirt is coming along nicely. #sewing

fancified pencil skirt on MSC

No more progress on anything else, but I’m just settling into the new work routine and finding it quite hard to get anything done at home, let alone the knitting. I mean – I’ve started to go on 6am runs because I don’t have the time in the evening. Well. Probably the time, but definitely not the inclination.

NB: if you find out who abducted me and replaced me with someone who goes for runs at 6 in the morning, please punch them in the head. It’s not natural. But at least I get to see lots of dogs being taken for walks. And you’ve got to admit – this is one hell of a running partner.

Can't get over how awesome it is to run with a view like this. :D

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.^

Ravellenic misjudgement.

So, ‘Knitting while watching the Olympics’ kinda turned into ‘Watching the Olympics while browsing Tumblr for amusing gifs and memes’.


I’m not sure what my favourite one was. Probably this one of Epke Zonderland’s epic high bar routine.

Zonderland's routine gif

Though, McKayla is Not Impressed certainly provided some hilarity.

Fortunately, the scarf I was working on was always an unofficial Ravellenics project, so I don’t feel the need to apologise to the public for letting them down. And the Paralympics are still to come, so I do get a bit more time to finish this off.

Day 'oops I forgot to keep track of days or even keep knitting :D #ravellenics

This is as far as I got, by Friday, I think. I stormed through the beginning section, only to slow down dramatically as Tumblr got more interesting, and as I realised I’d have to design an edging on the fly. It was going to be a tall order to finish off an entire scarf’s worth of edging by the end of the closing ceremony, even if I had decided how I wanted to do it. Triangles? Nupps? Flowers? Leaves? I have no idea.

This is why I should always plan a project from beginning to end before I start it. One day, I will take that lesson to heart and apply it to my life. One day.

Ah well.

As I wander off to research edgings for scarves with I-forget-how-many-but-probably-not-a-conveniently-divisible-number-of stitches, I’ll leave you with a pic of another visitor kitty, from another postcode, who is probably the floofiest of the floofy cats I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Another visitor kitty, this one with some serious floof.

Kitty body language is hilarious. This is my favourite ‘I sort of want the attention of a belly rub but I don’t want you thinking I am not the majestic creature I believe myself to be, so I will partially reveal said belly to invite attention but keep my jaws and claws ready to BITEATTACK if I feel you’re enjoying it too much’ pose.

PS I came away from the situation with no broken skin so HA HA HA, floofycat, I win. 😀

WIP Wednesday: is there a medal for tinking?

Why yes, it has been a frustrating day.

I’m into a new section on my Ravellenic shawl. I’ve taken the Madeira pattern from Shipwreck, flipped it so the two sides of the shawl will mirror each other, and offset the two sets of ‘leaves’. Converting from in the round to on the straight means it now involves lace rows on the purl side, so I’m having to convert SSKs to p2togtbls, and then mirror that on the other side. My brain hurts.

Day 4 #ravellenics - slow going!

That’s where I was this morning. That’s pretty much where I am now, too. I misjudged the placement of one side of leaves so I had to unravel almost everything I’ve done today. Gah. Knew I should have put in a lifeline mid-pattern. 😀

The cable socks are still going.

Mustn't forget the socks.

Slightly slower than previously since I am cheating on them with this shawl, and I’m also trying to write down the cable pattern as I go so I can share it with you lovelies.

Anyway… Just a brief check-in before I return to the cycling. Wheee!

surprise!ravellenics project

I finally picked a project with which to disrespect the Olympics.

I stole away (by which I mean bought, don’t worry) some delicious yarn from a shop in Exeter about… a year ago. I think it was my reward to myself for finishing my dissertation, with the intention of making it into a triangular shawl thing. I’ve made one before, an Aeolian to be specific (here’s mine), and while I loooooove it, I mostly wear it as a reading-in-bed-neckwarmer because it doesn’t really go with any of my coats. This yarn still doesn’t really go with any of my coats but is a little bit more subtle than OMGORANGE.

I sat down in front of the Opening Ceremony with the untouched skein. I’m not going to lie; it’s hard to wind yarn when your head is tilted so far to one side in an expression of amused confusion. But I managed it in the end.

My efforts during the opening ceremony last night. #ravellenics

I have to say, I did love the batshit opening ceremony. I am easily embarrassed by things like this but not only is it hard to wind while headtilting, it is also hard to cringe.

I decided to start very plain, just because this is the bit that will get most scrunched up around my neck, and so that there’s a good section where the yarn isn’t overwhelmed by patterning because it’s so pretty. I did a garter tab cast on, and got on my way in stocking stitch. This is how far I got on day 1, while watching everything from swimming to gymnastics to archery to basketball:

Progress after day 1 #ravellenics

LOOK. LIFELINES. As I’m improvising, I expect I’ll end up unravelling bits of it so I wanted to make sure that was as easy as possible.

Day 2, I did a bit more plain stocking stitch, but then thought FLOWERS. Because, spring. I guess? I don’t know. I then realised that this is going to be the most unnecessarily twee shawl I’ve ever seen. Meh. I spent the day mostly trolling around after Team GB after I found this helpful timetable. In between times I gaped at the awesome female weightlifters and tried not to look down at my spindly, weak little arms.

Day 2 #ravellenics

I’ve watched so many events now I’ve lost count of the number of athletes and countries I’ve disrespected with my knitting. I WIIIIIIIIINNN. How about you?