Knit WIPs: So Many Projects, So Little Time

When I first started knitting I never expected to have so many concurrent WIPs, or Works in Progress. Since yarn crafting is just a hobby, I work on whatever I want to. Which typically ends up with me trying too many things at once and a pile of WIPs.

I have more than enough to keep me busy. After going through the list of projects, I came up with three to focus on. So whenever the knitting itchy hits me, I am not allowed to work on any other projects than what you see below.

a half-finished hand-knit scarf made with green blanket yarn and size US11 needles

This dark, forest green, K2, P2 scarf is my brain-numbing project that is quick to get lost in and quick to work up. A great way to quiet my anxious mind. I can listen to an audiobook, getting lost in the story without providing a lot of attention to my knitting.

Made with a thick blanket yarn and beautiful wood, size US11 needles means it will be finished before the snow falls. Making accessories are an excellent way to attain a sense of accomplishment, providing a delicious boost of serotonin in your brains. I'm also excited to wrap this plush softness around my neck and face during winter in Connecticut.

This next project should be more prominent in my knitting schedule, but I honestly lost my momentum for it. Hence the start of the scarf above.

My first cowl project, the biggest item I am attempting to knit. Although I did find it to be overwhelming more than halfway through, I will finish it. The determination is still there, just not the patience. It's not often I work with finger weight yarns and size US4 needles.

Anywho, in a small alley in South Norwalk, there’s a wonderfully colorful and inviting shop called Jean’s Closet. I wandered in one day, getting lost in the possibilities when I came upon a gorgeous gradient teal cowl kit.

The four skeins of dark to light teals pulled me in, and the pattern seemed doable for my advanced beginner experience. You don't need to know a lot of stitches (sts) beyond the basic: knit, purl, slip sts, and wyif (with yarn in front).

Pattern: Garden Trellis Shawl by Rosann Fleischauer / Urth Yarns Merino Gradient Kit 807.

What I often hesitate to disclose about myself as a yarn crafter, is that more than a few projects sitting in a drawer not yet finished are because I tend to hold off weaving in the ends. Other yarn crafters may agree with me here when I say, my least favorite part of knitting and crocheting is weaving in those damned ends.

This adorable pair of wristers below is made from two skeins (one black, one orange) of merino wool purchased from Circle of Stitches in Salem, MA. I plan to finish these this weekend. No excuses!

One reached out hand, turned down, wearing a finished hand-knit fingerless glove. The cuff is orange and the body of the glove is black
One reached out hand, turned up, wearing a finished hand-knit fingerless glove. The cuff is orange and the body of the glove is black.

This concludes my top three to focus on. I hope you enjoyed the yarn porn, my rants, and maybe even picked up an idea for your own projects?

This weekend, I'll be posting the finished wristers on my Instagram. Follow me if you dare @ jadesiren