If you follow any craft blogs at all, you’re probably familiar with the concept of WIP Wednesday. But if you’re not, WIP stands for Work In Progress. For some reason, it’s a thing craft bloggers do, showcasing the projects they’re working on on Wednesdays. I don’t know where it started, and who originally came up with the idea, but it’s a nice one. I don’t do it every week, but every once in a while I do like to show my current stuff here. After all, what’s the point in blogging if you can’t do a bit of shameless self promotion every now and then?
My main project at the moment is still Catkin. It’s to go with my dress at a wedding I’m attending in May, so I’m working against a deadline, but I’m confident it’ll be done with time to spare. I’m in the final, one colour section at the bottom now, and the rows are very, very long, but it’s plain sailing from now on. Actually, I expect the actual knitting will be done before the weekend. Casting off might take a little longer though!
I’m enjoying this knit immensely. It’s not the easiest, and the middle section especially requires you to keep your attention to the stitch counts. I find the pattern is very well written though, and much of what seems complicated when reading through it actually makes perfect sense while knitting. Once it’s done and blocked, I intend to dedicate a full post to this shawl and give my complete notes on the project.
The yarn, Malabrigo Sock, is an absolute dream to work with. It’s so luxurious and soft, the stitch definition fantastic, and the colours shine. I picked the Ochre and Fresco y Seco colourways, as I felt they just shout ‘Spring’ and they combine perfectly.
Follow your Arrow
Up until the penultimate week of the Follow your Arrow Mystery KAL I was following along and keeping up. And then I moved and didn’t have any time to knit for a while. And then I needed to get started on Catkin seeing as I’ve got to finish that one before a certain date. So that means that my Arrow has been hibernating for the last month or two. It’s a pity, as it’s another knit I was really enjoying, but it can’t be helped and I do intend to get back to it as soon as Catkin is off the needles. In fact, I took the needles from my Arrow to cast on Catkin, so I’ll have to finish one before I can get back to the other.
Remember Bap? When introducing this hat I mentioned I was writing up the pattern. Well, I did, but then my tendencies to elaborate got the better off me and I decided to expand the pattern to include instructions on how to make this hat in any size using any yarn. So that’s a project that’s turned into quite a bit more work than I thought it would be, with swatching and all that. Still, this will be my first published pattern, and I want to do things right. I’m actually enjoying the process, and learning lots.
Last September I did a workshop on spinning using a simple drop spindle. It was something I had wanted to do for years, so I was delighted to get a chance. I practiced some in the weeks after the workshop, but then the baby was born, and the move happened. I’ve recently recoved the spindle, so now I try to find the time to do a bit of spinning as well. It’s a slow process, but I hope to get the hang of it soon. Here’s my first, not very good attempts at making my own yarn: