WIP Wednesday: One Less Rabbit

Happy Wednesday to you! I have to admit to being a little pleased with myself for managing to post here three weeks in a row. It takes a bit of forethought, which isn’t exactly my forte. On with the show (and tell)!

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The Hook

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Once again, knitting projects have consumed my crafting time, so no progress has been made on my afghan. I really should be getting a couple of squares done each week if I have any hope of using it next winter. How some crocheters can knock out an afghan in a weekweek — in DK yarn no less! — is beyond my comprehension.

I have to admit that I’ve been eyeballing all the fun colors in my stash and have been getting the itch to start another afghan. Maybe a smaller one? I mean, just look a those!

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That reminds me. I don’t think I ever said what I did with those flowers. I need to get a better picture of the garland before I show it off.

The Book

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I made it through the chapter in Embracing The Body that I mentioned last week. I really had nothing to be frightened of. Tara is a beautiful guide. However, the subject of sexuality/sensuality (which, btw, are two different things) tends to be a “hot button” issue, with me at times, and with the Church at large. So much so, that I immediately seem to balk when the subject comes up…which, of course, in a book about embracing our bodies, it is bound to do. Tara handles it beautifully and makes some great points that I’ll be taking with me long after I turn the last dog-eared page. I’ll let you discover them for yourselves, though. Seriously. Get this book!

The Needles

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As you can see, I’ve made tremendous progress on my Milo! I am loving that cable! I chose the bigger twist over the other cables in the pattern because 1) I thought it would be more visible on that dark blue yarn,  and 2) I’m actually pretty phobic about cables and will usually avoid them like the plague. With only one cross every 8 rows, I though it was doable.

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I got started on my February Lady Sweater. It’s just rows of garter stitch at this point, so it’s pretty mindless. After looking at pages and pages of project photos, though, I’m starting to get a little nervous that it’s going to wind up being a very unflattering mass on me. The yarn I’m using is 80% cotton and 20% merino, which I’m afraid might stretch out badly while being worn. I shall just keep plugging along at this point, though, and we shall see.

I did manage to get one project done done this week (one less rabbit), my purple baby hat for CLICK for Babies. I made it with worsted yarn because that’s what I had, but I prefer DK or lighter for infants. I’ll pick up some DK this week. The pattern can be found here. It’s really easy to modify and has become my go-to baby hat. I tweek it by adding the twisted stitches every 4th row. This hat is also 48 stitches vs 68 and knit on US-7s due to the thicker yarn.

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That about does it for me. As usual, I’ll be linking up with the Yarn Along over at Small Things.

Have a great Wednesday!

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Multiplying Like Rabbits

It’s Wednesday! Time for my weekly progress report and my link-up to the Yarn Along over at Small Things.

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The Hook

There absolutely nothing to report on this front. I haven’t touched my crochet hook all week.

The Book

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I’m still reading Embracing The Body by my friend Tara. Slowly. Very slowly. Probably too slowly, if I’m honest. I can’t help it, really. Most of the pages are looking like this:

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See all the blue? It’s good stuff, folks! Really! I’ve gotten to a chapter that frightens me a little, and so I’ve been standing on the cusp of it for a few days. Funny, really, as one of the recent “Touch Point” excercises at the end of a chapter was to stand on the edge of something. Hmm. Perhaps I should revisit that. It might help me to move forward.

Speaking of moving forward…

The Needles

Now that the little sweater I was knitting is off the needles…

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…my WIPs seem to be multiplying like rabbits!

I’m still working on the Baktus.

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It’s now approximately 15 inches wide and getting hard to photograph.

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I cast on for a cute, purple baby hat this week. It will be donated to Seattle Children’s as part of their CLICK for Babies campaign. My LYS picked CLICK for this year’s charity project. The project provides parents with purple hats and information on preventing shaken baby syndrome. You can read more about it on their website. I’ll be making several of these hats in the next few months.

If that weren’t enough, I also started a Milo (dark blue) for Tikki Knits’ “Milo May” and swatched for a me-sized sweater!

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A monogamous knitter I am not! Ha! Soon I’m going to have to start a zoo of monsters for upcoming birthdays. I promised my nephew a rainbow Hugo the Couch Potato Monster! His birthday is in early September, so I best get cracking on that.

So, what are you working on? Do you have a case of startitis, too? Tell me about it in the comments.

Have a great Wednesday!

~Janet

WIP Wednesday: Two In A Row

Woohoo! I’m linking up with the Yarn Along two weeks in a row! Such a silly, simple, yet daunting accomplishment. I might just get the hang of this blogging thing yet. 😉  On to my progress report.

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The Hook

I’ve made no progress here this week as I’ve been mostly focused on knitting. I’ve made great progress in that area. Still, here’s a gratuitous picture of my afghan in progress.

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One day, it will completely cover the bed. I may be 80 at this rate, though. 🙂

The Books

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Truth be told, I haven’t done much reading this week, either. Gah! I love both books. It’s that old “read or knit” conundrum, and knitting has been winning out.

The Needles

So here is where the bulk of my free time has been going.

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If you’ll remember, last week I only had the collar of this little sweater completed. Today, I’m nearly to the hem! I’m trying desperately to beat little one’s arrival, or finish it as soon after little one is born as possible. Ive been searching for a bit of lace to add to the hem, but can’t come up with a pattern I like or that fits the stitch count. Next time I knit one of these, I’ll pick a lace pattern earlier so I can accommodate it when working the underarm section where it won’t be obvious. In the mean time, I think I’ll finish this off with the garter hem in the pattern.

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It may not be obvious in the photo, but I’ve made significant progress on my Baktus. The progress seems to go slower as the rows get wider. I suppose that’s true for any shawl…er…scarf… Scawl? Sharf? Whatever you want to call it. I’m loving the colors in this yarn, although I’m really hoping my friend doesn’t find it too rough around her neck.

That about does it for me this week. What are you crafting or reading? Let me know in the comments, or, better yet, come join us over at the Yarn Along!

Have a great Wednesday!

~Janet