WIP Wednesday: A Pinwheel and A Confession

Alas! ‘Tis Wednesday! The day set aside for Works In Progress to be revealed to the masses. The day designated for linking up with fellow crafters at yonder site known as “Small Things.” The day for reckoning just what I have and have not accomplished over the past seven days.

The Hook

Umm…

Not much progress on the Magnum Opus this week. I’ve been focused elsewhere. Loving Threads (my church knitting/crocheting/quilting group) is this Saturday, so I’m planning on bringing my afghan to work on. I’ll try to get some pictures this meeting and tell you a bit about our little group.

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The Book

Ha!

Book? Book? I know not this word.

In all seriousness, any reading I’ve done this week has really been in blogs. I’ve been catching up on the blogs in my blog roll, which I just remembered I need to actually create here.

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I’ve pretty much given up on reading Bonhoeffer. I’m just finding that I’m not all that interested right now. I think I liked the idea of reading it along with the book club, but, in reality, it started feeling more like an assignment than a choice. Weird, I know. I was like that in school, too. If it was my idea, I was all over it. But, if it was an assignment, it was drudgery. I’m sure this book will tickle my fancy at some point. Right now, I’m trying not to let these little feelings of guilt settle in for not reading it. I’ve been talking about not reading it for a month!

The Needles

Now here is where my focus has been!

I’ve been working on the Pinwheel Blanket that I mentioned last week, and I’m very nearly done. I worked the blanket until there were 30 stitches in each wedge section, and now I’m knitting a seed stitch ruffle as the edging. The ruffle is created by knitting into the front and back of every stitch, thus doubling the number of stitches. So, what was once a 300 stitch edge is now a 600 stitch edge! I had to switch to my 60 inch cable to accommodate all those stitches, and it feels like it takes an eon to knit a round.  I know the end result will be great, though, so it’s certainly worth it! I should be done by the weekend. I’m trying to beat Little One’s arrival.

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To give myself a bit of a break, and my thumb a rest from purling, I knitted up a quick little hat for Little One and started another. I don’t think I mentioned it in the last post, but Little One’s gender isn’t known, thus the “neutral” colors. I think the little red hat is rather Christmas-y, don’t you?

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I also got a few more rounds done on the sock in my purse while visiting my parents this past weekend.

I think that concludes my progress report for this week. What are you reading or working on? Join the Yarn Along, or tell me in the comments. I’d love to know!

Have a great Wednesday!

~Janet

WIP Wednesday: On My Hook, On My Needles, and In My Lap

It’s time for my weekly link-up with Ginny over at Small Things.  I think this is my sixth Yarn Along post. I do really enjoy it. Each week it seems I discover a new blog or a new pattern I want to try. It seems my weeks just fly by! One would think that, as a single working woman, I would have more free time. I worked six nights last week, though, and “free time” wasn’t always “free.” That affected my crafting and reading time, of course.

Anyway, on with the post!

The Hook

This is starting to sound a little redundant, but I’m still working along on my afghan, or my “Magnum Opus” as I like to call it. I missed my challenge deadline of having 23 squares totally completed. No matter, I plan on working on it in earnest in the coming weeks. I would like to be able to use it this Winter, at least for a little while. I don’t have a new photo, but here’s a peek into that tote I mentioned a couple weeks ago.

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The Book

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I’m not sure why I keep taking pictures of Bonhoeffer when I haven’t touched all week. Maybe to remind myself to get on it! The next book club meeting is the 14th.

The “book” I did read this week was that voters’ pamphlet. Did you vote yesterday? To be perfectly honest, I didn’t care much about who was running in my area, but that didn’t stop me from doing my civic duty and voting. I won’t tell you how or for whom I voted. My political views are my own business. I’m actually not sure how the election went. There were a couple of initiatives I was particularly interested in, so I should at least check those out. The point is that I voted, and I hope you did, too, regardless of how.

The Needles

In case you missed it, I finished the monster I was knitting for Louise. Now I’ve moved on to knitting a baby blanket for a friend of a friend.

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Doesn’t look much like a blanket, does it? It’s a Pinwheel Baby Blanket. It is started with six stitches and is worked completely in the round, increasing every other row. You can see the radial yarn-over lines in the photo. It’s my favorite baby blanket to knit because it’s so easy and is different than a “normal” blanket. Because it is knit in the round, there is no purling until the edging and no flipping your work over to knit back and forth. Any yarn will work, and you just knit until it’s a size you like. The pattern is actually rather easy. Once you get beyond the beginning and use stitch markers, you don’t even have to think. Great TV or church knitting! (Yes, I knit in church. 😉 )

There are 10 radii forming 10 sections. Currently, I have 24 stitches per sectionsection for a total of 240 stitches. It’s about 24 inches across at this point. I only have one skein of this yarn (discontinued), but I think I can get it to 30 inches.

The Lap

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When I started this post, this was the view of my lap. Jasper in his favorite spot. He moved after I got a little too excited while watching the soccer (futbol/football) game that was on.

Now the game is over (Liverpool lost 😦 ), this post is done 😉 , and it’s bedtime for this night nurse. Well, as soon as I link up to the Yarn Along, that is.

Have a great rest of your day!

~Janet

WIP Wednesday: Ears and Toes and In Between

Good grief! It’s Wednesday again! I don’t think I was aware of how quickly the weeks passed until I started joining the Yarn Along every week…or most every week. I guess that’s one benefit of doing this. That awareness and marking of time. So, once again, it’s time for my weekly progress report.

The Hook

I’m still plugging away on the afghan squares. I’m doing a challenge in one if my Ravelry groups and need to have 28 squares done by the end of the month and all of their ends woven in. So far, I have 22 squares with the ends woven in on only 5 of them.  Eep! I’m going to have to crochet like crazy to meet my challenge! I feel like I’m running out of creative ways to photograph the squares, which a problem given how long this is going to take. So, here they are on my double bed, where the afghan will eventually live. That block of 20 squares would be a nice size for a baby blanket. I’ll have to remember that. The quilt has a story, but that’s for another time.

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The Book

*sigh*

I feel like this category is taunting me. I haven’t read any book all week. I’ve read articles and blogs. I’ve read a letter from my sponsor child. I had a great conversation with my bff today about a book. Truly. She’s reading it and really liking it (Know What You Believe). I’m going to add it to my “to read” list. But, alas, I haven’t actually read a book.

The title of my post relates to a book by my favorite author for the very young, Sandra Boynton, called Horns to Toes and In Between. I don’t have a copy of it myself, but I gave one to a new little one recently. If you have littles, or know some, check out Sandra’s books.  The titles of the post and book lead me to…

The Needles

I’m less excited about what is on my needles and more excited about what just came off of them! I’ll give it a full post on Friday, but here’s a sneak peek.

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Ears…

On my needles is this sock.

...and Toes...

…and Toes…

I’ve been working on this sock since March. Yes, March. I don’t really knit socks that slowly. I’ve knocked out a pair in less than two weeks when it was the only thing I was working on. That certainly is not the case with this poor sock. It lives in my purse, inside that cute bag (made by my bff), and goes with me pretty much everywhere. It’s my “emergency knitting,” because one always needs a project with them for those unexpected wait times.  😉 The sock is the “Diagonal Lace Sock” from Wendy Johnson’s book Socks From The Toe Up. This is my fourth pair of socks from this book. It’s a great book with well-written patterns for every knitting level. The pattern I’m using is simple enough to memorize…or figure out if you haven’t picked the sock up in a while. Great for on-the-go knitting!

That about does it for this week’s post. Time to link up to the Yarn Along over at Small Things. Check back Friday to see what’s connected to those ears.  🙂