Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Twenty five pairs and a jumper

There has been a WIP fest in a Ravelry group I hang out in.  I felt I should make an effort.

First off was the jumper of doom.  Martin's jumper is made from New Lanark bulky wool using Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System pattern.  I cast it on in 2010 and it wasn't a particularly complicated project yet I kept putting it off and off.

So I dusted it off and got on with it.  And it is now done.  There are short rows in the back of the neck to make the it taller.  I did 2x2 rib on the neck, collars and bottom edge.  Originally the bottom had a simple cast on and no rib but it was curling terribly.  After some googling I found a wonderful tutorial by Eunny Jang showing how to pick up the stitches and knit down.  And it looks great!

Can you see the join?  Me either.  Once I had finished the jumper I immediately cast on a new jumper, but more about that another time.

The other big part of my WIP guilt is socks.  I love knitting socks and if I don't have one to hand I will cast on a new one... This has led to a ridiculous amount of sock WIPs.  I decided to bring them all together and was more than a little shocked to find I had 25 pairs in various states.  This clearly needs attacking.

So, first off is an audit.
Pairs 1, 2 and 3: These three are the nearest to completion

 Pair 1:

Yarn - Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 cotton maya
Status - two completed socks
Notes - these two socks were separated so it was only when I was collating the WIPs that I discovered the two had been finished.  However, they do not match, one has a slipstitch heel and one a plain.  One is shorter than the other.
Action - sew in the ends and enjoy the new pair, who cares that they are a little mismatched.
Update - completed!

Pair 2:

Yarn - Brown/Green stripy stuff
State - two completed socks
Action - sew in the ends - now done.

Pair 3:

Yarn - Lorna's Lace - Shepherd Sock - love this yarn it's bonkers
State - one completed sock and one with a wonky toe.
Action - pick up stitches from toe, complete toe and sew in ends.  Now done.

Pair 4:

Yarn - Opal?  Regia?  Not sure.
State - one completed sock and one just started
Notes - This is the most recent pair I have been working on so these are in my bag when I am out.  Hopefully these will be completed soon.

Pair 5:

Yarn - Schoeller and Stahl Fortissima Colori Socka 
State - one almost complete sock
Notes - Big Foot!  Rib leg - for Martin

 Pair 6:

Yarn - Regia Design Line - Kaffe Fassett - I have a bit of a weakness for this yarn and have a lot in my stash. 
State - half way up the foot of sock one
Action - find ball two...

Pair 7:

Yarn - The Yarn Yard Magic Carpet (isn't it stunning?)
State - Working two at a time just passed the heel
Pattern - generic toe up vanilla pattern with a slip stitch heel
Story - I took this to York with me for a knitters get together a few years ago and I had the socks on two needles.  It became a bit of a group knit.  Still not finished them though. Maybe I should take them to the next York meet up? 

Pair 8:

Yarn - Not sure what this yarn is - perhaps a Jitterbug?  It has that high twist
State - One completed sock, but it has something weird going on at the top - need to frog back and reknit.  Suspect it has been cut with scissors?  Accidental or by a child, not sure...

Pair 9:

Yarn - Regia Design Line - Kaffe Fassett (yes another one)
State - working two at a time, just turned the heels
Nice easy knit, this one is next to the sofa for TV knitting.  Should be done soon.

Pair 10:

Yarn - Regia knitted strip
State - Half way up foot one.
Note - I have no idea what patten this is.  It is just worked on one side of the foot - perhaps a twisted rib.  Any ideas?

Pair 11:

Yarn - Schoppel-wolle Zauberball - oh how I love this yarn.  Not the easiest to knit with, it can be a bit splitty but it is stunning to look at.
State - one completed sock.  I think this is a toe-up sock, will need to examine to be sure.  Simple roll top at the top, no ribbing.

Pair 12:

Yarn - The Yarn Yard Clan
State - One completed sock.  This has been on hold for ages.  I completed the first one but used more than half of my black yarn.  I bought more from The Yarn Yard and it doesn't match.  Not sure whether to have slightly mismatched socks or not.  The replacement yarn is a very dark green.  (See second photo)

Pair 13:

Yarn - Lorna's Lace - Shepherd Sock - love this yarn it's bonkersState - Generic toe up sock with 2x2 ribbing once the toe was complete. Super stretchy!Not sure of the yarn - Opal? Regia?

Pair 14:

Yarn - Colinette Jitterbug.  I adore this yarn, has a great twist which gives fantastic stitch definition.
State - half way up first foot.  Using purl stitches randomly to emphasise spots of colour.

Pair 15:

Yarn - Schoppel-wolle Zauberball - love it...
State - One completed sock.  Plain foot, ribbed leg.

Pair 16:

Yarn - Regia or Opal?
State - One completed sock
Action - need to find the second ball of yarn..

Pair 17:

Yarn - Crazy Zauberball
State - Need to find the yarn for this.  Simple vanilla sock.

Pair 18:

Yarn - Lorna's Lace - Shepherd Sock - love this yarn it's bonkers
State - one completed sock and one with a wonky toe.
Action - pick up stitches from toe, complete toe and sew in ends.  Now done.

Pair 19:

Yarn - Regia - Kaffe Fasset
Pattern Leyburns - a fantastic pattern and deceptively simple.
State - One complete sock
Action - find yarn and knit another!

Pair 20:

Yarn - Cascade Yarn - Sassy Stripes - super cute yarn
State - One completed sock - I notice this one was knitted in 2010 - whoops!
Action - Just bloody knit the other!

Pair 21:

Yarn - Yarn Yard yarn - can't remember which one. 
State - One half sock.Action - This has been frogged a few times and may be ripped back again to the top of the heel and then maybe a cable or a lace pattern.

Pair 22

Yarn - Colinette Jitterbug
State - One complete and one half foot.
Note - These were cast on in October 2008 - oh my!

Pair 23:

Yarn - Lorna's Lace - Shepherd Sock - love this yarn it's bonkers
State - One complete, one top.  These are huge - I suspect the yarn is nearer DK than 4ply.  These may end up in the frog pool...

Pair 24:

Yarn - Yarn Yard caber 
State - One half foot
Pattern - Gansey sock by Wendy Johnson

Pair 25:

Saving the best 'til last.
Yarn - Regia World College Colour - affectionally known as bargain balls.
State - One completed sock and one toe.
This is a knee high sock and in 2D looks hilarious!  Need to copy the increases to match the second sock.  Interestingly I am using the second ball in reverse so the stripe order will reverse.

So there you have it.  Shameful isn't it?  They are now all logged and in one basket all together.  My intention is to work my way through them and no new socks may be cast on.

Want to know something else?  I think there may be more sock WIPs somewhere... and let's not think about non-sock WIPs....