July has been a very barren month for fiber crafting! We started the kitchen remodel on the fifth of July (post to come), and I didn’t touch a needle or fiber again for weeks. But this weekend was a long scheduled finishing weekend with my knitting friends, and I finally got my hands on some yarn at least.
We all dug out unfinished projects and got to work. Many, many ends were sewn in to complete already knitted projects. Here are the three I did – a green handspun cowl, a lace crescent handspun shawl, and a color blocked red, white and black scarf that was my lunch knitting project at work.
Just as many projects that had lost their appeal were frogged and the yarn recovered.
We all had sweaters (and even one dress!) that needed seaming and just a bit of detail work. Projects that had been in bins and under beds for years were pulled out to see the light of day. Some died in the frog pile, some were put on the road to actual wearable garment.
Sadly, some of the projects had not survived the moths.
Elizabeth Zimmerman played as an accompaniment. I love the way she talks about knitting! “Fraught” one moment, easy peasy for all in the next. With the occasional cat wandering through.
Some of the work took place at Coin Toss, a microbrewery, because seaming always goes smoother with cider and beer. (Despite what that picture makes it look like, there was no inebriated stitching.)
I got the collar knitted and most of the seaming done on a cabled cardigan I started in 2012. One sleeve left to attach and a zipper to buy. I also sewed in the ends on the three projects shown above, and gave away an almost finished white lace shawl (started in 2009!) to a friend who was going to knit one for a wedding and now only has to finish the border of mine.
We had so much fun and were so productive that we are going to make it a quarterly event. Next time is in October in Seattle.
And it helped with my list of knitting WIPs, though not a dramatic dent as I hadn’t put the finished-knitting-but-still-with-loose-ends on the list. Here’s where the knitting now stands:
- Fingerless gloves – finished
- Red sweater – my oldest WIP, knit years ago, it just needs a crocheted edging and buttons, but will it even fit now?
- Blue Urban Aran sweater – Update: collar done, seaming almost complete, need to buy zipper
- Shawl in Tosh blues – frog, find a better contrast yarn and restart
- Pink handspun slippers– frogged and yarn returned to stash
- D’s cupcake– frogged
- Daily temperature scarf– felting has begun – remaining yarn returned to stash
- Novelty scarf on giant needles– frogged and yarn donated
- Orange sweater– frogged and yarn donated
- Blue-gray socks– finished and given away
- Ladybug sweater– frogged and yarn returned to stash
- Aeolian shawl – given away for Leslie M. to finish as a wedding shawl
- New Start: –Blooming shawl in green silk – frogged – I couldn’t face all that thread like yarn. It is put away for when I start craving delicate lace knitting again
It is really hard to not start up a new project. I don’t think I’ve ever had so few knitting projects in the WIP pile! Still more destruction than construction, mind you, but still a lot removed from the to-do list, which is a relief.
I even got a little done on the only project on the crocheting WIP list. My son’s monster now has weird flappy ears. Just eyes left to do, as soon as I find where I put the white felt.
Now I really need to get cracking on the sewing front!