Friday, October 2, 2009

W.I.P. Week Knitting Version~Simple Shawl~

Currently on the needles is this Simple Yet Effective Shawl. I'm also holding two pairs of socks hostage. I'm stuck at the heel and despite two very good offers to help me turn the heels, I can't get them finished. This month is socktoberfest, though. This challenge must be for me. Wouldn't it be nice to wear some handknit socks this winter?
Yes. It would.
And just in case I wasn't clear...the projects I've shared took me all summer to knit. I'm not fast, but I am really happy to report that when I started knitting last year I had no plans to give away my knitting. There was no way. I called myself a selfish knitter. Now my pace is quickening, and though knitting is still a huge time investment compared to sewing, I have successfully given away three knit items without anxiety. I even have plans to give away more.
This means I must get busy.

10 comments:

  1. Nice, Heather -- so glad you are continuing to improve you skills and vast array of talents! Keep up the good work.

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  2. My shawl is still a WIP. It has been a WIP for 5 years now! Pretty pathetic. You would think that 70 dollars of yarn sitting in a big heap would motivate me, but NO! I might have my grandma work on it while she is here. Maybe if she gets more done it will motivate me to finish it. The plus side of an unfinished shawl is that I am making steady progress on Diya's blanket.

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  3. This would definitely be a great month to release those socks from the UFO files! I'm glad you've stuck with the knitting - look at all the stuff you've completed!

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  4. Fantastic! I love seeing all the projects you're finishing up. You helped motivate me to wrap up a couple things I've left sitting around. One project, which was supposed to be a poncho and is now a simple, loose sweater, has been stuffed in my closet since before Kellan was born. Heck, it was there a year before I even got pregnant. Yikes.

    Good luck with the socks! And I love the color of the yarn you chose for the shawl!

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  5. I know that the birthday fairy will be bringing me some yarn perfect for a shawl like that- I just wish I had the yarn now!

    I always get flustered at the heel of socks. I put them away for a couple of days and go back and it works out. Heels still boggle my mind!

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  6. Good luck with those socks! You should totally just go for it on those heels! :-) I forgot it was Socktoberfest, I should try to finish up a couple of pairs this month.

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  7. are you stuck turning the heel or actually picking up the gusset stitches? the first sock positively sucked and was a big huh? then it all clicks and it was like you always knew how to do it. i did the SYES and my first socks last year so it is a bit like looking back on time. Hope you get it. It is worth it!

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  8. Good luck on the socks! I always find turning socks to be an exciting adventure! Maybe you'll inspire me to work on a pair that have been sitting on the needles for a while. And I do love that blue yarn for the shawl!

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  9. i need to start knitting again! i like the idea of a shawl. that will be perfect for fall/winter. xox

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