Last weekend saw Louise of KnitBritish and Leona-Jayne of Fluph shop, Dundee collaborate & hold a #bigwiprip session – Rip up your works in progress (WIPs), frog your project, and release the yarn for a new exciting knitting pattern!
Still working through jet lag from my trip to the States, a trip to Dundee was not on the cards, so I joined in from home along with other folks from the online community.
I had one obvious WIP that needed to be frogged. This project using Rowan Summer Tweed (now discontinued) is something I’ve just not enjoyed doing. I love the colour, and the silk cotton combination gives the yarn a lovely soft feel. Although I found the overall knobbly texture quite difficult to knit with, making slow progress of the ‘pass slipped stitches over’ in the pattern.
Having tackled this project on a few occasions and put it back on the WIP pile I came to the conclusion there was no point in carrying on with it so RIP IT UP I did & what a great feeling!
Now what to do with this yarn. I think a garter stitch pattern is called for with minimal sewing up.
Louise Scollay of KnitBritish first got me focusing on my WIPs back in September 2014 when I listened to her Podcast. Louise along with Nic from Yarns From The Plain set up a Ravelry Knit Along (KAL) – no cost, no yarn or patterns to buy – instead a KAL completing those WIPs, aptly called #WIPCrackAway.
Most of my WIPs fall into the category I call ‘the all too difficult stage.’ This usually means I’ve gone horrendously wrong & it requires a lot of effort to work through the solution, some detailed measuring is required, my gauge has gone a little astray, or I’ve reached a very complicated stage or stitch that requires a lot of concentration & does not suit car or TV knitting!
I have slowly started working through & finishing off my WIPs. With each one finished I reward myself with casting on a new project!!! It’s a great incentive, believe me!
Earlier this year I bought this beautiful Victorian Cot from Marsha Swanzy and what a perfect way to house all my WIPs. It acts as a good motivator as I walk past it numerous times everyday and there are all my WIPs looking at me, not stuffed hiding away in the bottom of some cupboard – out of sight – out of mind.
I currently have six, more than I’d like although not as many as others. I especially felt better when I listened to The Crochet Circle podcast and heard about their WIPWall.
1 to 3 need time when I can concentrate
- Fair Isle Socks
- Fair Isle Slippers
- Cable jumper
- Vest / Shawl / Ponch all it one – needs measuring to finish final section
- Jumper – needs neckline added
- Jumper – One of my friends recently asked if the knitting on my needles was a sleeve – uhm, no it’s suppose to be the front of my jumper! It appears I maybe a little delusional about my body size! I’d like to think some strong blocking will work although the reality is I probably need to Frog It!
Bye for now.