WIP's and WISBWO's

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

the pic above is a sneak peek of a new tutorial coming soon! i hope you all are going to luv it as much as i do. i'm totally crushing on bari j's new line splendor 1920. it makes me feel all warm and cozy and wanting to sip tea and do embroidery. i heart it.
i've been busy making but crazily enough none of it is xmas presents.  while i find this daring and somewhat freeing it's also weird. i have never not gone a christmas without making at least one gift and i'm sure i'll end up making at least 1-2 but as of right now...nada.  i know...it's wild!  must be all that kahlua i've been sipping!   i took a tally of some of my wip's (work in progress) and my wisbwo's (work i should be working on)(yes, i totally made that acronym up, i rock like that) and thought i would show you all that a) i'm not wonder woman and never get 3/4 of the project i start even half way completed b) i always bite off more than i can chew c) i think that i am in fact 3 human beings and that there really is 84 hrs in a day and d) that sleep is for the weak.  i in fact will openly admit this isn't even half of it but it's a good chunk of what's in baskets hidden away in my sewing area.

i got a little irritated with some of my knitting wip's and even unravelled a few and rewound them.  that my friends is really wild.  that i did without kahlua. not even a sip.  i just looked at it and went - meh.....ripping this out.  done.  felt good.  no guilt, yet here i am telling you all about it and now feeling a tad remorseful for the project that is no more. oh...wait....a tiny inkling of wistfulness....and....it's gone.  done.  bye bye.  see?  that was ok. i survived.  now i need to allocate that yarn to a new project or donate it or sell it.  cleaning out and moving on.  i think if we all allowed ourselves the freedom to just "let projects go" sometimes our creative souls would feel so much lighter.  we all carry the baggage around of the "unfinished projects" or the ones "we have no time for but need to work on" or the "ones that we think are gonna be amazing but fail horribly and make us re-evaluate if we should even keep on making".  they all gather taking up precious real estate in a corner of your brain and drain energy that could be spent making projects that simply make you happy.  so for this xmas and for the new year i am only going to attempt to work on projects that "make me happy".  if the others don't make the list they simply will be undone or reworked.  i just don't have the energy to expend on them anymore.  sheat happens and nobody is perfect.  if it doesn't work out, try again or move. simple as that. we all grow the more we create.  the more you practice the better you get and the better you get the more you learn and to me, learning and growing are what feeds my soul and my hands.
i recently picked up this yummy scarf shown above and seriously have been wearing it everyday.  i swear these colors just scream shannon right now.  i have been bundling up with this warm color palette during all of these grey blustery days we've been having.  it puts a smile on my face and keeps me warm.  a win/win in my book.

i've also been busy working on my next tutorial for the fat quarter gang.  i'm up in about 2 weeks and i'm working on something fun using pat bravo's new line "rock 'n romance".  i've been trying to clean up my sewing workspace so i can finally show you all some shots of my new sewing wall that's been up for months now that i still haven't blogged about (oops).  while i was cleaning up i realized some goodies that i haven't blogged about yet or in a while.  remember my audrey above?  so purdy in that yummy red!  i've been plugging away at it when i have the time but it keeps getting put on the back burner.  i started it last fall in the hopes of wearing it for xmas 2011 and never got it done and what do you know....i'm hoping to wear it this xmas but really don't think it's going to happen.  i'm going to remain optimistic though.  so in the meantime it's hanging out with a gorgeous skein of lace weight madeline tosh in calligraphy that i. am. obsessed. with.  i just keep swatching and swatching and know soon she will be a new design.
i recently cast on an "oatmeal pullover" while we were away a few weeks ago and i'm hoping to be wearing this cozy sweater very soon too. i'm just about at my hips and plan on making mine a tad longer and doing short sleeves instead of long ones.  i'm hoping it will cure the horrible case of sleevitis i have going on. the yarn is one of our groups fave go tos for quick cowls and chunky sweaters at an affordable price and it's by lion brand yarn.  i used the lion brand wool-ease chunky in colorway "wheat " for my oatmeal pullover.  i also recommend their wool-ease thick and quick weight as well.  both chunky and thick and quick are regulars for gifts and quick knits.
that lovely rainbow colored yarn is patiently waiting for the new year for me to cross one of my new years resolutions off the list.  i really want to make my first pair of socks.  i've knit my whole life and never made socks.  you see i hate wearing socks. i know it's sorta weird but i just hate having them on my feet. it's bothered me since i was a little girl and used to pay my younger sister pennies to put my socks on for me. i couldn't even touch them.  word to the wise never ever put socks fresh from the dryer near me.  it's like nails on the chalkboard.

needless to say it's weird that i want to take all that time to knit socks when i hate wearing them but the way i see it is that maybe if i make them and i choose the feel of them i just may wear them?  what do you think?  yay or nay?  well i ponder this life altering decision (not) the sock yarn is hanging out with my startings of "folded".  now this yarn i want to just wrap around my body and wear as a cloak (so now i'm nude, with no socks and a cloak made of gold malabrigo sock yarn...not a pretty picture my friends) it's that glorious.  i've got enough to make a garment and chose folded in the springtime.  it's now sat there crying for me to pick it back up.  sad thing is that i feel like i've lost my gumptcha (is this a word?) to make it anymore.  i've been tempted to rip it out and start another project with the yarn but each time i go to start to unravel i stop and think about how long it took me to actually knit what i have done and that i really do love folded.  so it still sits all curled up in it's knitting bag....waiting.....and waiting....for me to actually do what i wrote about at the start of this post. time to be brave ladies.  who's with me?

what are you all working on?  seriously, i love to hear about what you're making. i think it's one of my fave questions to ask you all.  i also adore when you link up posts showing what you're working on or recently made so i can pop by and say hi!  so come on...put the mug down and say hello :)  i promise it's fun.....

23 comments:

  1. I'm working on a gramps sweater for my nephew...and then a pair of socks for my brother in law who is deployed. Crossing my fingers that I can get them both done in time!!!

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  2. I am working on: two quilts, a cushion cover, two mini quilts, and an advent calendar! I haven't touched my knitting needles in weeks, and I really would like to, but I've got to get this stuff done by the holidays, eek! I would love to learn to knit a pair of socks too. Maybe I'll get brave and take the plunge with you? :)

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  3. oh my, too many wips going on around here. christmas stockings half done. jammies for three out of four of my kids half done. quilt squares cut out in a pile. sigh. also, too many wisbwos too. floor pillows and book slings for my big boys' room. we want to make the kids a teepee for christmas. fabric bought. nothing else done. christmas is nearly here. time to get busy.
    i need a sewing room, that's the problem i think, but we're working on it. just started framing up the basement last weekend! yay! can't wait to see your sewing wall....

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  4. I have finished a couple of xmas gifts, but keep cutting down the list because I don't feel like being stressed this year. Plus, I just want to keep knitting stuff for myself! It is so freeing!!! I realized that I could knit my kids new mittens and hats over the holidays and not be worried about it, and they wouldn't give a rat's arse if they were in their stockings on Dec 25th or not, you know?? It's all good!
    However, the Sand and Sea shawlette I started months ago for my mother in law is taking tooooooo loooong, and I don't even enjoy it anymore. I also feel that way about my Wisteria sweater. I know once it is done I will wear the heck out of it, but finding the oomph to actually keep knitting it is hard.

    Maybe I need to pick up kahlua when I hit the liquour store tomorrow. ;)

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  5. The WISBWO are finally getting some attention. I finished up the commissioned fingerless gloves today, and got another repeat on the rag bathmat I'm working on for a friend. The Baby sweater of many cables is just not calling to me, though.....

    (instead I want to cast on for cowls and shawls and scarves to keep cozy in this chilly wet weather!!)

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  6. Currently making ... a mess. I can't stand the way I've got the furniture in the office/craft space, so I'm moving things around. But once it's back in order I'm going to make a Star Trek themed muslin blanket for my nephew!

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  7. hmmm... i'm working on leg warmers for me!

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  8. I completely know what you mean. I sometimes have so many projects and thoughts on the go, written down in a haphazard way. It just gives me brain ache. I get a maximum of two mornings a week without the girls where I can 'work'. The whole time I have to keep telling myself that I need to be concentrating on tasks that I cannot do when the girls are around. Focus Focus Focus! I have decided that I should have two major projects on the go at any one time so that I can feel like I am achieving something and not just flitting about. The evenings are my time to knit! I would love to spend all day knitting, but I am forcing myself to just do it in the evenings. Again I seem to be guilty of having too many things on the go. I probably need to be more disciplined and I would get more done :-) Having said all of that I have some Christmas fabrics that are just screaming out to be used (THIS side of Christmas). I must resist...I must resist...

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  9. Oh dear, what I'm working on! 8 bags & 8 Little Monsters for my little shop is the WISBWOs (love it). 1 quilt top for my daughter (still), 1 stitchery/quilt for my kitchen as a wall hanging (still), numerous hats & hat bands for my shop, a table runner for Christmas (cut out & waiting) are my WIPs. But I want to make some little stitchery or plush hanging decs for Christmas, need to make another hat as a gift (the ones I have just aren't right!) But, I've finished 3 cardigans semi-recently, haven't made it onto Ravelry or blogged tho! And a simple dress in fabric I love, sewn just for fun: http://sewensow.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/some-sewing-just-for-fun.html

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  10. I love lion wool-ease also. It is so practicel, especially if you need to be able tp wash things. I am making my second TIny Tea Leaves Cardigan (on ravelry but also on the madelinetosh site). I am hoping to finish before my girls grow out of them. . .


    I ahev also thought about trying socks someday

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  11. Thank you for this post. Your photos are lovely and your sage advice comes at a great time. I have at least 8 wips (knitting and sewing), six of which are Christmas presents. I've probably bitten off more than I can chew. I started in October and have one gift out of a dozen planned gifts actually finished. Thanks for the reminder that we don't have to be super women, that our loved ones are okay with I O Us, and that buying presents is okay, too.

    I love knitting socks! I got the sock bug a couple years ago.That year, everybody in my family got a pair of hand-knit socks for their birthday. My grandpa actually likes his so much that my grandma recommended that I make him another pair for him for Christmas. I think everybody else just humored me. So one of my wips is a pair of size 13 socks for Grandpa. I'm knitting them two-at-a-time on a40" circular. It's going okay, but I prefer to knit socks on an 8" Addi Turbo circular. I recently lost the majority of my favorite notions when I airheaded-ly walked off without my backpack (and knitting bag, fave scarf, umbrella, and a few other embarrassing things including a bra--of course, not a clean one!) in a public place, so I'm hoping Santa puts a new size 1 8" circular in my stocking. Then I can go back to business as usual. I hope you do try socks soon. If nothing else, start small and make a pair for one of your girls. Our, just make one sock. You'll get the satisfaction of having tried it and a perfect excuse not to wear it!

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  12. I usually give my self a pass on making during the Holidays - maybe one or two, but this year I've gotten myself into trouble. I have five things half made, needing to be finished. Ack! Oh, and I just about lost the tip of my finger to my rotary friend today :) good times.
    Can't wait to see what you're cooking up!

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  13. I've mostly been working on a big Etsy order, but the list of wanna makes keeps getting longer: an explorer vest for my nephew's bday, a knockoff PB sleeping bag for my older daughter and I'm having surgery on my foot right before Christmas so I'm lining up knitting/hand sewing projects for the final days.

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  14. "so now i'm nude, with no socks and a cloak made of gold malabrigo sock yarn" HAHAHAHAHA you kill me, Shannon. I can go to bed peacefully now that I've had a chuckle. :)
    I'm working on a quilt for Olivia that will be done for Christmas. I finally just went ahead and started quilting it and maybe it won't be awesome but it will be totally way better than just hiding in a bucket in my craft room. And then I would like to do an I Spy bag or few for Christmas as well. And if there is time a strip quilt for Nicole but if not then I will do it in the new year... and that one I am keeping simple and straight lines and such b/c the fabric is more than enough of a feature! Alexander Henry - Once Upon A Time (baby blue). So sweet!

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  15. I am glad to see that I am not the only one with a bad case of "Start - itis" ! I am the WORST when it comes to starting new projects before past projects are finished. Especially when it comes to seaming! I have a pile of sweaters that are completely finished. All but the seaming, that is. Some of them have been sitting in my WIP bag for years. Sadly, my kids have outgrown them before they even had a chance to wear them! That's why I love top-down one piece knitting. No finishing!!!

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  16. I love Splendor 1920 too -- have to get some soon. I made my first box pouch last week from Hexa-Go-Go and then decided to play around with the pattern and make a larger one. You can see them at http://www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2012/12/go-faster-bigger-box-bag.html. So much fun! Now I need to start work on a quilt for my girls' new reading center using Sarah Jane's Out to Sea. I've drawn up my plan -- I just have to start cutting!

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  17. Shannon, you will love your oatmeal pullover. Mine is my go - to sweater for anything casual. Being Lion Brand, I feel like I can live in it and not worry about washing wrong or messing it up.
    The last two Christmases I didn't knit any gifts, but this year I'm trying my first man sweater for my husband. It's in Patons (another easy going yarn brand) and a quick knit, but I'm still excited about it: http://myso-calledhandmadelife.blogspot.com/2012/12/sweater-curses.html

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  18. So about the socks...firstly when you make socks that are just especially for your feet it's like a White Chocolate Mocha Breve for your feet. Still you loved the bed socks I knit for you, so you should make those first as you know already you like them. Plus they're super fast :)

    I'm forever going through my stuff and projects and throwing (sometimes completely, not even saving fabric or yarn) because the project just isn't headed in the direction of my goals. Often I'll start something when I'm in a 'mood' and then when it passes the project goes with it. It is totally okay to let things go, say it was fun while it lasted but it's a project that was never meant to be :)

    As for Christmas, I'm giving myself until Jan 5th to complete all that I need too :)

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  19. Thank you for verbalizing that it's okay to walk away from WIP! I know this, but somehow it's easier to accept that it's time to relinquish the hold these things have on me when someone else states it! I have way too many and they are really weighing me down. I plan to pass along, dis-assemble or otherwise do away with several before the end of the year.

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  20. Socks made just for YOU are great!! You will love the Knitpicks Felici socks too. They are so soft and wonderful. I knit them toe up, straight up, and let the colors stripes run. I've gotten more compliments on my Felici socks, and really,,,,you can't have enough of them!

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  21. Oh my goodness! My list of WIPs is endless! I'm trying to complete my first ever quilts, Christmas pressies (I'm halfway done with one and still have two more to go), cleaning, cooking, and everything else for Christmas! I need a day just to work on the decorating, but that will have to wait until Saturday and Sunday I believe. The projects I'm knitting right now are socks, ironically! There is nothing yummier than warm handknit socks on a cold rainy day. I'm telling you - they are the best. You would handknit socks all the time if you could. Even while taking a shower. Okay, maybe not, but if you had them growing up, you wouldn't have paid your sister to put them on for you. Get some Madtosh sock, and knit away.

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  22. Thanks for this post! I am a relatively new knitter and I was working on a cowl in a beautiful yarn. I realized a few rows in that I chose completely the wrong stitch but I stubbornly continues on, hoping it would eventually work out. I just unraveled the whole thing and I'm starting again, this time in a more appropriate stitch. I feel much better about the whole thing!

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  23. Oh I love your color palette these days! Looking great. I seem to have lots of WISBOs and WIPs these days too - must be the season. Yesterday and today I was able to cross a few off my list and that felt amazing, but I definitely have quite a few ahead of me before Christmas comes. Such a fun time of year but such a busy time too. Can't wait to see your new tutorial!!

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