YAY!! welcome to the first day of Week of WIP flash.

Today I am sharing with you the projects that I consider my Works in Progress (WIP). These are the ones I intend to finish. No, really…

Okay, this post is gonna be picture heavy post. Because I have…



Wait for it…




24 WIPs on the needles. Egad.

And I am talking projects that are a hell yes, love the yarn, love the garment, ready to finish this right NOW. They meet all the criteria to make the cut and land back in my project basket right, next to the sofa in the studio. Queue the movies, let’s settle into some work.

So, without further adeu here they are…minus spinning, weaving, perpetual projects, and projects I am on the fence about…those posts will be coming later this week.

The Green Seed Stitch Sweater

I have been working on this sweater…no lie.. since 2004. Long enough for the yarn label design to have changed. It is all wool, miraculously a color I still like and really just lacking sleeves at this point. It is based on Sonnet from Knitty. and kind of a recreation of one of my absolute favorite sweaters of all time.

The Girly Kitten Sweater

This yarns is acrylic. It is actually an acrylic that is surprisingly soft and not at all bad to knit with. I think I picked it up at A.C. Moore. I wanted to make an easy to launder sweater in girly kitty like colors. Like a big snugly. This sweater is also based on the Sonnet pattern. I love the easy to knit one big sideways piece for the body, add sleeves.

The Bitterroot Shawls

I love this pattern. I was using it to make these samples for my booth (back when I was doing shows). I still love theses and intend to finish them even though I really do not need more shawls I don’t wear. I do, however need to spend an afternoon untangling the yarn.

The Cute As Hell Hippo

I NEVER make stuffed animals. But I just could not resist this insanely cute crochet hippo. I am using a bunch of my own hand dyed sock weight single ply. The instructions are 40+ pages long!! I am not sure I have all the pages. But once I spend an entire afternoon organizing and reprinting the missing pages, I am totally putting them in a binder.

The Handspun Awesome Shawlette

I snagged this alpaca/silk roving out of the shop and spun up this yummy lace weight yarn. I am not sure I even remember what pattern this is. I think I was working off an app on my ipad. I am also prepared to rip it back and start over if I need to. I know another shawlette I do not need. But I seriously can’t imagine this yarn as anything else.

Ooooo look another shawl...{**sigh**}

This pattern is from a Mirasol pattern booklet circa 2009ish which I am not seeing on Ravelry. I am using a Noro Kureyon, but in this weight and size may actually be a shawl I would wear.

The Japanese Tunic

I love working Japanese patterns. I fell in love with this one after seeing it on Ravelry. It took me months to track the pattern down. The yarn is another one of my hand dyed in a silk linen blend.

The Summit Shawl

I love love love this pattern. It is nothing short of pure engineering genius. A challenge to wrap my left brain around, but it is fairly easy to get into the rhythm. I want to finish it just because it is a joy to knit. The yarn is for Mirasol.

The Heathered Stripy Sweater

This sweater was an exercise in combining yarn and recreating one of my favorite sweater shapes. I am not sure I remember which sweater I was recreating…

Handspun Gauntlets

I am so close to finishing these. Both yarns are hand spun by me. The brown an alpaca, the colorful and merino bouclé. No pattern, just making it up as I knit.

The Jewel Dragon Scarf

I started this scarf this summer. It is another well engineered pattern. Challenging, but a joy to knit. Really looking forward to finishing this one. I am using yarn I from my friend Gale of Gale’s Art.


I love the Clapotis pattern. I am using some of my hand dyed single ply yarn.

Entrelac wrap

This is the second one of these I have made. I actually wear the other one quite a bit. I just need to add a ruffle around the edge and add a button. The yarns are a handspun alpaca merino silk blend and a merino single ply lace, both spun and dyed by me.

Japanese Boot Sock/Stir-up/Leg Warmer Thing

I am not sure if I will even wear these. But they have been crazy fun to make. From one of my Japanese pattern books I am not seeing on Ravelry, made from one of my hand dyed sock yarns.

Kiss the Sky Scarf

Another beautifully engineered pattern. Such an unusual stitch pattern, I look foreword to diving back into this one. Made with another of my hand dyed sock yarns

Another acrylic yarn project

And it is a crazy big afghan. It is based on the popular hexagon blanket from a Japanese pattern book. I wanted an afghan I would really use snuggled on the sofa with cats. With cats is code for it better be machine washable because they will inevitably puke on it. I don’t hat the yarn, but it is some what acrylicy.

The Portland Sweater

I love love love traditional looking cabled sweaters. And I bought this gigantic pile of no name Italian yarn from my favorite discount shop with a cozy cabled seater in mind. I am in the process of ripping back and starting over on this pattern because the gauge is off. I had a moment of panic this week when I could not find the majority of the yarn. I had no freaking idea where it was, the last time I remembered seeing it was two years ago at the old house. Spent about an hour tearing the studio, garage and hall closet apart looking in all the languishing boxes from our move. Was almost in tears once I finally found it. THIS is why I am organizing the hell out of the studio in the first place.

My Favorite Everyday Sweater

Another exercise in recreating a favorite sweater. This sweater was my everyday sweater for YEARS. It sprouted a giant hole a couple of years ago and my wardrobe has been at a loss ever since. I am determined to finish this one pronto. I am using an off brand yarn that I got at the annual fiber and equipment rummage sale held every year in Black Mountain, NC.

Slipper Sample

This project actually has a deadline and is next in the queue. I am testing out this yarn for the felted slipper class I am teaching next month. It felts weird, but I am thinking the way I calculate the numbers for the pattern will accommodate for that.

The Sophie Digard Inspired Shawl

I have been working on this for a couple of years too. It is inspired by Sophie Digard’s GORGEOUS work. I lost a pile of medallions in the move. Once I found them again, I realized I can actually see the finish line on this project!!

The Cat Bed

This is some of my first hand dyed yarn. And it is kind of ugly, but it is perfect for a cat bed. I am thinking I will continue making it once I change out the hideous metal needles. Because Kitty loves his hand make beds. Why I thought I needed a stitch counter for this, I have no idea.

The Hand Spun Sweater Experiment.

I pulled together several of my favorite hand spun two ply and decided I wanted to make a sweater based on a sweater in my closet that I love. I am game for continuing on, but I kind of think I am missing some yarn for this. I decided I did not like the stripe on the chest.

The Super Cool Mobius Lace Panel Hoody

This pattern was in Vogue Knitting ages ago. Let me just say that judging from the Ravelry page, it seems as if the pattern photo is not accurate to how this hoodie wears in real life. I love the construction, love the how this yarn knits up. I could have sworn I had started the front panel. And it seems like I am short some yarn. So we will see if I am even able to finish this.

The only scary plastic yarn I will knit

This is the only time I will ever suck it up and work with hideous acrylic yarn. We are talking don’t sit next to the fire because this will melt kind of yarn. This is a blanket my grandmother was working on. She passed before she finished it. And unlike me, she was a one project at a time kind of girl. She did have some stash which I inherited and in turn, found new homes for. But this project for what ever reason needed to be completed. I have a feeling I know why. So I am going to just suck it up and finish the last few rows, put it together and wait for the signs.

So there they are the 2 dozen that totally made the cut. Tomorrow we are gonna get a look at the ugly.

Joining me in the 31 Day Studio Awesome Challenge?

I am posting progress and info on setting up my studio over the next 31 days. I will not be blitzing my main email list daily…but if you DO want an email notice when daily posts go live, sign up here:

FREE weekly updates filled with inspirations
and encouragement to become the artist you are
%d bloggers like this: