For me the year is closing with far more unfinished projects than I’d like. I flip flopped around this month, casting on for more new projects than normal. Then I was completely unprepared to block Swallowtail and Wisp. After failing to get pins at 2 stores I gave up on buying local and ordered a blocking kit online.
1. Clapotis – likely to be frogged. I’ll make a decision this week one way or the other. If you want photos see last week’s WIP post.
2. Swallowtail Shawl – going on the blocking board tonight. If you want photos see December 17th’s WIP post.
3. Herringbone Rib Socks – ready to give these another go. The pattern was agonizingly slow to knit and I didn’t have the patience before Christmas to keep working on them. Also, there was a tip posted on Ravelry about an easier way to knit the pattern repeat so I’ll try that as well. If you want photos see last week’s WIP post.
4. Wisp – going on the blocking board as soon as Swallowtail comes off. I really enjoyed knitting this because of the wonderful colors in the yarn. Can’t wait to block it! It doesn’t even look like Wisp right now.
5. Noro Striped Scarf – I’ll finish this up tomorrow and get it washed. It’s not that it needs blocking so much, just that washing will make it as soft as possible. Oh, I hadn’t shown you this one yet – it’s the striped Noro scarf made widely popular by Brooklyn Tweed. I’ll include more details when it’s finished, but if you’re anxious the basic recipe for creating this scarf is on the preceding link (and if you haven’t seen Jared’s amazing photography you better go have a look).
6. Simple Socks – no rush on this one. This is my easy project to carry along when I’ll have a few minutes here and there. These are inspired by Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.
Just because, this is what it looks like here today. Note all the white specs in front of the fir trees:
I don’t know why I’m so amazed that it can snow like this day after day. I mean really, in Washington it rains day after day. Hopefully I can get downtown this weekend to get some photos. I was down there yesterday and found the results of all this snow to be quite interesting.