That whole WIP thing…

What do you all think about WIP posts (that’s Work In Progress to you non-knitterly folks)?? I’m curious what others think as I tend to have mixed feelings about them. Sometimes I think it’s fun to peak in on what people are doing, what they are planning, how it’s coming along. The homemaker and planner in me likes this aspect; both the looking ahead and getting a glimpse into other people’s traditions.

The other side of the coin is that it kind of feels anti-climactic. If you’ve already seen something 4 times, in various stages of completion, well then you pretty much know what it’s going to look like all done. And that big finished project post can feel, kind of, well, dull. And this is the reason that I’ve generally shied away from this type of post.

But maybe other people feel differently? What do you think?

For those who fall in the “we want to know” camp, I could give you an idea of what I’m working on right now…that is if you have an hour or two to spare! Which is to say that I’ve got quite a bit going on at the moment. We’re not even going to talk about the sewing. Trust me, you don’t want to hear about the sewing.

So, off the top of my head these are the projects that are currently in progress and actively being worked on:

~A blanket: that is ready to have the ends worked in. I actually think I only had one end left the last time I was called away from it, so you should be seeing this one soon.

~hats. there has always got to be more hats

~a shawl: I cast off, but can’t decide if this one’s done or not. it’s not the size/shape I had hoped it would be. I’m still debating on whether to try to track down another skein of yarn or counting on blocking to really stretch things out.

~Galen’s birthday sweater: I finished the body on this. it’s been the perfect knitting while reading to the kids sweater, but I’m lacking the appropriate sized dps for the sleeves, so it’s on hold until I can pick some up.

~Iain’s birthday sweater: this one is more complicated and while he knows that I’m making him a sweater, he wants the actual sweater to be a surprise, so I’m working on this exclusively at night, once everyone is in bed. I’m about 13″ in on the back and it’s going fairly well except for one glaring flaw that is going to haunt me until the day I die. Or at least for the entirety of the sweater’s life span. And all the same, I’ve decided not to correct it. So go figure.

~A pair of boy pants: almost ready to divide for the legs on this one.

~a set of fingerless gloves: one down as of Friday, one more to go.

~dress: just a tiny bit more to go on the bodice before I start all the finish work

Basically I currently have a project for every possible mood and knitting situation. Before sitting down to type this up I estimated having around ten projects on needles currently and it seems that guess was pretty accurate. It’s good, I’m getting a lot done, but I’m also feeling like I need to start finishing up some of these things and prioritize the rest of my autumn knitting list. There are a couple of exciting things on there that I can’t wait to get too!


10 thoughts on “That whole WIP thing…

  1. Hallie

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou! It is so wonderful to see that I am not the only one with a million projects going on at once! My husband teases me that I can never just have one thing going on! I dabble in a bit of everything so I have at least one project going in each form of "addiction" lol sewn clothes that need finished, a knit toy still on the needles, a knit scarf to start, crochet food in various stages…the list could go on and on! My mine goes much faster than my fingers and the wish list keeps growing of soon to start projects for the holiday season! I love seeing what others are working on and on many days it gives me the boost I need to keep going on mine! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. taimarie

    Ya, I love WIP posts. As a newbie knitter, I learn a lot from them, and I am always inspired to see what people are up to.And this is an inspiring list. I have three things on needles right now and I thought that was a lot! But one part of this post really caught me. You *knit* while reading bedtime stories?! Holy moly- you really are superwoman! (and i have a lot to learn!)

  3. Suzanne

    I like to see WIP posts. It can give me the kick in the pants I need and I get to see I am not the only adult out there with knitting/sewing/crafting ADD:-)

  4. Michelle

    Okay well now, obviously I am a novice knitter as I only have one project on the go at a time. Superwoman flies again!

  5. Allie

    I like seeing wips, and it's still fun to see the completed project! My sewing chair right now is stacked with items needing attention, and there are many more patterns/fabric in the closet. Oh well! :)

  6. Kimberley Lynch

    I like wip posts! It is never anti-climatic to see a finished project, especially worn by a baby or child! I love to learn what patterns people use, what yarns they love and what they have going on in their homes! I say keep the wips coming!

  7. Melody

    You guys had me laughing with some of these comments! Yes, I serve as vindication for all sorts of bad habits!

    As for knitting while reading, it's quite simple really. All you need is a hardbound chapter book that you can lay in front of you. Some times I use my foot to prop it open, other times whatever else I find close by. Then you need a knitting project; preferably one with long rows, worked in a simple repetitive pattern. And you are all set. Really, I do it all the time. The shawl, the blanket and Galen's sweater were all knit almost entirely while reading various Harry Potter books to the big boys.

  8. taimarie

    Alright. Now I have two things to look forward to. Being able to read chapter books to my kids, and learning to knit at the same time!

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