Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

PIPs - Projects In Progress

Last week, my friend Sallee of Knitnana fessed up to how many WIPs (Works In Progress) she had on the needles. She started out with 6 and then found 2 more for a total of 8.. Hmm, I may have to delve into the quilting corner to beat 8, but here are my PIPs (Projects In Progress)..

First of all, we have the projects for the K4 group. On the left and across the desk is Rag-Tag Afghan #9. It's not quite half finished. In the center front is hat #112; #111 is finished except for running the yarn ends in so I'm not sure if it should count or not. On the right is scarf #16, another simple garter stitch of 20 stitches on size 11 needles. So that's *3*.. The background is comprised of the latest 6 garage sale wool sweaters that need to be frogged.

Ok, maybe it isn't officially a PIP because I finished the third washcloth from this cone of Sugar & Cream last night and haven't cast on for another one, but I'm going to! These are for the Cloths For Katrina project, and there will be many more. I'm going to count this as a single PIP, so that makes 4.

Now for the personal projects. Those multicolored piles in the back are slippers that have been knit but not yet sewn together. Sewing things together is the bane of my existence and doesn't get done all that often. I normally go to great lengths to change patterns so I don't have to sew pieces together, but I've yet to come up with a way to make these slippers without doing so.. Brain cells ticking here - I might be able to do the toe on 4 needles and cut back to just the heel seam.. hmmm... Still it's starting to get cold here in south-east Michigan (the car windows were covered with frost yesterday morning) and I'm going to need slippers as the older ones have worn through, so I guess I'd better get stitching.. Anyway, on the left is a cabled yoke cardigan. I first made this pattern in grey heather and I love it. I'm almost to the armholes on this one - I reworked the pattern to start at the neck - and I'm afraid that I'm not going to have enough yarn. I'm using cranberry Love Knit, a wonderful slightly heavier than worsted weight yarn that Kmart used to carry. Kmart no longer carries yarn and I haven't been able to find another skein, so this PIP has been sitting for quite some time while I try to decide whether to risk going ahead or cutting my losses and frogging it. On the right is a vest I started for Mom. It's my own design using the EZ percentage system, Bernat cream acrylic and Caron Rainbow Dreams in Jet Stream for the design. I like variegated yarns used this way far more than using them alone to make a garment. So, counting the slippers as one PIP because they only need sewing (aarggg), that makes 7 PIPs. Sallee is still ahead.

So I guess I'll have to toss a PPIP - that's Potential Project In Progress - into the mix. If I hadn't been so lazy this week it would have been on the needles - honest, cross my heart, it would have! This is going to be a sweater for my Darling Grand-Daughter, Megan. Her Mom sent me the flyer with the crocheted sweater pattern that Megan picked out at the store. I'm not too fond of crocheted sweaters, so I'm going to rework it into a knit sweater with the same look. I bought two skeins of Bernat in bright turquoise and I'm still looking for the right variegated to go with them. The pattern calls for Red Heart Kids yarn, but the only place that I know of that carries it is JoAnne's and that's quite a drive from here. Gas just took a huge jump - about 40ยข a gallon in the last couple days - so it may be a while before I get over that way. If Sallee lets me count a good intention, I can at least tie her.. {g}


Blogger KnitNana said...

ROFLOL!!! Tie me indeed - just go look...I've stopped working of WIPs and am making tons of dishcloths! So my 8 still sit (tho' the dishcloth in the original post is finished and another on the needles). When did this become a race to be won? I suspect there's someone out there who's got us both beat!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

So, among so many pips, which one's the oldest?

9:30 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I think the slippers - last year I darned the holes in my old ones rather than sew the new ones together (I did get three pair finished today, so that's progress.) After that it's probably a tie between the cable yoke sweater & Mom's vest as they've probably been in the bin for about a year. The K4 stuff goes from start to finish so fast that I had to slow down that evening to get pictures of it still on the needles {g}. The hat & scarf are done, another hat is over half done, I started another scarf and I'm most of the way through another dishcloth. The cardigan & vest are back in the bin......

11:15 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

How old? How old? DO tell, please. Sorry for nagging you, I guess misery likes company (my oldest is two years old).

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I think 2 years for the vest and maybe a year & a half for the cabled cardigan. Both of them were on the needles already when I started this blog in January and they haven't moved from that category yet. I started knitting for charity with out K4 group just about a year ago and have spent a lot more time doing those projects than I have on my own.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

The turquoise color from Megan's sweater is really beautiful. I'm sure you can find a variegated to go with it. I know where your JoAnn's is - and in fact, I'm envious that you have such a nice one. The one near me (in California) is much smaller and greatly lacking! I always visit your JoAnn's when I'm at my parents in Clarkston!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I usually go to the one on Brown Road next to Target - is that the one you visit? Next time you're in Clarkston, let me know & I'll meet you at JoAnne's!! {g}

8:21 PM  

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