Crochet Knitting Work in Progress

Knitting for Girls


it seems that my need for instant gratification last week has transformed into its more commonplace and virulent cousin, starting-itis.  I have huge urges to start as many creative projects as is humanely possible, of course at all times ignoring the fact that there are only so many hours in the day and days in the year, and that time when I’m not actively parenting is, to put is mildly, a little scarce.

I’ve tried to rein it in I promise, I haven’t started either of the quilt projects that call my name as clear as bell, or even shopped the stash and made a fabric pile for them, probably because even in my weakened state I can tell that that’s a side effect of only being part way through cutting out the 235784392485 half triangles I need (and you think I’m exaggerating – ok I am, but the real number is still around 460).  

I’m still steadily rippling away on the blanket, watching the colours stack up, row upon gorgeous row as I continue to avoid looking at the actual television screen during Game of Thrones (I’m hooked on the story but it’s too graphic for me that close to bedtime – my subconscious would take it and run with it).

And then there is the knitting, and this is where I mysteriously appear to have two works in progress.



The first is my ‘thinking’ knitting, Ysolda’s Cria (the long sleeved version) out of Madelinetosh ToshSport in the glorious deep purple that is Flashdance.  I’ve been planning to make this since well before Kitty was born so it’s lovely to have it underway and not so lovely when it reveals the inadequasies of my late night brain in the simple matter of following instructions.  Having got it back on track I’m determined to pick it up when I’ve got a bit of time and space to properly work out where I’d got to.

Which might explain the very ‘gentle’ progress I’m making.



The ‘pick it up and go for it’ knit is the girl baby sweater to partner the Stacked Stagrhorn.  It’s the Maile cardigan, and by courtesy of a little yarn auditioning on Instagram, and because both girls chose it as their pick I’m using the very lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “I can’t quite remember where I left the skein band and I’m too tired to go in search of but it could have been called something really random like MacArther Park”

It’s pretty, it’s lovely and soft and fine and will be perfect for a summer baby or an autumn baby, and I could just stop interpreting, pick up and go knitting, for “don’t pay even the slightest bit of attention” and stop adding stray additional yarnovers, I think it’s going to be rather sweet.

I do generally try to stick to one project per craft at any given time, but I do like a lot of crafts and by the time you’ve got one knitting, one crochet, one embroidery, one quilting and so on and so on it can add up even before extra knitting sneaks in. But I think that’s how I like it best; surrounded by all sorts of crafty creative endeavours, even if I can only dream of having the time to finish them.

But it’s made me curious, how about you? Do you work one project start to finish regardles? Do you generally have one project per craft at any one time? Or are you happily submerged under wonderful piles of creative plans?  (please say there’s someone else who’s like that!)

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  • mary 10/06/2015 at 7:29 am

    Over the last couple of years I’ve tended to have one “thinky” project requiring attention and one “i can do this while talking about other things” project. Plus, if the “talky” project gets too big to be portable (last 20 rows of the back of an adult size sweater, etc) then it’s Super Fun Happy Plain Vanilla Sock Time.

    But it must be said that while i currently only have the alphabet blanket and a baby sweater *on the actual needles* there are also a few post-its bristling out of the pattern books, and a number of little piles of pretty yarn sitting on top of printouts/working photocopies of the patterns i intend to make from them. That doesn’t count, right?

    (PS. Any top-tippery you have for how to *evenly* pick up 187sts along a side consisting of 258rows would be appreciated…)

  • MAndycharlie 10/06/2015 at 9:03 am

    Time, 8.56 a.m., at the moment I have two loaves on the go, one spelt with walnut and dates, the other a white sourdough. Two oranges slowing being glaced – an experiment. Three jumpers are on the needles, two pairs of socks, one drafted own design top to finish sewing, one waistcoat made for hubby to finish sewing, one quilt top being pieced, a garden that gets looked after weekly and three reading books on the go. I couldn’t be happier. It gives me the feeling of complete peace knowing that whatever I wish to turn my hand to I can go off and explore that idea, it’s just lovely.

  • sally 13/06/2015 at 9:54 pm

    One creative project from start to finish? Ha!!! I love both the wools you’re using, such beautiful colours in both.

  • Ginny 16/06/2015 at 7:27 am

    Serial monogamist. (I’m talking about knitting project.)

    • Carie 16/06/2015 at 11:38 pm

      I’m wildly impressed – though perhaps you just have wonderful skills at picking the perfect yarn and pattern so you don’t want to put it down!

  • heathermama 16/06/2015 at 7:33 pm

    oh my goodness, your yarns are so lovely!
    i do, usually tend to knit one project at a time, although on occasion i have picked up another just because the first was taking so darn long! LOL

    • Carie 16/06/2015 at 11:34 pm

      Aww thank you – and yes I’m a sucker for a bit of instant gratification when I’m working on a really long project!

  • Evelyn 17/06/2015 at 8:43 pm

    Ooo those yarns are both absolutely gorgeous.

    I only knit and crochet so I try to have no more than 3 projects on the go. Usually it’s 1 crochet, 1 complicated knitting and 1 easy knitting. At the moment I’ve got two medium complicated knitting projects, not quite tv knitting but not very taxing either. If I end up with two many projects I find I get bored with them because they don’t seem to grow very quickly

  • Lauren 20/06/2015 at 6:36 pm

    One project? Ha! Most like 15… *hides in shame*

    I am trying to cut down but crocheting a king sized blanket takes FOREVER and a day so I have to have little projects mixed in. I am teaching myself to knit as well so those are mostly little washcloths while I figure out gauge and actual stitches.