28 March 2012

WIP(s). Taking Stock

Holey Moley I have a lot of WIPs.  A LOT.  I think I lamented this fact a while back, but again, the amount of little project bags dotting my living space has made me feel anxious.

So today I wanted to air them out, and hopefully full disclosure will set my mind at ease!   I warn you that you might actually be bored to tears by this, and I'm sure a lot of you will be all 'TL;DR' but whatevs!  This is mah blog and I'll do what ah wahnt!!

Imma start with the newbies.

1.  Blissful Flowers Shawl.  Making this for my crochet biatch, Ang for her birthday in May.  Her choice of pattern and colour (the colour is very difficult to photograph, its a lot nicer in real life).  Such a clever construction!  A way to make a billion motifs without having to cut the yarn!  Genious!  I am enjoying the challenge of a new pattern.  The pattern is from Kristin Omdahl's  Seamless Crochet.
Brought to you by my super exclusive and very fashionable Pandora vinyl tote!
2.  Baby set.  Another first, my first time working a Japanese pattern.  At first I was like waaahhhhhhh??  I'm usually quite good with diagrams, but the back of the bonnet had me stumped.  For a day.  Then I was all, whatevs, I got skillz, Imma do this!  And I did.  
Brought to you by my awesome Dark Days Down Under tour tote I picked up at the book signing!
3.  Neat Ripple Scarf.  Just grabbed a left over skein of King Cole to try this Lucy pattern out. I'm planning a ripple blanket (pfft after I get through my current WIPs) and seeing which ripples turn me on.  Though I love Lucy, this pattern just wasn't pressing my buttons, so I think i will opt for the ripplier Ripples of Happiness.  Happiness > Neatness anyway, right?
Bow down before my blurry photography prowess!!
4. Amigurumi BTTF Delorean.  Seriously, no joke.  Freestylin' this for my man.  I got so excited he actually asked me to crochet him something, I thought, woooo fo' sure!  I made the bonnet and the windscreen, then run out of puff because I couldn't work out how to make a slope.  Watch this space though! 
Brought to you by my spiff Yarn Bucket!
To clarify, this is a Delorean from the Back to the Future Animated Series. Yes, there was an animated series! 
What up Marty? (via)
And some other stuffs you may have seen before.

5. Hitchhiker.  Nothing new here.  Move along.  
wait wait WAIT! I keep this project in one of my home made GRAB BAGS.  Yerr I made these myself.  Pattern here.  If I can make this, being a spaztasitc sewer, so can you!
6. Gauzy Gathers Scarf.  Haven't actually touched this is aaaagggeesss.  Such a shame because it will be such a cute scarf.  I did a few rows when I got my new bamboo needles, and the yarn likes the bamboo much more than ickle plastic, but it's so fiddly I moved onto different garterlicious knitting projects and left this one to hiberate.  Sweet dreams little scarf.
Brought to you courtesy of this lovely plastastic flower tote!
7. Stepping Stones Cardigan.  This is a FAIL, with a capital F.  I can think of other 'F' words I'd like to use in relation to this cardigan too.  It's not that bad I suppose, but just so FFfffffrustrating that I spent SO LONG on it only to discover it doesn't really fit.  I am just leaving this one alone in it's bag so it can have a think about what it has done.
Presented to you inside a lovely pink foldable flower tote!
8. Aran Toggle Wrap.  This was supposed to be a gift for mum, for her birthday in SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.  Oh I am a terrible daughter.  Butbutbut there's only so much green mock seed stitch a girl can take! 
Shamelessly presented in a Glassons shopping bag, which is slowly growing too small for this behemoth of a project!
9. Pink Bear.  I made this during some lessons I was giving to my crochet biatches.  Crochet biatch R chose the pattern, but I don't think any of us finished it!  Mine just looks weird, like a cow's udder, so I am not feeling very enthused to keep going.
Again, courtesy of a home-made grab bag!!
10. TARDIS. Oh the TARDIS.  This is one of the first things I ever started making when I taught myself to crochet.  But then I got distracted by all the pretty pattens.  A running joke in my family is someone asking me 'so how's the Tardis going' and then me punching them in the face.  Never fear, my Tardis is going to be epic when it's finished.  I will have a wooden box made for the inside, and the top will come off as a lid and I will put things in the box! 
TARDIS lives in a shoe box.  Sowwy TARDIS.
11. Summer Garden Granny Square afghan.  Another project started early on in my crochet career, when I was dazzled by brightly coloured grannies and had no notion of the agony that is weaving in ends.  I now have a deal with my mother, She gets this as a gift if she weaves in the ends!  Fair enough right?
Kept in a rather fetching The Age shopping bag, available annually with your copy of The Age (probably the Sunday edition)
So, all my WIPs in their respective project bags lie in wait in a tub in my lounge room, next to a much lovelier looking tub filled with recently acquired yarn that will one day become a ripple blanket.  If and only if I can make some headway with my current projectsBut then again, there's no crochet police so maybe I will just start it anyways...

Linking with WIP Wednesday at Tami's Amis.. go go go!

ETA:  Linking with Ambassador Crochet too - why not!!


  1. Oh my gosh, so many projects and I love them all. The first one is my absolute favourite though and I have been eyeing that book for some time. Guess I need to shop now :)

  2. Oh wow that's a lot of projects! I will never feel bad again about having 4 things on the go, you are my hero!

  3. What a great post, I had a good giggle, thanks for sharing all your beautiful WIPs. I love the shawl and look forward to seeing the finished Tardis at some point..no pressure :-D! Crochet is the next thing on my list to master....


  4. That's a lot of projects! But you're right, there are no crafting police, and if you want to start a gorgeous ripple blanket, who's to stop you?!

  5. Oh my, that are many projects and they are all so lovely. Your yarn is looking so yummy:) Good luck with everything!

  6. Oh the sheer joy at seeing a post from somebody with at least as many projects on the go as I have. The difference is that yours are all beautiful and some of mine come from my earliest leaps into crochet and are VILE. I am going to have to get them all out and do a full confessional post like this, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as pretty as yours.

    You've got to finish that Hitchhiker though, I gave up on mine but your zauberball makes that one amazing.

  7. That's a lot of WIPs. I can relate to all the early enthusiasm which wanes with miles of seed stitch or billions of ends. Blissful flowers is a gorgeous pattern - can't wait to see that one! I'm still intimidated by crochet charts, but I did one the other day for an afghan square and figured out. I guess I should take a lesson from you and just DO IT.

  8. WOW! You weren't messing around when you said there were a LOT! It's hard to choose a favorite! I really do like the Hitchhiker, so I'm going with that! I hope some of these find their way to the finish line!

  9. You are so productive!! Love the tardis and the bear!

  10. Oh! It's so reassuring that I'm not the only one with heaps and heaps of UFOs :D And I know *exactly* what you mean about starting things in the first flush of crochet enthusiasm and then not getting very far with them. Weaving in ends is my nemesis - I don't bother on a lot of my shawls, then have to do it on the move when I wear them for the first time!

    The TARDIS is going to be AWESOMESAUCE when it's done. Genius.

  11. A TARDIS and a Delorean??? You are awesome!
    Your grannies are looking lovely, too. Actually, I'm just going to say all of your projects look pretty rad. (Yes, even the stepping stones cardigan, although I can understand your frustration. Even if it doesn't fit the way you wanted it to, it is still a wonderful specimen.)
    Also thanks for the link to your little grab bags. They're really cute and maybe I'll give it a try (says the girl who has touched a sewing machine but once).

  12. I am howling with laughter, not at you, at me -- you are brave, owning up to 11 WiPs. I am only owning up to the fact that I have 16 (on Ravelry), and we're not going to mention the "others". Shhh...

  13. SO many gorgeous project. The Hitchhiker and gauzy gathers scarf are my favorite but they are all gorgeous.

  14. all your projects look lovely! I wish you the best of luck in finishing them! (I was reminded of myself, cuz I have all sorts of bags too)

  15. Gosh - I love the TARDIS and the granny squares ... but I don't even want to think about how many WIPs I have! ~_^

  16. I love the yarn you chose for the gauzy scarf, and the granny squares are lovely and colorful :-)

  17. OH MY! I thinnk you might have broken a record. Love the ripple scarf, the granny ghan in the works, and The Hitchhiker!

  18. Okay, I found someone with more WIPs than I do! Love it! :-) Seriously though, love them all. I really love doing bobbles, so of course love that project and I'm impressed with you reading the Japanese pattern. I try with diagrams, but like to have written instructions too.

  19. I love your projects and your project bags.