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WIPs, Reactivate!

Posted on by Mary Heather

In the spirit of Making More in 2013, I was motivated yesterday to pull out some of the lingering WIPs I'd like to work on this month. 

First up are some Rinconada Mitts for Jacob; I'm knitting the larger size, and using leftover yarn (you can see I have plenty of leftovers!) from the two pairs of Rinconada samples I knit. The brown is Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream, and the green variegated is Pagewood Farm St. Elias. Hopefully these will keep his hands nice and cozy on his freezing morning walks with Charlie.

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I'm a DPN lover. I know how to do magic loop and knitting with two circular needles, and find both of those methods useful at times, but generally prefer knitting with double-pointed needles.

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Oh, the cuddly napping dogger. My knitting spot is right by his side there on the couch, feet propped up. It's a good spot. 

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The tree, and all the Christmas decorations, came down yesterday. It always feels right to take everything down on New Year's Day, and this year was no exception, but I'm really going to miss the easy background bokeh that the tree provided so beautifully! The project above is a buttoned infinity cowl - hopefully to be offered as a new pattern in not too long. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, in the lovely Kelp colorway.

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Slater, a new hat design (begun years ago) is another project I'd like to work on this month. If I remember correctly, though, I put this aside in a huff because I'd messed something up, so I need to do some investigating (or ripping, or both) before I continue.

Not pictured, but something I'd also like to finish soon: my 10days sweater WIP. It's cold and I want a new sweater, and there's not all that much knitting left to do - just the bottom border and the sleeves. (Sigh, sleeves. Need to just sack up and knit the darn things.)

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Some spinning, also, of course. Currently working on this Jousting Turtles Falkland - a joint Hello Yarn/Southern Cross Fibre colorway. I have 8 oz total (lucky me, it's dreamy!) with about 2 oz spun up so far.

There's no deadline pressure on any of these projects, which feels almost decadent. Each of these knitting WIPs is now set it up in its own project bag inside a basket on my coffee table shelf, ready to work on and easily accessible. The spinning WIP lives in a yarn bowl in my office. It feels good to get the year off to a woolly start!