Friday, August 11, 2006

Come out, Come out, wherever you are!

Man, I can't believe it is mid-August already. In my neighborhood the kids have gone back to school, classes have started at the Academy, and we're all gearing up for fall. If I think about it long enough, I'll put myself into full out panic mode over the upcoming season of giving, shall we say (I want to avoid the C word for a couple more months, okay?). My thoughts about the shawl are now leaning toward Seraphim, and I actually have the pattern in hand, and I might even get brave enough to cast it on over the weekend. My hesitation comes from the fact that I already have a couple things on the needles, and I've allowed the shawl to jump to the head of the long line of things on my want to knit list. I realize that it is a slippery slope indeed to give into the spirit of startitis, and I want to keep my works in progress manageable. So here are the questions of the day: How many active projects (things you've started in the last couple months and are actively working on) do you have going right now? How many WIP's are you comfortable having at any one time? How many is too many? And the bonus question if you are brave enough: How many things are on your "want to knit" list? Lets make it a CONTEST, shall we? Anybody who leaves their answers in the comments will be entered for a skein of (what I believe to be) handspun local yarn that I purchased while I was on vacation, (it's actually really yummy and I contemplated keeping in for myself). DOUBLE ENTRIES for anyone who "de-lurks" and leaves a comment for the first time. Let's cut this off by Tuesday the 15th. Got it? Good. I'll share my answers next week. Last night, I decided to have a little quality bonding time with the Ashford wheel I brought home from WA. It's a tricky little number; it's a wheel of unknown vintage and has just one ratio. Because it was missing its entire scotch tensioning mechanism and needed to be brought up to speed in that arena, the tensioning peg is not quite right. Brad and Emory fashioned one out of a piece of something they found in the barn, but it's a little "slippy." Plus, this is my first go with a wheel that isn't double drive. It treadles nicely, but is a little more "jerky" than my other wheel, so getting the proper rhythm has been tricksy. I had spun a little bit of garden variety wool on it, but last night I got into the baby alpaca that I've had for a bit.

The picture just doesn't do it justice---it's soft as butter and almost silver. Here's a what it's looking like so far. In the beginning I was having trouble getting enough twist, and now the trouble seems to be keeping consistency. I'm playing with the idea of purchasing the double drive kit and converting it over, hoping for more ratio options in the process. Any opinions? It may also be that I still haven't gotten used to the wheel itself, or that the fiber is particularly difficult, but I can't be sure. Time will tell I suppose.

In other news, we now have (thanks in part to this weeks kerfluffle) Spinners With Altitude, a spin-off (pun intended) of the knit group I've been going to: Knitters with Altitude. My buddy Ellen (the enabler), started the group this morning for those of us in the group who wish to venture into other fiber related areas without alienating any of the original group. I can't wait to see how it shapes up, we already have 6 members and more will be joining us, I have no doubt.

Okay, in honor of Favorite Foto Friday

(I have this terrible thought that I've already used this picture, but can't find it on a quick look)

Anyway, this is one of the more recognizable rock formations in Garden of the Gods Park, here in the Springs. It's called Kissing Camels, and I just happened to be there at the right time to get the moon rising over the rocks. Pretty, huh?


At 8/11/2006 11:10:00 AM, Blogger margene said...

Very nice photo! Your spinning looks nice, too and the roving is to die for beautiful!
I have 2 active projects which is about all I can handle at a time. This is a lesson I need to learn..more than 2 is too many. Therefore (because I haven't learned the lesson as yet) I have 4 WIPs which is at last 2 too many.

At 8/11/2006 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous said...

Can anyone join your new group? I'm in Colorado Springs, and I'm interested.

At 8/11/2006 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Jaimi said...

I used to be a completely monogamous knitter until about a month ago...then, I had an epiphany. One "major" project and one sock project is okay for me...but no more. Otherwise I just can't focus on getting any of them done!

At 8/11/2006 12:50:00 PM, Blogger Elisa said...

Delurking . . . . I like to have lots of works in progress; but I don't like not finishing things. So now, when I find a project I really want to do, I put the yarn & the pattern in a big zip-lock bag (have you seen the 2.5 gallon bags? They hold a *lot* of yarn.) and put the bag in a pretty basket on a shelf. I can see the project, it feels like I've *started* it, but I don't work on it until the current project is done. Since I began doing this, I've gotten a lot more items actually finished. Right now I'm working on the second baby bootie and hat to go with a finished baby sweater. "In the bag" I have a baby afghan, socks, more baby hats, and cashmere yarn for a shawl/wrap for me. Happy spinning!

At 8/11/2006 06:38:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

That's a gorgeous picture and if you've used it before - I can't remember.

Tough questions in your contest! I recently posted that I have around 12 projects on the needles. However, I'm only actively working on about 2-3 of those. I think 4-5 would be the maximum number I'm comfortable with. Obviously I need to get control of those UFOs - becaue several of them are things that I would love to wear after I finish them!

As to what's on my to-knit list - I'm not sure I can even count that high...

At 8/11/2006 07:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 1 quilt in progress (quilting and binding to put on)...two on the table for twin girls that I haven't cut the fabric or found a suitable pattern for yet and one that will be for a senior in that makes 4 at the about that?? :)
Have a great day!!

At 8/11/2006 08:39:00 PM, Blogger Linda said...

I'll go count, this could take a while, don't wait up....

At 8/12/2006 04:10:00 AM, Anonymous Laurie said...

Great camels! I smile when I think of whoever named that.

WIPS: one shawl, three socks (two in very old timeout), one summer top, one man sweater (very old timeout, needs swatch for decreases).

Alpaca is a very difficult fiber (smooth baby stuff even more so) to learn a new wheel with. Drafting it evenly takes some practice, so I suspect you are encountering both issues. Keep one variable stable (wheel - use the wheel you already know) and see what you think. It is a learned skill, that alpaca. Toni said it takes (of the Fold) at least a half hour before you learn a new fiber.

At 8/12/2006 07:22:00 AM, Anonymous Susanne said...

I think I am one of those "delurkers" but not sure :)
I have several items on the needles. A plain, jane shawl doing the edging now, 2 prs of socks (always have 2 pair on the 2 circs needles) and I have a sweater for me as well. Will finish a sweater for my gd today and so that will be off and gone.
So I guess that is 5 gawd!! I also have LOTS of things on the wish list but next will be another shawl and a sweater for gs.

At 8/12/2006 08:44:00 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

I am rather pleased with myself - I finished a hanging yesterday that I had been thinking about for 3 yrs. I have one shawl on the hook. I have yak/wool on the Symphony (nothing else on the other wheels). Usually I have a traveling project, a at-home project, 2 wheels with different fiber and charts and sketches everywhere of things I want to make. So I am kicking back and appreciating this quiet time. You know the story of my family and the Kissing Campb...I mean, Camels. So I think you posted that picture just for me. :-)

At 8/12/2006 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Angela the great said...

I do believe I was with you when you took this photo! Horray!

At 8/12/2006 04:03:00 PM, Blogger Linda said...

OK, I counted and nearly got knocked over by the numbers...
3 AFO's: 2 baby sweaters and a blanket

4 WIP's on needles:
mobius, shawl, socks, Christmas surprise for meg

1 active and waiting for needles: socks

Things I have plans for:
finishing a pumpkin colored lace vest from 1981 (no, it won't fit)
4 more baby sweaters &/or blankets
4 scarves of various sizes & shapes
1 shrug
4 additional pairs of socks
1 felted bag
3 more shawls
1 heirloom baby blanket
13 helmet liners
1 sweater (no yarn purchased for this yet)
1 pair pink fuzzy slippers (because Meg asked nice)

This is only yarn that has been earmarked. There is much that is for other, undetermined projects.

Thanks a bunch for the reality check.

At 8/13/2006 10:15:00 PM, Blogger Lark said...

Okay,I am de-lurking for this contest. I have a pair of lace socks, a cashmere lace shawl, a cotton summer cardigan, a wool intarsia purse and a cotton fair isle beanie in various states of WIP. Those are actually on needles. Last summer, I scooped up some zipped sweater bags for 10 cents each at a yard sale and have my "can't resist/must own this" yarns without patterns/intent in them on a shelf. Those represent about 20 "this'll make yummy shawl/sweater/sock" projects that I want to knit. Unless I am placed in an isolation cell, I think I will always have multiple projects. Besides, I think DONE is sometimes overrated. Yes, DONE is satisfying, but my motto is "Find joy in the process." BTW, your alpaca roving is scrumptious. Makes my fingertips itch with desire to touch it.

At 8/14/2006 06:15:00 AM, Blogger trek said...

Popped over from Chaos' haunt. Delurking...

1. I've got 6 in progress.
2. Six is plenty
3. Double digits is too many.
4. Want to list knit? At least a dozen.

Happy blogging.

At 8/14/2006 06:32:00 AM, Anonymous Valerie said...

Also delurking to comment:
1. 4 (3 socks, 1 scarf)
2. 3 at the most
4. Anything above 6-7
5. About 10 I think, 2 I have the yarn for but no pattern, all the others I dont have yarn or pattern...

At 8/14/2006 06:40:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

I should probably stay lurking since this is a little embarrasing.
2 felted purses (knit and felted last October) that need to be finished.
2 pr of adult socks where the first sock isn't completed.
7 pr of children's socks where only 1 sock is done.
1 shawl on repeat 4 of 14.
2 counted cross stitch sweatshirts of the grandsons.
And I actually said to myself this weekend, "Ya know fall is going to be here soon so I really should make Will and Nate new hats, scarves, and a couple pair of mittens for the winter." Yes planning to cast on more items instead of finishing the ones already started. It's like a sickness.

At 8/14/2006 06:53:00 AM, Blogger Alison said...

Fun contest!

Currently OTN:
Wool Peddlar's Shawl
Forest Path Stole
Moon Dance Stole
Madli stole
A pair of socks

I'm also about to start on the Icarus Shawl sometime in the next few days and as soon as I get yarn after vacation I will also have 2 fair isle vests for the kids and a Hex Coat for me in the works. Oh, yeah, Christmas is coming up, too, so there are presents to knit. As you can see, I am very comfortable with having LOTS of WIPs at once. And those are just on my immediate "want to knit" list. I have tons more stuff I want to do. And it also doesn't include all my spinning projects:)

Lovely alpaca, btw.

At 8/14/2006 07:21:00 AM, Anonymous michaele said...

I have 13 projects on the needles or being spun. I'd prefer to have about 4 or 5 - a sock, some straightforward stockinette, and then a couple of more interesting projects to keep me happy. I think more than 8 is too many. BONUS: I'd say I have about 10 specific projects in mind, and then beyond that hundreds of patterns I want to make.

At 8/14/2006 07:51:00 AM, Blogger Carole said...

I have 2 projects I'm working on now - socks and a shawl. I can handle up to 4 projects at one time but I'm most comfortable with 2 or 3. As for my want to knit list, it's a little scary. I think there are 5 shawls, a vest, 2 scarves and a felted bag on my current "to knit" list. And that doesn't include any socks and there are always socks on the list.

At 8/14/2006 08:04:00 AM, Anonymous deni said...

Ooooh - a contest - how nice:)

8 WIPs - 2 shawls, discloth, baby sweater, hat, 2 adult sweaters, & booties.

I like to have at least 6 WIPs - patterned projects at home (depending where I sit) and at least 2 port-a-WIPs.

I'm quite comfortable with approx 5-10 WIPs.

Too many WIPs - if you can't finish at least one in a couple of months - you have too many.

Want to knit list - very, very lengthy - I carry my list in a 4x6 notebook. Am always on the look out for the perfect yarn/color and new ideas.

You always have beautiful outdoor pics:)

At 8/14/2006 08:12:00 AM, Blogger Gwen said...

I think I'm a delurker as well. I have 4 "active" projects currently on needles. 2 pairs of socks, Bombshell and a feather and fan Shawl. I have 3 others on needles, but not considered active. I have a feeling this number will be going up in the very near future as I just came back from stitches with a whole bunch of new yarn. :-)

At 8/14/2006 08:22:00 AM, Blogger Danielle said...

Delurking ... I have 3 active WIPs (a sweater, a baby blanket, and a pair of socks). I ahve a 4th (a poncho) if you count having swatched as "in progress". I also have 2 projects verging on UFO's -- one is on hold b/c it is a gift, not needed until Christmas, and one is just boring me :) Oh yeah, and a pair of socks with one sock completed and one yet to be started.

So, 3-4 WIPs and 2-3 UFO's that will be finished at some point ...

At 8/14/2006 08:25:00 AM, Blogger irishmama said...

This is a fun contest.
I have 5 projects on the needles right now:
Baby Afghan
Odessa hat
kids fingerless mittens
Teddy bear
I prefer to have only 2-3 active wip at one time.
The items I want to make is endless, it also keeps getting bigger every time I look at all these knitting blogs.

At 8/14/2006 08:52:00 AM, Anonymous Kristin said...

Came over from Chaos!

I can only focus on a few things at a time so I only have 2 active WIPs going at a time, one of them is always a sock (right now I have 2 different socks going).

At 8/14/2006 09:41:00 AM, Blogger PBnJ said...

Wow! What a gorgeous picture of Kissing Camels!!!

At 8/14/2006 10:03:00 AM, Blogger KnitterBunny said...

1. Active things on the needles: Cabled socks, Cabled slippers, lace curtains.
2. WIP's in progress, hmmm. During the summer up to 4, during the winter maybe 5 or 6. I haven't yet tried more than that do to the college cash shortage.
3. Too many? If you've got the needles, I don't think you can have too many. Brink of insanity for me would be about 10. I would feel compelled to finish them all, one after the other until I had no projects on the needles and I had to cast on something.
4. Want to knit: Fair Isle Hat just because, Shawl in memory of Grandma Carleen, Shawl for competition next year, Sweater for Will, Hat for Mike, Socks/Slippers for Dad, "Knucks" for Mike, Gloves for Mom, about 7 more raggies, scarf for Monica, and socks for me.
Oh, cr*p. I have to go knit now. Most of these are for Christmas.

At 8/14/2006 10:06:00 AM, Blogger christine said...

I can't say I'm delurking, cuz this is my first visit......(I'll be back)

OTN - clapotis #2; Kiri, Diamond Fantasy shawl #3, 2 pairs of socks; warshcloth

Planned to be OTN soon: almost every sweater out of the new IK

At 8/14/2006 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous penny said...

delurking ..

Currently (knitting):
6 or so (I keep a project in each bag I use, plus the sock goes everywhere even if it's been ignored)

At 8/14/2006 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous penny said...

oops... went too soon...
I think that what is holding me back is that I don't own a lot of knitting needles. I have enough crochet hooks to use one a day and not use 'em all up in two years (ok, that might be a slight exageration)

i have about 3-4 washrags going, my sock (jaywalker), knitty's fetching, some lace (icarus, but i might rip for swallowtail, icarus is good but swallowtail seems more manageable), and a baby cardigan.

i want to knit everything, but i'm not very good or fast.

and i'm jealous of all the spinning.. one day...

At 8/14/2006 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anne said...

Hi - a first-time visitor here. You asked about WIPs (WsIP?) - At the moment there are 3 projects up and running, 3 projects on the back burner, and 3 sets of yarn shouting really really loudly...

At 8/14/2006 12:52:00 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

I have 4 wips on the needles.
2 socks
1 tank
1 lace tank

I like to have socks on going as I can take them anywhere but other than that I don't like to have a lot going on because I forget where I am and then have to frog it.
I have lots of yummy fall/winter things on my knit list, I can't wait to start fall knitting by the fire.... does that make me crazy ??

At 8/14/2006 02:59:00 PM, Blogger - LisaD. said...

I have nothing on the needles. Blah! I'm currently battling a very bad case of start-itis. I want to knit something, it's just so hard to decide which pattern and which yarn to use. And it always amazes me when knitters can have multiple projects going on at once. That's talent.

At 8/14/2006 04:53:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

1 shawl, 1 tank, 1 cable sweater, 1 baby sweater, 1 pair of socks, 1 hat, 2 scarves, 1 bib. Oh my God, I didn't realize. I have to go knit and finish something!

At 8/14/2006 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Delurking to say....

2 shawls, 2 shrugs, two blankets, one felted sheep, one dishcloth, two scarves, three sweaters, six pairs of socks. Yikes. And my 'want to knit list?' WAY too many to count.

At 8/14/2006 09:55:00 PM, Blogger strangelittlemama said...

Welllll, I can't resist a contest! ;)
I have 4 WIPs, two of which are flourishing and 2 of which are languishing. I think the person who mentioned one "major" project & one sock project has the right idea.

At 8/14/2006 11:48:00 PM, Blogger littlehedgehog said...

oh my. I'm also a delurker but I can't resist. Hope I'm in time.

I have 4 actively in progress - one I started last night but they're little cabled baby socks so they won't take long.

I have 3 in progress but not working on them at the moment - two are sweaters, one adult, one child.

The want to knit list? I think there are 19-20.

I have them all listed in excruciating detail on my blog's sidebar ;)

At 8/15/2006 04:17:00 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Hello there, first time for me to comment but here we go, I have a man's ribbed sweater, 2 afghans in Manos, socks on doubles, socks on circulars. Busy Busy

At 8/15/2006 06:09:00 PM, Blogger Sydney said...

Let's see I have two active projects on the needles and 4 WIPs. I like to keep things to 2 active/WIPs. That way I have a chance of finishing them. I have a couple that have been marinating for a while now. On the to do list, way more than I care to count. I can think of four things off the top of my head, not counting the ever present sock.

At 8/15/2006 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Delurker here... *blush*

I have 3 WIPs and will cast on another tomorrow. I prefer to have one or two at the most.

The to-do list includes 2 dishcloth KALs each month, a goal of 4 chemo hats every 2 months, and oh so many want-to-knits that I could never count them all!


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