WIP Wednesday: Finishing up finishing things up

The last few weeks have been a frenzy of knitting progress. On Monday night I sat on my knitting couch surrounded by not one but TWO recently finished projects, a rate which is absolutely unheard of in my knitting career to date. What did this to me, I’ve no idea, but the Spring Cleaning KAL over on Bunnies and Bettas didn’t hurt.

An official knitting couch is a normal thing to have, yes?

An official knitting couch is a normal thing to have, yes?

So what have I got done? Since becoming determined to finish things off I have:

Organised my Ravelry queue and projects pages! Mostly, anyway. There are still a few photos to go up, but it’s looking a lot better. My queue did dip under 40 items for a while there immediately after the clearout, though I must admit it’s grown again in the couple of weeks since. Not my fault, everything is super pretty!

Note: I just went in and deleted a couple more things. Down to 43 now, that’s totally reasonable right?

Finished projects include Boyfriend’s DNA Scarf and my first ever pair of socks, but will shortly be joined by a Kindle Death and Reef Knot Tank once I’ve taken photos. Maybe I can even find some buttons for the Strappy Stella Gloves tonight before April officially ends and it’s too late to count. I’ve also made huge progress on the Gemini Top from last week’s WIP Wednesday, and Boyfriend’s 4 year old niece did a knit stitch on it so she can always say she helped to make that.Review Android Smartphone

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The main benefit of getting all of this done, other than having a ton of new FOs to play with, is that now my mind is clear to work on some of my own designs. In May I’ll be taking part in my second Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and one of my goals from last year was to start designing, so it’s probably time to make some progress with that. The sample and pattern for my first magazine submission are due in May, so that’s my main priority, but there are also lots of ideas for self-published patterns knocking around in my head and one that I’m particularly excited about. I’ve also got another submission in, but don’t expect that one to be accepted so I’m not worrying about it too much.

The previous, sensible plan was to start releasing my own patterns in late Summer/Autumn, as they were tending towards colder weather styles and that would give me plenty of time to get one or two smaller patterns tested and ready. Unfortunately as with so many things, inspiration struck the other night when I was unable to sleep and now this idea for an excellent Summer top is rattling around in my brain refusing to let go. It’s too late to start work on a Summer pattern, right? Someone slap me, because my useless brain is going “it’s not too late if you work really, REALLY hard!”.

Really, really REALLY hard might work, I guess.

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5 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    Everything looks wonderful! I’ve been thinking about a Gemini. I look forward to watching you knit yours:)

  2. Alicia says:

    As far as designing goes, you should strike while the inspiration is hot! It takes a while for these things to get publication-ready anyway, it never hurts to make progress and have something ready for NEXT summer, or for summer submissions (which happen usually in winter).

  3. Winnie says:

    I have a couch corner just like yours!! My kids hate when they need to get over to my corner and it is piled up with all my yarn and projects. Although I have also spilled out onto the coffee table as well as the floor around me.

    All your items look wonderful. I don’t think it is too late for Summer item patterns because a lot of knitters/crocheters will work on a Summer project in the Winter anyway. Good luck on publishing your patterns. :))

  4. Carol says:

    Nice blog! First time at your site and I will add you to blogs I follow. I so envy your knitting couch! You have only been knitting for a couple of years? Very impressive.

  5. Ness says:

    You did awesome! I’m glad you can focus on more important things now. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with an official knitting couch. 🙂 And there is plenty of summer left for a summer top! If not, It’ll be summer in the southern hemisphere soon after our own summer. 😉

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