Pattern release: Suburban Slouch (and a pile of WIPs)

First thing’s first, I have an announcement this week. My second self-published pattern is done and out and graciously modelled by my friend Lisa, it only took a small amount of wine to convince her to get out into the garden and make a fool of herself so that was handy.

Suburban Slouch by Michelle May

Why can’t I look like that in photos?

This is Suburban Slouch. It is a hat. It was originally knitted up as a “this day has been boring, I need to knit a really quick fun hat” type of project and went from there. The colourwork pattern is achieved by slipping stitches, so you’re never working with more than one colour at a time, and would be suitable for someone new to this because you only have to worry about slipping stitches on a few rounds overall. Ravelry page is here, enjoy: Suburban Slouch. Thank you everyone who helped me name this, because I really do suck at names.

Now with that shameless promotion over, I can promote my shame instead. You know you see those WIP Wednesday posts and they’re just so aspirational, the blogger seems to have an uncanny knack for knitting only the most beautiful of projects in the most beautiful of yarns and taking beautiful minimalist photos of them posed next to a work of classic literature in beautiful soft light? Well, that’s not my style. Here are my current WIPs.

Pile of WIPs

Worst composed photograph in this history of photography, woo!

From left to right we have:

  • Green and grey cowl of my own design that currently has the codename “Jaggy Snake” but I can’t quite remember why. It’s a slow knit, but it’ll look amazing.
  • Green (but a different green) cabled boot cuffs, or should I say cuff, being very very slowly knitted for the cables KAL in the New Knitters group. I’ll get there eventually, honest!
  • Fair isle swatch for an as yet unidentified pattern to hopefully be released sometime this month. I am ambitious.
  • A bowl of purple lace shawl. This is my only “for me” project on the go at the minute, and hasn’t actually seen any progress since I last blogged about it. Boooh. It is pretty though and I was fondling it just yesterday so maybe that means it’ll get picked up again soon.
  • A ridiculously large ball of red wool, being used to swatch some ideas at the moment. I’m hoping to get a matching cowl and gloves set out of it, but mostly I just enjoy looking at the size of it and giggling to myself. This was me when the yarn first arrived:
<img class="wp-image-1056 size-medium" src="×300.jpg" alt="Giant yarn!" width="248" height="300" srcset="×300.jpg 248w,×717 vytorin 10 20.jpg 593w, 831w” sizes=”(max-width: 248px) 100vw, 248px” />

Yes I’m wearing a dressing gown, wanna fight about it?

Quite how all this fits in with Christmas knitting (yes I used that word, and if you’re planning to make gifts this year you should start too!) remains to be seen. There’s talk of constructing some sort of harness that lets me knit while walking so no time is wasted, but at 30 years old am I really ready to become the town crazy? Maybe. Maybe.

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4 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    hahaha! That skein is as big as your head! I’m glad I’m not the only one whose WIP is not pretty until it reaches FO stage! 😀

  2. Kat says:

    I thoroughly enjoy your WIP picture. It is a pretty rockin’ pic and you’ve got some sweet projects to boot!

  3. Alicia says:

    I really like the look of the purple swatch!

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