WIP Weekend

How do you know when you have too many projects going at once?

My husband was tidying up our bedroom the other day, and had to keep stuffing more and more pairs of needles & yarn into my WIP basket next to our bed. He finally looked over at me and said, "You do know you're working on, like, ten different things, right?"
I, of course, knew that it was ridiculous of him to imply that I had too many knitting projects on the needles. There is simply no such thing.

Besides, I'm pretty sure I don't have enough projects yet.

First off, I just got this lovely handspun from Steven A. in the mail. He gave it away as part of a blog post raising awareness about HIV/AIDS testing, and I'd definitely recommend reading through what he wrote. It made me grateful.
Anyways, if I don't knit something with this, I'm pretty sure he will track me down and take it away. I did have to give him my address, after all, so he does know where I live. That would probably ruin my knitting mojo forever. I'm thinking maybe a Larch, but I'm not certain yet. Great yarn needs a great pattern, and this yarn is incredibly touchable and sheepy. It's giving me a serious wool craving that's very out of place in July.

But, that's not all...

I already signed up for the Mystery KAL that Stephen West (Stephen West!) designed, and that starts tomorrow--but I haven't even picked out yarn from the stash yet! Oops. August snuck up on me in a big way.

And then Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits came out with this. So far I've been able to resist it calling me, but probably not for much longer. I had a really easy time pulling little bits & balls out of my stash for it, and I think I need an afghan. No, really. Doesn't everyone once August rolls around?

From left to right, that's Paton's Kroy Sock wool, Isager Strik Alpaca, two different colors of Koigu KPM (one from my LYS, one from my NY trip), Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, a purply-brown mystery wool from the market in Xining, and the front little bits are Knitpicks Palette. All those different colors and places, and they look so beautiful together. What's not to love?

As for what's actually on my needles...
Two new design projects, the beginnings of a Lee Meredith hat (take two), a sweater from one of last year's VKs in full hibernation, Jacqueline (probably headed for the frog pile--gotta love trying to knit sweaters that fit a 24" waist and 35" bust simultaneously) and this...

...Breezy silk & wool for mindless knitting over coffee and conversation. I love summer afternoons like these. ♥


  1. There is no such thing as too many WIPs (except for those non-knitters who live in a knitter's home!). What is the pattern for the gorgeous shawl you're working on (bottom photo)? I love it (and am always on the prowl for mindless knitting projects).

  2. It's Saroyan, free on Ravelry. :)