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I have a little secret...

I've been hiding WIPs from you. Shameful, I know. To be perfectly fair, I haven't worked on any of these in the time that I've been blogging--they've all been loitering at the bottom of the knitting basket. Since I've been in a cleaning mood lately, it seems like an appropriate time to introduce you to the Projects Which Languish:

Apricot Jacket from Rebecca 27

I started her in September. I got 500 kinds of insecure about knitting a cotton blend. I put her down.

Heirloom Bag from Rowan 37

This was started over Labor Day when my sister Rae came to visit. She wanted to crochet something (being good at that sort of thing) so I gave her the leftover KnitPicks Shine from the bolero I'd just made her. I had some other colors sitting around (originally for Anouk) and she whipped up all of the crochet motifs in about a half hour. I started the bag part, but once Rae went home I lost steam. Mostly because the colors are, well, a bit vile. But I'm going to finish it. And besides, Rae just asked me about it on the phone last night.

Flower Basket Shawl from Interweave, Fall 2004

The oldest WIP going, I started it last spring when I thought I'd get a jump on the Christmas knitting. It turns out that I hate knitting lace. A lot. I picked it up again this fall and didn't get much more accomplished. It is slow. It is tedious. It makes me want to eat glass. I'd be crazy to rip out all my hard work now, right? The really sad part is that people keep citing this as an easy beginner lace project. Oh the shame.

Regia Socks


Also started last spring…a pair of toe-up magic loop socks. Much to my surprise, I loath the magic loop. I'm going to be a total wimp and finish these on dpns.

So there they are. Hopefully putting them up in the sidebar will motivate me to finish them.


I love cotton blends. Knit on and don't worry about it!

Lovely photos!! Hopefully posting them on your blog will be inspiring... but I gotta tell you, I did something like that on my blog in early December or so, and I haven't touched any of them since then...

I'm with you on using circulars for socks. I have a pair that have been on the needles for months. I'm just not as motivated to work on them. I think dpn's are much better.

I can't believe you're holding out on us! The shame! Just kidding. what are you knitting your Apricot Jacke and Flower Basket Shawl with? I bought some yarn for an Apricot Jacke, but now I'm unsure about the color and the Flower Basket Shawl has been sitting on my to-do list forever. That was going to be my first lace project. I messed it up so many times that I gave up and Birch became my first lace project and I love it. That pattern is much more beginner friendly (except for the 299 stitches you have to cast-on)

Nothing wrong with dpns - no cords to tangle with, no weird pulling things to do. I love my dpns. It makes me feel cool to wrestle with a porcupine and check my email simultaneously.

I really like all of your WIPs! I'm not much of a lace knitter either. The socks are such a lovely, vibrant color!

I think I like my dpns and magic loop workings evenly...but enough about me! The Apricot Jacket is gorgeous and I do hope you finish it. The socks are looking awesome - would it be too late to transfer them to dpns? (btw thanks for the info on the churro - I'm disappointed I didn't look into it further before buying...at least I can get some practice at spinning if nothing else!)

Wow! What a treat, all these projects to ogle. I have to say, I really, really love the Apricot Jacket. I hope you finish it. What's up with cotton blends? I'm using a cotton/wool blend to knit a sweater here pretty soon...is there anything I should know? (Besides the cotton blooms, can be stretchy, and is heavy). The Flower Basket Shawl seems like it'll be really gorgeous when it's done. I think you should just plug away at it, little by little, and don't set yourself a deadline or anything. When it's done, it's done and that way you won't drive yourself crazy. It seems like it'll be worth it...the picture of it is gorgeous. **End my two cents**

Fabulous colour for those socks, they will be so great once finished! I can't understand the dislike of circulars for socks though. I really find dpns so fiddly and pointy! Hedgehog knitting!
Each to their own though!

Well dang girl, you got a whole outfit right there! Minus the knitted pants. Or skirt. Whatever your flavor is.

Cotton blends are better than pure cottons. Just knit with some negative ease and it should be ok. The flower basket shawl is not an easy lace for beginners. I am a beginner, and I counted stitches every row as I knitted and I had to concentrate. That was easier for me than finding a mistake a few rows later! But the finished shawl is pretty enough to be worth it! :)