Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

With quieter days at work this week, progress continues steadily on my Cladonia Shawl. "You must knit a sweater a week" remarked the Staples delivery guy yesterday. Some weeks I knit more than others - it just depends on the work.

The pattern directs to continue the increases through the striped section until you have 28 stitches between markers. I'm almost there - I've got 25 stitches between markers - but I think I'm going to follow the lead of other ravellers and lengthen the shawl by continuing to 35 stitches between markers. If work stays this quiet I might manage to reach the lace section by Friday. And then the fun begins!

I've also been working away at my Shark Week Socks but I'll spare you the picture. It's been more knit, rip, re-knit, rip than any real progress. Maybe this weekend I'll find some quiet time to sit down and get myself sorted out on this. The pattern is challenging, but it seems like I screw up the easy parts more than the hard parts, so it must just be me.

Between bouts of frustration with the Shark Week Socks I've been crocheting Sock Monkey Cup Cozies. My friend signed us up for a craft table at a local market in June, so I need to put together a few things to offer for sale. The pattern for these cozies is pretty simple, the finishing isn't bad and they work up pretty darned cute. My thinking was that they'd make a good teacher's gift when paired with a takeout cup and a coffee shop gift card. And it doesn't hurt that I seem to have a good selection of suitable yarn in my stash for them, either. Please don't hesitate to offer any pattern suggestions you have for craft sale items; it's my first sale, so I don't really know what will go and what won't.

That's my week this week. Looks like the weather's about to turn warmer and sunnier too! Don't forget it's Wednesday, and there's lots of great stuff to see at the links at Tami's Amis this Work-in-Progress Wednesday!

11 comments:

Chrisknits said...

I love my Cladonia, just wore it last week. Yours will be lovely. Sorry, got no idea what sells at craft fairs. Haven't been to one in maybe 30 years?

Dee said...

Oh my gosh . . . those sock monkey coffee cozies are going to be adorable!

I would imagine dishcloths would sell pretty well.

Evelyn said...

Your Cladonia is coming along so beautifully ~ love the color and yarn.

Evelyn said...

I do the same thing with complicated patterns. I'll manage the lace/cables/complicated stitches just fine but then I'll mess up on something simple like ribbing. Infuriating lol

Janet said...

Love the colors in your Cladonia. The sock monkey cozies are so cute, sure to be popular.

Carolyn said...

Your Caledonia looks lovely. Hope you manage to find some time and space to sit down and sort the socks though. Good that you've got another projec to keep the frustration at bay!
No ideas on your craft fair though - sorry!

Barbara at Knitting | Work in Progress said...

Your shawl is looking lovely!

Would spa cloths out of organic cotton perhaps appeal? And dishcloths and hotpads do seem popular at least among crafters.

Yarn Changer said...

Love the shawl. I hadn't seen that one yet.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I envy your ability to knit during your downtime. I wish I could!
Have you considered baby booties for the craft show - quite a few people have asked if it's okay to use my Baby Janes pattern for craft shows.

Kepanie said...

Those shark socks are so trippy and damn clever. I am guessing they'd be house socks b/c how could all the fins fit in one's shoe?
The shawl will be lovely. I like that blue and green together. Funny how the Staples guy notices what you're working on.

Caffeine Girl said...

I'm with the postman -- you are the fastest knitter ever! What's amazing is that you can also maintain such a high quality of work.

Are you enjoying Cladonia? I absolutely love Kirsten Kapur patterns and find them to well-written. They draw lots of compliments.