Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WIP Wednesday #7: Cardigans, Socks, Toddlers, & Arugula

Ha! You thought I'd fooled you, didn't you? No foolin'. I'm really back.

A couple of weeks ago when I'd finished Secret Project #1 and my time had gotten freed up enough to jump on all the other projects waiting, I sat down and made a hard list of everything I wanted to accomplish work-wise from now until the end of the year. Here goes: Finish and release the shawlette pattern for Ravenwood, finish and release the women's top-down cardigan for Figheadh, finish and release the men's top-down cardigan for Figheadh, design a Fair Isle cap for Ravenwood, design something yummy for Marsha, design a fabulous cable sweater for Liz, finally figure out an earflap hat for Figheadh (with cables of course), balance the books for third quarter, finish and release the five glove and fingerless mitt patterns I have been trying to get to for over a year now, finish the Tsunami socks (see below), finish the Lace Scarf sample (see below as well), back up all the files on my laptop because it's acting funny, finish a cable sweater design with Schaefer Miss Priss that's been on the needles for over a year now, finish a cable blanket design for Figheadh, and finish a combo knit/crochet coat design for Mirth I started last winter. Oh, yeah, and the two Wanda Nells I have on the needles. Think I can get this all done by the week after Christmas? Well, I've already completed seven of these. It pays to make a tight plan. We'll see. I'll keep you posted.

First up in the WIP roll call is this men's cardigan I'm making for Fred. He picked out this Cascade 220 Paints himself. I see now that it goes with the vintage robe he's been patiently waiting for me to repair the whole entire ten years we've been married. The lining has come loose in a couple of spots, so I've put it here in the living room to remind me to finally, finally fix it. I can see him when he's 88 wearing this cardigan over this robe, thinking he's looking all GQ. Cuz he's funny like that.

And here's the progress on the Tsunami socks. One down and mostly one to go! Been too tied up to pay enough attention to them (see above list). But isn't the Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Sassafras gorgeous? If you'll remember, this skein of yarn was one of the only two I bought at Sock Summit (because it never disappoints) and my intent was for these to be mine. Nope. Turning out too big. They will be Fred's as well, but no worries--there are lots of knitted things ahead for me.

This scarf for Ravenwood is about five pattern reps away from the finish line. Whenever I have the time to visit with her, though, it's time well spent. Cazhhhhhmeeeeerrrrre. Yum!

And I can't let you go without a garden update. We harvested the rest of the tomatoes and the one pumpkin that our little raised bed produced and replaced them with some cauliflower, spinach and these little arugula seedlings we sprouted ourselves. I hope they grow to be big enough to eat. It's already getting quite chilly here, so we might need a row cover, my mom, the Master G says. She's over in NC growing blue potatoes. Imagine that!

What I really, really can't let you go without seeing is the Grandtwins and their 18-month-old selves. Yes! Eighteen months old today! Look what a big boy Malcolm is getting to be!
And Miss Lucy--so grown up and fancy. I envy them their naturally curly hair.
Okay, enough visiting for now--I have some math edits for the women's cardigan pattern to do and the calculator is calling my name. I'll be back soon with how the list is going. I hope you are having good day! Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

CrochetBlogger said...

I think making a list like this is a smart idea to catch you up on what you're trying to accomplish and then keep you on track. Looking great!

fig said...

Thanks, CB. I forgot to mention that I also planned out each task in reasonable time increments and divided out all the parts over each work day from now until Dec 23. That way I know what has to be done every day. This is the only way I can ever hope to get this all accomplished! Whew! If I make it, I get to take the last week of the year off. Maybe.

Anastacia Knits said...

planning ahead? making a list? too organized for me :). seriously, I do try to make lists once in a while, but I usually get depressed when I realize how many projects & designs I have going at once, add to that blog posts in draft mode, books I'm currently reading, emails I'm currently writing... it's never ending!

GirlAnachronismE said...

Wow, congrats on being so organised, it looks like you're doing really well on it! Hope to see some FOs pretty soon =)

fig said...

Ana K and Ana E (ha!), this is precisely why I made this plan. I got so tired of seeing all these UFO's lying around neglected. Besides, I want to share them with you! FO's soon!

La Rue said...

OMG this sounds like the matrix you built for the tasks and timeframes for getting your Masters program while raising three kids by yourself. Awesome!!! Love all the pictures of works in progress. Mostly love the pictures of my GGBs at eighteen months. Hope to see them soon. keep up the good work....

Kelli said...

Love your knits, and....WOW look at how big and cute the twins are!