WIP Wednesday: So Many Projects…

It is Wednesday, right?

Is it just me, or do other people work on more than one project at a time? I always seem to have at least three projects going on at once. I don’t know how I manage to do this, but I do. Logic dictates that I would get things done faster if I worked on one thing until it was done but I have come to realize that is never going to happen.

So, this week I am working on a pillow, a shawl, and some fingerless gloves.

Let’s start with the pillow.

Please ignore the mess that is my desk (actually it’s pretty clean at the moment). I know what everyone is thinking, when will I stop taking pictures of stuff by laying it out on the computer. Probably never. I had the idea of setting up a craft table next to my desk to use for things like this but I can’t keep it clean. Partly because of my cat and partly because my family sees it as a dumping ground for mail (especially junk mail) and it’s where they pile things they borrow from me instead of putting things back where they got them.

Back to the pillow. It comes from The Left Handed Crocheter and will be a goofy looking shark when done. Mr. Shark Pillow takes 2 skeins of Bernat Blanket Yarn. I have said this before, it’s difficult to find grey yarn around here…and grey blanket yarn is about as illusive as the yeti. I got lucky and not only found it, but found it on sale 2 for $12. It’s normally $10 each so I would say that was a pretty awesome deal.

The issue with this pillow is I have to work on it a little at a time because I am not a huge fan or working with blanket yarn. I don’t hate it, it’s just not something I want to work with for long periods of time. I should really just suck it up and power through it.

The second item I am working on is a shawl. I ordered some Australian Superfine Merino Wool from Joann’s that I was going to use to make a Christmas present for someone. The yarn turned out to be the wrong colours. So I found myself in the possession of 5 skeins of quality wool yarn (translated: not cheap) that I had no idea what I was going to do with. Returning it wasn’t an option because I threw out the packing slip right before trash was taken out. Oops.

When I complained about my yarn being the wrong colours, having to order different yarn, and come up with something to do with it, I was told “You can always use more yarn, right? You’ll find something to do with it. You could make more sharks.” and someone else told me to turn it into cat toys. Those would be rather expensive cat toys. No one understands my pain or that you have to have special projects for special yarn. I will admit that I was tempted to use the second of the two colours for cat toys. The picture on the net made the yarn look grey. The reality is it’s a pale lavender. I need grey. This is not debatable (the joys of making something that needs to be made with very specific colours).

I spent some time going through shawl patterns on the net. For something that is supposed to help keep you warm (at least that is what I thought they were for) I found a lot of accessory only shawls. I am not much of an accessory person. I want practical. I want something I can use. I also spend a lot of time cold so I want it to do it’s job.

I was about ready to give up when Moogly came to my rescue with this lovely Tidal Wave Shawl. It was actually a toss up between this one and a paid pattern. The reason this one won out was because it got a couple more points in the practical column. I also think that the yarn that I have is more suited to this one because of the colour blocking. The paid pattern is beautiful, but it’s also more of an accessory type thing that I would rarely use.

This is what I have done so far.

Light does some weird stuff to this yarn. It’s not that light. It’s more of a forest green (at least that is what the label says). And yes, that is a light up hook. I just purchased it and I haven’t decided if I like it yet. It’s not a Tulip Etimo, that’s for sure. I seriously dislike having to have my desk lamp on to see what I am doing, and this hook is a nice way to get around that, and for that reason I would like a full set. For the most part, I haven’t formed an opinion on it yet.

Lastly, the fingerless gloves. I hope to have the pattern up for these by sometime next week.

It’s a shark. Who is surprised? I looked all over the web for shark fingerless gloves and found next to nothing. I found mittens and I found fingerless gloves that were made to order. No pattern for sale. So, I set out to make some.

Designing patterns is hard. Hats off to everyone who does this professionally or semi-professionally. I know I can’t come up with ideas on my own and the trial and error that went into this where I could get something I was happy with nearly made me pull my hair out. I seriously doubt I will ever be a “serious” designer. I still have to tweak the pattern and change how it’s assembled.. The prototype here ended up getting stretched out of shape something terrible while fins were being sewn on. That won’t do. I have an idea how to deal with this, I just need to make sure it works before I release it to the public.

So, what is everyone else working on this week?

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