The Big WIP-off: Getting Serious.

31 Aug

Aitches and aitches ago (as Sasquatch says), I formulated a cunning plan to rid myself of some long-running WIPs that have been hanging around and generally cluttering up my Ravelry project page. I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times in the last 11 months, but in an effort to clamber back on (and get back into regular blogging as well), I am instituting a new monthly blog: What’s in the Work-box?

Behold my work-box.

Measuring 60cm x 30cm x 30cm (24″ x 12″ x 12″), it began life as my stash-box (pause here so we can all hoot with laughter). I bought it when Sasquatch first started pulling himself up on the furniture. Until that point, my stash had resided in a large cardboard carton (of the Huggies disposable nappies persuasion). But when the mischief-generator became self-propelled, I needed something lockable to protect my investments. So I moseyed on down to the (now-defunct) Blayney Furniture Company, and picked this little number up on sale. It worked like a charm: the latch completely flummoxed Sasquatch’s efforts to wreak havoc with my stash, and for the next year or two (until I discovered my Heart’s True Home on the internets), it adequately housed my stash.

Now, however, my stash takes up most of the linen cupboard, and the knitting box houses my WIPs.

Don’t worry, I do have a point, and here it comes: at the end of each month, I propose to list my current tally of WIPs and how they are progressing. This months efforts are, from oldest to newest (all headings link to the Ravelry project page):

1. The Mulberry Shawl. Cast on 7th September 2008, this shawl is almost two years old. It is maybe 85% done, and measures 95cm along one v-side, unblocked. Plan: Just knit the bloody thing, already.

2.Aestlight. Cast on 12th December 2009. After romping through the garter-stitch portion of this pattern, I started the Birdnest section and stalled due to my complete inability to successfully count to FOUR. Plan: I’ll pull back to the safety line and give it another shot; if it stymies me again, I’ll frog it and go with a Baktus instead.

3. Red socks: Cast on 10th June 2010. These are something of a stealth project, so I can’t say any more, or show any detail.

4.Yarn Love Cowl: cast on 12th July 2010. Bendigo knitting. Plan: I was originally going to keep knitting until I ran out of yarn, but it’s pretty nearly long enough now, so I’ll just finish out the current 15 row section of stocking stitch and then work the edging.

5. Mittens for Sasquatch. Cast on 3rd August 2010. These are a bribe incentive for Sasquatch to do his work at school. His teacher has my email address, and every afternoon after school she drops me a line to let me know how he worked. Every day that I get good news, I work on these for 30 minutes. They are going in fits and starts. Plan: Not really up to me, is it?

6.Maths + Purple Socks. Cast on 25th July 2010. These are a gift for a friend, and are 75% done. Plan: Just keep motoring on until they are finished. Shouldn’t take more than a couple of days.

And that’s about it, really. There’s a couple of other things that have been stalled so long that they are no longer WIPs, but have officially crossed over into UFO territory, but they are headed for the frog-pond anyway.

Tune in next month to see how much I’ve managed to knock over.

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5 Responses to “The Big WIP-off: Getting Serious.”

  1. 2paw August 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    I love your arrangement with the teacher!!! Oh, so close to the finish with so many things. I hope you find the extra enthusiasm to get them done!!!

    • kissmyfrog August 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks. It was a spur of the moment inspiration. I was sitting on the couch knitting when the phone rang: yet another call from his teacher, at her wits’ end as to how to get the stubborn little so-and-so to do his work. Sitting right front of me was an almost-full ball of green Jet, left over from the beanie I made for my nephew a few weeks ago, so I stuffed it in my pocket, scribbled my email address on a post-it, and marched down to the school with smoke coming out of my ears…

      The rest is history, as they say. It’s working pretty well – he’s doing his work more often than not, these days. 🙂

  2. amy August 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m not sure that would work with my kids. They get mittens as a matter of course, always have, so if I were to switch it to bribery they’d quite fairly call foul!

    I liked knitting Aestlight so much I’m thinking of knitting another one. I hope it comes together for you!

    • kissmyfrog September 1, 2010 at 6:56 am #

      I don’t think it’s the mittens that are the key – he just loves it when I knit for him. The whole half hour that I work on the mittens he sits there beside me with this smug little smile on his face, ’cause I’m HIS mum and I’m knitting for HIM.

      He is perhaps a teeeeny bit territorial.

  3. Leonie September 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    So does this mean we just get posts once a month???

    Love your bargain with your boy. Very similar to mine with Hunter: I do craft for him while he reads his reader. The things we crafting mum’s do just to have an excuse to knit some more 🙂

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