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WIP Wednesday: 10/8/14

Knittin' KittensBringing back WIP Wednesdays!

On my needles today is a gift knit for my sister whose birthday was on Monday. Yes, I’m late. I’ve been sick for the past few days, so I didn’t get to finish up what should have been a quick one (maybe two) night project. I decided on Saturday to make a pair of boot toppers to go with the boots I was giving her. Because my brain turns into a puddle of mush when I’m sick I ended up ripping the things out about 3 times. So I’m only finished with one topper. Oh well.

I’m knitting the toppers using my old Brittany Birch DPNs (review tomorrow) and it’s SO SLOW! I should have replaced all of these needles a long time ago, but I don’t use DPNs very often let alone sizes larger than those in my ChiaoGoo sock set. So all of my DPNs above size 4 or the Brittany Birch needles and they have the most blunt tips ever. Knitting cables with them is a chore. The ribbed rounds were annoying, but the cables? Hoo boy! Stockinette is ok. I’m a loose knitter. I think if I knit tight I may even have trouble with stockinette. Not cool. I got spoiled with the ChiaoGoo Red lace tips. In a fit of frustration I went on Yarn.com and purchased size 6 and 7 Knitters Pride Nova Cubics Platina DPNs. I’m curious to see how they are. I’ve tried the Knitters Pride Karbonz and wasn’t a fan. Figured I’d give the company another shot on a different style.

Back to the boot toppers… I’ve been calling them “Anna Banana’s Boot Toppers”. Not sure if that name will stick or not. They’re going to be part of a pattern collection I’m working on called “Quick! Procrasta-knit Gifts” or “Quick! Gift Ideas for Procrasta-knitters”. Something along those lines. I haven’t hashed out all the details yet. I’m aiming for a 15-20 design collection of patterns that are fast, cute, and don’t look dumb or rushed just because they’re meant to be finished quickly.

Of course, I have other projects on my needles as well. The Bonnie’s Wish shawl and Topaz shawl are well under way. For now both of those are Shhhhh! projects though. You’ll have to wait until November 1 before I share the Topaz/November shawl and the first clue of Bonnie’s Wish won’t be posted until November 15. Speaking of which, have you joined the MKAL yet? No?! Go HERE.