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WIP Wednesday January

Posted on January 8, 2015 by

Welcome to the first WIP Wednesday of 2015! This week has been rather full of seeing people and doing stuff, which means that I haven’t spent a lot of time knitting. That combined with the fact that I had a bit of a finishing streak recently means that I don’t have much to show for this month’s WIP Wednesday.


First up is the ever-present sock. This is the project that lives in my purse and sees the light of day only when I’ve got a bit of time on the train or waiting somewhere. I’ve mostly been diving into my sock yarn leftovers, hence the two colors to make sure I’ve got enough yardage, but it definitely makes it more interesting than plain old stockinette.


I started this hat over Christmas break, partly because the sparkle seemed appropriate, and partly because I couldn’t wait to start knitting with some of the Voolenvine yarn I bought after Thanksgiving. This is the color Neptunia in her Blitzed base, which is merino, nylon and sparkle. I’ve never really been a sparkle person, and I debated for half a second using this yarn as socks, but I knew that it deserved to be shown off somewhere visible. The pattern is Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers and it’s got a really subtle pattern that keeps the knitting interested, but doesn’t distract from the gorgeous yarn.


I also started a Norwegian Sweet Baby Hat by Gro, also using random sock yarn leftovers. My friend tells me that her baby is the size of a fig right now, so I think I have some time before I need to finish the hat.


I also started some new spinning over Christmas, it’s from Cephalopod Yarn, their Bugga fiber, which is merino, cashmere and nylon, in the Ursula colorway. And I’m going to blame Kristin (Voolenvine) again for this, because she was showing off her “plying on the fly” recently, so of course I wanted to try. Basically you spin the single as normal, and then before you wind it onto the spindle, you chain ply it, and voila, it’s finished yarn! It obviously takes quite a while to get much yardage, but it’s pretty fun.

And that’s it! I do have a bunch of finished projects to show you soon though, some recently finished, and some long ago finished but recently photographed. I’m not sure what my posting schedule is going to be like for the next few weeks, because I’m going to be in London(!) for two weeks for work. But don’t worry, there will be an obscene number of photos to share, and I will have wifi at the hotel, so you might not have to wait until I get back. And of course, if you have any suggestions of what I should do in London on the nights and weekends that I’ll be free, let me know!

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Happy knitting!


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    Hi! I'm Dana, a Brooklyn-based knitwear designer, PhD dropout, editor at BioMed Central, and amateur photographer/graphic designer. I'm particularly fond of cables, size four needles and vibrant hand-dyed yarn.

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