WIP Amnesty: Part 1 – Holden Shawlette

My name is Lottie, and I have too many WIPs (works in progress).

So, in order to encourage myself to get some of them finished (just some, not all, let’s not get too ambitious!), I thought I should share some of them with you.

My trouble is that once I’ve finished working on a design sample, I want to start something new and exciting, which I then don’t get finished before I start on another sample………..and then once I’ve finished that sample, I want to start something new and exciting…….and so on, and so on.

Obviously this cannot continue – I want finished things!  Buying new needles because the size I need are on another project has to stop.

So, WIP no.1:

Holden Shawlette in progress

Holden Shawlette in progress

This is my version of the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes, knitted in Jillybean Supersock that was given to me for my Birthday a couple of years ago by my bosses Helen and Steve (yes, I have nice bosses who give yarny gifts!) Lucky me!

The yarn is nice, but as you can see from the picture it knits up a bit unevenly on 4mm needles (this needs larger needles so it will drape nicely when I’ve blocked it), but I’m sure it will block out when I’ve finished.

The big problem with this project is I’ve got a bit bored.  There is quite a lot of stocking stitch before you get to the border and although I want to enjoy knitting simple, mindless things where someone else has done all the thinking for me, I find it hard.  I want my knitting to engage me, make me wonder what is coming next and have little landmark bits, so I can say ‘I’ll just do one more pattern repeat’ or ‘I’m going to get that interesting transition to the next stitch pattern done before I stop’ these sort of things motivate me to finish something.  Stocking stitch has none of this, but it still looks better than most stitches do in hand dyed yarns, with the exception of all wavy Old Shale and Feather and Fan type patterns….. and this has both of these things, so it seemed a good choice.

Anyway, as this shawlette has been a WIP since AUGUST(!!) it’s high time I finished it…………

……….and yesterday I did!  It’s all blocked out too 🙂 so next time…….pictures!

What would you hand in to the WIP Amnesty?

Lottie x

4 thoughts on “WIP Amnesty: Part 1 – Holden Shawlette

  1. That is beautiful yarn! I’ve made two of those shawls and it’s good knitting when you’re really stressed.

    I don’t have any knitting Works In Progress that have completely stalled, except I began a cross-stitched rug for my daughter that I really have to motivate myself to work on. Perhaps I will work out a schedule for myself in the run up to our house move!

    • It is lovely yarn – the colours are very me! You are obviously much more disciplined than I am 🙂 I don’t think I will ever be free of all WIPs, but I’m certainly hoping to have fewer on the go at a time.

      Lottie x

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