Know Your Wips

So I’m typing this while trying to feed my 5-week-old and thinking about all the things I should be doing. And I don’t mean cleaning the house. I’m talking about all the wips I have piled up on my (tiny) sewing table. They’re just crying out for some attention. But first, it’s bedtime for my other two children. This nightly ritual usually takes at least an hour, if not more. I am blessed with sleepless children, I guess…

But let me start again. Where was I? Oh yes. The wips. There’s a wip for every occasion! I’ll introduce you to them:

The Social Wips: These are the wips that travel well. They fit neatly into nappy bags or tote bags, they’re easy to whip out at a moment’s notice (did ya like that pun?), and the pattern is preferably something repetitive that requires little thought. In this category, I currently have a garter stitch scarf and a mostly garter stitch shawl with just two colours. Both of these are easy to knit while waiting for the kids to get out of school, waiting at doctor’s appointments, or for knitting while reading subtitles. As you do.


Mostly garter stitch shawl. This is the Batad pattern by Stephen West.

The Serious Wips: In this category, you have your lace. Or cables, or lace AND cables, or anything else that requires thinking or a delicate hand. I sometimes drop a lace stitch while sitting on the sofa, so I’m sure as heck not gonna be knitting it on the bus. Or around the kids. And I’ve ripped back many a row because I was too busy chatting to pay attention to the chart or pattern. This is why it’s taken me over a year to get halfway through one of my beaded lace shawls, and several months to make progress on a pair of cabled socks (even knitting them two at a time).


The cabled socks that aren’t much further along than this.


An example of a (finished!!!) lacy beaded shawl. this one took five attempts to get past row 10 because I was silly enough to bring it to my knitting group and then yapped away, oblivious to mistakes.

The Longhaul Wips: I’m sure there are many knitters (and crocheters) out there who can churn out jumpers and projects with giant swaths of fabric in a weekend. I am not one of them. I will likely never be one of them, because I keep having to put my children back to bed! Anyway, this is why I call these projects – blankets, cardigans/jumpers, etc. – longhaul projects. The lace cardigan I’m knitting has been on the needles for an embarrassing amount of time. I *may* have gone through a couple dress sizes in that time….

The Quickies: These are those ‘quick’ projects that really shouldn’t take that long. Think of that hat, those mitts, or that baby jumper that you thought you’d just cast on in between projects and whip out in no time. (Unless, of course, you’re me. And then that project tends to take twice as long because your toddler pulled it off the needles, or you discovered you’d done the decreases wrong, or it turns out the yarn you’re using isn’t the best suited to it after all.) But most of the time, these projects are relatively quick and immediately satisfying. Like a crocheted cat butt.

cat butt

And who doesn’t like crocheted cat butts?

Anyway, there you have it. I find it’s useful to have a variety of projects on the needles, because you never know when you might need some ‘easy’ knitting, or something to offer a new challenge, or just a little something you rustled up over the weekend.

And now I’m off to concentrate on my most important wip….


…which resulted in this:

20150827_090451G’night all, and happy knitting!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Nikki
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 18:34:04

    you know that everyone wants a cat butt now, don’t you



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