I’m terrible with finishing knitting WIPs. There. I said it.
I’m currently working on two knitting WIPs, and because knitting is going very slowly for me, these WIPs are taking forever to finish. Having said that, I’m still having fun working on them! But because knitting is something I have yet to master, I really have to focus and keep my attention when working on them, and that is why it is taking so long!
The first WIP is one that I am embarrassed to say I have been working on since June 2012… Ouch! That’s almost a year! But, I have started on the final part of the pattern, which is the short rows.
I’m working this on lace yarn and teeny tiny needles, so that gives me a little credit, right? ;) I still love this shawl, it’s the Color Affection by Veera Valimaki.
The second knitting WIP is an amazing pattern that I’m making using some very delicious looking yarn from A Stash Addict (the skein on the right).
I found this really cool pattern on Ravelry for a shawlette that is worked from the bottom up, meaning the rows get shorter as you work the pattern, which is the opposite of my Color Affection shawl. I thought this was a good idea because it means the shawl could be finished faster! Lest we forget, that the first row is 273 stitches long… Oh, and it also includes some of the most intricate knitting I have ever done! Terms like SSK, K2TOG, S2KP – stitches I had never done before. But, I persevered and am now on row 10. This pattern takes a LOT of concentration to get right, so you can imagine my delight when I saw those lovely peacock feathers emerge…
I am so proud of myself, every time I look at it! And yes, I know I have a long way to go. But just imagine how gorgeous it will become :) The pattern is the Peacock Shawlette by Kitman Figueroa.
I have a question for you knitters out there; what is the best way to stick with these projects? I usually knit in the evening (because I crochet during the day) to relax and keep my mind busy, but because I have to focus so hard I only manage one or two rows per evening. What is the trick to knitting intricate patterns like this? It’s impossible to memorize… right?