WIP Wednesday: If at first you don’t succeed, take a picture of the yarn anyway.

Gosh, Wednesday already? I’m not sure I’m ready for this again.

[I was quite pleased with this reflection picture, and it’s definitely representative of recent weather]

After a lazy weekend at home, pottering around my poorly husband, I thought I’d feel rested and ready for the week at work. Instead, for the last few days, I’ve mostly felt like I’ve been hit by a bus, and have just wanted to curl up and sleep. Let’s hope the work emails I’ve sent in the last 48 hours made sense, because I’ve been a little blurry in person!

Crochet continues, though. I finished my new winter hat, but haven’t had a chance to take decent pictures (there’s a rubbish one on my Ravelry project page) or sew on the buttons, so that one will have to wait a few days. I’m ploughing onwards with my Silver shawl) from last week, sneaking in rows here and there during bus rides and coffee breaks. Considering I was worrying that using a different yarn would make it smaller, I’m now worrying this ball is never going to end!


And that’s just the first half. The yarn is rejoined to the starting row, and then you do it all again in the other direction. Phew! I’m still going to be working on it at Christmas at this rate.

But what I’ve mostly been doing this week is working on this project:


Now, I know to you that just looks like a ball of yarn, but to me, that’s my new pair of gloves for when the weather turns properly cold. Despite appearances, it’s got close to being a whole glove at least three times, and each time, I’ve had to rip it back and start again to get it right. I’m hacking the pattern, and while I know roughly what I’m doing, you can’t crochet an approximate number of stitches! If you get it wrong, there’s nothing for it but to unravel and give it another go. At least this time I’m remembering to write the iterations down so I can repeat them for the other hand.

No book this week, as my concentration span is next to nil. Instead, I’ve been listening to lots of Radio 4 podcasts, catching up with the last few weeks. I tend to put all the ones I haven’t heard on a long playlist and hit shuffle. That way, I don’t have to make decisions about what I want to listen to next, but unlike just putting the radio on, I know that I’m always going to get something I want to hear.

Joining up with Ginny again this week, so click the button below to see what everyone’s been making:


15 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: If at first you don’t succeed, take a picture of the yarn anyway.

    1. Thank you! I love it, because it looks so amazingly complicated, when it’s actually a really simple 4-row repeat, very little brain power required. The yarn helps as well – I’m definitely in love with it!


  1. Beautiful shawl! That silver yarn shows of the wonderful lace pattern so nicely. And good luck with your mitts – I love the pink you’ve chosen for them.


    1. Thanks. The yarn matches the one from the pattern fairly closely, which is why I chose it – it’s gorgeous to work with.

      The pink is at least cheerful as I stitch and rip!


  2. Your shawl is stunning, and I love that pewtery-silvery shade of grey. It’s gorgeous. Your Dahlia shawl is also stunning, I particularly like the ombre effect of all the shades of grey. Can you tell I love grey? Hope you feel better soon πŸ™‚


    1. I bought the yarn because I fell in love with the feel and colour – pictures can’t really show how silky it it, it’s wonderful to work with.

      I’ve been on a real grey-kick lately, I think because it goes with everything without being dull!


  3. I’ve been working on a simple, i.e. beyond simple shawl and keep messing it up and frogging, losing the yarn (too thin, breaks) and have a ball of yarn again. your work is so beautiful! best with the glove.


    1. I think I’ve finally conquered the tricky bit and have half a finger at last! Hopefully I’ll have something to show for it next week πŸ™‚



    1. Without getting my hopes up, I think I’m finally there, although I nearly ripped it out again out of habit! But I now have half of one finger, so hopefully will have something to show next week πŸ™‚


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