Here’s One Way to Get Rid of Some WIPs:

Just frog ’em all. Froggity frog frog frog. Then, you can cast on for something new with a clear conscience! I made the decision to rip out (ribbit) my Color Dipped Hat (thanks for all the advice). I haven’t actually done it yet, but I will. That one I will restart, but I guess I got the frog bug because I just decided to deep six another project that was giving me headaches. The Lacy Loo just was not going to work in Berroco Linet. Just not happening. So, that one will get ripped out too and I’ll keep my eye out for a better yarn choice for the pattern. I also decided to scrap a dishcloth I cast on a couple months ago as I have no idea where I was in the pattern, and not a ton of interest in dishcloths at the moment. So there! Two WIPs gone and one on the way to recovery!

I’ve been knocking WIPs out another way today, too. I’ve actually been working on finishing some of the damn things! I finished the knitting, and even wove in all the ends, on my Garter Yoke Baby Cardi ages ago but was dragging my feet on sewing in the buttons. Well, I sewed on all five of them today and even gave it a wash. Once it dries, it will be ready to get out of my life and off the WIP list! These aren’t the greatest pics, but they prove there are buttons:

IMG_4224 IMG_4225Of note, I used TECHknitter’s button shanking technique. Black yarn is really tricky to photograph. Once it is done drying, I’ll try to get some shots in natural light that are a little clearer.

Another WIP that’s teed up and ready to go is my Sunlight Shawlette. I finally got around to blocking it today. It’s currently drying on our very tidy guest bed:

IMG_4222I’m really happy with how it turned out. I of course forgot to take pre-blocking measurements, but it grew a lot. I hope the recipient likes it! I should be able to give it to her this week.

Oh yeah, and I straight up finished another WIP. Say hi to my third pair of Passport Mitts! I made them out of the same orange Ella Rae Lace Merino DK. These are the size large but like the other orange pair, I stuck with US2s the whole time instead of switching to 3s. This yarn is just not anything close to DK weight and I like the way the knitted fabric was with the 2s. Also, the intended recipient wants a snug fit. I think they’re just about perfect!

IMG_4221So, I’m down to six WIPs. Two are blocking and will be done within a day or two. One is my Drachenfels which I still just haven’t blocked and taken final photos of. I really just want to wear it all the time so I don’t want it out of commission for a couple of days! Plus, to block it, I’d have to legitimately clean off the guest bed and that hasn’t been high on my priority list. I’m left with the Color Dipped Hat which is back to square one and two old-ish WIPs just waiting around for some finishing. Capucine needs tassels and Twirly Summerskirt needs elastic in the waistband.

You know what the next question is, right? What should I cast on next? Well, I swatched for Hermione’s Everyday Socks the other day and came in closer to 8 sts/inch than 9. I was even using US1s! I thought about casting on anyway because I would need to adjust the pattern for my big feet, but I’m starting to wonder if that’s the best next sock pattern for me. I kind of want something with more explicit instructions for how to make size adjustments, or at least something that offers different sizes so that I can see more clearly how to manipulate things. I stumbled across a link to get a free class the other day and chose to use it on a sock class. I think I might watch that before I start my next sock project.

So, what else is on my queue? A few things, but nothing I’m ready to start yet. I guess I’ll just commence with the frogging!



  1. afthead · October 27, 2015

    May your frogging bring you relief. I love your tidy bed. My house is similarly tidy.

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  2. Tamera L · October 27, 2015

    I hope you find just the right socks to cast on. (Stray thought: you seem to like/love the Passport Mitts. Have you considered simply turning heels on them, and transforming them into Passport Socks?)

    Anyway, between the frogging and the finishing, maybe your blogging username should be changed to WIP-Killer!

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    • alexand knits · October 27, 2015

      I do really like the Passport Mitts, but my current frenzy will die down after the KAL ends in a couple of weeks 🙂 Plus I don’t think I’m up for doing the math to convert them yet. After I’ve done a couple more pairs of socks I think I’ll have a more solid understanding of the construction, and will be more willing to modify stuff.


  3. Stefanie · October 27, 2015

    I really love this pair of Passport Mitts from the variegated orange to the how well the yarn shows off the stitch pattern. I’m glad to read you have some WIP & FO success. It sucks to frog but you gotta do what cha gotta do. Your post makes me think of I should maybe frog a shawl that’s been hibernating….hmmm…


  4. Hannah · October 27, 2015

    Almost an anti knitting campaign you’ve got going on! ☺ Eliminate all knitting! There are some projects out there that I know must be frogged but I postpone…. I need to be brave, as you say, it is for the best. I can make something new with a clear conscience!

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    • alexand knits · October 27, 2015

      Ha! Not ALL knitting, just the projects that were causing angst 🙂 I ripped the hat today and restarted it. I’m trying to give it the opportunity to behave.

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      • Hannah · October 27, 2015

        You are a most generous knitter, I hope your yarn realises this one day and cooperates. ☺ I’m waiting for that bad day, so I can come home and do some frogging, a new form of therapy perhaps!

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  5. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · October 27, 2015

    Congrats on the frogging and the finished WIPs! Your baby cardigan is adorable and the rest of your FO’s are gorgeous, as usual 🙂

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