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Thursday, March 8, 2012

So Now I Have Six WIPs

Well, I'm still in a bit of a knitting slump, but it's that time of year ... All I can think about is turning over soil, making a rock border, stuffing seeds into holes, and carefully zipping shut a portable greenhouse cover over a nice selection of young seedlings. I really love Spring. I really do. I can't wait to make my annual pilgrimage to Behnke's , and select all the herbs for my herb garden. I raise my vegetables from seeds, but I don't have much luck with herbs, so I just buy those. I've already inventoried my seed collection, but I'm resisting the urge to plan out the garden. So far.

I haven't been knitting very enthusiastically for the last few weeks. I was just sort of piddling along with a project or two. I got this in the mail the other day, though, and it sort of slapped me out of a funk:

Isn't that a lovely colorwork purse? I was quite excited by it. I immediately set the magazine aside and went and reviewed my handspun collection.

Despite the four WIPs I already have, I started the purse.

In true Spinster Beth fashion, I've made some sort of mistake that I can't figure out yet. Perhaps I should read ahead to the end, and see if maybe there's a "but before casting on...." that I didn't see.

I honestly don't remember when I started this. It's a silk matawa hanky that I got ages ago, and didn't do much with. I just looked up the other day and poof! It was on the needles. Since the silk is in hanky form and has to be wrestled into a yarn-like shape, you'd think I'd remember doing that. Especially since it happened in the last few days.

I think it is going to be a small, lined jewelry bag, to put my jewelry in after work, when I change into gym clothes. I'm forever tucking earrings into my purse or gym bag or coat pocket. Perhaps if this silk project magically knits itself into a drawstring bag (and magically inserts a lining), I can use that to stash my jewelry!

For those of you who occasionally visit my "Three Friends Fitness" blog linked at top right, thank you for stopping by. I share the blog with my two BFFs, and we chronicle our adventures in fitness. I am doing quite well pursuing my new self. I have lost 31 pounds, I don't know how many inches, several cholesterol points, a lot (!) of size 18 clothing, and I now feel confident I will reach my goal of "running the Armed Forces Week 5K without stopping to walk." Of course, all this exercise and the hour or so in the kitchen making healthy meals is really cutting into my knitting time ;-). Not to mention, my house is an absolute mess. Housekeeping is last on my list of priorities!

Please don't forget to visit Andrea! Happy Fiber Arts Friday!


  1. Hooray for cutting in to knitting time for the sake of health. I really need to do that so big cheers for your running adventures.

    That silk hanky knitting looks like a lot of work...not sure if I'd like it but what you are making looks lovely.

  2. LOL I get that way every year! The urge to go play in the dirt over takes me, I love growing my own veggies too!

  3. A absolutely love your colorwork bag. It's going to be so pretty when it's finished.

    And I completely agree about spring! I can't wait to get my garden in this year.

  4. Great projects and congratulations on being more fit and loosing 31 pounds!!!!!!!!!! Very inspiring, lady, very inspiring!

  5. I'm so with you on the gardening thing... it looks like we're going to get close to 70F (!) this week. It's all I can do to keep myself from spending the entire day outside in the dirt.

    I like the silk hankie knitting... I may have to give that a shot.

    The bag is awesome too.

  6. The color of that silk mawata is awesome! I can't wait to see that little bag.

    And congrats on the weight loss. It is one of the most difficult things to achieve and maintain, so you should be very proud of yourself. A great reason to skip housework and go directly to digging in the dirt. :)

  7. I'd love to get DOWN to 6 wips. You look like you're having fun, I haven't even broke my SpinOff out of is poly-bag. But mostly, congrats on the weight loss. That's just FABULOUS!

  8. I love it when things would knit up by themselves. One day when the house would clean itself ....

    The bag looks divine! I hope you find out what's wrong and keep at it, looks like a fun knit and very useful too.

  9. great job on the knitting and the weight loss!!

  10. Hi Beth! Your colourful knitting looks so beautiful! Oh i wish i had more time... and orange - always so wonderful!
    Thank you for your visit and comment! I don't know what is knitting loom as you asked, but I guess it could be the same. Knitting doll has so many names. You knit tube with it. Any ideas where to use the tube?
    I wish you lovely weekend! x Teje

  11. That's gonna be a beautiful bag! Good on you for going the healthy living route. I'm trying to talk myself into it at this point and not having much luck. Maybe when the weather gets warmer and I can get outside (I'm totally not a gym person). The orange silk is oh so nice. Can't wait to see it finished. Have a great weekend.

  12. No one commented on the cute pig pose with knitting shown to good advantage, so let it be said! Congrats on the weight loss!

  13. Can't wait to see the jewelry bag finished. It looks beautiful. Congrats on the new healthy loving... housework is overrated.


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