WIP Wednesday

Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday will be a regular feature of my blog, sharing the progress I’ve made on my active projects.  I’m not going to list every unfinished project I have laying around the house.  I think I have maybe 6 unfinished, hibernating projects, which is not bad, but there is no point updating you when nothing is happening with them!  For this first WIP Wednesday post, I have 3 projects to share.

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HPKCHC Spring 2014 Term

The Harry Potter Knitting / Crocheting House Cup (HPKCHC) Spring 2014 Term started on May 1.  Before term starts, I usually plan out my projects.  I did some of my usual planning for this term, but did not finish or get a chance to write a blog post about it because of getting ready for and attending Maryland Sheep and Wool.  Today, I am finishing my planning.  I did talk about this topic in the one podcast episode I published, but in case you haven’t seen that episode, I will explain in detail how the game works and how I plan for a new term.

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Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 3 & 4, 2014

Back in February, I turned 40.  My parents wanted to do something extra-special for my birthday present.  They came up with the perfect idea: all travel expenses to Maryland Sheep and Wool for me and my friends Stacy and Beth!  We had an awesome time!

A 4-H girl took our picture. In the back, left to right, are Stacy and Beth.  I look ridiculously formal because I'm standing in a little ditch, trying not to lose my balance!
A 4-H girl took our picture. In the back, left to right, are Stacy and Beth. I look ridiculously formal because I’m standing in a little ditch, trying not to lose my balance!

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Birch Leaf Shawl

I chose to knit the Birch Leaf Shawl (Ravelry pattern link) because I was looking for a travel project.  My sister is in her final year of medical school.  My parents and I were flying from Florida to Baltimore to attend Match Day, which is when fourth year medical students find out where they will be doing their residency.  I needed a knitting project to take on the trip.  My personal criteria for travel knitting are:

  • The pattern should be easy to memorize so I don’t have to look at it all the time.
  • The project should be easy to pick up and put down, even if I am in the middle of a row.
  • The project should take long enough to knit that I will not finish it before I get home.
  • The project should require only one or two skeins of yarn.

In addition, I was looking for a project that would fit into one of the HPKCHC prompts for March.  The Ancient Runes prompt was about Celtic runes and their connection to trees.  One possibility was to craft a a project that represented one of the trees connected to the Celtic runes.  Birch trees were on the list.

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First Ever Granny Square

I’ve known how to knit for more than 20 years, but I only learned to crochet last year.  I tried to teach myself crochet at the same time I taught myself to knit, but never quite got it right.  So last year, my friend Stacy taught me how to crochet.  In that year, I’ve crocheted dishcloths.  That’s all.  I wanted to expand my crochet skills, but just hadn’t gotten around to it.  Then I discovered that the Ravenclaws are planning a Blanket Square Term for the Harry Potter Knitting / Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC).  I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

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