Not My WIPs

We recently conquered our attic. The attic is finished, with two rooms up there. One is the girl’s bedroom, and the other had ended up as a storage room/dumping ground. It was a mess and a waste of space. The girl had mentioned wishing it could be a music room, so when the kids and I had a snow day a couple of weeks ago we decided to tackle it. She had important other stuff to do (scholarship apps and homework) so the boy and I started without her.

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He packed up Legos and Star Wars toys while I bagged trash and carried a bunch of pieces of wood down three flights of stairs. Once his part was done, he helped me with some of the stuff going in the trash, and then I was on my own. I sorted, filed, tidied, and organized the space, and by the end of the day, the girl had her music room. She was delighted!

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Anyway, amongst all of the assorted stuff the girl had discarded in that room, I found yarn! And needles! And…knitting?? Yep, back when she was still interested in knitting, she’d cast on five projects, and they’d all been discarded in various stages. I rescued everything yarn-related and relocated it to my craft room where I could keep it safe, and assessed the projects in front of me. One was a lace cowl with just a few rows, and she had no idea what pattern she’d used. That one got frogged and I’ll make something for her out of the yarn. One was a fingerless glove, and the rest were hats. I like knitting hats. I miss knitting hats. So the glove got set aside and the hats came downstairs and added to my own pile of WIPs. Last weekend when I needed a break from my own projects, I picked up and finished two of hers.

This one was a simple striped slouch hat in acrylic. It felt like Red Heart super saver, and if it hadn’t been so far along, I might have just frogged it. But I liked the colors and it was ready for decrease rounds, so I went with it, and it was done in about an hour.

 

I’m pretty sure this yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima; I love it. She didn’t know what pattern she’d started, and after the ribbed brim I saw two rows of stockinette, then one row of k2, p2. I could work with that. It ended up as a great beanie with a waffle pattern and if she doesn’t wear it, I might steal it.

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This last hat WIP is a Sockhead, and it was maybe two inches into the 4″ brim, so I’ll save that for when I need truly mindless knitting, like concerts or movies, things like that. Obviously she’s in no rush for any of these! If you look closely, you can see where I picked up. She’s a very tight knitter, and I am not.

Have you ever finished projects for someone else?

6 thoughts on “Not My WIPs

  1. With that Sockhead hat – it’s probably going to be unnoticeable when it’s finished where you took over. The 2 inches she knit will be folded up, so that will be a great disguise! I love the waffle beanie, too. Very nice.

    I love the way the room ended up. So lovely, and a much better use of space! I can’t recall having finished projects for someone else, but I know I’ve been given WIPs and told to “do something with it” (sometimes that means frogging yarn, sometimes that means taking apart a beading project and re-working it into something else).

    • Thank you! Yes, I think the hat will be fine once it’s done and washed and on a person’s head!

      I do like repurposing WIPs, getting to take them apart and use the bits to make something different! I remember doing that when I was making jewelry and it was a lot of fun!

      • It can feel good to give a languishing WIP new life! I don’t think I’ll ever be called upon to finish someone else’s knitwear, though, since I’m the only one in my immediate family who knits.

  2. Iโ€™ve never finished knitting projects for someone else, but I finished a Jacobs Ladder Afghan for my hubbies grandma. She only needed to twist the ladders and fasten them down with the last row.

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