I regularly read Sharon Boggon’s blog In a Minute Ago http://sharonb.wordpress.com/ and recently she was blogging about the difference between a WIP (Work in Progress) and a WISP (Work in Slow Progress). I’d never heard of the term WISP used before, and I really like it. It perfectly fits my style of hand knitting, and I plan on using the term a lot. Thanks so much Sharon for blogging about WISPs.
My grandmother taught me how to hand knit almost 50 years ago – with red acrylic yarn and yellow plastic knitting needles. I still have the knitting needles, but my first scarf is looooong gone. Since then, I’ve knit 100’s if not 1,000’s of items. I never kept track, but for a while I was production knitting school scarves and hats on my knitting machine. It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve probably knit 1,000’s of items.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been solely hand knitting. And I quite possibly am the world’s slowest hand knitter. LOL I enjoy each and every project. The smaller the needle, the happier I am. Lace? I haven’t found a lace pattern I don’t like. A lot of stitches to count? Bring them on.
Here is a picture of a knitted swatch and the stitches cast on for my winter knitting project:
It’s being knit with Moonbeam fingering weight yarn – shameless plug – I sell it on my business website – on size 1, yes size 1 knitting needles. I’m getting 9 stitches and 16 rows to the inch, and I’m a curvy ample sized woman. It might not look like a lot of stitches on that circular needle, but there are plenty.
My husband saw me start this sweater and looked at me like I have a screw loose. I serenely smiled back at him and said, “This makes me so happy.” Smart man that he is, he smiled back at me and said, “Just so long as you’re happy.” Did I get a keeper or what?
I’ll be working on this WISP most of the winter, while I “watch” TV – husband in his recliner, my cat Coco plastered next to me, a cordial glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream on the end table, and knitting on my lap. A little bit of heaven on earth – for this knitter.