I notice again and again that I hardly ever show WIPs on my blog. Is it because I find WIPs so difficult to photograph in a pretty way, or that I usually finish my small knits so quickly that I don't have the time to blog them while they're still WIPs, I don't know. But I do know I probably won't be finishing these in the next few days, so why not show them to you already.
My April small item from stash is/are the Froot Loop socks. I've just started them and seem to be making god progress. It's so weird to knit socks after a long pause. These small, fiddly needles! The thin yarn! But I'm getting the hang of it again. Also the soy sock yarn feels really good, even though I'm not so crazy about how the striping is coming out.
Next we have the Travelling Woman shawl. I started this a while back just to start something, and it's been my knit night project since. It's coming along quickly though, even though I'm making and fixing mistakes every single row. They just keep appearing, even though I'm certain I'm reading the pattern right! Apparently I'm not - over 2000 Ravelry members have knit this shawl without problems, so it can't really be the pattern, can it?
The last WIP has been on the needles for a long while now. Actually, since January, which makes it my oldest WIP at the moment. The Silver Strand from the book Knitting In the Sun is a lovely shawl, and the pattern is well written, but - the rows are so long! There are double yarn overs! Knit three togethers! The yarn is slippery, too. Let's just say it's not 100% my kind of a knit. I won't give up though and plan to finish this monster before the summer.
I find it difficult too to blog about WIPs. It's so much easier to blog about the finished whatever product, because you have so much more to say, and like you said, it's easier to take pretty pictures. I try to describe the process though, but it's hard if you haven't had any difficulties.
I've knitted the Traveling Woman too, and I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning! It was the first shawl I knitted, so that explains some of them... but it was really frustrating. You think you're a good knitter but everything screams against it. I really hope you good luck with the shawl!
How do you make double yarn overs? I purl normally and then purl through the back loop, but it looks funny :(
Somehow the Travelling Woman is not obeying me :) I've made quite a few shawls now, but have not made so many mistakes. Maybe it's because I've been knitting on it in my knit night where there is a lot of (welcomed) disturbance!
The double yarn overs in this shawl are dropped, so I don't need to knit them. That's a relief!
Great to see your WIPs, I love seeing what people are working on. It gives me inspiration for things to try myself. Your shawls look great, and it's good to see you back knitting socks!