WIP Wednesday: Progress on Sweater, Drinking Bird, Norwegian Cats!, & “Cthulhu fhtagn”

It’s WIP Wednesday again! This week, we’re looking at the progress made on the three from last post, plus a new project. The newest project is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, and I think it’s going to be quite adorable.

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WIP #1: Sweater progress means sleeves!

This project is moving along quite nicely. While I’ve had it on a bit of a hiatus this week, I am already about 1/3 done

Sleeves
The sweater has SLEEVES. It might actually be *gasp* WEARABLE!

the sleeves.

The project is being worked on US size 7 needles (I use KnitPicks brand interchangeable needles), with the black and white interior of cuffs and bands done on US size 6. The pattern included a method for knitting the black and white band into place. Which I did NOT see until I was working on the sleeves. Thankfully, I caught it in time to help with the holes for my thumbs! But not in time to save me from having to sew up the WHOLE bottom band…

To answer last week’s question, I decided to go with full length sleeves. I even made them a little longer than full length. Along with the thumbs holes, this will help me keep warm when knitting in the winter!

WIP #2: Drinking Bird nearly finished?

Drinking Bird
Drinking bird is ready for washing and stretching for presentation

Drinking bird is going so well, all I need to do is wash it, stretch it in the hoop, and finish the back! It has come a long way in just a couple of weeks. It was a fairly simple project, all things considered. And it has gotten so many compliments.

I cannot wait until it’s finished, and I can post the finished work! I was so happy to have something go so well.

The one thing I did use was Thread Heaven Thread Conditioner. Thread conditioners are used to help protect against thread drag – other wise known as thread not wanting to pull through the fabric nicely. While it is not a normal part of my stitchery arsenal, I thought I would try it as I was using a lot of Krenik blending filament in this one.

The ONE time I forgot to run the thread through the conditioner was the only time I had to fight with the thread. Guess I know what I have to keep on hand when working with fancy threads! Apparently Thread Heaven has gone the way of the Dodo, but there are still others available. On a quick check, amazon has the Thread Magic brand. Having only used Thread Heaven, I cannot comment on what the others are like. Thread Heaven is still on Amazon.ca, but even as awesome as it is, I ain’t paying the price they want for it!

WIP #3: Slow progress is slow

Progress on this one is SLOW. I have managed to get the under-drawing done.

Lines
The outlines for the under-painting are set! Now I just have to actually do the painting…

I will start work on the rest of the painting next week, I hope. Last week was bad, since I was focused on cleaning out the craft room. I should be done that project this weekend, so I can then focus on this project.

WIP#4: “Cthulhu fhtagn” new and unique!

Subversive, oooo
A nice subversion of the usual platitudes that go with this style of embroidery

What is there to say about this one? I was surfing for embroidery ideas on Pinterest. I had hit the “cannot do any more at this stage” point with the drinking bird, and needed a new project. But I’m at Mom and Dad’s and no where near my floss.

While surfing I remembered the subversive cross stitch and needlework movement. Essentially, you take those sappy pieces that say “Love” or “Peace” and replace the wording with less… acceptable for young ears language, if you know what I mean.

This is a hat tip to the subversive needlework movement. This one is all nice and floral, but instead of a nice verse, it says “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’yleh wgah’nagl fhtagn.” This is a phrase from the horror author H.P. Lovecraft. It translates to “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming,” which is EXACTLY as disturbing as the wording makes you fear.

Anyway, at the time I am writing this, I am nearly finished, except for some of the words and then all the finishing, as per the drinking bird. So I will likely have two finished projects to show you on my next WIP Wednesday!

What are you working on?

Comment below with any thoughts or opinions on the information above, or show us what you are working on! I am looking forward to see what others are doing and hearing their thoughts!

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