Wednesday WIPs

Today’s WIP is of the fibery kind. Maenporth Cowl was slated for knitting this month as one of my 12 Cowls in 2019. I promised myself if I finished an afghan square I could cast on the cowl. Mission accomplished! I finished square #17/20, which is loosely based on this pattern.

Color is darker than appears

For Maenporth I am using a skein of Eco Highland Duo, a LUSCIOUSLY soft yarn!!! Maybe too soft and fuzzy for the pattern, but I know how soft this will be around my neck. I used this yarn with some Mochi Plus to make a scarf ages ago. You know the one. I always planned to make myself the same scarf, but just never got around to it. Now I have to find something to knit up the Mochi.

One problem I have with the pattern is the provisional cast-on instructions. They make absolutely no sense to me. But that’s OK, I have other sources to use for provisionals. So I cast on and away I went, trying to commit the 2 rows to memory. Considering I will be doing the same 2 rows for a long length, I should be able to get it in my head.

Yesterday was my guild meeting and the program was First/Last. We were to bring a first and a recent quilt. I can’t even begin to figure out which one I still have that’s one of my firsts, so I took my Mariner’s Compass. I made this back in the 1990’s, when I was part of a different guild, I taught this as a program for that guild. The pattern was hand drafted and paper pieced by machine, with hand quilting to finish. Oh how I wish I still had the muscle memory for those tiny stitches!


My recent share was Whirly Green, since it really is my most recent finish. There were many lovely quilts and projects shared, some as old as the 1970’s! A fun day.

Linking with:
Silly Mama
Inquiring Quilter
Midweek Makers

18 thoughts on “Wednesday WIPs

  1. karenfae March 13, 2019 / 8:39 am

    love that Mariner’s Compass – your stitches so tiny and perfect

    • chrisknits March 13, 2019 / 9:16 am

      Thank you. Maybe some day I will get back to those tiny hand stitches! > >

  2. inquiringquilter March 13, 2019 / 8:45 am

    I love the first to last show and tell! How much fun is it to revisit what we used to do, and reflect on how far we’ve come? Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss. I was going to tell you to come back because we’re having a giveaway, but it looks like you’ve already linked up a St. Patrick’s Day quilt! Thank you so much! If you have any more green quilts, you’ll get two chances to win for every one you link up, and one chance for regular link ups.

    • chrisknits March 13, 2019 / 9:16 am

      Thanks. I am still trying to add quilting to my Irish Eyes, so it might show up next week! > >

  3. nothingbutknit2 March 13, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    All the things you make are so well done! You do great work:)

  4. ellen March 13, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I love your square! So pretty! I too can do a provisional cast on, but I have to psyche myself up and watch a few youtube videos. LOL.

    • chrisknits March 13, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      I have to refresh myself on up and down, front and back, so yeah, the whole process! 😂😂


  5. autumngeisha March 13, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    Wow Mariner’s Compass is an absolute beauty! The hand quilting looks so even. Love your St. Patrick’s Day decorations and Whirly Green.

    • chrisknits March 13, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you. I am inordinately pleased with my Mariner’s Compass!! > >

  6. delightedhands March 13, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I like the new cowl! Good choices on the quilts to share…

    • chrisknits March 13, 2019 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks! The cowl is going to be so soft, I can’t wait! > >

  7. Kate March 13, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Old and New day, sounds like a great way to see how far you’ve come as a quilter.

    • chrisknits March 14, 2019 / 9:22 am

      What I’ve learned from my past quilting life and my current one is, machine quilting isn’t really that bad! LOL. I used to look down my nose at machine quilting, only hand quilting would do. When I saw how much quicker my projects get done with machine quilting, I was ready repent my evil ways!! > >

  8. quiteayarnblog March 14, 2019 / 10:54 am

    That cowl is looking lovely, as is the afghan square! Thanks for sharing your first/last items also. Your guild must be fun! That mariner’s compass is just lovely! You always do such beautiful work 🙂

    • chrisknits March 14, 2019 / 11:12 am

      Thanks! Yes, our guild is a lot of fun!! > >

  9. pumpkin sunrise March 14, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    I only do one kind of provisional and that is it. I like what I know! Love the knitting 🙂

    • chrisknits March 14, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      Why change a good thing! Thanks > >

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