Another WIP bites the dust

Well, actually two are now finished. My roll up tool case is done and I’ve decided to keep it for myself. It’s really useful for working on projects in the living room because I don’t have to spend time searching for hooks and needles anymore. I leave this on the coffee table, open it, and there’s the thing I need to continue working on something. This system, of course, relies on me being thoughtful enough to return a tool to the case when I’m finished using it. So far so good!

I changed my mind about some things, obviously. I decided not to sew a binding to the edges of the knitting because once I got the liner and pockets done I was simply happy with how it looked without the extra decoration. When I sewed the pockets I opted for a denim look with light colored thread. I also put a backing on the pockets so that each one has two compartments, allowing them to hold more stuff.

Another thing I love about this roll up tool case is that I could do all the sewing with a machine. The knitting was fine enough not to get jammed up under the sewing machine’s foot. I will use this cheap and handy cotton yarn again and again. I think it only took me an hour to cut the fabric, iron it, and sew it.

I’ve also finished a pair of socks. They aren’t blocked but I consider them finished. If you’re a fan of The Knitmore Girls and believe a project isn’t officially finished until it’s blocked, well, that’s your thing. I disagree with this rule. It’s done when I say it is.


My reason for not blocking them, or the other three pairs of socks I’ve finished recently, are that 1) it’s summer, a time when I don’t wear wool socks and 2) I have so many wool socks now that I can leave the blocking until later indefinitely.

Two WIPs down, a few more to go and I’m out of the woods with this lunacy. Have a great weekend! I’m nearing the finish line on my sister’s shawl and then on to getting a cross stitch pumpkin done.


14 thoughts on “Another WIP bites the dust

  1. claire93 August 4, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    you’ve got me singing now . . . going through the entire Queen song list ^^
    I love your roll. The inner chequered fabric is just perfect, and blends in so well with the knitted pattern! And such a useful finished project too. Give yourself a pat on the back.

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    • tonymarkp August 4, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s very useful. Not once this week have I muttered, “where’s my tapestry needle? where’s my hook? where did I put the scissors?”

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  2. Yolanda Chavez Sherman August 4, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Ooh ooh! I love that case. You know I love making hook cases and yours is super. I might have to make another one. LOL

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    • tonymarkp August 5, 2017 / 3:10 am

      I have this thing with bags and cases. I don’t know if I should apologize or encourage you to make more! Still in the back of my mind: your post about all your crochet hook containers you have made. Still buried in the depths of my home: the cro-hooks. LOL

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  3. quietwatercraft August 9, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Woo hoo, the end is in sight! That’s a really handy tool holder as well, would you make them to sell? If not, I may have to start yet another WIP and make one myself 😉

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    • tonymarkp August 9, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      I don’t make things to sell. As you can see from my endless WIP saga, I’d never get anything done and wouldn’t make any money. If you make one yourself you will A) probably get it faster B) customize for your needs. This one is customized for me and will always have things rotating in and out of it. Hooks and needles will especially rotated because I just needed a convenient thing to hold the tools I’m using on current projects that could be quickly closed any which way and stuffed in a drawer under my coffee table.

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      • quietwatercraft August 11, 2017 / 12:12 pm

        I shall add one to my To-Make list then, and hopefully one day I will have whittled down my WIPs enough to start one!

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      • tonymarkp August 11, 2017 / 1:32 pm

        It’s a good thing to do when you’re tired of making some huge project because it’s just a row-by-row rectangle.

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  4. Tami August 14, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I’m starting to think that my hook collection is way too small. I’m able to keep all of my standard hooks in a ceramic cup thing that my daughter made at school years ago. The tunisian and cro-hooks are in a plastic tub with a few other crafty doodads. So I’m thinking that I need to 1) make a crochet tool case and 2) buy more hooks and tools!! 😀

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  5. tonymarkp August 15, 2017 / 1:19 am

    The last time I went to the US I tried to see if I could collect all the sizes of the Boye hooks you can get at most department stores. Every time I saw them I’d buy one or two (they’re only a dollar and change). Recently I discovered that I should have brought a list because I duplicated some sizes I already had!


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