Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Work-in-Progress Wednesday


Today's forecast high is 34° C (93° F) with a humidex of 43° C (109° F), so what am I doing? Knitting socks and mittens! Seems kind of out of sync, doesn't it?

The mittens are miniatures; they're a start on my Smitten: A Holiday Garland. I'm knitting them entirely from odd balls and scrap yarn in my stash. The pattern is written for worsted weight, so I've made a light blue one as written. I've also made a green one from light fingering weight held triple and I'm now working on another using baby yarn held double. The plan is for 24 entirely different mittens to make up an Advent calendar. Each little mitt is a fun and quick knit, but I'm still pondering how to display them at the end of all of this. I was thinking of arranging them in rows to create a Christmas tree shape, but Gavin thinks they could be affixed to a wreath. The wreath idea may win out simply to keep it to a more practical size. We'll see.

Progress continues of my Uinta Cabin socks. Comparing this week's post to last week's, I'm exactly one whole sock further ahead. With just a few inches of foot left before the toe I'm confident I'll be finishing this second sock in the next day or two, but all that colourwork means a bunch of ends to weave in. So I'm less confident that I'll finish up in time to show them off Friday.

That's what's on my needles this week. Have a look at the links at Tami's Amis to see what everyone else is up to. I just hope there's nobody modelling sweaters or blankets in today's heat! Phew, makes me hot just to think of that.


22 comments:

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Both projects are looking great. Looking forward to seeing how you decide to do the mittens, I made a string of mini socks once, but it got very long pretty fast

Liz said...

The mittens are so cute! They're going to make an excellent advent calander however you decide to arrange them. :)

Pumpkin said...

It is never a bad time to knit socks, never. Especially if they are colorwork socks.

Tawnee Isner said...

There is never a bad time to knit anything. They both look amazing

Jen said...

Two great projects for this weather! Nice and small :)

rewolluzza said...

I might have to copy the idea of a mitten advent-calendar. They are so cute!

Kepanie said...

Oh boy are you experiencing a heat wave! It's about 63 degrees F here. Rare for our summer.
Your cute garland is coming along well.

Babajeza said...

The mittens are cute! And the socks are just "wow".

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

The socks are looking fabulous! The mittens are super cute. I've never really used garlands for decoration, but I may have to consider it now!

stephanni :] said...

wow you would expect weather like that here in texas but not in canada! :o)

love those mittens & i love me some garland for decoration!

Catherine said...

I envy you the heat - we don't seem to be having a summer this year in the UK. I think the mittens would look lovely displayed like bunting

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I've been working on a DK merino baby sweater - way too hot but it will be perfect for baby this fall!
I love the mittens!

Ptinutz Noisette said...

I like the idea of an avent calendar with mini-mittens, I always try to motivate me to do one with mini socks. For your last remark, I could have be knitting warm things, I am in winter on my side of the Earth... so frightening cold...

SarahFay said...

I should be working on my advent garland but haven't felt any inspiration towards its. The little mittens are a good idea and I like the socks.

somestonesunturned said...

Lovely colourwork socks! And yes, the heat is killer today.

RobinBrz said...

Mini mittens are so cute, and a great way to use up those odd bits of yarn. I like the wreath idea for the display. Lets hope for a break in the weather!

Kim Sonksen said...

Oh oh ohhhhhhhh - those socks are fantabulous!!!! I loves them!
And the mittens make me happy in their rainbow colours

Ferretmania said...

The mittens are really cute and I like the idea of them as a advent-calender :)
There's never a bad time of year to knit, no matter what you choose to knit.
I wish I could make colorwork on socks like that.

Carrie Duvall said...

Love your mitten advent caleander idea. Have you thought of a garland?
The sock colors are awsome.

With All That I Am
Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"

Lisa {DoleValleyGirl} said...

Very cute mittens! And the socks are looking nice, too. Honestly, I don't think there's ever a bad time to knit mittens or socks. :)

Renee said...

Both of these look perfect to work on in warmer weather - small and portable. Love that your knitting for Christmas too - very clever!

Carrie Duvall said...

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my Christmas Ornament. So sorry about the blue font...I didn't even realize it. But I have changed it now.


With All That I Am
Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"