Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Work-in-Progress Wednesday


The Lace Ribbon Scarf is my at-work project. In my job there are often extended periods of time where I'm awaiting the upload, download, transfer or copy of files. Rather than stare at the computer screen impatiently and stress out about how long it's taking, I knit. This scarf has proven to be an ideal at-work project because it's easy to pick up and put down; the knitted pattern is so easy to read that I can tell where I left off at a glance. The project is a special request from the office manager, so there's been lots of interest from my coworkers in how it's progressing. I'm using Handmaiden Sea Silk and I have two skeins, so when I come to the end of the yarn, we'll call this scarf finished. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the first skein and the scarf measures about 24" unblocked so far.

In the evenings I've been making these Baby Moc-A-Socs. The pattern is just adorable so I'm really enjoying them. Each pair of boots take about 16-18 grams of sock yarn, and the cuffs take even less in a contrasting colour, so it's been a nice little project to use up some of sock yarn scraps. You wouldn't normally use wool for booties, however I intend to donate them to the Warm Hands Network for distribution in the prenatal clinics and new Mom groups in the Northern reserves and they actually prefer superwash wool for warmth and insulation value when damp. The next shipment leaves at the end of the month for Moosonee - we'll just have to see how many I can complete in time for that.

And finally, it occurred to me yesterday that there might be just enough Shelridge Farms DK leftover from a pullover I made last year to put towards Summer Flies. That would be an awesome birthday present for my sister - a June baby - so I want to look into that further. But before I cast on anything new, I'd better get moving on all my WIPs!

It's Wednesday so I'm linking up with the gang at Tami's Amis. Go on and check out the links!

15 comments:

Catherine said...

What a beautiful scarf! I love the stitch pattern. I'm also very jealous of your being able to knit a work (I also have a friend who knits when on tele-conferences)I don't have that sort of job, although I make good use of my train journey to work.The knitting project is a great idea too. Here in the UK we are experiencing colder than usual weather, my knitting group is sending hats and gloves to a charity for homeless veterans in London

Hi, I'm Vicki said...

ooh that scarf is super gorgeous, it's a lovely "at work" WIP.... and the booties are just super adorable!! have a knitty wednesday xx

Chrisknits said...

That scarf is going to be lovely. Too bad I can't knit at "work", but the 16 month old I babysit and the two canine "humans" at my house 24/7 tend to want too much attention. LOL! It's interesting when both dogs want to be in my lap while I try to knit. Wait, no, it's not.

Nicole said...

Those boots are absolutely adorable! It's one of those patterns you see and almost wish they came in your size too :-P

Dee said...

Getting to knit at work??? That sounds like one fantastic place to work.

Those little moc-a-socs make me smile every time I see them. So cute!!!

Andria said...

You are the most productive, most thoughtful knitter out there. Lovely projects, and your booties are sure to light up a Mother's heart.

kathy b said...

SO glad you can knit at work and not be reprimanded for it. it is nice to be in a supportive environment. THe blanket is gorgeous.
I also think your moc a socks are adorable.

Monica said...

The scarf is gorgeous!!! It must be so nice to knit at work. I'm afraid to try this at my workplace...because I'm sure someone will call security to kick me out of the building.

bookworm-Mary said...

Your scarf is looking really pretty! I love that you are being allowed to knit at work, and that everyone is interested too!! It's nice to not feel like you're sitting around doing nothing, isnt it? :)

cleancup said...

love those sock/booties! I appreciate baby knits as scrap-users... now I just need to find more people with babies!

Michelle said...

I wish I could knit at work. That sounds awesome. I've been wanting to knit those little mockasocks. Yours turned out great!

WildflowerWool said...

A friend just had a baby. I think I will knit a pair of these. They are so cute!!

Babajeza said...

I often think I should take my knitting project with me when students have to write a test. However, I might distract them ... so I sit there and stare at them. What do you think? Do they want me to stare at them or knit? I have to ask them soon. Have a nice day.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The scarf is looking great! I really want to get some more sea silk.

Kepanie said...

How cool you can knit while waiting for files to transfer and download! And it's so cool how you're knitting a lace scarf! It's beautiful. The baby mods are so awesome. Bless your generous and thoughtful heart. A www, is the immediate reaction ppl will have when they open your package.