Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Work-in-Progress Wednesday


For the last several weeks my focus has been almost exclusively on socks - mostly because I signed up for a Socktopus KAL in May and by the time I cast on the first sock I was almost three pairs behind. But I'm caught up now and have made a start on Hundred Acre Woods. The KAL for this pattern runs until the end of September so there's no need to hurry.

It's one of my early favourites in the book. I've cast on the medium size on smaller than suggested needles because it seems like the socks in this book knit up largish. Much better to take steps towards more snug-fitting socks!

The KAL has a number of indy yarn dyers as sponsors and donating prizes. For this yarn I ordered some Djinni Sock from Dragonfly Fibers. It's a nice, plump MCN and the colours are gorgeous. This colourway is called Oberon. The variegation looks a bit busy now, but I expect after I knit a few more repeats the pattern will emerge more strongly.

On Saturday I cast on a blanket to use up the remaining Berroco Vintage DK in my stash. Surprise has been in my queue forever - it'll make a lovely baby gift for some expectant parents I know. The baby is due in early November so, again, I have plenty of time. But considering that I've knit almost a third of the blanket in just a handful of days it doesn't look like I'll need all that time. The pattern really is as simple and mindless as the designer advertises.

And it's quite lovely, I think. I cast on 167 stitches for a slightly larger blanket. Initial measurements suggest my finished blanket is going to be about 38" x 48". That's a good size right? On smaller needles it would have been smaller and sturdier, but I decided I wanted a light, drapey and lacy blanket - something the baby could actually be wrapped and swaddled in.

That's it for me today. It's a rainy day here for Work-in-Progress Wednesday. As always, check out the links at Tami's Amis!


14 comments:

Christina - a Babys Smile Knits said...

sock is coming along great and I do believe you are right, in a few more repeats the pattern will really emerge. I too am working with dragonfly fibers ... lovely yarn.

Can't believe you have so much done on the blanket already ... though Berroco Vintage is one of my favorite yarns for baby blankets. I knit baby boy one in DK with about the same amount of sts and it was the perfect size.

Michelle said...

The blanket already looks really beautiful! I love navy. And, the lace is delicate and beautiful.

mysparemoments.com said...

Really love the socks and it must be nice to be all caught up and with no pressure now. The Surprise blanket is lovely and that will make a great size blanket. I always liked having one a little larger so I could swaddle and wrap them in and then it does them past babyhood also.

Elisabeth Andree said...

Both projects look stunning to my opinion, lovely yarns too. Looking forward to see more:)

Natalie Buehler said...

Oooh that sock yarn looks so delightful as does the sock you are knitting with it! Socks are so much fun, I feel a sock itch coming on myself :)
x
Natalie
Marigolds' Loft

Babajeza said...

This blanket looks great! Happy baby!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a beautiful gift for that baby! And the socks are so pretty with that yarn.

Chrisknits said...

Gorgeous blanket. Will bd cherished forever. Love the sock yarn.

sustainablemum said...

Such beautiful projects :)

Kepanie said...

Thou have such a great eye for sock yarn. The blue and green mixed together is perfect for that pattern.I really like how the leaves shape is very pronounced.
That is a terrific dark blue for the baby blanket. I love it's start. It's a lovely one.

Kathleen Rogers said...

Gorgeous colors.

I agree that a blankie should be swaddly and drapey :)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Excellent yarn choice - I'm still debating on what to do with mine - frog or continue and give away.

Monica said...

socks is looking amazing!!! gotta love dragonfly...what a treat!

alikelylass said...

I'm looking for a sock pattern to start this weekend! This one looks fab, will have to add it to the shortlist.