Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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!