Jun 5
Work-in-Progress Update
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I haven’t shown anything in the Work-in-Progress category for quite a long time, so I thought I’d show you what I am working on at this time.

The first thing I want to show you is something that I have been working more off than on over the last couple of years.  Finally, I decided to just finish what I had and see where I stood with it.


This is 100% Merino – one ply of a random choice variegation and one ply of chocolate brown to tie it all together.


This close-up actually shows off the real colors better.  There is everything in here from bright green to pewter gray, warm and cool colors all put together in no particular order and in not in the same lengths of each.  Some colors run a couple of yards and some run 20 or more.  As I wound it off onto my clock reel last night, it clicked 12 times.  At 80 yards per click, that is 960 yards and a little over, but not enough to come up with 1,000 yards.

I still have about 2/3 of a bobbin full of the variegated single (it was spun on a Woolee Winder bobbin which holds more, at least it does for the Lendrum version), so need to spin more brown to go with it.  Also, I still have a small basket full of the variegated colors all in sections ready to be grabbed up and spun in whatever order they come.

My goal with this yarn is to combine it with a commercially spun, fingering-weight dark brown Merino and weave with it.  Right now I am leaning toward a plaid in 1″ wide sections, but I am also considering taking this one step further and weaving it in the pinwheel pattern since I have an 8-harness Baby Wolf that this would be perfect for.  After that, if I have enough fabric, it will be a vest for me.

The only other thing I am actively working on right now is a pair of socks for me.


There’s a funny story about this sock yarn.  As I was knitting on the first sock, Sandy was eye-balling it and saying that the yarn looked familiar.  Well, it should be.  She had pulled it out of her stash about a year ago and now has socks very nearly like this. It is from a different dyelot, and she knit the pattern in the opposite direction from mine, so our socks are sisters, but not twins.  So far, my socks are matching spot on.  Well see if the toe of the second sock ends up with that little bit of white.  I’m trying really hard on these to make them match.


See my needle protectors?  They came with a British knitting magazine that I pick up once in a while.  They hold the dpns perfectly and I love the Owl and the Pussy Cat theme of them. These are my Knit Pick Harmony needles and they are my current favorites.  Nice, smooth, pretty and a really good, sharp point on them.  Bonus is that after knitting four pairs of socks with them, there is no fraying and I’ve not broken one.  These are good needles!

So, that is what I am currently working on.  I’ll have these socks done by the end of the weekend.  I have another skein of hand-dyed sock yarn from A Good Yarn that reminds me of a tropical parrot and I’ll start a pair for my sister-in-law with it.  They are very bight and cheery, so she will love them.