Even though this week has been busy with work and preparation for VK Live! this weekend, I've still been finding time to knit (is anyone surprised?). I've made considerable progress on my Malabrigo baby blanket. Of course, since it's just an endlessly-repeating pattern, it's not super interesting to see progress shots...unless there is a cute kitty in said photo, right?
I also started a project that has been in my queue for a while now, Marly Bird's Gradient Serendipity Shawl. I'm using the Himalayan Trail I bought from Bijou Basin Ranch at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival back in September, rather than the Lhasa Wilderness used in the pattern. I love the other projects I've made with Lhasa Wilderness - Narwhal Mittens and the Union Long Beanie - but wanted to try something new. Plus, I love the natural brown color, and it's soooo soft.
It's knitting up quite nicely; the cast-on is the hardest part (336 stitches!). Once you work through the first few rows with an easy lace pattern, you switch to garter stitch and work back and forth in short rows. Easy peasy and fun to knit!
Over the weekend, I performed some major sock surgery as part of my Darn-A-Thon efforts. I originally knit these socks for Tyler in 2008; I suppose it's no surprise that, four years later, they're in need of a few repairs. These socks really took a beating - not only were there rather sizable holes in both heels, the toes also had holes and threadbare holes-in-the-making. Rather than repair or reinforce each spot individually, I decided I should just cut off the toes and knit completely new ones, which I am now in the process of doing with some Brown Sheep Wildfoote from my stash. Tyler's favorite socks should be back in the game sometime soon!