It's July 31. Which means it's almost August. Which means that it's almost the end of summer and then fall is around the corner and the next thing I know I'll be buried in 3' of snow again. How did that happen?
August is the Unofficial Sockdown Finish Your WIPs month in the Sock Knitters Anonymous Group in Ravelry. I'm hosting again this year since no one beat me last year.
I am crazy busy with work right now, so I anticipate being beaten handily. That's okay. It's all good.
But here are the WIPs which need mates. I have started both the Traffic Lights at Midnight and the Park Lane sock. The others are all in the embryonic form of being in wound cakes and not yet cast on.
Here they all are, posing in front of Mount Stashmore
I did a test knit recently, and discovered after I finished sock #1 that I had failed miserably.
I have no idea what went wrong. That's supposed to be a Fleegle heel. Clearly it's not.
The heel non-flap and heel turn were fine. It was the decreasing back down which was the problem.
But I don't have time right now to investigate. I started the second one at a much smaller gauge, but ended up making a ton of mistakes. I surrender. I wave the white flag.
I will attempt a Fleegle heel again in September.
It was my birthday last week. (Was it less than a week ago? Is that possible? I am clearly feeling the effects of age...)
Princess got me yarn for my birthday. It's a fabulous arrangement: I pick it out, and she pays. SCORE! What is NOT a score is the fact that our dollar is in the toilet and it's about a 30% exchange rate. And then on top of that, Canada Border Agency decided to slap a whack of customs on top of it.
However, the yarn is so beautiful and divine, that I am overlooking all that.
I ordered 5 skeins of Yowza and 3 skeins of Hot Socks (because I'm all about the thin tight twist sock yarn) plus two sets of Hiya Hiya DPNs in 2.0 mm and in 2.25 mm.
I just love the way Miss Babs (or technically probably her staff) package things. It's always so beautiful. And I always feel like the most special customer ever.
And THIS is yet another reason why I feel like the most special customer.
Thank you, Beth @ Miss Babs. I did indeed have the happiest of birthdays.
But unless you follow me on Instagram, you're all dying to see what I got, right?
I've never knit with Yowza before. It's fabulous. I got Bloomin' Pansies, Deep Sea Jellyfish (my all time favourite colourway), Frenzy, Irises and South Beach. The Hot Shots are Daylily Fields (yay!!!), Irises and Keep Your Promise. The gradient set is Enlightenment.
These are their individual portraits. I need this for Ravelry purposes. Feel free to scroll down. Way waaaaaaaay down.
I also got myself the Susan B Anderson Yowza Weigh It Shawls 2 and 3 and immediately cast on using the Bloomin' Pansies (and two of the wee adorable Raku Octopi stitch markers).
That's one big honkin' skein of yarn.
No, it's not blocked. I finished it last night. It fits perfectly over my shoulders and will live on my knitting room chair.
I suspect I won't need it for a few days (cough weeks) yet.
That's the Yowza Weigh It Shawl 3. I like number 2 as well because it has that rectangular shaping. Number 1 is too narrow for my tastes.
The joy of all that garter stitch is that I was able to practice knitting continental. It's still slower than English knitting for me, but it's okay for garter stitch. Purling still seems counter-intuitive. I think that's why Continental knitters find their purls are larger than their knits. That's my theory. With English knitting the purls are automatically tightened because you're bringing the yarn back to the right side again.
Anyway, that's what I've been up to. I will be focusing on second sock knitting in August and will try to post more regularly. There will likely be more pictures and fewer words.
Tra la and happy August.
Oh, right, I almost forgot. The Cookie A sock club yarn arrived yesterday. It's early because I think Cookie is taking a well-needed vacation in August.
The yarn is Tough Love Sock by Sweet Georgia (YAY!!!!) and the colour is Lemongrass. My skein is a very greeny yellow. Some of the ones I've seen on Rav are more of an orangey or peachy yellow.
I am feeling very orangey these days.
And yes, Christine, that is my Malabrigo Rasta cowl which you made me. It is so soft that I wear it to bed in winter. It keeps me warm.