I can't believe it's August already. What happened to May?
No, I did not finish Tour de Sock. I gave up on the double knit sock in disgust and deleted my profane project page. Instead I told myself I would knit another pair of socks instead. They're my Tour de Sock also rans.
I had a skein of Yarn Candy / Sweet Fiber by Melissa in the Luna colourway already wound up, so I decided to do Cookie A's Tulip socks. I think overall Cookie A is my favourite designer.
I started them July 20 and finished July 31. The first sock was finished July 25. Then on my birthday I started sock #2.
I love working with MCN yarn.
Mods: continued the ribbing pattern down to the toes. Did the Afshari gusset instead of the regular gusset.
Quite pleased with these.
I also started a White Birch Fiber Arts MCN in Electric Slide for Princess.
I also spent some time (as in about three hours) the other night finally untangling my precious skein of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Sock in the In Bloom colourway. So I started Aspergeraie by Rose Hiver. I'm still on the ribbing, because I had to put it down when August 1 arrived.
I'm hosting the August Sockdown - Finish yer Wips thread in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group. I'll be providing a project bag and yarn for whoever beats me with finished pairs.
I have at least 12 or 13 pairs I can finish. If I can find the Brillo yarn and the other sock, I may do that one as well, just to be rid of it.
Here are my lonely hearts waiting for some mates.
I picked up the Caterpillar Green sock and started it yesterday. I'm finished the leg. This afternoon I intend to watch a couple of podcasts and see how far I get. These will be fraternal and not identical. I'm okay with that.
My August Cookie A sock club yarn arrived yesterday. The patterns come out on Monday. The yarn is 100% merino by Old Maiden Aunt in Scotland. The colourway is Ember. It's a reddish brown and there are spots of green that show through. I'm underwhelmed. It's another dark reddish colourway - we seem to have had three of those this year. I liked the Plucky knitter, didn't mind (kinda) the Tyrian Mollusk Cephalopod, and didn't care for the pale blue (kryptonite) Sunshine yarn.
This picture makes it look brighter and more embery than it really is.
Princess gave me a gift certificate for my birthday, and I ordered some Gale's Art yarns. I'll show them when they arrive.
On the non-knitting front, there is a kind of cool little community graveyard nearby on a hill tucked between houses. Have I ever mentioned that I love graveyards?
Some of the graves are late nineteenth century / early 20th century.
There are quite a few of these tiny black crosses - so sad.
And this hand-made cross is quite lovely.
It's just a fairly small intimate little community cemetery. It's very peaceful and restful. (Which, I guess, is the whole point...)
Took Bastian for a walk to Long Lake the other day. It was unsatisfying as walks go, but there was an interesting tree there.
Other things which have captured my interest visually lately?
Here's one of the statues down by where I work.
I think it's a Pier 21 welcome to your new life thing.
This was on my windshield after soccer on Sunday night. No idea who MK is. It was a random act of kindness. But I was smiling - we won 4-1 and I saved a penalty shot.
Tall Ship Lord Nelson has been docked (berthed?) outside our building all week. I saw it Wednesday when it was foggy.
Well, that's it for this post, folks. See you in a few days. Happy knitting. And Happy August.