It remains rainy and dreary here in Kansas — I am starting to think of my umbrella as an appendage! But enough — must not focus on that. The weather has me in a bit of funk and gloom, however.
So to perk myself up, I signed up for the Summer of Socks 2007!
And now — a couple of the pairs of socks I am currently working on —
These are the Schiaparelli Slipper socks in Mountain Colors Weavers Wool — I think they are going to be lovely. I like working with this wool.
This is the first sock that is finished — I finished this sock 5 years ago! And it has sat in the wardrobe where I store craft projects just waiting very patiently for its mate. So I got it out for the Summer of Socks 2007 — They have contests and prizes. Do you suppose there is a prize for the pair that took the longest to finish???? This pattern is the Upside Down Spiral Socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2000. The main color (navy) yarn is Brown Sheep wool and the CC is a silk blend variegated. This sock has an afterthought heel, for which I admit I have no fondness. Perhaps that is why the sock has been single for the past 5 years.
In addition to knitting socks I have three other current projects in the works.
First is the Child’s Front Placket Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for Ryan. Here is a photo of my progress on it —
I am up to the armholes. Now I will knit the sleeves on dpns and then put it all together — I am using a dark red Wildflower DK cotton acrylic for this.
I went over to Hancock Fabrics on Saturday morning for sewing supplies and they had — yep, you guessed it — YARN on clearance. This is a frayed ribbon yarn called Dynasty — 1.20 a skein at 80% off. All 5 skeins just jumped into my basket. So I cast on for a Keyhole Tank from last summer’s issue of Knit.1 for my 19 yo DD. Just her colors — pink, pink, and purple. While I was at Hancock’s, I found the cutest pincushion on sale 50% off, so I had to buy it —
Isn’t she darling — a flower power pincushion — I probably wore a similar dress in high school. But I actually bought this for my younger DD who wants to go into fashion.
Okay — one more photo. A planned summer knitting project just for me!
A Fiber Trends summer tank using Wildflower DK in my fave color — sage green!
So there you have it — my summer adventures in knitting — or at least some of them. There is also a Branching Out scarf using a skein of the Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in that lovely shade of Moss Green, a dark red Ruffles scarf, a kangaroo pocket sweater for a toddler — and whatever else I feel like knitting.
Last Friday evening I got home from the office and made myself some multigrain spaghetti with grated pecorino romano cheese and grated pepper — YUM — and settled in and watched an interesting little film called Girl in the Cafe. It was made for HBO originally and starred Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald. Saturday I bought more plants at the Farm Market but it has been too wet to plant them — I also bought more wonderful organic asparagus, local greenhouse tomatoes, radishes and leaf lettuce. I am ready for SUMMER!