Wrapping up my summer knitting

Yesterday I finished the second sock of the last pair that I cast on for Summer of Socks 08.  I didn’t feel a lot of pressure to finish it before the deadline because I did have another pair completed in that time period.  As you know, knitters can be a fickle lot.  I walked away from socks and picked up shawls after that intense summer of sock knitting.  Meanwhile, the second sock of this pair languished in my knitting bag.  The poor thing was ready for its heel flap, and there it was abandoned.    Fortunately, there is something about the approaching autumn that encourages knitters to finish up their languishing knitting…and so I did.

This is the pattern that Debi Leshin created, Crystals ‘Combs and Cables Socks. I knit it in Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome, Misty Moor from the Loopy Ewe.  I found the perfect beads for the cuff, but the first knitting was doomed.  The cuff seemed loose, and the lace pattern seemed tight.  Version #2 replaced beads with 1 x 1 ribbing, and knit the lace with #2 needles.  I like a firmly-knit sole, so the sole and toes were knit with #1 needles.  Kudos to Wendy Johnson, whose blog, Wendy Knits, suggested this technique for well-fitted socks.

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Knitterly pictures, at last

Progress has been made on a regular basis; photography, not so much. Finally, there are pictures to show you. I have finished the Limbo socks, a gift from Robin S in New Braunsfels. I’ll enter them in the next two-week period of SOS08.

This is my first pair knit in DK weight yarn. I was surprised and pleased that a) I had enough yarn for a pair; and b) they fit. Oh, I of little faith. Both are always good outcomes, eh?

Since I had a completed pair of socks in hand for the next Summer of Socks 2-week entry, I felt free to knit on my February Lady Sweater. I’ve been using it for my travel knitting as we traverse the state every weekend with Eastern Star. DH told me to go ahead and order buttons from http://www.buttondrawer.com. That was a tremendous incentive to knit on! I finished the first sleeve this morning, and took the second off the waste yarn.

It’s Cotton Fleece in Antique Lace color. That should be perfect for “uber-air-conditioning” that folks seem to prefer.

A weekend of knitterly surprises!

Last time I wrote about the happy ending with the OnLine yarn and the mother of the bride who needed to knit just one more pedicure sock.  I happily sent my yarn remnant off to Texas, and thought that was the end of the story.  Low and behold (who says that anymore?!) Saturday's post brought a package from Texas, with two skeins of Schoeller and Stahl Limbo yarn.  It's oh-so-soft and woolly.  Now, I'd not knit in DK weight before, mainly because my feet are wide.  I've always thought I needed all the ease I could get, and knit only with fingering weight.  But this yarn called to me,    


and after all, it was a gift.  So I did the knitterly thing and scanned all the projects on Ravelry first, just to reassure myself that a pair of socks could be knit from two skeins of this yarn…then I cast on. 

I must tell you that this is the plushest, most comforting wool I've worn.  And yes, the sock does fit nicely in my Birkenstocks.  This will certainly be a fall/winter pair of socks for Louisiana, and I can hardly wait to wear them.  Many thanks to Robin S, aka mother of the bride, for the yarn.  It wasn't expected, but it certainly is appreciated.

I have another pair of socks done, which I will post in the next two-week period of Summer of Socks.  The pattern is called Brigit (unfortunately, the link for the pattern no longer works, so I can't send you there.)   They

are knit
with Shibuiknits in Jonquil from the Loopy Ewe (www.loopyewe.com), on #1 circulars.  I believe these are the most complicated socks I have ever knit, and I am exceedingly proud of them. 

But wait!  (as the infomercials say).  This morning I opened my email to find that I had won the blogversary contest  at http://mvwindwalker.blogspot.com/
Happy dance following my finished object dance!  I just love anticipating packages in the mail!  Pictures will follow upon arrival. 

Casper, waiting for his attention on my sewing table.  He would like you to notice how handsome he looks beside the lace curtain. 

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Memories of the Blue Deep

The Caribbean Sea is the color of a fine London Blue Topaz.  Our last cruise stopped in Jamaica, where we bought such a topaz.  I might have said to myself  "you exaggerate the sea's brilliance", had I not stood on deck at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and looked down at my necklace and the sea. 

Our "shore" excursion at Georgetown turned out to be one of the highlights of our cruise.  There was very little time on shore — just enough to get in line to board a tender, which took us to a lovely white submarine.  The dive trip was billed as an hour, and we (cynical tourists) thought the clock would begin ticking on the tender.  Much to our joy we were down in the sub for an hour, circling the coral reef at multiple levels down to 200 feet. 

We sat  facing our windows which were about the size of an airliner's window.  It didn't take much dive time for each person to have their nose pressed up against the window, in the classic "candy store" pose.  My fishy favorites were schools of 1" long, electric blue fish.  Our guide said that if you caught one of these fish and cut it open, even its bones and teeth would be  that blue. 

The coral was beautiful, and I came away from the dive grateful that the authorities insist the cruise ships anchor out away from the reef.  It is well worth the preservation efforts!
And the fish in my picture?  He's from the dive gift shop in Georgetown, and is a featherweight.  I suspect he's carved from balsa wood.

And now, the knitting connection ( you knew there was one).  These are my Blue Springy Socks, my second entry in Summer of Socks 08.  Don't they remind you of my fishy?  The pattern is Springy Socks by Judy Sumner, and the yarn is On Line, color Holiday. 

There is one more twist to the story.  I had just finished posting about my sock on Ravelry, and had the yarn label on my computer desk.  The Sockknitter's list digest arrived, with an SOS for On Line sock yarn, (oh, I just knit with On Line)  color Holiday (check), dye lot 23279 (oh my!).  The knitter needed to knit one more pedicure sock for her daughter's bridesmaids.  My first thought was "what a shame, I just knit up that yarn".  Then I remembered I had a pretty good remainder, and got out my digital scale:  27 grams.  Emails were exchanged, and the yarn is on its way to Texas.  Don't you just love happy endings? 

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First Summer of Socks 08 FO!

As anticipated, I finished my first pair on the road to Slidell, LA last night.  Here they are:

SOS08 Pair one, 6/21 - 7/5

That's my basic sock, knit from Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Effekt.  It's 75% wool/25% polyamid, 420 m/100 g, knit on my usual #1 circulars. 

I've begun Wendy's Summer Sock with the aqua stripe yarn.  Boy, she wasn't exaggerating: a size down will be plenty big. 

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