Sunday, September 13, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 11


KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus • Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2

VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June

There's been some progress on my second Rhombus sock but things were just too busy at work and at home to spend much time with it. It's definitely going faster than sock one, but I still need to pay attention to the chart and I just haven't had a chance. Instead I've done a few other things.

A couple of weeks ago a fellow Raveler gifted me with some of her handspun - 67 grams (approximately 100 yards) of thick/thin worsted weight yarn. After a quick search of the pattern database I decided a pair of children's mittens was my best choice to use every inch of her gorgeous yarn. I made a pair of Children's Basic Mitts by Elizabeth Durand in the largest size. Instead of a rounded top I switched to decreases at each side for more of a wedge shape with a grafted top - just like a sock toe. The sizing worked out perfectly; I finished with scant inches of yarn left over!

In my mindless and interrupted knitting time I worked away at my September vanilla socks - using scraps and Russian joins, roughly following the Vanilla Bean Striped Socks pattern working toe up with an afterthought heel. This morning I finished the second sock tube, so just the heels are left to do.  The Warm Hands Network has a shipment planned for September 30th, so I'm motivated to finish these up quickly to send them off in time.

And finally I did cast on for In and Out Socks in Smith and Ewe fingering. I'm not very far along yet, but I've seen enough to know that the yarn will work with the pattern. It looks impossibly small but it's very stretchy, so I guess I'll carry on for a bit to see how it works out.

This time last week we were sweltering in 34° C weather and heat warnings. Fast forward a week - the high today was 14° C. That's a pretty crazy swing in temperatures! The weather's supposed to swing back to summer again towards the middle of the week - but in the meantime it's sock knitting weather! No wonder there's lots getting done around here lately!







11 comments:

Dee said...

The color on the mittens is gorgeous.

I love the color on your socks too.

Hopefully, this week will find you a little less busy. :-)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Cute mitts.
And I couldn't believe it when I looked at the forecast for this week - crazy!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love that yarn for the In and Out Socks. That is my favorite color of pink.

Ruth said...

What a cute pair of mittens, that yarn is lovely looking. I really like the colours in this months vanilla socks, earthy toned which are just my colours. I like the start you've made on In and Out but then I love cables.

Jessica Solinsky said...

I love the mitts! Very lovely colors. :)

Becki said...

I love the colors in your September vanilla socks!

WildflowerWool said...

What a great use of the handspun. They will be super warm!

Lucy Bowen said...

The colours in the mittens are gorgeous. I love how the stripey socks are coming along and the colour of your in and out socks is stunning.

Kepanie said...

I love the mittens. I love their shape and the colours. The socks are great and look very cozy. I like that Cookie A pattern. I like the contrast of sweeping lace and then ribbing.

Iris said...

I'm absolutely in love with those mittens. They look gorgeous!

Simply Playing said...

The mittens are charming. What a beautiful colorway. Your vanilla socks are looking good too. I think it's so great that you are going to donate them.