No, I wasn't knitting as I drove. I let my husband deal with the freeway traffic. We left early this morning to see our beautiful almost six-month old granddaughter, Isabella, who lives with her parents about 100 miles north of us. I thought this would be a great time to do a little plain vanilla sock knitting. I only managed a few inches, however, because we got stuck in traffic caused by people trying to get to a football game and I dropped a stitch. I didn't want to try to get to fix itand risk messing it up further so I just put it away until we were home again.
I'm going to finish up some charity knitting projects I began this summer- hats and mittens for The Maine Mitten Project-- as well as 100 Preemie Hats for Doernbecher Children's Hospital (I'm on hat #66 now) before going full swing into sock knitting again. You can see more about these projects on another of my blogs, Knitting for Peace.
Oh, and I also want to knit this adorable little tunic, Merridy, for granddaughter Violet who'll be two years old in only a few more weeks. Violet is also getting a sibling in the Spring so I'll have some more sweet little baby knits to work on over the winter. Yay for grandchildren!
Sock knitting, then, will have to be limited to plain vanilla socks made from self-striping yarn for the next few months. Not that I mind that. I don't like plain stockinette knitting all that much, but self-striping yarn helps keep me amused.
This sock yarn is from Undead Yarn on Etsy and it was 20% off! Awesome! I use size 1 dpns and a plain vanilla sock knitting pattern over 64 stitches.
Well, maybe not just yet. It's perfect today--in the mid 70's-- which is much more pleasant than the highs in the 90s we've been having, but it is still summer. And I suspect the weather will probably stay nice for the next few weeks; if we're lucky, into mid-October. But I can see the leaves are just starting to turn color. Autumn is coming.
I've started knitting socks again today after a summer of knitting preemie hats as well as hats and mittens for The Maine Mitten Project. I need to put tags on all those hats and mittens. And I'm on hat #66 of my 100 preemie hats for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. I want to send everything in by the end of September. (See one of my other blogs, Knitting for Peace, for updates on those projects.)
I finished two sweaters for Violet and have the pattern and yarn for a little dress, Merridy, for her. This winter I want to knit a few things for Isabella and, of course, some sweet little newborn sweaters for Violet's sibling who'll be arriving in the spring.
But socks. Yes! It's been a long time. I found a couple of skeins of Paton Kroy Stripes sock yarn in Mulberry in my stash so I'm starting with those. Nope. I didn't like how it looked and put it aside. I've also ordered a few more skeins of sock yarn. Not that I'm out. Still, it's always fun to start with something brand new. And I couldn't wait for it to arrive even though it'll just be a few days.
Pattern: A free pattern found on Ravelry here.
Needles: Size 0 (2 mm) dpns
Yarn: 100% superwash merino wool, 100g/400 yards from Stricken Smitten on Etsy. Colorway: Wild Rose Hips
I'd named these socks Is it Spring Yet? then changed it to Hurry Spring! I changed it back again when I realized I'd already knit a pair with that name. In any case, I am anticipating Spring's arrival. I am tired of the cold, dismal weather we've been having and waiting impatiently for sunny skies and yards full of flowers.
I am a wife, the mother of four grown sons, and work as a librarian/ archivist at a university library. I enjoy knitting socks and mittens and other items for charity, reading, hand quilting, growing old-fashioned flowers, and bird watching.