Wednesday, September 22, 2010

That was fast!

The older I get, the faster the seasons seem to change. . .it seems like only yesterday that I took this picture of the blossoms on the crab apple tree outside my office, but I know that it was April.
It was nearly just yesterday (ok, the day before yesterday) that I took this photo of the ripe crab apples! Yikes!, where has the time gone?!?
Oh! That's right! The time has been spent knitting! (Ok, there was some playing and shopping and fun with family, too. . .summer is a pretty fun time for Pretty Knitty family and friends!) And now, as I feel the need to prove to you that my knitting has been more than just a "time suck," that something productive has come of the knitting, here is the proof:

Two more sock reviews!
Originally, I was just going to do the August Wickerware socks today (which I loved knitting, by the way). . .

. . .but then I also finished my September Squall socks on Monday, so I figured that I would just finish up the 2010 reviews right here and now!
First the Wickerware, which I knit with Serenity Sockweight yarn, color Denim. Once again, this yarn is really thin, and I had forgotten that since the last time I had used it, so I went with the 2.25mm needles (my faves, but a little too big for this yarn, in truth). I cast on and knit the cuff and leg as written, knit my fave eye of partridge heel. . .not even sure how the heel is written on Wickerware. . .and finishd up with texure on the instep, stockinette on the sole. As you can see in the photos, the basket-weave texture shows up very nicely, even in the striped yarn! All in all, I don't think I will buy the Serenity again for socks. . .I think that I am just about "over" the self-striping yarns, because I like to knit in patterns, but I would like to knit the Wickerware pattern again! :o) These are sock love!
And I could have waited until Saturday to review the Squall pattern, but I did finish them a couple days ago. . .and, since I am a project knitter and blogger (apparently), in that I like to finish what I start, and unfinished items make me twitch a little. . .I have to finish the sock reviews! I loved Squall! I knit these on 2mm needles (metal was all I had on hand in that size - owwie!) on 72 stitches with Zitron Trekking XL yarn in Storm, which was pretty thin. The pattern is a simple 2x2 rib, with a little "twist" thrown in every 6 rows, so it's not too complicated, and it was just a fun knit! I have used Trekking before, but it's been awhile. . .I would use it again. I am anxious to wear these! Double sock love!!!
Want more proof that I have been knitting the hours/days/months away this summer? Well, if you know me "in person," that knitting bag constantly over my arm is a good indication! Otherwise, here's another finished projet! A pair of fingerless gloves in 90/10 Alpaca/Merino from Charm at That'll Do Farm! These were a quick knit, and I love the silky-soft yarn. . .I have a big hank of it (over 250 yards, sport-weight) for I think a scarf. . .but these Charming Mitts have won my heart over to the Alpaca (and her yarn!) in the meantime!
Knit on size 5 needles, in a lace pattern stolen from the Knit 1, Breathe 1 shawl/stole/scarf (also a link in the side bar --->), these will be a staple in somebody's fall wardrobe for sure! Soooo soft. . .
As fast as the spring and summer have gone, I sure hope that fall sticks around for awhile! While this "mystery project" is now finished, I am not at all anxious to wear items of this nature, double-thick wool for warmth in the frigid winter. . .brrrr!!!
I'd like some more time to wear my fingerless gloves and light sweaters before I start thinking about long underwear and leg warmers! ;-) But I guess, as always, I will take it as it comes, and I will be glad when I have needles and yarn close-by! I hope that you are making the most of every fleeting moment, and that you are stealing some quiet moments to find contentment, wherever your life has taken you in this season.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Connie and Corrie for the Meatloaf recipes. I hope to try at least one of them on Saturday. ;o) Until then, I hope that we all will Knit in Good Health!


  1. I know that I knit too much when I'm craving alpaca and meatloaf at the same time. *LOL*

  2. Fancy socks, and mitts, and I am too wondering where the summer went!

  3. Knitting machine! The mitts are adorable! And scarf it cool too. It's seems to have a bit of a retro vibe going. And the best part of double knitting is you don't have to weave in ends - just tuck them inside!

  4. I need to knit, and since I am sick I have a great excuse to sit and do it, right?

    Also, love the ticker in your sidebar...LOL