Friday, September 2, 2016

It is 90 degrees, so I knit...

It has been a very hot summer here... except for yesterday...and today...which have been lovely, mid 70 degree temperatures... it won't last... sigh!  And when it is 90 degrees of course one's thoughts turn to knitting wool socks, right?? Oh, they don't? Well that's where my little pea brain has taken me and I've been quite productive in the sock arena.

First, this pair...


these were created with a Frankensock kit from the etsy shop  havirland which you can see here.  As you know I'm obsessed with scrappy Frankensocks and while I have  some .... plenty... enough yarn to stuff a boxcar... I wanted to play with colors I wouldn't normally choose... so I bought one of the kits from havirland. The yarn is lovely, very squishy ... this was a fun diversion.

But there is still that boxcar of yarn that is mine that needs to be knitted. So I collected some Opal and Regia and Fabel and who know what other brands and knitted this sock...


I'm very happy with this sock... to my mind,  it has the look of an old utility quilt, very scrappy.  I particularly like the Opal yarns with the little specks of color... I have decided that they are polka dots and you know how I LOVE polka dots!  Now the next logical step is that I should be knitting the mate to this sock, but logic has never been my strong suit, so instead I'm working in this sock...



I decided I wanted to knit something with a Fall feel so again I perused my stash and picked bits and bobs of yarns that looked Fall-ish to me. Now if it were only possible to influence the weather and have it stay cool enough to actually wear wool socks that would be great... alas I have no such influence... but I will continue to knit!

Lots of running to do today... yesterday I squeezed in a trip to the local garden nursery outlet and got a tree... well I didn't actually take it home but I picked it out and my sons are giving it to me as a birthday present. I selected a Crimson Maple ... the leaves are a purply red all summer and then it it suppose to be a golden color in the Fall. I already have a purply red flowering plum in my yard and I like the color  against the yellow brick of my house.  Can't wait to get it planted in a week or two.

And while I was running around I somehow lost my FitBit Zip... insert frown-y face... it is a little pedometer that clips to your waistband and somehow it got unclipped. I didn't realize it was missing until after I had come inside from watering the plants. Now I may have lost it in my yard but a brief search in the dark with flashlight did not turn up the black Zip... I'll search again tomorrow. I may have lost it elsewhere... the last time I remember looking at it was mid-afternoon. I figure if I did lose it in the yard , with my luck, it will be run over by the lawnmower... so I ordered a new one... in neon lime green... hopefully I won't lose this one but if I do it should be easier to locate.

happy knitting -
carol fun

11 comments:

  1. Your scrappy socks are awesome.... so much fun! How long does it take you to weave in the ends? That is my least favorite part of knitting and what keeps me from knitting scrappy socks.

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  2. Love the scrappy socks, but I'm with Ramona -- lots of ends to weave in?

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  3. Love my fitbit zip...but of course accidently packed it!!!

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  4. Carol, you are so fast with your sock knitting. Darn, I was going to have my first pair done by now, but did not happen. Now my camera on my Surface won't take pictures so I could post my progress today. Ugh. I have a Fitbit One (actually my 3rd one!) because I lost my first 2. I did find out something interesting that might help you find it. If you look at your dashboard info, you can see by the tracking chart where the last recorded steps were taken (timeline) and that might narrow down where you were at that time to determine if you lost it before you got home, or later. Hope it turns up later. Mine clips on too, but I've learned to turn it backwards at the top of a pocket, so if it falls off, hopefully it will fall into the pocket. (If I'm lucky). :)

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  6. Deleted the above because I can't count Although they are all lovely socks, my favorite is the 2nd photo with the blue and colors sock. It speaks to me. And Yes, Dar is right, I have found my fitbit more than once using that method.

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  7. What is the contraption you're using to knit on? Thanks.

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  8. Well... now that you've ordered a replacement, the first fitbit will show! :-) Fun socks! I can't believe how fast you knit them up!

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  9. Thanks for the kind comment Sharon... I've narrowed it down to where I lost it... walking around the HUGE garden outlet store... gonna go back and see if anyone turned it in.

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  10. Hi Mary Howland... the contraption is a sock blocker... a wire form that stretches out the sock...I'm not knitting on it, I just put the sock on the blocker so you can see the pattern of the yarns better... I don't actually block socks, I just use the sock blockers for pictures!

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  11. Just love your socks! That maple will be a lovely addition to your yard. The reds with the yellowish house will be beautiful!

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