Friday, September 21, 2007

The End of Summer

It is definitely the end of summer! Last week our AC was still coming on and this week we had to turn on the heat and get out the down comforters. Our kids were waking up as "totsicles"! I was blogging last week in a tank and capri's. This week... sweater and wool socks. It amazes me how quickly it changes on us!

At the beginning of this summer I declared it "time to knit for myself". And I did. I have five new pair of socks to show for it! My feet are happy and warm. I am much better prepared for my second winter in Eastern Washington than I was for my first.

I managed to sneak in one more pair this week! Yes, an entire pair in a week! And I must say I really didn't have a lot of dedicated knitting time either. I've spent several very late nights in the basement sewing. Without these two large orders of sewing I've been doing maybe I'd have more socks! These were knit at a sportweight gauge. If I use this again I think I'll go down one needle size.

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, Mediumweight, Fairgrounds
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.0mm (for calf shaping)

They are delicious. Straight off the needles and onto the feet!

So, what did I end up with for my summers work?

Summer of Socks 2007 Results
5 Complete Pairs of Socks
1 "Itchy" Curious Monkey Sock
1 Cuff with no Foot
1 Foot with no Cuff
I tried a short row heel which taught me I have fat ankles.
I tried a couple of lace patterns which I'd never done.
I branched out and tried toe up socks - which I will avoid in the future! lol!

I'll be working on these slowly now. I need to shift focus a bit. The weather has turned so quickly and I have NO longies for Miss E. I knew this would happen, I was just trying to deny it. So I need to crank out a couple pair of those and then maybe a sweater... and more longies...

I will miss this from summer...

Our favorite outfit for Miss E. A soaker that Miss T made her. Every time I see her in this outfit I just wanna squeeze her! This is one that won't come again next season. She should be learning to use the potty by then! They grow up so fast!


Linda said...

Hi Jess,
Summer of Socks is over - you did good on your socks. I can't get the heel for the toe up sock either, and will probably rip it out or wait til I run across an easier method. I was doing the Ann budd pattern also.
Linda from Snohomish

SJ said...

What a great SoS you had! Personally I think it's just as important to find out what you don't like as it is to find out what you like. I'm not a huge fan of toe-up either, an I much prefer a standard heel flap and gusset to a short-row toe. But you have to experiment to find out such things.

Hope you get a little Indian summer before it really gets cold where you are!

Danielle said...

Aww, Miss E is very huggable!

Hattie said...

Love the colors in those socks.

I already miss summer...

tiennieknits said...

Great job on all your socks for the summer!

We turned off our AC last week too! I'm putting off turning on the heat though for those weird cold mornings/warm days/cold nights. We pulled out the down comforters for all the beds yesterday and the kiddos were toasty warm!

Paula said...

Your socks look great. Miss E is adorable in that outfit, and I'm sure in anything she wears(or doesn't wear). These cooler days really bring on the knitting fever, don't they?