Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Good Evening, September

I won't even bother asking what happened to August, because I have a feeling that most of us are in the same boat right now and that no one knows.  There's no denying that Autumn is right around the corner, and I can no longer use "it's still August" as my ridiculous denial of the truth.

A few days ago I finally pulled out a pair of jeans, and just this morning I threw on my Cobblestone once again.  I am still refusing to wear socks, although I fear that tomorrow will prove to be yet another win for this colder weather coming our way.

Although socks have not yet made it back into my wardrobe, I did throw on this pair momentarily to show you that they are finished.


My brother heads off to the big, bad world of College on Thursday and I wanted to get these done before he left.  I actually think I knit the second one in less than 24 hours (which isn't as impressive as it sounds because I was using worsted-weight yarn and there were only 48 stitches in a round.)  I used size 5 needles and some leftover Cascade 220.  David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook (rav. link) made these socks so straightforward to make and I could not be more pleased with the way they turned out.  They fit perfectly with just the right amount of negative ease.  I definitely recommend giving it a try.

With this project done, I have only to finish some secret knitting (hopefully tonight - don't worry, it'll only be secret for a day or two) and then I can actually get back to some projects I'm knitting for myself.  That's right - no deadlines, no eager recipients.  Just me and my knitting.

Of course, today another brother requested a pair of mittens to match the hat I made him last winter (using Malabrigo, I don't know how well that one'll turn out) and a Ravenclaw Scarf, but I'm not going to think about those for a little bit.  I want to at least finish poor Delain first.

So, with the start of September, I am seeing an end to my summer knitting and will soon be welcoming the larger woolen projects back into my life.  How about you?

17 comments:

  1. I still have several months of summer left, alas. It never gets cool enough here for big woolen anything.

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  2. Looks like they turned out wonderfully! Maybe I should be socking with worsted instead of the skinny stuff; 24 hours instead of a months is sounding pretty tempting. :-)

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  3. Do you have a dozen brothers?
    Somehow, I think you could handle that many.
    Lovely socks.
    I, for one, love the cooler days and nights.

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  4. The socks are really nice. I agree with Dave; I want to churn out 3 pairs of socks a week. However, I would need to go buy all new shoes if I started wearing socks made with worsted weight yarn.

    I can't believe you are already wearing a sweater! It's still a bit too warm for that here. That could be just me, though. I would so much rather feel a little cool than a little warm.

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  5. It finally dipped down into the 40's here last night, though it was doing that well into June this year, too. I put on jeans and a long-sleeved shirt *and* sweatshirt today, but it was only because I was dragging myself over to the hospital to get my nostrils swabbed to test for swine flu. When I got home, it was back out of clothes and back into bed.

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  6. It's already much cooler here in the mornings. But you know me - still sloggin' on the sweaters!

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  7. Talk about coy with that socks and leaf post there. :P Very chi-chi knitting magazine! They came out great, I'm sure they'll get a lot of love.

    It's great that you have family who appreciates the handknits, just remember to strictly ration them or you'll never get to knit anything for yourself!

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  8. The transition between sandals and shoes is always a hard one for me. I always have a brief moment of silence when it's time to put them away until Spring.

    Enjoy knitting with no deadlines!

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  9. Ugh, I am not ready for the return of Fall and cooler temps yet - I didn't even get to experience heat this "Summer!" So let us speak of it not.

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  10. I just love this change in the season... I haven't started wearing socks again yet, either, but it is just around the corner. These look wonderful. I was curious how many brothers you have too! now they will all want socks :)

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  12. What good lookin' socks!

    Winter? Fall? Cooler weather? Big wool?

    I don't understand. :p

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  13. Such a charming and cute photo...your supa-socked feet and a lil' maple leaf! So cute...love it!

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  14. Yay for finishing up those socks! I'm sure Pat will be very happy with them. (Don't tell Mark, but I *still* haven't started on his socks.)

    I'm curious about which one requested a Ravenclaw scarf though. Let me guess...was it Tom? ;-)

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  15. I can totally sympathize with most of what you said here... the one good thing about the end of bare-foot weather is having handknit socks to ward off the cold :)

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  16. I like the bit about refusing to wear socks (except for modeling purposes). I too lost August and am re-emerging. The latter is a plus for my knitting!

    Any secret progress ready for revealing yet?

    When do you start back to school (or is this a taboo question...)?

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  17. Must finish the christmas knitting, and get better at socks.

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