Where Has the Summer Gone?

So, the sewing room sorting and decluttering that I wrote about in my last post have been continuing since then. It’s almost finished now, with just a few things left to sort through. I’ve got most things back in the room, or in alternative storage spots, and I’m very happy with how it has worked out so far. I’ll post an update with photos when it’s all finished.

In the meantime, I have been doing all sorts of things. I finished knitting a pair of socks:


I participated once again in the Tour de Fleece. I finished spinning the lovely blue Polwarth that I had started spinning in 2011’s Tour, and made some good progress on the Merino/Tencel blend.


Shortly after the Tour ended, the Ravellenic Games started on Ravelry. I joined the team from the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group, and entered into the WIPs Wrestling event. The WIP I chose to wrestle was a shawl I’d started way back in September of 2009 (details below). I had become so frustrated with trying to learn how to knit nupps that I’d put it away for years. I didn’t manage to finish it before the end of the closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games, but I did make a lot of progress and hope to finish it soon.


In addition to these crafty things, I also did a lot of very tiring garden work, and spent some time helping my husband with a large project to fix up the garage.

Now I find myself itching to get back to quilting. I have a number of projects on the go, both traditional and arty, that I hope to get back to soon. I also have some ideas for new things I’d like to start on. As the summer winds down and fall approaches, my thoughts turn to getting back to a normal routine, including more creative time (and more blogging!).

Some details on the above projects:

Stripy Blotchy Socks:

Pattern: These are simple socks in stockinette, with an afterthought heel that I took from the Crystal Socklet pattern in the Spring and Summer 2012 issue of Knitty. It’s the first time I’ve knit an afterthought heel, which is worked after the main sock is finished. The benefit of knitting the sock this way is that the stripes in the self-striping yarn are not interrupted by working a typical heel as the sock is being knit. I like the crystal heel a lot, and will definitely use it again. It offers the extra room I seem to need to allow for my high instep.

Yarn: On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera, by S.R. Kertzer (a self-striping fingering weight yarn)

Needle size: 2.25 mm


Polwarth: 115g of hand-dyed roving from Sheep and Spindle, which yielded about 157 m of 2-ply at about a sport weight.

Merino/Tencel: 113g of hand-dyed roving from Fiber Optic Yarns, in colourway Ruby Slippers Batik.

Triangular Summer Shawl:

Pattern: Triangular Summer Shawl, by Nancy Bush, from Knitted Lace of Estonia. More about nupps here. YouTube video with tips on knitting nupps here.

Yarn: Sliver Moon Farm lace weight merino in colourway Eh, What?

Needle size: 3.5 mm


Baroque in Blue, Times Two

Yes, they’re both finished. The proof:

Baroque socks pair

Baroque socks pair 2

I’m very happy with them. They fit very well, are comfortable, and look nice on. They were also fun to knit. The only modification I made to the pattern was to not knit the last few rounds of straight knitting with decreases. By the time I got to that point in the pattern, they were long enough. And actually, I find that a slightly wider toe fits my foot better than a really tapered one.

I loved working with this yarn, too. It was easy to knit with, and after wet blocking it softened up very nicely. It shows off the twisted cable stitches very well. The subtle colour variations add depth to the pattern without distracting from the stitches, which are the star of the show in these socks.

Pattern: Baroque by Janice Kang, from the Fall 2008 issue of Knitty (Ravelry link)

Yarn: a one-off colour of Jennifer’s FlockSock Sock Yarn from Holiday Yarns

Needle size: 2.25 mm

Previous posts about these socks:

Lovely and Intricate, and Baroque in Blue.

Baroque in Blue

I did finally finish the first sock of this pair, previously shown in progress in an earlier post.

Baroque sock 1

Baroque sock 1 front view

I’m quite happy with how it turned out, and it even fits. And I have lots of yarn left over, so I don’t need to worry at all about being able to finish the second sock. Always a nice treat.

Pattern: Baroque by Janice Kang, from the Fall 2008 issue of Knitty

Yarn: a one-off colour of Jennifer’s FlockSock Sock Yarn from Holiday Yarns