Saturday, June 21, 2008

...and we're off!

The Summer of Socks 2008 officially began last night at midnight (or is it this morning at midnight?) anyway I stayed up and cast on at about 12:01am. My first pair of socks is shaping up quite nicely:

The pattern is one that Wendy of Wendy Knits designed especially for the SOS. This pair I'm trying two-at-a-time on two circular needles. My next pair I'll try two-at-a-time using Magic Loop and we'll see which way I prefer.

Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?

I am once again trying to garden on my balcony. This year I got a greenhouse in which I am housing my strawberry plant (so the squirrels and birds don't eat them) and some herbs:

Eversweet Strawberries.
Chives, French Lavender, and Cilantro.

Some Tomatoes:
Grape Tomatoes on the left, Early Girl Tomatoes on the right, and Acorn Squash on the far right.

Two different kinds of mint:
Spearmint and Apple Mint.

and finally some Cucumbers and Sedum:
Cukes on the right, Sedum on the left, oh and my birdfeeder (which doubles as a squirrel feeder, but the birds don't mind).
I hope....

Anyhoo, I'm off to knit some socks...


Monday, June 16, 2008

Okay... we've determined that I am a very inconsistent blogger. I find blogging takes away from my knitting time ( I really need to learn how to type with my feet). But since the Summer of Socks 2008 is coming up (yippee!) I have to start faithfully blogging again (so you all can see the socks I finish).
Speaking of finished socks:
Here's my first Blueberry Cheesecake sock:
This is TOFUtsies yarn in the 736 colourway. It reminds me of blueberry cheesecake (hence the name). The pattern is Wendy's Toe-up socks with a difference. The difference is that the gusset stitches are on the bottom of the foot. Really cool. I like them. I'm just turning the heel of the 2nd one. I'm trying to finish it before the 21st when the SOS'08 starts.
Also on the needles is Witterings. I'm hoping to get this done by Canada Day, so when I'm on the hill, my face wont burn (that's the plan anyways). I'm doing it in plain 'ol Handicrafter Cotton from Bernat. Pics will be posted along with pics of the AWESOME sock club kit from Robyn's nest which arrived today. The colours....yummy!
Well it's starting to storm here and I have to finish reading Careless in Red by Elizabeth George so I'll log off.