Let me start by saying that I love my Monkey socks.
These have been done for over a week, and I fell in love with the project. They feel good and they fit well…and I used up stash yarn. It doesn’t get much better than that. The yarn is Koigu, color P613, which I’m sure has been discontinued for about 15 years. I’d always wondered how to make the most of my variegated yarn, and this pattern motif really clicked with me. It also gave me a chance to work with my Blackthorn 00 needles. So now I can really count myself as a “sock knitter” because I can get 8 stitches per inch (and even more on the 000s). These dpns have truly enabled me to overcome the liability of being a loose knitter when it comes to knitting socks.
So why do I feel as if a monkey wrench has been thrown into my knitting. Well, for starters, I liked the project so much that I started dragging out all the variegated sock yarn I accumulated before I decided that I preferred semisolid. And I started dragging out every stitch dictionary I own (I don’t even want to count how many that is) to see what other motifs might work for something similar. So for the past week or so, I progressed from one unsuccessful swatch to another, and all I have to show for it is bits of unraveled yarn. To regroup, I’ve settled on a very simple sock. It ought to calm my nerves as I peruse the stitch dictionaries yet again. Why am I bothering to do this when I have books and downloads for what must be 1000 sock patterns? Just because. Knitting doesn’t have to be rational.
I’m knitting the simple socks from some Sockotta yarn I’ve had for a while, ever since I had problems with the seams on commercial socks irritating my toes.
This is a wool-cotton mix, and it is very pleasant to work with on the unbearably hot days we’ve been having. I don’t much enjoy knitting with cotton as a rule, but the fabric of these socks is very soft. I suspect the finished socks will end up as favorites. I’m not really using a pattern but just knitting a 2x2 rib for the cuff and plain stockinette for the foot, although I might get creative and knit a short-row heel. Heretofore, I’ve knit only heel flaps. I checked Ravelry for the yarn, and the simple style seemed to look best to my eye.
I also have another cotton-wool mix for a similar pair, but I’d like to use some sort of herringbone stitch to keep the yarn from striping.
The hot weather has made these small, lightweight projects very appealing. And I still have not had time to work out Sirdal’s sleeves, although the idea of working on a two-color project when the weather is so summerlike has little appeal. Yes, I know it is now summer—but really, 90 degrees and humid in June? What will August be like? The weather has been great for my garden, which now looks like this:
The garden has eaten up much of my weekend knitting time and weekday blogging time. Despite the waves of thunderstorms that have gone from West to East, I’ve gotten very little rain. My little patch of yard seems to fall between the clouds. To compensate, I’ve gone out nearly every morning to monitor the soaker hose system Ed installed, while I check for bugs (and mercilessly contribute to their demise) on my vegetable plants and do some weeding. By time I’m done, I’m already getting a late start for work, and posting has fallen by the wayside.
But nearly everything is planted now, although the row of bolted mustard greens (second on the right) has to be pulled today and replanted with carrots, and so there is a little less to do. I’ve also been much better at keeping it weed-free than in past years (there’s nothing like a new hoe to keep me motivated). I've also put down black mulch under the deer net, where it is hard to weed.
There are lots of promises of things to come.
I pulled some beets to see how they were doing, and they’re next up on our “to eat” list now that the first crop of lettuce is about done. These are luscious Chiogga beets (if you think you hate beets, as I did, then these are the ones to try).
Tiny cucumbers have started appearing on the vines.
My pole beans have already grown nearly six feet (no flowers or beans yet, though).
All my tomatoes have flowers.
And we had our first pesto from the basil for Father’s Day, and my basil plants have rebounded already and look as if they’ve never been cut.