I didn’t plan on taking such a long blog “vacation,” but each time I thought about posting I had practically no knitting to show. At last I can model the World’s Simplest Socks.
These are hardly an FO to crow about. As far as sock knitting goes, these are as boring as you can get. But the Sockotta yarn was great to work with during the dog days of July, and the socks do fit perfectly and feel great. I basically took my 8 stitches-per-inch swatch and extended it to a top-down sock with 2x2 ribbing. When I got to the heel, I substituted Cookie A’s instructions for the Monkey socks, which conveniently are also at a gauge of 8 stitches per inch and have rounds of 64 stitches. I used my Blackthorn 000 dpns, and the Sockotta is color 10.
I have been so proud about my sock-knitting ability with the Blackthorn 00s and 000s, which counteract my loose stitches, that now that the dog days of August are upon us, I’ve started the World’s Simplest Socks v. 2:
I had purchased this cotton-wool sock yarn before I really understood much about sock yarn. I thought that this Meilenweit Cotton Fun was going to end up being tweedy, but when I swatched it, stripes emerged. I had no idea that I even owned self-striping yarn, but my stash can be full of such surprises. So for this summer-friendly project, I won’t even get creative enough to knit the entire top with ribbing. After the short ribbed top, which I finished last night, I’ll be working in stockinette. I may give myself a challenge by knitting short-row heels. This would be a first for me, since heel flaps look good on my feet and feel fine. I've never really felt the need to change heel types, but short-row heels seem to look nicer on stripped yarn.
I did actually swatch the yarn in a few lacy patterns, but the cotton content stretched in ways that will only spell trouble later on. I’d rather wear boring socks that fit than have pretty stretched-out ones in my drawer.
The garden, which still takes up a lot of time because I must compensate for the lack of rain by watering every day, is now producing more vegetables than we can eat. I grew a new eggplant variety called Beatrice, which has the most enchanting purple color. This one grew to be as big as a small pumpkin:
It is the most delicious eggplant variety I ever tried, and I’ll grow it again next year, possibly with some of those long, skinny Asian eggplants.
The peppers, which drop their flowers when the temperature goes over 90 and stays there (as apparently do eggplant and tomatoes), have now responded to the slightly cooler temperatures.
And, finally, we have tomatoes everywhere: