Autumn is teasing me right now. As anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows, Autumn is my favorite season. I know people get tired of all of us lovers of this season going on about it. So sorry, but that’s not likely to change any time soon.
Autumn is teasing me by acting as if she had decided to come early this year. The temperatures have dropped a bit just after a week of sweltering weather. In the early mornings and in the evening there is a slight nip in the air. I’ve gone from needing iced tea to my much preferred hot tea as my comfort drink of choice and very likely I will be lighting up a campfire in the next day or two. An evening campfire is one of my all time favorite things to do and I am fortunate enough to have a spot for it just out back.
But I have grown wise to Autumn’s whimsical ways. She has fooled me before. Shown up for a week or two, prompting me to happily break out my flannel shirts and cozy socks and start planning some really nice recipes fitting for that season. And then, like the flirt she is, she disappears and it’s back to heat and humidity.
But having learned that this is a somewhat regular occurrence I’ve decided to treat this week (if the forecast holds true) as the movie preview just whetting my appetite for the actual release date. I AM sipping my freshly made cup of Earl Grey right now. I am NOT unpacking the flannels and socks just yet. I MAY start a list of eventual cool weather meals to make when Autumn arrives in earnest. It will come. It will come. I just keep saying that to myself.
I have some previews of my own to share. I’ll start with my HO (Half Finished Object) that I am making good progress on. I recently cast on a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks and have been working faithfully away at them. I am knitting with Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular needles. This past spring I learned the magic loop method and I did successfully complete a pair of Mercury Socks with this method, but I am not as crazy about this as many others are. Dealing with a long cable is just too fiddly for me. So I purchased two pair of the 9 inch circulars to see how I felt about this approach and it gave me a chance to try out the Hiya Hiya brand for the first time, which I’m really enjoying. I’m knitting them in tandem, do the cuff on one, then the cuff on the other. Do the leg on one, then the leg on the other. This is how I avoid the dreaded “Second Sock Syndrome” that plagues many knitters. I am very close to completing the leg on the second sock and THEN I will have to begin the heel. <Insert Scared Face here>. Since I am a very new sock knitter this is the part that intimidates me most. Every other step to sock knitting is relaxing and enjoyable. But I tell myself:
And, I actually know that I can. I have books, YouTube videos, and sock knitting friends who will cheer me on through the process. I just have to kick past my own internal resistance and just start. Since I’m way behind on my goal of having several hand knit pairs of socks by the time cool weather hits, it’s time to put on my big girl panties and push through.
Here is my progress so far:
I already have several skeins of really beautiful sock yarn waiting in the wings for the next pair. I’m thinking of using the Coven by Voolenvine Yarns that I purchased a few months ago. (See Yarn Buying: Bloodsport)
I may even do another pair of Hermione just to build my confidence. It really is a great pattern and having a few pairs in various colorways would suit me just fine.
Next up is a project I started just this morning.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine gifted me a lovely skein of Noro yarn. To be honest, I often stall on starting projects with especially nice yarns I’ve received since I really want to find a pattern that will do them justice.
But this one had sat for a while and I really felt it was time to begin something with it. Since it is a single skein of just over 100 grams I had to choose a smaller project. I already have some yarn set aside to make some fingerless gloves with. It doesn’t really seem suitable for socks, so I decided to find a nice basic scarf pattern and chose the Bunter Hund it will feature the colors already present nicely I think. I will most likely have to adjust to make a shorter length since I only have one skein, but I think, once finished it will look nice tucked around my favorite denim jacket.
Here’s the progress from this morning:
So in keeping with my theme of previews, if my socks are the “feel good, comfort” movie and the Noro project is the “fun, colorful” movie then next is the Epic preview.
If I do the full 52 squares I only have 49 more to go.
To all my readers may YOUR season and projects of choice give you immense pleasure. I’d love to see some pics of the things you are working on or thoughts on your favorite seasons.