There has been a flurry of knitting going on in the Garden of Zen. So far this month I've finished two pair of socks, a third pair is well on the way, FJ is near completion (and behaving) and Hidcote could see the finish line shortly (maybe).
Today is the first day of summer and, therefore, the first day of Summer of Socks. This big summer event and KAL demands a special sock, a special beginning. To wit, I’m knitting with my first true good handspun sock yarn…Strawberry Fields (from the Spunky Club). The yarn is from a Corriedale roving that I plied in chained singles. It's going to be interesting to watch the color change as I had no plan when I spun or plied. The pattern is one I came across some time ago on Abigail's blog called Shock Wave and it should break up the color in an interesting way. I'm raring to go and will start today as early as possible.
Once the Loksins! were finished, I did some (more) Monkeying around. The second Monkeys are as addictive as the first pair and I predict another quick knit. The yarn is STR in the colorway Red Rock Canyon and it does a good job of mimicking the colors of the red rock canyons in So. Utah. One sock is complete, the second should come along quickly.
2007 seems to be all about socks. This wasn't my intention at the beginning of the year, but it's the way the cookie is crumbling. There should still be a sweater or two this year and, hopefully, a shawl or two. However, sock production will be way up (or at least it appears that way at the mid point of 2007). Because of the Summer of Socks KAL I've decided on a few patterns I'd like to knit over the next few months. In no particular order here are a few in my queue.
Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks- This has been on my 'to knit' list for years and I have the yarn ready to go. It's Nature's Palette by Hand Jive in Odd Duck.
Also in the queue, is Anne's Summer Fun Sock. This might be moving up the queue as soon as I decide on a yarn. It's a simple and elegant style which I love! ETA: This CTH Purple is just perfect, so this sock just moved up my queue! (Hmmmm, looks like my sock knitting is going from blues to purples.)
Another sock is Whisper Lace Socks (there is also has a free pattern, Chain Lace Sock, which you can access from the same post) designed by Rachel. The pattern isn't quite ready, but the socks are fabulous! Choice of yarn has yet to be decided, but I'm dreaming of something in a soft orange.
This is only a the very beginnings of my loooooong list of socks to be. Other yarns and ideas are bouncing around in my head at about a mile a minute. So many socks...so little time.
I've been keeping a queue of future projects on Ravelry and also, have entered much of my stash yarn. This is such a big help in keeping track of what's on the needles and what's on the 'to knit' list. It has also helped me stay out of the on-line shops (to some extent) as I can shop in MY stash. Many of you are still waiting for an invite to Ravelry and I promise it will be worth the wait. You can check out many of the features in the preview and, if you're already a member, you might consider giving a bit of a donation to help keep it growing.