Thursday, August 21, 2014

Socks & Stuff


+5°C this morning and did it ever feel good to be cool again, one of the warmest July & August (so far) EVER, even once Tatlako was the warmest spot in BC at 34.6°C. And now so far its raining and that is even more welcome than the cooler weather, this part of BC is so very dry that it had got to the scary stage, fires all around, the rain should help the situation.

Finished the green Monstersocks last night, seems as tho they took longer than normal and with good reason, once second sock was finished held them together and bingo first sock only had 63 rows instead of the 73 that the second sock had, so ripped toe out of first sock and added 10 more rows and redid the toe. Sorta identical and sorta fraternal at same time, when I could match patterns pretty close I did so but some of the colors for first sock were all used up so came close when I could.



Picked an ice cream bucket of Saskatoon's, drove car close to bush and sure enuff just about quitting time saw one of my black furry friends coming down the hill above the driveway, so got me and my bucket in the car in plenty of time, he-she was headed right for the bush and I am sure that there won't be any berries left now. Froze all but enuff for breakfast with yogurt. Long about January they will sure taste good.

Took my spinning wheel with to knitting bee yesterday and wouldn't ya know the 2 other new gals that spin didn't come, oh well I got in prolly an hour spinning the merino with blotches of bright colors, will ply this with white, and use some of it for socks and new fingerless gloves for me. Retired several pair of my socks this spring so want to get stock back up for upcoming winter, heck have on woolies already.

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  1. Wow, it would kill me to rip out a whole foot! I cry when it's only 8 rows! Living in Ontario, have never tasted saskatoon berries but they're on my list of things to try.

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    1. And I typo ed, didn't rip out the foot just the toe to add the needed 10 rows

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  2. I love the socks Lynne, and the berry picking story. I think you were very brave to attempt to pick berries given the number of bears you have in residence. :-)

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    1. Berries this year weren't as good as in the past, not enuff rain, so when I see a good looking bush have to get in winters stock.

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  3. On my screen those socks look mostly blue. Oh what a treat some rain would be. It is so dry, our well is slowing in its recovery rate. The double whammy: fire season and little water.

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    1. The main color in the socks is indeed green, but did use lots of purples and blues thru out.

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  4. Hi Lynne, I have been highly entertained by your blog for two days now and I still have not read all your posts. I saw your name on Clarinda's site (highlanddiary.uk.co) I was there looking for fermenting know how. I'm a sock knitter myself but no where near as prolific as you. I'm also a fat ole lady (74) with not much left to do with! Enthralled with your monster socks. Did you download your pattern from Ravelry? Gotta knit some of those! We have something else in common: love of Koigu. I think that may be my fave sock yarn. I have quite a few other yarns I love, too. I live in Kentucky, long way from BC. Wish I could send you some of my delicious tomatoes, in season now. Hot, hot here. 90s everyday. Envying your cooler temps. Janice McCombs

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    1. Sock pattern I use comes from my ole feeble brain, am verra fortunate to be able to visualize and see in colors what I want to do. And have a never ending stash of leftovers. But don't do socks from my Koigu stash they tend to wear thin far to quick.

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  5. Disappointed to hear the sock patterns come from your not-so-feeble brain. Wish I lived close enough to watch you knit a pair. I looked at the monster sock pattern on Ravelry and it is not nearly as attractive as yours. Seems to be just mostly random stripes. Do you use any of the fair isle self-patterning or do you just do your own fair isle pattern? Think I will gather up my leftover yarn and see if I can come up with a pleasing combo. Any advice?

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  6. Mostly do small fair isle peeries when needed, usually 3-4 stitches rarely any more than that.

    Had frost here this morning, felt so good to be cool again.

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