Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Summertime Sky and Socks

Sky on a hot day with hummingbird sitting on the wireWeather forecast is for a hot, humid, miserable week. Since we don't have air-conditioning, DH and I have gone into take it easy and sit in front of the fan mode.

So far - but it's only Monday morning - it's not as hot as was predicted. Living in the woods, we are cooler than those who live in asphalt land. There is even a nice 15 to 20 mph breeze to help evaporate the sweat.

The dogs are getting abbreviated walks in the hot, sunny field. Usually we walk the path three to five times around. For the past few hot days, we've been walking around once and then heading back to the house.

That little spot on the electric wire is a hummingbird. They look so cute when they perch up there just like the big birds.

Wildfoote lilac socks in progressPattern: My Standard Sock using Moss and Rib Block Stitch from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker

Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote, 75% wool, 25% nylon

Color: Little lilac

Needles: Addi Turbo #1

Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch

I finally pronounce it too hot to work on FLAK or alpaca. Not wanting to start another major project, what better than socks?

This yarn was a January birthday present from a friend.

It occurred to me that she might not understand the stash mentality - that it's just as pleasant to have nice yarn in the stash as it is to knit it. So I picked it for my current sock knit in the hopes it will encourage her to give me more sock yarn next year.

These are my first Wildfoote socks. I love the color and so far the knitting has been pleasant. I'm reserving final judgment until a few wearings and washings have occurred.

Barbara Walker shows four variations on Moss and Rib Block Stitch. All four are attractive and contain plenty of stretch and cling with ribbing in the stitch pattern. Perfect for socks, especially solid color socks and/or socks for men and boys.

If you graph out the stitches, you can easily see the twelve stitch repeat for knitting in the round. Just the right number for 60 or 72 stitch socks.

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