In what turns out to be a pleasant surprise, since I can now do them in one post, I only knit five projects in July, and they’re all themed because they’re in the same colors. I spent most of July deep in thought, lost in vacation recovery, and catching up on my reading, which directly resulted in my lowest knitting yardage turnout since August ’09; I only knit 1291 yards. For the sake of comparison, just two months before, in May, I knit 3865. For anyone wondering, I keep track of my yardage for stash control. It’s hard to justify a 1500 yard splurge if you’re only knitting a 1000 yards a month.
My first project to share was also knit in Florida, and was a hat I agreed to knit for Abbie. I was initially disappointed because it looked, well, stupid on me, but of course, Abbie looks fantastic in it. It’s a Billie Hat (project on Ravelry) knit in Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica in 707. Please note the awesome iphone photo; it’s actually pretty rare for me to get modeled hat shots.
I actually started my Aragorn socks in June. I finished the first one, but then set the project aside since it’s pretty demanding. I started on the leg of the second sock on the way home from Florida, but didn’t finish the pair until later in the month. The pattern was originally written for a mystery sock knit-a-long that I didn’t take part in, and as such the directions are a little strange. Still, they were clear enough that I was able to work the top-of-the-foot-gusset without too many issues. The pattern is called Aragorn and the yarn I used is The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino Wool Handpainted Fingering Weight in Huntingdon. If it’s not obvious at this point, I seriously love Plucky’s dyeing. All the twisted stitches were a little hard on my hands, but I really liked the end result.
Then one more delight in green. I actually sort of dreamed this project. I fell in love with a black version of Miralda’s Triangular Shawl, from Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia. I played with different ideas before I finally struck on replacing the nupps with 6/0 beads. There was a lovely set of rich green ones from eathfaire, and all I needed was a matching skein of yarn. I knew exactly what I wanted which was a skein of tosh lace in malachite, but the production of tosh lace has been slow recently in favor of more popular bases (TML, anyone?), and I couldn’t find it anywhere…except my friend Beth’s stash. She graciously agreed to destash it to me, and I was able to knit this beauty. The beads turned out to have A/B highlights which make them look more teal than emerald in some light, but I’m still happy with the result. I used about 400 beads.
Now for gray. I actually purchased a skein of Have You Any Wool Luxe Sock in Graphite with another sock pattern in mind. I had eyed it in a magazine and thought it looked really interesting, but as people on Ravelry actually started producing pairs, it looked decidedly awkward. Around the same time I started considering a different project for it, I realized that I had never knit a pattern from another Nancy Bush book in my collection, Knitting Vintage Socks. I selected the lovely Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern, and made my own set of Pencil Points. I love how elegant these look, like the opposite of the Rainbows I made last month.
Finishing the socks allowed me to work on another project that I had been wanting to do for ages, which is Ysolda Teague’s Mousie. I used the leftover HYAW and a snippet of Mama Blue Troika in Girl to make Sofia her own little mouse, which now uses to terrorize the kitchen.
As for what I’ve been up to in August? Christmas and birthday knitting. Maybe I’ll post pictures in a few days? Maybe not!